Seeds for Earth Day!

Pellissippi Earth Day Celebrations April 20, 2017

Pellissippi Earth Day 2017 celebrations.

The PSCC Seed Library and Hardin Valley Campus Garden participated in Pellissippi’s Earth Day celebrations. Students, staff, and faculty planted seed starts to take home, signed up to volunteer in the campus garden, and learned some basics about starting seeds and organic gardening. Together we’re changing the world one seed at a time.

Pellissippi Earth Day celebrations 2017

Did you miss the festivities? Don’t fret! Stop by the Hardin Valley Library and checkout the Seed Library today!

Photos courtesy of Pellissippi photographer Jessie Tipton. 

Magnolia Game Club

Retro video game consul, like at an arcadeby Sonya Elsberry

Love gaming, learning about game design, and socializing in a like-minded community? Really Awesome Gaming Evolution (RAGE) is for you!

We are a digital media community that gathers for casual games every Wednesday in the Magnolia Campus Fitness Center at 2pm. We aim to foster future game designers, artists, programmers, engineers, directors, artists, and musicians dedicated to developing interactive games and apps.

PSCC Libraries have many resources that aide us in game development, such as Lynda.com and the numerous books and ebooks that are essential tools in continually learning new skills in software and game development.

RAGE holds one tournament at the end of each semester on the Magnolia campus. Come join us!

A Cabinet of Curiosities

There is so much interesting history to be found in the card catalog, if only those drawers could talk!

Image of the Library of Congress Card Division, 1919
The Library of Congress Card Division, 1919 Underwood. The Library of Congress Card Division, 1919. [circa 1919 or later], photograph, Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
As Andrew Limbong explained on NPR’s Morning Edition show, “if you do a Google search for “card catalog” it will likely return Pinterest-worthy images of antique furniture for sale — boxy, wooden cabinets with tiny drawers, great for storing knick-knacks, jewelry or art supplies,” or seed packets as in the case of the new Pellissippi State Seed Library! There is a rich fascinating history behind the card catalog as author Peter Deveraux explains in his new book, The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures. Checkout this fun and fascinating interview on NPR:

http://www.npr.org/2017/04/13/522606808/file-this-under-nostalgia-new-book-pays-tribute-to-the-library-card-catalog

Meet Your Librarian: Whitney Taylor

new librarian, whitney taylorWhitney Taylor is our new part-time Reference Librarian at the Hardin Valley campus.

Whitney has worked in academic and public libraries for 10 years. She has a BS in history and political science from University of the Cumberlands, a MA in history from University of Central Missouri, and a MLS from University of Kentucky. She recalls being lured to librarianship by the romanticism that surrounds researching archives.

As an academic librarian, Whitney most enjoys teaching people to find information and is passionate about open access materials. She looks forward to working with international students, as she loves learning languages. She can read in French, Latin, Spanish, Arabic, and Korean, and her personal goal is to increase this number to 15.

She moved to Knoxville in October last year but grew up in Jellico, TN. Outside of work, she enjoys rock climbing and hiking. She is a gamer and plays Magic the Gathering. She recently adopted an 8-week-old Boston terrier puppy named Zelda, so stop by the reference desk to meet Whitney and talk to her about history, puppy shenanigans, and Magic!