“What Are You Going To Do Next?”

i-can-t-keep-calm-i-m-going-to-disneylandAt the spring graduation ceremonies at North Central Texas College, after observing the pride that the families and friends showed for the graduating students as well as the pride the graduates showed for their accomplishment, I was reminded of the Disney “What’s Next” advertising campaign in which someone who is presumably being interviewed after their moment of triumph is asked, “What are you going to do next?”

I’ve contemplated about how each of us at NCTC – whether you are a student, graduate, or NCTC employee – would answer that question. I doubt that many of us would give the inevitable response from the commercial of either, “I’m going to Disney World!” or “I’m going to Disneyland!”  However, I would think that most, if not all, of us do make plans for “what to do next.”

Recent graduates may be considering looking for a job that will use their newly earned degree and some who have just graduated may be planning to continue their education and work towards a bachelor degree in their chosen field. Those students who still are working towards getting a degree from NCTC may answer that they plan to either take courses during the summer or will take a break and then return to classes in the fall semester.

Faculty members may say that they are either teaching summer classes or plan to take a break from teaching until the fall semester and I know that there are at least a few of the faculty who would say, “I’m retiring.” Those who are NCTC support staff most likely would respond that they’ll be working as usual although some may say that they will be taking vacation days also. Administrators would probably state that “what’s next” is more meetings, conferences, and long hours at work, with some time off for vacation. Of course, there is no “right” answer to the “What’s next” question and it is a continuing journey but hopefully you will include the NCTC libraries in your plans this summer and check the collection to see if we have a book of interest to you.

That said, the remainder of this blog highlights a book from each campus collection, including from the electronic collection, which may help you with whatever you have chosen for what you are going to do next.

Ultimate Job Search GuideKnock ’em Dead: The Ultimate Job Search Guide, 2014 by Martin John Yate; Bowie; HF5549.5 .I6 Y37 2013

For those of you whose “next” plan includes looking for work, the book’s publisher asserts that “the  author helps you build a killer resume, maximize your social networks to find more job opportunities, and understand what employers are really looking for in the people they hire. He will also show you how to turn job interviews into job offers with advice on how to stand out from the competition.”

Mozart EffectThe Mozart Effect: Tapping the Power of Music to Heal the Body, Strengthen the Mind, and Unlock the Creative Spirit by Don Campbell; Corinth; TX715 .N683

According to the publisher, “The Mozart Effect has a simple but life-changing message: music is medicine for the body, the mind, and the soul. Campbell shows how modern science has begun to confirm this ancient wisdom, finding evidence that listening to certain types of music can improve the quality of life in almost every respect. Here are dramatic accounts of how music is used to deal with everything from anxiety to cancer, high blood pressure, chronic pain, dyslexia, and even mental illness.”

12 Rules12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson; Flower Mound; BJ1589 .P48 2018

Published in 2018, the book’s author, Dr. Peterson, covers a series of essays, from discussions on discipline, freedom, adventure, and responsibility, condensing the world’s wisdom into twelve practical and profound rules for life. In the forward of this national and international bestselling book we are informed that “Professor Peterson doesn’t just propose his twelve rules, he tells stories, too, bringing to bear his knowledge of many fields as he illustrates and explains why the best rules do not ultimately restrict us but instead facilitate our goals and make for fuller, freer lives.” Dr. Peterson’s core message is that “each individual has ultimate responsibility to bear; that if one wants to live a full life, one first sets one’s own house in order; and only then can one sensibly aim to take on bigger responsibilities.” At 409 pages (which include reference notes and the index) the book is a long read. However, although you may not agree completely with the book, I think you will find the book to be thought-provoking as well as hopefully interesting. As a side note, you can find several of Dr. Jordan Peterson’s lectures on YouTube.

Traveler's GiftThe Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews; Gainesville; Currently Being Processed [check online catalog by mid-June]

If you want to combine professional development with entertainment you will want to check the NCTC online catalog in mid-June 2018 for this book’s call number. The author of this New York Times bestseller provides seven enduring principles for a successful life, putting it into a story format to convey the information.  While waiting for this book to be processed and added to the collection we have another book that you may enjoy reading, also written by Andy Andrews titled The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective (Gainesville campus library; BJ1597 .A525 2009).

