Archive for July, 2010

New PBS Videos and Video Collection Interface from NC LIVE

NC LIVE has released twenty-four new PBS videos to be included in its PBS Video Collection. Among many other additional titles, this new release offers films such as Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, and Persuasion as well as Ken Burns’ The War, Dickens’s Oliver Twist, and Shakespeare’s King Lear.  Also, the video collection interface has been upgraded to allow you to place a URL link to a video from NC LIVE on a Blackboard course page, or any other type of webpage. 

If you have any questions or comments about the PBS Video Collection, please contact the WCC Library Circulation Desk staff at 739-6891 or at


New NC LIVE Homepage

On Tuesday, July 6, 2010, NC LIVE will reveal its new and improved homepage interface for everyone to use.  This new homepage has been available in a beta version as a link on the NC LIVE website since the beginning of the 2010.

Changes to NC LIVE include an expanded list of subject categories for the databases, new offerings in e-books, audio books and databases, as well as new business and job portals.

Visit the new LIVE homepage by using the NC LIVE link at the top of our Research Databases drop-down menu on the WCC Library homepage. If you have any questions or comments about the new NC LIVE webpage, please contact us at 739-6891 or at


July 2010 Exhibits – American History and Beach Reads

The WCC Library features two book exhibits for July 2010.  The main exhibit area’s books focus on American History, particularly the founders of the American Revolution and, eventually, the United States.  For more information about American History and some great photographs and audio presentations about various periods and people in U.S. history, visit the American Memory site at the Library of Congress.

Books in the WCC Library newspaper exhibit area for July highlight Beach Reads, since July is a month when many people go to the beach and may need something new and exciting to read.  We have a variety of books from Nicholas Sparks novels to some great Young Adult fiction.  If you’re looking for a beach to visit, North Carolina has plenty of sand to lure you.  We’ll help you find a book to take with you; these websites will help you decide on a destination:

The Outer Banks

The Cape Fear Coast

The Crystal Coast

The Brunswick Islands


LSTA Library Grant

On Thursday, June 10th the Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources held a press conference in the WCC Library to announce that the WCC Library had received a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant of $19,986 from the State Library of North Carolina.

This money will be spent to update and expand the library’s book collections in the LC subject areas of applied, business and computer technology.  For example, many new books about sustainable agriculture and computer and video game design will not only complement new college programs, but help people looking for jobs, or to improve their job knowledge and skills, in these high profile areas.  For more information about LSTA grants for 2010-2011, visit the NC Department of Cultural Resources website.