Welcome to The Yocum Library of Reading Area Community College's Blog!

For many years we have published a print newsletter for the RACC community that provided information on the library's staff, resources, and services. In order to provide information on a more timely basis, we decided to switch to the blog format. We hope that you enjoy learning more about The Yocum Library of RACC.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Free Magazines Online - Zinio Digital Magazine

Berks County Public Libraries  (BCPL) and RACC have chosen for the Zinio digital magazine platform.  RACC’s titles are now included on the platform



When you arrive you can create an account by using you Reading Public Library card numbers.  After you sign in you can look at the list of genre or type the name of the magazine you are interested in.

To checkout a magazine to your Zinio account, simply click on the magazine of your choice.

Zinio Collection - New Magazines Added

The following magazines have been added to our Zinio collection:



Country Living

Family Handyman

Field & Stream

Food Network Magazine

Good Housekeeping

Marie Claire

Martha Stewart Living

Natural Health

O, The Oprah Magazine

Popular Science


Reader's Digest


Smithsonian Magazine

Taste of Home

Us Weekly

Women's Health

Friday, April 18, 2014

Word of the Day

 \ an-al-fuh-BET-ik, an-al- \  , adjective;  
1.not alphabetic: an analphabetic arrangement of letters .
2.unable to read or write; illiterate: analphabetic peoples .
3.Phonetics . of or constituting a system of phonetic transcription, as the one devised by Otto Jespersen, that for each sound indicates by separate sets of symbols the articulator, the point of articulation, and the size and shape of the mouth opening.
1.an illiterate person; analphabet.

In your atrophied eyes, the letters read like a line of alien hieroglyphs. Bizarre analphabetic  randomness. English has no such series.
-- Richard Powers, "Plowing the Dark" , 2000

One of the stout Polish cleaners, friendly, mute, and virtually analphabetic  in English, is emptying the trash can behind the bench.
-- Scott Turow, "The Laws of our Fathers" , 1996

Analphabetic  comes from the Greek word analphábēt(os)  which meant "not knowing the alphabet." The concept of an alphabet has existed since at least 1500 BCE.


Penn State Berks - HAPPY Video (Pharrell Williams)

24/7 - Ask a Librarian

The Yocum Library will be closed for the Spring Break II: Friday-Sunday, April 18-20
When the library is closed and you need help from a librarian you can use the Ask Here PA online chat.

If you need help from a librarian, please use the following link.
Click on Ask Here PA link to get help from a librarian.
Chat online now with a real librarian --
one - to - one in real-time -- for help
with any topic or information need.

Ask Here PA - Live Answers to Your Questions, 24/7

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Reading Eagle: Ben Hasty | Gov. Tom Corbett speaks. At the Reading Area Community College (RACC) in Reading Wednesday afternoon where PA Governor Tom Corbett and PA Labor and Industry Secretary Julia Hearthway were participating in a panel discussion Delivering the Workforce Necessary for the 21st Century on Wednesday April 16, 2014. Photo

The article is from The Reading Eagle-By Liam Migdail-Smith
April 7, 2014

In Reading visit, Corbett links better job training to an economic revival

You wouldn't get the sense that Pennsylvania has a 6.2 percent unemployment rate looking at the state's online job-search database, Gov. Tom Corbett said at Reading Area Community College Wednesday.

Speaking to a small group of education, business and political leaders, the governor noted that the JobGateway site lists more than 200,000 open positions.

The problem, Corbett said, is there's a mismatch between the skills those employers are seeking and the training those looking for work possess.