Using RelaxationUsing Relaxation for Health and Success: Stress Reducing Techniques for Confidence and Positive Health by Sallyann Sheridan and Christina Waugh; eBook EBSCOhost Collection.

In its preface, the authors state that the book covers “how to relieve your mind and body of the impact of internal and external pressures. It will help you recognize if you have too little or too much pressure in your life, and there are checklists to help you assess your current tension levels.”

So there you have it – an assortment of books that hopefully may provide inspiration to help you in your journey of “What’s Next.” This is a small sampling of what we have available either within the print collections of the NCTC Libraries or in an electronic format through the EBSCO eBook Collection.

If you are a part of the North Central Texas College community, regardless of which campus you physically are on or even if you are an online participant only, you may request books from any of the campus libraries and have it sent to the NCTC campus of your choice. Books in many subject areas may be found in electronic format for viewing online through the EBSCO eBook Collection database and these books are an option, whether it just is not convenient for you to go to one of the campus libraries or you want immediate online access.  We welcome you to visit any of our campus library locations, to call us, or to email for more information.

Contributed by Diane Roether, Dean of Libraries, North Central Texas College

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The Truth is Out There

Librarians are borderline obsessive about getting the best possible sources of information. This often requires questioning the credentials of authors, following the paper trails of research funding, and critically reading the findings of even the most respected scientists. This level of skepticism can rival that of a conspiracy theorist, with obvious differences of course. Mainly, the respect of a common reality that has consequences in our lives (whether we want to believe in it or not).

In his widely circulated TEDtalk, UConn professor Michael Patrick Lynch argues that a common reality is necessary for the stability of society. Lynch states that our common reality must have a strong foundation of certain commonly held truths. He emphasizes that actively engaging with information, rather than its passive acceptance, can foster our common reality. Moreover, we must recognize that our individual worldviews are incomplete, but can be improved by the knowledge and experience of others. These truths must endure regardless of political affiliation or any other polarizing societal issues.

UFOConspiracy theorists dance along or just outside our common reality. Formally a conspiracy theory is one that “explains an event or set of circumstances as the result of a secret plot by usually powerful conspirators” (“Conspiracy Theory”). But the term is generally understood to include any number of far-flung beliefs. Including, the idea that the Holocaust never occurred, or that extraterrestrials, not humans, were the constructors of the ancient Egyptian pyramids.

tinfoil hatWhy are some lured into this paranoid, distrustful space? It may be a variety of factors including human nature, culture, personality features, critical thinking skills, or the fact that some conspiracy theories have actually been proven true. Humans are hard-wired with an “intentionality bias” that leads us to believe that external events and actions are more likely to be purposeful rather than coincidental (Blaney et al. 401). Psychologist Heejung Kim studies cultural impacts on human behavior at UC Santa Barbara. Kim confirms the widely held belief that Western culture looks favorably on uniqueness because it has “connotations of freedom and independence” (785). Conspiracy theories are not strictly an American phenomenon, but our quest for uniqueness may prime us for wanting to possess knowledge and beliefs few others have. Indeed, Anthony Lantian, a psychologist with the University Paris Nanterre, found that a higher need to feel unique is positively associated with believing in conspiracy theories (164). When exaggerated to negative levels, intentionality bias and the need to feel unique have been associated with paranoia, a feature of narcissism (DSM-5 767). Researchers from the Universities of Grenoble Alpes and Kent found that those with individual narcissism are significantly more likely to believe in conspiracy theories (Cichocka et al. 161). Of course not all who subscribe to conspiracy theories are narcissists. It may be a simple lack of skill to evaluate information.

For all our zeal for the truth, Librarians and other educators often shy away from addressing conspiracy theories head on. There is a fear that by simply mentioning something taboo, we are somehow leading our students into dark corners of the information sphere. In her article “Teach the Conspiracies,” Renee Hobbs reminds her audience that there are many things students will hear about regardless of us acknowledging their existence. Hobbs argues that it is preferred that they learn about conspiracies with a professional who can help guide them through the critical thinking process. Truly, where other than the library or classroom will students gain these skills?

chemicalHobbs touches on another appeal of conspiracy theories– that some of them have been validated (21). For example, the government actually has attempted to engage in a form of mind control, even going so far as to drug unsuspecting citizens with LSD (Andrews). However it cannot be stressed enough that it takes effort, care, time, energy and other resources of very credible people to expose cover-ups like these (22). Much more effort than any conspiracy theorist on YouTube would ever engage in. It follows that credibility should be important when researching conspiracy theories.

