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July 11, 2014

RTC Will Be Offering a Bachelor's Degree - New Library Resources Coming!

Renton Technical College will be offering a Bachelor's of Applied Science in Application Development, beginning in Winter, 2015.  The library will be adding new resources to support this program.  Keep your eye on this space - we'll announce the new materials here.

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July 7, 2014

Microsoft IT Academy - Training for the Jobs of the Future

You can get free training in using many different types of Microsoft products, from the Microsoft Office suite to networking software.  See our Microsoft IT Academy page for details.

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June 20, 2014

Spring Quarter is Ending. Break Hours Begin Next Week.

Spring quarter ends on June 26!  From June 27 to July 3 RTC Library will be open shorter hours, Monday through Friday, from 10AM - 2PM. 

We will open on July 7 at 7AM for Summer Quarter.  Summer quarter hours will be:

  • Monday - Thursday 7AM - 7:30PM

  • Friday 7AM - 1:30PM

  • Saturday - Sunday Closed.

But remember, RTC Library offers students 24-hour-a-day access to journals, magazine articles and books.  Just go to the RTC Database page and log in to find hundreds of thousands of resources. 

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June 13, 2014

Seen from the Library Windows Today

A flash dance to celebrate instructor John Falconer's birthday.  We take education seriously at RTC - but we have fun, too.

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June 5, 2014

ProQuest Will Not Be Available For Several Hours June 14-June 15

Getting ready to write that final paper?  If you need to research it in ProQuest - the database with journal and magazine articles on everything from art to medicine to politics to zoology - you won't be able to do that next Saturday night through Sunday morning. ProQuest will be down from 7PM, June 14, to 3AM, June 15, for maintenance.  We do have a number of other useful databases that won't be shut down.  Find them on the RTC Database page.

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May 30, 2014

Did You Know We Carry Feature Films?

RTC Library buys DVDs of feature films when they are part of class assignments.  These are a few of the films instructors have requested for their students' use: Ordinary People, The Kids are All Right, Leaving Las Vegas, Harold & Maude, Pay it Forward, Clockwork Orange - and many more!

Come in and check out a DVD for the weekend.

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May 23, 2014

Traveling This Summer?

While RTC no longer teaches travel agents, we still have plenty of travel books.  A few you might be interested in are:

Traveling With Your Pet: The AAA Petbook.  Call number: Book Shelves 647.9473 TRAVELI 2012w 

Global Business Etiquette: A Guide to International Communication and Customs. Call number: Book Shelves 395.52 MARTIN 2012 

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May 19, 2014

Library Hours Update

RTC Library will have slightly abridged hours on three upcoming days.

  • Wednesday, May 21, we will be open from 7AM - 2PM.  We will be closed from 2PM - 4:30PM for an all-staff meeting.  And we will open again from 4:30PM to 8PM.

  • Monday, May 26, we will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday.

  • Tuesday, May 28, we will be open from 10AM - 2PM. Most RTC classes won't be meeting this day.

But remember, RTC Library offers students 24-hour-a-day access to journals, magazine articles and books.  Just go to the RTC Database page and log in to find hundreds of thousands of resources. 

Need help deciding which ones to try?  Click on our Ask WA link and choose ASK WA Internet Chat, and you can chat online with a librarian who can help you decide where to go.

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May 5, 2014

New Book: The Essentials of Job Negotiations

Negotiating your salary and benefits can be the most difficult part of starting a new job.  This book looks at preparing for these negotiations, managing trade-offs and concessions, negotiating via email, and dealing with special circumstances like bad economies and family issues. Research-backed and readable.  You can find it at 650.144 KURTZBE 2011.

Cover: Essentials of Job Negotiation

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April 17, 2014

New Book Set: Food History Almanac

We have added a new 2 volume set on "over 1,300 years of world culinary history, culture and social influence" to the RTC collection.  The Food History Almanac covers Food Business, Food & War, Discoveries and Inventions, Food Firsts, and much more.

Curious about the origin of pancake races, or the menu the Oriental Hotel in Kobe Japan offered its guests on February 15, 1907?  You can find out at Call Number 641.3003 CLARKSO 2014.

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April 14, 2014

Follow RTC Library On Twitter

RTC Library tweets a selection of its new books and DVDS at https://twitter.com/RTClibrary  before we shelve them.  So if you'd like to be the first to know about the hot new books and DVDs at RTC Library, just follow us on Twitter!

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March 25, 2014

Spring Break Library Hours

 

The last day of the quarter is March 27, and the library will have special Spring Break hours.  We will be open:

  • Friday, March 28, 10AM - 2PM

  • Monday, March 31 through Friday, April 4, 10AM - 2PM

  • Monday, April 7, 10AM - 2PM

We will resume our normal hours at 7AM on April 8 for Spring Quarter.