"There are good, family-sustaining jobs out there that we need to get filled here in Pennsylvania," he said.
Job-training programs, such as RACC's, will be the key to getting workers ready to take those positions and start reducing the number of unemployed, Corbett said. They also play a big role in building a workforce that makes companies want to come to Pennsylvania, he said.
Ultimately, he said, that could mean the state's economic recovery.
"We know we have a clear path of how to get there," Corbett said.
Corbett, along with state labor Secretary Julia K. Hearthway, visited the college's Schmidt Training and Technology Center to participate in a panel discussion about workforce development. He touted the jobs database and the importance of those training programs.
Other panelists, a collection of business and education leaders, talked about the need to match workforce training with what businesses are looking for.
Workers who operate and maintain today's manufacturing equipment have to tinker more with complex computer programs than with a wrench, said Robert Harrop, vice president of East Penn Manufacturing near Lyons.
"We are having a difficult time finding the people out there with that specific skill set," he said.
David Niemkiewicz, technical supervisor of Bayer HealthCare's production facility in Myerstown, said he's facing similar challenges.
"The competition for the best talent is growing and companies are just pulling from each other," he said. "There's a lot of openings out there but we need to find the people with the right skills to fill those holes."
RACC has customized its programs to make sure the skills students are leaving with fit the jobs that are available in the area, said Bonnie Spayd, director of the Schmidt center. That's happened through working with businesses, such as East Penn and Bayer, she said.
RACC and officials from Bloomsburg University and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education also discussed a new program that will allow students to work on a Bloomsburg bachelor's degree while at RACC.
That technical, lab-based education is important to filling the jobs that are available, Hearthway said.
"It's this hands-on practical skill set that a lot of our youth and our labor force need," she said.
Corbett's 2014-15 budget proposal would keep funding for community colleges level with the last three years.
The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges has criticized that plan, saying that without more funding, schools may have to increase tuition and won't be able to make all the investments they need to in workforce development programs.
Corbett alluded to the funding debate during his remarks Thursday, saying that colleges can ramp up training programs by using the funding they have in different ways. But he said after the panel discussion that a stronger economy could give the state more money to put into those training programs.
"As we're able to grow the economy, we might be able to respond better to that," he said.
He also responded to criticism over cuts to education funding during his term, saying that reductions were due to one-time federal money that had been used to fund programs going away.
The Schmidt center is getting some attention in the race for governor. Tom Wolf, a candidate for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, visited the Schmidt center last month.
Contact Liam Migdail-Smith: 610-371-5022 or lsmith@readingeagle.com.

Reading Eagle: Ben Hasty | Gov. Tom Corbett speaks.

Word of the Day

 \ MAZ-lin \  , noun;  
1.British Dialect . a mixture; medley.
2.British Dialect . a mixture of different grains, flours, or meals, especially rye mixed with wheat.
3.British Dialect . bread made from such a mixture of grains.
Definition of maslin| See synonyms| Comment on today's word| Suggest tomorrow's word

Another question is whether all crops were sown separately. Some may have been sown as a mixture, i.e. as a maslin .
-- C. C. Bakels, "The Western European Loess Belt" , 2009

I sifted the wheat and rye for maslin  and mixed the sponge.
-- Deborah Noyes, "Angel and Apostle ", 2005

Maslin  is derived from the Middle English word mastlyoun  which came in turn from the Middle French mesteillon  meaning "mixture."

National Poetry Month - William Wordsworth

Art Posters In Yocum Library

 For students needing pictures or posters, featuring the works of an artist they are researching , there are hundreds of prints available in the library.

These item are for circulation and may be checked out. They are located in the reference area on the second floor, in two separate locations.

The library has hanging files for the small prints and the library has flat files for the larger sizes. Yocum Library has many drawing, painting and photography prints available for your use.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Scheduled Classes for Computers

10 a.m - 11 a.m. Reserved—Ms. Mollica
Where: Yocum Instruction Area
Description: Ms. Nina Mollica COM041 (20) NO INSTRUCTION, reserve 12 computers.

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Reserved—Ms. Mollica
Where: Yocum Instruction Area
Calendar: theyocumlibrary@gmail.com
Description: Ms. Nina Mollica COM041 (10) NO INSTRUCTION, reserve 12 computers.

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. Ms. Bradley
Where: Yocum Library Instruction Area
Description: Introduction to the Yocum Library: 25 students presented by Ms. Kim Stahler.

7:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. Reserved—Mr. Uhrich
Where: Yocum Instruction Area
Description: Mr Uhrich COM121 (15) NO INSTRUCTION, RESERVE 12 COMPUTERS.