The Library would love to help you research conspiracy theories. Just don’t get too disappointed when we can’t help you find Bigfoot. But hey, if we do, we’d love to share the fame! Want to know more about evaluating your sources? Check out our new video on the SCRAAP test. Curious about conspiracy theories’ better-known sibling, Fake News, find our previous post here.

–Contributed by Sabrina McKethan, Librarian, Corinth Campus

Works Cited

Andrews, Evan. “Did the CIA Secretly Dose People with LSD?” History, 13 Nov. 2013,

http://www.history.com/news/ask-history/did-the-cia-secretly-dose-people-with-lsd.

Blaney, Paul H. et al., editors. Oxford Textbook of Psychopathology. 3rd ed., Oxfurd UP,

2015.

Cichocka, Aleksandra et al. “Does Self-Love or Self-Hate Predict Conspiracy Beliefs?

Narcissism, Self-Esteem, and the Endorsement of Conspiracy Theories.” Social

Psychological and Personality Science, vol. 7, no. 2, 13 Nov. 2015, pp. 157­-166,

journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1948550615616170.

“Conspiracy Theory.” Merriam-Webster. 2018, http://www.merriam-webster.com/

dictionary/conspiracy%20theory.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-5. 5th ed., American

Psychiatric Association, 2013.

Hobbs, Renee. “Teach the conspiracies.” Knowledge Quest, vol. 46, no. 1, 2017, p. 16+.

Academic OneFile, link.galegroup.com.northcenttexascollegelibrary.idm.oclc.org

/apps/doc/A508103758/AONE?u=txshracd2531&sid=AONE&xid=c45a4a0a.

Kim, Heejung and Hazel R. Markus. “Deviance or Uniqueness, Harmony or Conformity?

A Cultural Analysis.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, vol. 77, no. 4,

1999, pp. 785-800,

php.scripts.psu.edu/faculty/n/x/nxy906/COMPS/indivdualismandcollectivism/culture

%20lit/to%20print/Kim1999culture.pdf.

Lynch, Michael P. “How to See Past Your Own Perspective and Find Truth.” TED, Apr.

2017, http://www.ted.com/talks/Michael_patrick_lynch_how_to_see_past_your_

own_perspective_and_find_truth/transcript?language=en. Lecture.

 

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Crowdsourcing, Libraries, and You

crowd-2045498_960_720The Internet is awash with freely available datasets, images, and scanned texts. But some of these items are difficult, if not impossible, to find because they lack easily searchable and meaningful information. For example, a scanned text of a handwritten diary page from the American Revolutionary War cannot be turned into a searchable document using current optical character recognition (OCR) technology. Someone has to transcribe that diary page and add tags or metadata indicating important people, places, and dates. That’s where crowdsourcing comes in.

Crowdsourcing refers to using collective intelligence, or “the crowd,” to work towards a common goal. Put simply, crowdsourcing allows anyone with an Internet connection to be a part of a larger project that enriches our understanding of the world. Libraries are using crowdsourcing to make hundreds of thousands of scanned texts and images readily available online. Some crowdsourcing projects help train AI to recognize digital objects that only humans can accurately identify at this time. You’ll often hear crowdsourcing volunteers referred to as citizen archivists, citizen historians, citizen scientists, or other iterations of this phrase.

While anyone can contribute to a crowdsourced project, there are safeguards in place to ensure quality data is being entered. All crowdsourced projects have some form of training and documentation. Some projects require free registration. A large majority of projects have volunteers that double-check the work of other volunteers. Many projects use two different volunteers to double-check entries, and if there are discrepancies either a third volunteer or an employee of the project’s institution will resolve the issue.

We’ve gathered together a list of a few crowdsourced projects that you can contribute to.

What’s On the Menu?

