STCC LIBRARY NEWS
FALL 2021 | ISSUE #2
IN THIS ISSUE
INTRODUCING: THE STCC LIBRARY PODCAST
NEW RESOURCE SPOTLIGHT: ELASTICSEARCH
SPOOKY STORIES AT STCC
NEW RESOURCE SPOTLIGHT: ELASTICSEARCH IN THE LIBRARY CATALOG
By Dan Paquette, Systems and eResources Librarian
Even though the library offers access to sixty thousand ebooks and 75+ online databases, sometimes you just want an actual book to read. There is good news on the horizon as our consortial partner and catalog provider, HELM, is adopting a tool called Elasticsearch. This will make book searching much easier and generate returns more relevant to your needs.
Elasticsearch allows for phrase searching instead of the traditional title or author search. Reference librarians at all 13 HELM colleges, including STCC, thoroughly tested this new search tool and enthusiastically approved its use for our campus communities.
You can search the catalog to find borrowable books from STCC and 12 other Massachusetts community college and state university libraries - all free of charge. This includes Holyoke Community College Library and Worcester State University Library. It is easy to place a hold for an item at another partner library and have it delivered to STCC to pick up at our Circulation Desk in B19 with a Ram Card.
We’ve created a new two minute ‘How-to’ video on Searching for Books at STCC to help get you started. It will guide you to search, sort, and place a hold for a book. Don’t forget to access any of the fifty plus librarian-created ‘How to’ videos on our YouTube Channel. Like and subscribe!
If you have any questions about library resources or need help finding a book, email the librarians at email@example.com or visit us at the Reference Desk in the Library on the Second Floor of Building 19. Happy Researching!
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE EBSCO EBOOKS COMMUNITY COLLEGE COLLECTION
By Marko Packard, Reference & Collection Development Librarian
INTRODUCING THE STCC LIBRARY PODCAST
By Emily Butler, Reference Librarian
Attention, podcast fans! The STCC Library has launched its very own podcast, a platform for discussing research, lifelong learning, and life here at STCC.
In our first episode, we discuss a topic which pretty much everyone can relate to: endless scrolling. How can you avoid spending too much time on social media, or falling down unintended rabbit holes while trying to do research for school? Learning how to concentrate in our distraction-filled, digital environment is more important than ever, as students conduct increasing amounts of their schoolwork online.
You can listen, follow, and share on SoundCloud. Check your STCC email for announcements of new episodes, which will come out every month. Updates and other information will be posted on our website at libguides.stcc.edu/podcast.
We would love to have individuals from across campus speak on our podcast, whether they be students, faculty, staff, or alumni. Contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be featured on an episode. We’d be happy to discuss any topic related to STCC, education, or the community college experience. At a time when many of us still feel disconnected from one another, this is a great opportunity to connect with people across our vibrant community, and tell your STCC story.
Thanks for listening!
SPOOKY STORIES AT STCC
By Chelsea Contrada, OER & Outreach Librarian
Orbs caught on film in the basement of an STCC building. Photo by Sharon Conte.
Situated on the old Springfield Armory, the STCC Campus is a living piece of U.S. history. Stories about the armory date back to its inception in 1777, when this location was chosen by George Washington as a perfect spot for an arsenal. Given this rich and vibrant history, it's no surprise that some of the stories about this National Historic Site include unexplained phenomena.
This fall, the STCC Library collected stories from the campus community to share during the Halloween season. We've compiled some of the creepiest, scariest stories on our new guide: Spooky Stories at STCC. This page includes stories from past and current campus community members. Some of the stories even connect to verified historical facts about the campus! Get ready for goosebumps!
The library must thank Sharon Conte, administrative assistant for the School of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Sharon has been collecting creepy campus stories about STCC for many years and has even published a spooky newsletter called STCC & Bones. If not for her hard work, this project could not have happened.
If you have a spooky story about campus that you'd like to share, we'd love to hear it! Share your stories here!