Have a wonderful Spring Break!

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March 21, 2014

New book: To the Bone.

This is not so much a cookbook - although there are 37 pages of recipes - as it is a book about food as art. Paul Liebrandt, one of the world's leading cooks talks about becoming a chef and developing his craft. Illustrated with amazing photographs that tempt you to frame them.  (Below, page 27,  Scottish Wild Wood Pigeon, Oyster Leaf and caviar.)

To The Bone

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March 13, 2014

New Database: Statistical Abstract of the United States!

Want to find out how many males aged 20-24 there were in the US in 2012? Or what the total reported receipts were for restaurants in 2010? Or how big the US population is estimated to be in 2060?  You can find the answer to questions like those in the Statistical Abstracts of the United States.  You can find it on RTC Library's database page - http://www.rtc.edu/library/database.htm

Questions? Contact us at 425 235-2331.

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March 5, 2014

RTC Catalog Down-Time,  March 8, 8PM - March 9, 4AM

The RTC Library catalog may be unavailable for short periods of time this Saturday night, from 8PM, to Sunday morning, 4AM, for maintenance on the server.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience.

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March 3, 2014

Microsoft IT Academy at RTC Library

Did you know that you, as a citizen of Washington State or a student at RTC Library, can upgrade your computer skills taking absolutely free classes? Drop by the library today and ask for more information about the Microsoft IT Academy.

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February 24, 2014

US History Course? View US History In Famous Paintings and Other Works of Art

The Google Cultural Institute offers a view of US history through paintings. See Benjamin Franklin drawing electricity from the sky, or flappers dancing in 1920's Harlem or cotton pickers, or hot springs in Yellowstone in 1872, and much more in America: Painting a Nation.

You can find other paintings, etchings and art objects pictured in RTC's Camio database.  Camio is a collection of pictures of mankind's "creative output." Just go to the RTC Library database page, chose Camio, and type in "American revolution" or "American Civil War" and see everything from officer's swords to engravings of wagon trains.

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February 13, 2014

RTC Library Will Be Closed for Presidents' Day

We will be closed for February's best holiday. Not Valentine's Day - Presidents' Day! The library will be closed Monday, February 17, 2014. Remember, though, that you can access our online databases and eBooks 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Just visit our RTC database page at http://www.rtc.edu/library/database.htm.

We will reopen at 7AM Tuesday morning.  Enjoy your day off!

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February 7, 2014

European Mysteries

RTC Library doesn't buy fiction, but sometimes wonderful people donate it to us.  As a result of donations, we have a small supply of quality European mystery fiction, including titles by Jo Nesbo (whose mysteries are mostly set in Norway), Stieg Larsson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series), Henning Mankell (Sweden) and Tana French (Ireland).

So if you want to spend a few cold nights relaxing with mysteries, come and browse our fiction collection.

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February 3, 2014

ProQuest Will be Down Feb 16-Feb 17 for 8 Hours

The ProQuest databases - including ProQuest, ProQuest Learning, History Study Center and eLibrary - will be down from 7PM Saturday, February 16 to 3AM Sunday February 17 for software updates by the vendor. So rest, relax, and enjoy your Saturday night - or try some of our other databases.

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January 31, 2014

New DVDs - "Defining Business Casual" and "Dangerous Living"

Defining Business Casual.  DVD. 19 minutes. Call Number: Media 646.7 DEFININ 1999bu

Does "Casual Friday" at the office mean tee-shirts and jeans? Flip-flops? Find out in this quick introduction to "business casual".

 

Dangerous Living: Coming Out in the Developing World. DVD. 60 minutes. Call Number: 306.766 DANGERO 2003L

An award-winning documentary exploring the lives and gays and lesbians in the developing world.

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January 24, 2014

Chinese-American Contributions.

Portraits of Pride II: Chinese-American Legacies - First 160 Years in America. 2nd Edition. Call Number: Shelves 979.404951 PORTRAI 2014

Lavishly illustrated essays on the contributions of Chinese-Americans to the US and the world.  There are also individual biographies  of such notables as Maya Lin (architect of the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial), cellist Yo-Yo Ma, actress Nancy Kwan.

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January 17, 2014

New Mapping Titles.

Coastlines: How Mapmakers Frame the World and Chart Environmental Change.  Call Number: Shelves 912.1946 NONMOI 2008.

Sea levels are predicted to rise. This will change what coasts look like from Florida to Venice.  This book looks at how cartographers will deal with this problem.  