Help the New York Public Library transcribe and geotag historical restaurant menus. The NYPL has a massive collection of restaurant menus from the 1840s to the present. These menus originate from all over the world and include many cruise ship menus. “What’s On the Menu?” isn’t the only crowdsourced project from the New York Public Libraries. You can find more at the NYPL Labs like Stereogranimator (create and share 3D images from stereographs), Together We Listen (transcribe oral history interviews from NYC community members), and Emigrant City (transcribe 19th and early 20th century real estate records from the Emigrant Savings Bank, enriching the history record of the immigrants who helped to create New York City).

Old Maps Online

The British Library has digitized over 50,000 old maps and are asking participants to help identify accurate locations for these historic maps. Using a modern digital map of the world and the British Library’s georeferencing tool, participants locate and overlay the old map over our current map of the world. For example, here we have an 1878 map of the Ob River in Russia. You can use the visualize tools at the top left to compare the two maps. Old Maps Online isn’t the only crowdsourced project from the British Library. At Libcrowds you can help with projects like In the Spotlight, where volunteers help transcribe information from historical British theater playbills.

Operation War Diary

Operation War Diary is a joint project between the Imperial War Museums in Britain and the UK National Archives. The UK National Archives is home to thousands of original World War I diaries that have recently been scanned and made available online. But, as mentioned earlier, Optical Character Recognition is not advanced enough to recognize handwriting in all its variations, especially when the handwriting originates from older documents. Citizen historians are transcribing these World War I diaries and making valuable information about The Great War easily accessible to anyone.

Anti-Slavery Manuscripts

The Boston Public Library is home to one of the largest collections of abolitionist material in the United States. Anti-Slavery Manuscripts is a crowdsourced project to transcribe over 40,000 of these items which include letters, newspapers, pamphlets, books, and other memorabilia from the abolitionist movement during the 1830s to the 1870s.

Old Weather

The U. S. National Archives, in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has digitized their historic Navy, Coast Guard, and Revenue Cutter ship logs from the pre-Civil War period up until the end of World War II. Volunteers help to transcribe these ship logs in order to help scientists access Arctic and other worldwide weather observations, ultimately assisting with our current models of climate projection. The National Archives have other crowdsourced projects available at their Citizen Archivist website. If Old Weather isn’t your thing, try your hand at transcribing Watergate records, Marine Corps activities in World II and Korea, or American Red Cross activities during World War I.

Hevelin Fanzines

The Hevelin Fanzines collection at The University of Iowa Libraries contains over 10,000 fantasy, science fiction, and horror fanzines between the years of 1933 to 1950. All of the fanzines come from the collection of James L. “Rusty” Hevelin, a well-known sci-fi fan, collector, dealer, and zine editor. Volunteers help transcribe these digitized rare and unusual fanzines. The University of Iowa Libraries is one of many institutions with other ongoing crowdsourced projects. These include the Szathmary Culinary Manuscripts and Cookbooks (culinary writing from the 17th to 20th centuries), Building the Transcontinental Railroad (business correspondence from early railroad days), and Social Justice (civil rights documents from the 1960s to the 1980s). Find these and more at the library’s crowdsourcing website DIY History.

We’ve been focusing on crowdsourced projects from libraries, archives, and museums, but there are hundreds of projects coming out of science and technology as well.

Check out The Milky Way Project, for example. Using images from the Spitzer Space Telescope and WISE satellite observatory, citizen scientists are helping to map the Milky Way Galaxy and further our understanding of how stars are formed.

EteRNA uses puzzles to gamify crowdsourcing and help invent new medicines. Their project OpenTB allows volunteers to help develop a new diagnostic device using RNA to detect tuberculosis. OpenCRISPR aims to design a class of single guide RNAs (sgRNAs) to make gene editing smarter and safer.

Want to find more crowdsourced projects to participate in? Try Zooniverse. Zooniverse hosts and facilities crowdsourced projects of all kinds from all over the world. Find projects in the arts, physics, foreign languages, social sciences, and much more.

NASA used Zooniverse for a now completed project called Exoplanet Explorers, resulting in the discovery of a multi-planet system. Peer-reviewed research articles are being written on the discoveries of citizen scientists, and this includes the discoveries made by the participants in the Exoplanet Explorers project. In keeping with the spirit of the project, anyone can freely download and read the peer-reviewed article published in The Astronomical Journal.

