Monday, August 29, 2016

Welcome New Students and Welcome Back Returning Students!

Welcome back to RACC! It's the start of the Fall Semester. 

Don't forget to stop in The Yocum Library to get your library card. If you have a card from any of the libraries in the Berks County Public Library System, you can use it here. 

However, you do need to check in at the Service Desk to have your library record updated to show you as a current student. This will allow you to use our computers. Bring a copy of your Fall schedule with you.

We look forward to serving you.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Yocum Library Closed Tomorrow!

The Yocum Library will be closed tomorrow, Friday, August 26 for Staff and Faculty Development Day. The library will re-open on Saturday, August 26 at 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Word of the Day

animadvert \an-uh-mad-VURT\, verb:

1. To comment unfavorably or critically.
2. Obsolete. To take cognizance or notice of.

I have a proposition which I am desirous of making to Mr. Gilmore, as a magistrate acting in this part of the county. Of course, it is not for me to animadvert upon what the magistrates may do at the bench tomrorrow.
-- Anthony Trollope, The Vicar of Bullhamptom

It is not our business to animadvert upon these lines; we are not critics, but historians.
-- Andrew Lang, The Blue Fairy Book

Animadvert comes from the Latin animadvertere meaning to heed or censure.


Monday, August 22, 2016

Family History Tips--Part 6

Other Advanced Strategies Searching Genealogy Databases Indexes
by Brenna Corbit, Technical Services Libarian

If, after trying some of the advanced tips in the previous articles and you are still coming up short, try some of the following tips:

1-Transposed names: Some names are transposed in indexing. Try switching surnames and given names in the search fields. Ships’ manifests often change from a pattern of last name-first name to first name-last name, which wreaks havoc with manual and OCR indexing.

2-Given names that sound like surnames: These names often become confused as surnames: e.g. Jefferson Davis or Patterson Collins. Try switching the names as in number one. I once was searching for a Roland Carl. Both these names can be used as first or last names; therefore, they were often switched when I was searching for the individual.

3-Surname names that sound like given names: e.g. William James or Olivia Charles. Follow the same rules as in number 2.

4-Search by last name, only: Sometimes an indexed given name may be an interpretation of an illegible record, which has no semblance to what was originally written. In some cases, the first name on a record may be missing due to a fold in a page during microfilming, or it may be smudged or faded. Other times the record has initials for a given name. Either, way it will be impossible to search by a first name. Therefore, try searching only the last name in a given area and time. Using other criteria in advanced search functions, such as age and gender will be helpful.  And don’t forget variations of names, truncation and wild cards discussed in previous articles.

5-Search by first name, only: This method will often yield a large recall of information, but depending upon which database you are searching, there may be advanced search features to narrow down the search. This method is especially helpful when searching the 1880 to 1940 U.S. Census records because the relationships of household members are given, and advance search fields have options for including a spouse and children. This method was very helpful searching for a Polish family in Philadelphia.

I was helping someone find a Polish family in the 1910 Philadelphia, U.S. Census. The names were Francis and Weronika Czspiga. Since variations of the spelling and using truncation and wildcards yielded nothing, I searched by first name only. I searched for a Fran* (for Frank or Francis) in Philadelphia born in 1882 (plus and minus five years), and I added a spouse to the search, ?eroni?a (for Weronika or Veronica).  

And voila, I found a Francis and Veronica Yasecara with the correct address, birth place and children I was expecting to find. An inspection of the original image revealed that the name was, indeed, Yasecara. There can be any number of reasons for the name difference—a language barrier, a neighbor gave the information, a hearing impaired census-taker, loud background noise, etc. 

In the next installment of this series, I will expand upon this example by addressing the importance of siblings, other household members, neighbors, occupations and other valuable clues in records.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

This Day in History: August 21

Here's a little pop culture trivia for you. On this day in 1920, Daphne Milne, wife of writer A.A. Milne, gave birth to a son, who the couple named Christopher Robin Milne. Christopher Robin was be immortalized in A.A. Milne’s books Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner.

Also, on this day in 1987, Dirty Dancing, starring Patrick Swayze as a dance instructor at a summer resort, opened in theaters across the United States. The film was a surprise box-office hit, earning some $64 million and turning Swayze into a Hollywood star.

The Dirty Dancing soundtrack went multi-platinum and included the hit singles “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song, “Hungry Eyes” by Eric Carmen and “She’s Like the Wind,” co-written and sung by Swayze himself. The film also contained the now-famous line “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”

Click on the links to be taken to the library catalog entry for the books and DVDs discussed.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Word of the Day

ferly \FER-lee\
1. Something unusual, strange, or causing wonder or terror.
2. Astonishment; wonder.
1. Unexpected; strange; unusual.

I had had half a thought, at the outset, of telling him about the ferly, my glimpse of the palace. But I couldn't bring myself to it.
-- Clive Staples Lewis and Fritz Eichenberg, Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold.

Lord, ye'll have all the folk staring as if we were some ferly.
-- Margaret Oliphant, Kirsteen

Ferly is derived from Old English fǣrlīc meaning fǣr (fear) and -līc (-ly). It was related to the Germangefährlich meaning dangerous. Word of the Day

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Join Us for Puzzle Mania at The Yocum Library

Current puzzle in progress at Yocum Library
by Marcina Wagner, Reference Librarian

The Yocum Library will have a puzzle table for all of you who appreciate the quiet enjoyment of putting together a puzzle. My mother was such a person, gravitating toward the scenic landscapes of Europe—the castle on the Rhine and the Alps above a sparkling lake. As a child, I enjoyed joining the border pieces, then quickly lost interest. 

Today, I must have close to two dozen puzzles from thrift stores whose staff conveniently note whether all the pieces are in the box. Puzzle building is my cool weather pastime, the table located near the fireplace.

Your idea of puzzles may be something different. In the library’s online catalog, under “puzzles,” you will discover many titles, such as One Hundred Brain Twisters; Games for the Superintelligent (that’s you, right); and From Square One: A Meditation with Digressions on Crosswords.

Stop in to add some pieces to our puzzle of the Grand Canyon! Puzzle donations are welcome. 

What's In My Bag?
  • Peter Lovesey murder mystery series (in order) 
  • Swimsuit, a novel by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
What books are you reading? What DVDs are you watching? Let us know.