Library Humor

Connect - Conectarse

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's Palindrome Week!

 Every day is going to read the same backwards.

A fun fact: If you live in the US and other countries where they put their months first on dates, every day is going to read the same backwards until Sunday.  It's palindrome week!

Scheduled Classes for Computers

6 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Reserved—Ms. Kwitkowski
Where: Yocum Instruction Area
Description: Ms. Teresa Kwitkowski COM051 (10) NO INSTRUCTION, reserve 12 computers in instruction area.

Word of the Day

 \ KY-tl \  , verb;  
1.to wheedle, cajole, or coax.

The Papist threatened us with purgatory, and fleeched us with pardons; — the Protestant mints at us with the sword, and cuittles  us with the liberty of conscience…
-- Sir Walter Scott, "The Abbot" , 1820

Baith Easie and Maister Strong cuittled  him up wi' the idea that the lassie had ta'en a notion o' him, and that they expected a waddin' afore lang.
-- Christina Fraser, "Glints O' Glengonnar" , 1910

Cuittle  is of uncertain origin.


Computer Pass

When entering the library for the purpose of using the computers, students, staff, alumini and faculty must first stop at the Service Desk and show their library card to obtain a computer pass.

 The library card information must identify the user as a current student, staff, alumini or faculty member.

 The computers are not aviable for public use. Persons sitting at a computer without a pass will be asked to get a pass or to leave the computer.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Scheduled Classes for Computers

8 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. Reserved--Ms. Gieringer
Where: Yocum Instruction Area
Description: COM 131:Reserve 12 computers--No instruction. 20 students

9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Reserved—Ms. Gieringer
Where: Yocum Instruction Area
Description: Ms. Dawn Gieringer COM051 (20) Finding print and eBooks presented by Ms. Kim Stahler

10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Reserved—Ms. Gieringer
Where: Yocum Instruction Area
Description: Ms. Dawn Gieringer COM051 (20) Finding print and eBooks presented by Ms. Kim Stahler

11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Reserved—Ms. Cocuzza
Where: Yocum Instruction Area
Ms Jean Cocuzza COM151 Speech (20) Using ProQuest databases, presented by Ms. Brenna Corbit

12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Reserved—Ms. Cocuzza
Where: Yocum Instruction Area
Ms Jean Cocuzza COM151 Speech (10) Using ProQuest databases  presented by Ms.Brenna Corbit.

5 p.m. - 5:50 p.m. Reserved--Ms Neider
Where: Yocum instruction Area
Description: Introduction to Library:21 students presented by Ms. Patricia Nouhra.

Library of Congress Classification System

The Yocum Library uses  the Library of Congress Classification.

The Library of Congress Classification (LCC) is a classification system that was first developed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to organize and arrange the book collections of the Library of Congress. Over the course of the twentieth century, the system was adopted for use by other libraries as well, especially large academic libraries in the United States. It is currently one of the most widely used library classification systems in the world. The Library's Policy and Standards Division maintains and develops the system.

Library of Congress Classification - Yocum Library

If you’re not familiar with the Yocum Library, and maybe even if you are, you may be wondering how the library’s books are organized. It can seem complicated at first, especially for those of us who are more familiar with the Dewey Decimal System of the public libraries.

The Yocum Library, like most research and college libraries, is organized by the (LCC) system. It’s called this because this is how the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. is organized.

You’ll first notice that, unlike the Dewey Decimal System, the LCC system is comprised of letters and numbers. This system was first developed by Herbert Putnam in 1897 before he became the Librarian of Congress. The system that Putnam developed replaced an older system that was first developed by Thomas Jefferson. Putnam created this newer system specifically for the Library of Congress.

The LCC system simply divides the subjects into categories; there is no rhyme or reason for how the system works. For example, while the subject of Music is listed in the M section, this is probably a case of coincidence. Education is listed in the L section; Medicine is listed in the R section, and so forth.

In addition, each letter is then divided further into different areas of a subject. For example, Fine Arts, which is in the N section, includes Architecture (NA) and Painting (ND). Because there is no logic in how the books are organized, the only way to understand the LCC system is simply to become familiar with what subjects are organized into what sections.