Zooniverse isn’t the only crowdsourcing site with a wide variety of projects in different disciplines. Challenge.gov hosts crowdsourced projects from many different U. S. governmental departments and Europeana Pro brings together organizations across Europe to digitize and crowdsource cultural heritage items.

–Contributed by Michelle McLaughlin, Librarian, Corinth Campus

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The Future is Here!

Kicking off the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, viewer

Kicking off the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, viewers from around the globe were treated to a record-breaking light show during the opening ceremony. Intel is providing drone technology at the Olympic Winter Games in South Korea. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

Wow! Just, wow!  Those of us who watched the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics were treated to an incredible exhibition of the artistry and creativity availed to us because of computer technology.  I hope we never lose the awe of seeing the center field of a stadium used as a giant computer monitor where animals run, creatures swim, boats sail, and starships fly. Where paths are lit behind and in front of dancers and skaters.

 

And as we turned our eyes to the skies, there were the drones. Hundreds of drones programmed to take the shape of a snowboarder flying through the sky or a dove with wings outspread. Now, I am aware that this may have been pre-recorded (honestly, wouldn’t YOU pre-record something this important that the entire world is watching?) but that does not detract from the truth: there are limitless possibilities with programmed drones in the dark night sky.

Not so very long ago, to get an aerial view of something, a photographer needed a lot of money or a friend with a plane. Now, you just need a drone.  NCTC’s very own homepage often features a breathtaking moving collage of our five beautiful campuses captured with…a drone and a camera. Add a talented artist with mad computer editing skills and you have a stunning result.

Granted, the military and other industries have been using this technology for years, but now it is becoming commonplace. Perhaps you should try your hand at it?

NCTC offers courses and certificates in several areas of computer technology and gaming. 

Adult and Continuing Education has classes!! 

Want to find out more about drones? Your NCTC libraries have books! You can even build your own.

Come see us at any NCTC library. Browse the NCTC website. Visit an NCTC campus advisor.

The future is here. Come join us.

–Contributed by Robin Studdard, Librarian, Bowie and Graham Campuses

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Library vs. Bookstore: The Struggle is Real

At the beginning of each semester, each of our NCTC campus libraries are inundated with similar questions, be it via phone, our online Ask-a-Librarian form, or email:

What books do I need for my course? How much do they cost? How do I rent a textbook?

Which is interesting–because while these are all good questions that any student would have–they are questions for the BOOKSTORE, not the LIBRARY.

It is interesting that so many folks seem to get the two of us confused. So here’s a handy guide to tell the difference between the two…

 

currency-2022440_960_720At the Bookstore, you buy or rent textbooks. Money changes hands.

At the Library, you borrow textbooks for a short time. It’s free (unless you turn them late, that is).

 

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At the Library, you can be helped with your research by a knowledgeable, professional staff of librarians!

At the Bookstore, you can be helped with purchases by a knowledgeable, professional staff of salespeople.

 

draw-1296044_960_720At the Bookstore, you can buy supplies like pencils, pens, paper, Scantrons, snacks, and other such materials.

At the Library–not so much. It’s a place for quiet study and research.

 

icon-1968238_960_720At the Library’s website (http://library.nctc.edu), you can access subject guides, citation guides, and research databases…

At the Bookstore’s website (http://www.nctc.edu/bookstore/index.html), you can access what books you need for your classes and make your purchases…

 

Hopefully this guide helps you differentiate between the very different services provided by the Bookstore and Library. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the library anytime–we’ll be happy to direct you to the right place 🙂

–Contributed by Shedrick Pittman-Hassett, Associate Dean of Libraries

 

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Learning Teamwork with Cooperative Board Games

For the last several years, the gaming world has seen a real surge in the creation and production of new board games. This can include traditional family-style games, but also roll playing games, table top card games, strategy games, and cooperative games. The NCTC Libraries actually have a collection of circulating board games available for students, faculty, and staff.

The game collection is housed at the Gainesville campus, but can be sent out to other campuses and checked out as requested. Games check out for one week, and can be found by searching “board games” in the NCTC Library Catalog.