 

The Mapmaker's Eye: David Thompson on the Columbia Plateau.  Call Number: Shelves 917.12043 NISBET 2005

Between 1801 and 1812, David Thompson surveyed the Columbia River among other feats. This beautifully illustrated book looks at his life and contributions.  It's a wonderful resource for those interested in the mapping of the US or in Northwest history.

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January 10, 2014

More New Titles!

Wild Alaskan Seafood: Celebrated Recipes form America's Top Chefs. Call number: Shelves 641.692 FRAIOLI 2011 

Need a recipe for Pacific Octopus? It's here. And Red Sea Urchin and Pacific Weathervane Scallops.  Beautiful illustrations and recipes by some of America's best chefs.

 

Electricity Demystified: Hard Stuff Made Easy. Call number: Shelves 621.3 GIBILIS 2013 

Want to learn about electricity?  This is your book, complete with quizzes to make sure you got it right.  Because with electricity, you do want to get it right.

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December 13, 2013

New Titles

These are some of the new titles we've added in the last few weeks:

What's Race Got To Do With It? DVD. Call number: Media 370.1170973 WHATS 2006r

College students at UC Berkeley talk about race, higher education, and their lives. Includes special features on addressing race in the classroom.

 

Mechanism and Mechanical Devices Sourcebook. Call number: 621.811 SCHLATER 2011

Describes and illustrates hundreds of mechanisms and mechanical devices. Want to see an illustration of a six spring motor? You can find it here, as well as information on 3D digital prototyping, mechanisms for  converting renewable energy into electrical power and much more.

 

Want to check these out? Contact us at 425 235-2331.

 

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December 6, 2013

Holiday Hours

The last day of the quarter is December 11, 2013, and the library will be open until 8PM.  We will shift into quarter break mode the next day. 

During this quarter break, we will be open Monday through Friday from December 12 to December 23, from 8AM to 4PM.

We will then be closed from December 24 to January 1.  We will reopen at 8AM on Thursday, January 2, 2014.

Questions? Please call us at (425) 235-2331.

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November 15, 2013

Updated Look for Credo Coming Soon

RTC Library's database of over 600 encyclopedias and dictionaries, Credo Reference, is getting a makeover in January, 2014.  Credo offers access to the entire content of such titles as the Cambridge World History of Food, Dental Instruments: A Pocket Guide, Key Concepts in Nursing, and Big Ideas Simply Explained: The Psychology Book.

One of the new features is a "Listen" option.  You can click on this to hear the entry read aloud.  Try it out on January 6, 2014.

Credo and RTC Library's other database pages can be found on the database page.  If you are off-campus, you will be asked to provide your 9-digit student number and your last name.

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November 8, 2013

Grolier's Online Wins An Eddie

Grolier's Online, one of the databases RTC Library subscribes to, was awarded the Best Reference Website (in the multi-level category) by the Education Software Review.  The awards are known as “Eddies”.  To try it out, go to the RTC Library Database page.

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November 1, 2013

New At RTC Library: Bugs for Breakfast

We've added a new DVD titled Bugs for Breakfast: Food and Culture.  It looks at how our culture shapes what we eat and when we eat it. It's a fun way to start a conversation on food, culture, and other interesting topics. Call number: Media 349.12 BUGS-F 2001b.

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October 24, 2013

Short Hours on Wednesday October 10, 2013

 

Wednesday, October 30, is an advising day at Renton Technical College.  That day the RTC Library Hours will be 12:00-noon to 4:00PM. But the databases - with journal articles and eBooks - are available 24 hours a day!

 

To use them, go to the RTC Library Database page, which can be found at  http://www.rtc.edu/library/database.htm You'll need your 9 digit student number and your last name to log in from off campus. And if you need to talk to a librarian, call us at 425 235-2331, or chat with a librarian through our online chat reference service, QuestionPoint.    


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October 21, 2013

Laptops Are Back!

The Library Check-out laptops are once again available at the Library Circulation
desk.  Thank you for your patience.

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October 14, 2013

"What Nurses Know..." Series

Recently added to the library shelves - "What Nurses Know".  This is a
series of books on such topics as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, PTSD and more.
These are good short introductions to the practical aspects of living
with these conditions.

Want to know more? Do a quick RTC catalog search for "What Nurses
Know", or call the library at (425) 235-2331 -  or drop by and visit us.


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October 4, 2013

Library Check-out Laptops Out of Service, Oct 8 - Oct 22. 

The library laptops - the ones available for in-library use by students - will be out of service from Tuesday, October 8 through Tuesday, October 22.  We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause.

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