You can go to www.loc.gov (Library of Congress website) or simply Google “Library of Congress Classification System.” And, of course, you can always ask the library staff.

Here’s a hint to helping you search. If you are searching for a book within the computer catalog, and the call number does NOT include letters, the book is not available at the Yocum Library. A call number without letters is part of Dewey Decimal System, which means the book is available at one of the public libraries. (You can most likely request the item through interlibrary loan).

One other hint: Not all the letters are used in the LCC system. The letters I, O, W, X, and Y are not used. (There doesn’t seem to be a reason for this, but I’m sure Mr. Putnam had his own purpose for not using them!)

Happy Searching!

(source: www.wikipedia.org)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Word of the Day

 \ pas-pahr-TOO; Fr. pahs-par-TOO \  , noun;  
1.something that passes everywhere or provides a universal means of passage.
2.a master key; skeleton key.
3.an ornamental mat for a picture.
4.a method of framing in which a piece of glass is placed over a picture and is affixed to a backing by means of adhesive strips of paper or other material pasted over the edges.
5.paper prepared for this purpose.

Sophie's little passe-partout  enabled her to pass almost anywhere, and if it were shown or hinted at, to have effect in the interviewing of superior servants or of any other police officer.
-- Sir Harry Johnston, "The Veneerings" 1922

But with his remark about Vokt anyway he felt as safe as if he had a ticket or passe-partout  in his pocket: he strutted up and down like a peacock for a few moments eyeing the assembly with disdain.
-- Wyndham Lewis, "Tarr" 1918

Passe-partout  comes from the French phrase of the same spelling which literally means "(it) passes everywhere."

Genealogy Links

Below are links to genealogy websites compiled by Technical Services Librarian Brenna J. Corbit and can be found on the Yocum Library Useful Links site.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - A database from the world's largest genealogy organization https://www.familysearch.org/

USGenWeb Project - Volunteer genealogical websites for every state and county in the U.S http://www.usgenweb.org/

Rootsweb - Free genealogical resources from Ancestry http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/

Cyndi's List - A directory of genealogical sources on the Internet http://www.cyndislist.com/

Interment - Cemetery transcriptions http://www.interment.net/

Ellis Island - Port of New York immigration ship's manifest records http://www.ellisisland.org/

Obituaries - Newspaper obituaries from the US and Canada

Berks County, Pennsylvania Genealogy - A large online collection of Berks County records http://berks.pa-roots.com/

Berks County Courthouse Register of Wills - Indexes to wills, marriages, deaths and births http://www.co.berks.pa.us/Dept/RegWills/Pages/Genealogy.aspx

Berks County Courthouse Prothonotary - Indexes to immigrations and naturalizations http://prothy.co.berks.pa.us/search_genealogical/

Berks County Genealogical Society - Church, cemetery, immigration, government, maps, and military records http://www.berksgenes.org/

The Historical Society of Berks County, Henry Janssen Library - Indexes to church, cemetery and military records http://www.berkshistory.org/library/

Berks County Recorder of Deeds - Online indexes and images of deeds, mortgages, etc. http://www.co.berks.pa.us/Dept/Deeds/Pages/OnlineRecordsSearchInstructions.aspx

Meet the Staff - Mary Ellen G. Heckman

Mary Ellen G. Heckman
Name: Mary Ellen G. Heckman
Position in Library: Assistant Dean of Library Services & Learning Resources
Educational Background: B.A. in American Studies with Highest Distinction, Honors Program, and Phi Beta Kappa from Penn State, Master’s of Library Service from Rutgers University, Beta Phi Mu (Library Science Honor Society), Kutztown University, Pennsylvania School Library Certificate
Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Favorite Movie: Drama – Citizen Kane / Comedy – Shop Around the Corner
Favorite Area of Library: Film Collection
Special Interest: Local History and genealogy
Hobby: #1 - spending time with my family, especially my grandchild, + reading, kayaking (scenic, still water only), spending time at our cabin