All posts by Doug Short

New Videos from Films on Demand

Films on Demand, a streaming video platform that Central Piedmont Library subscribes to, contains thousands of educational videos. In the month of October, Films on Demand added over 200 new videos to their collection. These new videos cover a wide range of subjects including business, politics, history, education, culture and science.

Of particular note are the following new videos:

  • Reconstruction: America After the Civil War – This PBS series, hosted by historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr., presents the definitive history of the transformative years following the American Civil War, when the nation struggled to rebuild itself.
  • Marvel – Marvel are the superheroes of the entertainment world, but just three decades ago the company was on the brink of collapse, forced into an all-out war to survive. Former insiders give a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the Marvel Universe and how the company fought its way back to the top.
  • Facebookistan – We voluntarily share information on our Facebook walls, and by signing their Terms of Service, we have voluntarily allowed Facebook to use this information for whatever the company finds useful. This film investigates the paradox of a social media that promotes openness, transparency which encourages all of us to share but which as a company, reveals little of itself to the 1.4 billion people who use its services daily.

Library Book Sales are Coming!

Need to add more books to your personal collection? The Central Piedmont Library can help with that! We will be having book sales at all of our campus locations over the next few weeks. Times and locations are below:

Campus Dates Times Location
Cato Thursday, Oct 24 11am-1pm Cato III, Patio/Amphitheater
Central Wednesday, Oct 23 – Thursday, Oct 24  9:00am – 3:00pm Library (Outside Front)
Harper Monday, October 28 – Thursday, Oct 31, 2019

Friday, Nov 1

8:30 am am – 7:30 pm

9 am – 1 pm

Library, H4-300
Harris Monday, Oct 28  – Thursday, Oct 31 9am – 7pm Library, H1 2100
Levine Monday, Oct 21 – Thursday, Oct 24

Friday, Oct 25

8am – 6pm

8am – 4pm

Library, LV2600
Merancas Tuesday, Oct 22 9am – 6pm Library, TS243

The library will also be accepting donations of gently used books during this time for the upcoming book sales. Donations may be dropped off at the service desk of any library location.

Resource of the Month – CultureGrams

Infographic about the average person in Zambia

The Central Piedmont Library’s featured resource of the month for October is CultureGrams.  This extensive resource provides reliable cultural information on the countries of the world, including perspectives on daily life and culture such as dating and marriage, holidays, diet, and personal appearance. Additionally, CultureGrams includes such features as recipes, photos, infographics, personal interviews, and graphs and tables with lots of different country data.

CultureGrams also offers a States Edition and a Provinces Edition, which focus on the various states of the U.S. and Canada, respectively.

Check out this resource today to see what it might have to offer you! CultureGrams may be accessed here or from the Research Databases section of the library website.

If you have any questions about the use of this database, please feel free to contact our Online Services Librarian,  Doug Short.

Welcome to the Fall 2019 Semester!

Students reading in the old library building. Photo courtesy of the CPCC Archives.

Welcome to the Fall 2019 semester!   With the beginning of a new semester, we’d just like to take some time to remind you of a few of the services that the library has to offer, as well as highlight a few recent changes.

Books and More!

As always, the library wants to help out with your research and educational needs.  To that end, we provide access to a wide variety of resources, both in print and online.

You can search for both articles, books (print or electronic) and DVDs available in the library by using our online catalog.

You might also be interested in checking out some of our online resources available on our Research Databases page.

Need help using any of our resources?  Don’t be afraid to Ask a Librarian!  Library staff are available to help in person, over the phone, through online chat or even by text!

Need to renew something you have checked out or pay late fees? You can do both of those things online by accessing the My Account page. To login, simply provide your full name and your CPCC login username.

Study Space?  We Have That!

Need a quiet place to study?  All CPCC campus libraries have dedicated quiet study spaces.  Additionally, Central, Cato, Harper, Harris and Levine campuses have study rooms available. You can book these study rooms yourself online. Book early though, as they tend to fill up quickly!

Faculty Resources

We also offer a number of resources just for faculty.  Be sure to check out our Faculty Resources page to see what we can offer you.

We hope everyone has a great semester!

Spotlight Video – Remembering the Slaves of Mt. Vernon

This weeks Spotlight Video remembers the slaves of George Washington’s plantation home, Mt. Vernon.

If you are accessing the video from off-campus, you will be prompted to login with your CPCC Login.

This video and thousands of others are available through Films on Demand, which can be accessed here or from the Research Databases section of the library website.

If you have any questions about the use of this database, please feel free to contact Doug Short.

Spotlight Video – Chef Career Q&A

This weeks Spotlight Video celebrates National Culinary Arts Month with a Career Q&A with Chef Carrie Whitcraft.

If you are accessing the video from off-campus, you will be prompted to login with your CPCC Login.

This video and thousands of others are available through Films on Demand, which can be accessed here or from the Research Databases section of the library website.

If you have any questions about the use of this database, please feel free to contact Doug Short.

 

Spotlight Video – The Words That Built America

This weeks Spotlight Video celebrates the three founding documents of the United States – The Declaration of Independence, The U.S. Constitution and The Bill of Rights.

If you are accessing the video from off-campus, you will be prompted to login with your CPCC Login.

This video and thousands of others are available through Films on Demand, which can be accessed here or from the Research Databases section of the library website.

If you have any questions about the use of this database, please feel free to contact Doug Short.

Resource of the Month: Mango Languages

The Central Piedmont Library’s featured resource of the month for July is Mango Languages.  Mango is an online language learning system that teaches real conversation skills for practical communication.

Mango contains learning modules for over 60 different languages. It covers well known languages, such as French, Spanish, and German, as well as lesser known languages, such as Dzongkha (the national language of Bhutan), Telugo (one of the many languages spoken in India), and Dari (a variation of Farsi spoken in Afghanistan). You can even learn to speak Pirate or Shakespearean English!

Check out this resource today to see what it might have to offer you! Mango Languages may be accessed here or from the Research Databases section of the library website.

If you have any questions about the use of this database, please feel free to contact Doug Short.

EVENT: Tom Hanchett Speaks About Charlotte’s History

Author Tom Hanchett

How did Charlotte become a city of neighborhoods? Tom Hanchett wrote about that in his book Sorting Out the New South City (UNC Press 1998). He’ll delve into that history — newly relevant today as we grapple with issues of gentrification and affordable housing — in a talk on May 21 at 12:30 in Zeiss Building 1106 on Central Campus.

Dr. Tom Hanchett has worked as a community historian since his retirement from Levine Museum of the New South. He earned degrees from Cornell, University of Chicago and UNC Chapel Hill. Charlotte Magazine calls him Charlotte Dr. History and named him a 2015 Charlottean of the Year. Find his writings at www.HistorySouth.org