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Source–NCTC Libraries

A highlight of the NCTC collection is our section of cooperative games. Cooperative board games have become very popular in the last few years. In cooperative board games, most, if not all, of the players work together to beat the game itself. There are some games, such as Fury of Dracula, where all but one player work together to defeat the other player (Dracula). One of the earliest cooperative games of the modern gaming boom is Lord of the Rings, designed by Reiner Knizia, released in 2000.

 

In this game, based on the Tolkien books, the players are united against Sauron as they take on various boards and levels to reach Mordor. At the time of its release, it was only one of a few cooperative games available.

Especially popular today are the games by creator Matt Leacock. Leacock is the designer of the games Pandemic (2008), Forbidden Island (2010), and Forbidden Desert (2013). In Pandemic, players are given roles in the medical profession, with the job of working together to cure and/or eradicate several diseases from spreading across the globe. Teamwork is a must, as there are several ways to lose the game if all players are not working together. To defeat the game, all four diseases must be cured. If you don’t cure the diseases in time, epidemics breakout to other cities. Reach the limit on epidemics, and the game is over. New editions of Pandemic include Legacy, which allows players to continue the game over the course of a year; and more specific topics, such as Pandemic: Reign of Cthulu.

Pandemic was followed up by Forbidden Island, a game where players work together to collect treasures before taking a helicopter off a sinking island. Gameplay is very similar to Pandemic, with each player having a specific role, and portions of the island flooding each round, in the same way diseases spread in Pandemic. Forbidden Island is a quicker game, and does not use a traditional board. Its companion game, Forbidden Desert, follows generally the same rules and gameplay, but adds in several new steps and obstacles along the way.

Cooperative games can be great teambuilding activity, make for fun party games, and generally require 2-4 players. The NCTC Library Board Game Collection includes Lord of the Rings, Pandemic, and Forbidden Island, plus many other games, so grab some friends and check one out today!

For more information on all things Board Games, visit Board Game Geek at http://www.boardgamegeek.com

–Contributed by Dax Stokes, Librarian, Flower Mound Campus

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Dealing With Stress?

Stress – does anyone live without it? I know that I don’t.  If you are one of the lucky ones who has absolutely no stress in your life, then you may decide that you don’t need to take the time to read this; for the rest, read on.

Although there are two types of stress – “good” stress (eustress) that motivates us to do better and “bad” stress (distress) that can have harmful effects – the stress to which I refer is the kind that can be called “bad” stress. We all know what “bad” stress can do: high blood pressure, weight gain or conversely loss of appetite and weight loss, depression, insomnia, fatigue, headaches, a weakened immune system are just some side-effects of what can develop from “bad” stress. I’m sure you can easily add to the list.

I wish I had a magical answer that will help to make the “bad” stress go away but I don’t. However, I do have some suggestions.  I won’t say that I have any new insights and, yes, you may have heard these all before but I’ve found that sometimes a reminder is needed to help me get back on track. Maybe it will help you too.

One method I’ve found helpful when I’m stressed is to take deep breaths, inhaling deeply and then letting the breath out slowly. Sometimes taking one deep breath and letting it out slowly is all I need but there are times when I need to do this several times in a row before I begin to feel myself relax.  Although I have never tried it, I’ve read that stretching your arms while you breathe in and out helps also.

01 Beating StressExercise is usually on lists of how to relieve stress. It can be as simple as taking a walk or as complex as working out at the gym. Some people rely on the combination of exercise and meditation techniques such as yoga or tai chi as a way to reduce stress. Many people practice meditation as a stress reliever and say it helps them relax; in fact prestigious medical organizations such as the Mayo Clinic and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have recommended meditation to help reduce stress.

Find support from others. Sharing your concerns with others may help relieve stress but you need to choose someone who you know will listen and be willing to validate your feelings; otherwise, sharing can add to stress.

These are just a few suggestions I came up with and there are of course many more ideas. In fact, NCTC Libraries actually have several books that discuss stress, both the good and the bad (yes, I know you knew this was coming, but I am a librarian after all). The following is a selected list of books that you may choose from:

Chambers, Ruth, Anthony Schwartz, and Elizabeth Boath. Beating Stress in the NHS [electronic resource]. Abingdon, U.K.: Radcliffe Publishing Limited, 2003. Available in eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

Although in the Introduction the authors state that the book is intended for anyone working in the health field and explain that, “The aim of this book is to provide you with opportunities and options to control and minimize stress that arises from your work in the health service,” there is information within the book that is useful for anyone experiencing stress, especially in chapters three, five, and six.

02 Stress Management SourcebookCunningham J. The Stress Management Sourcebook [electronic resource]. Los Angeles: NTC Contemporary; 2000. Available in eBook Collection (EBSCOhost).

The author claims that, “In reading this book and participating in its many exercises, you will become aware of your values, beliefs, habits, and behaviors. You will be introduced to a range of tools that you can use in designing stress management strategies individualized to your needs.” The author further asserts that this book, “…illustrates ways of reducing stress and developing a more satisfying and happier lifestyle.”

03 - 50 WaysRosenthal, M. Sara. 50 Ways to Prevent and Manage Stress [electronic resource]. McGraw-Hill Professional, 2001. Available in eBook Collection (EBSCOhost).

The author says that, “This book is designed to help you reorganize your priorities so that you can reduce chronic stress as well as incorporate a few new healing strategies to help combat acute stress” and lists 50 ways that he considers helpful.

04 College RulesNist-Olejnik, Sherrie and Jodi Patrick Holschuh. College Rules! How to Study, Survive, and Succeed in College. Ten Speed Press, 2011. Corinth Campus Library. Call Number: LB2343.32 .N57 2011

Abstract: An updated and expanded edition of a college survival primer by two college professors, this book shares essential advice and strategies on topics ranging from stress management and test preparation to staying motivated and balancing academics with a social life.

05 Under PressureVye, Christopher, Kathlene Scholljegerdes, and I. David Welch. Under Pressure and Overwhelmed: Coping with Anxiety in College. Praeger, 2007. Corinth Campus Library. Call Number: LA 229 .V94 2007

The authors mention two objectives for their book: “First, to enhance students’ awareness of the expected and normal stresses of college life and the ways in which, like those in the larger society, they are affected by them” and “Second, it is the intention of the book to describe the nature of anxiety, its common manifestations, and provide methods for effectively coping with it.”

06 BE SuccessPflum, Neil O. BE Success: Discover the Secret of Having the Life You Really Want. Musical Motivator Press, 2005. Flower Mound Campus Library. Call Number: BF637.S8 P45 2005

From the back cover of this book: “”BE Success reveals powerful insights and ideas on how to be successful. Most people aren’t doing the right things in the right order, which leads to stress, depleted energy, and overall ineffectiveness.”

07 Success under StressMelnick, Sharon. Success under Stress: Powerful Tools for Staying Calm, Confident, and Productive when the Pressure’s on. Amacom, 2013. Gainesville Campus Library. Call Number: HF5548.85 .M45 2013

The author states that in her book, “you’ll learn hundreds of strategies that will enable you to succeed quickly, even in the face of the most common stresses, such as interpersonal friction and having too much work but not enough time.” She states that the book is for people who “Work in an overwhelming environment where you have to influence people to get things done; Own your own business where you ‘wear all the hats’; Seek to ease your financial stress and feel you’re stretched thin; [and] Face a lack of self-confidence that causes you to ‘get in your own way’ or are reactive in relationships…”

08 Manage your StressStrand, Joseph and Leigh M. Devine. Manage Your Stress: Overcoming Stress in the Modern World. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2012. Gainesville Campus Library. Call Number: RA 785 .S544 2012

Provided by the publisher: “This book provides readers with psychological and physical strategies necessary to keep stress from undermining their health, their joy, and the happiness of those around them. These simple and practical strategies help relieve our stress, and the stress of those around us.”

09 Coping with StressCoping with Stress. [videorecording] Educational Video Network, 2005. Gainesville Campus Library. Call Number: BF575 .S75 C67 2005 DVD

Abstract: Stress affects everyone, both emotionally and physically. For some, mismanaged stress can result in substance abuse, violence, or even suicide. This program answers the question, ‘How can a person cope with stress?’

Contributed by Diane Roether, Dean of Libraries, NCTC

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