News & Notes: November 2021 – BCULibrary

News & Notes: November 2021 – BCULibrary

The Official Newsletter of Carl S. Swisher Library

Those educated in the United States recall November coinciding with lessons about American Indians, which, of course, was and remains problematic. For many, Thanksgiving was the only reference to American Indians and they were still not the primary focus of discussion. Very few learn of the decimation of their culture, heritage and way of life and the methodical eradication of countless tribes. However, knowledge of their experience is conveniently at our fingertips and since November is National American Indian Heritage Month, there is no time like the present to intentionally learn. Use the links below and learn more about one story from American Indian history and the Powhatan town of Werowocomoco.

Werowocomoco: A Place of Leadership Once a prominent Powhatan town, this site of pivotal events in American history has only recently been rediscovered. Check out the National Park Service website for additional information and join the conversation on social media by using #IndigenousHeritageMonth, #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth, and #FindYourPark or #EncuentraTuParque.

November is also ‘home’ to several prominent awareness months, including, Aviation Month, Good Nutrition Month, Hunger Awareness Month, Latin American Month, National AIDS Awareness Month, National Diabetes Awareness Month, National Georgia Pecan Month, National Long-Term Care Awareness Month, National Novel Writing Month, National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month, National Pepper Month, National Red Ribbon Month (Anti-Drunk Driving), and Vegan Awareness Month.

It is interesting to note how many months deal with health (AIDS, Diabetes, Nutrition, Long-Term Care, Red Ribbon, Vegan) and how the holidays often impact those who struggle with resisting temptations.

These temptations.

Not these Temptations.

In an effort to reduce stress that accompany many during the holidays and to avoid temptations that stunt progress, you might find it helpful to meditate. Here is a 10-minute meditation focusing on gratitude by Deepak Chopra. If you like it, try the Guided Meditation on Gratitude with Deepak Chopra as well.

Perhaps, you don’t think you can find 10 minutes to meditate (shame on you – self-care is extremely important), but have room on your bathroom mirror or car console to post a note. This article from Country Living includes a short video about the history of Thanksgiving + 58 Gratitude Quotes to Bring Joy to Every Day Here’s one from GZA, founding member of the WuTang Clan.

November is also home to National Runaway Prevention Month, a public awareness campaign designed to “shine a light” on the experiences of runaway and homeless youth that too often remain invisible. It is also an opportunity to spotlight the resources available to support youth in crisis throughout the nation. As part of the campaign, individuals, organizations, and communities across the nation are encouraged to work together to prevent youth homelessness.

National Runaway Prevention Month is spearheaded by the National Runaway Safeline (NRS), with the support of the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB). The Carl S. Swisher Library maintains a research guide that offers resources for homeless students who experience shelter and food insecurities.

November is also National Scholarship month. Click HERE to access the library’s research guide on scholarships. You can also navigate there from the library’s homepage, by clicking on RESEARCH GUIDES, then scrolling to Scholarships.

Learning Express Library (Prep-Step) provides practice tests, interactive tutorials, and ebooks for students and adult learners. Includes practices tests such as GED, GRE, SAT, TEAS, and supports those looking to improve core academic skills, pass a high school equivalency test, prepare for college, join the military, obtain occupational certification, find a job, change careers, become a U.S. citizen and much more.

To access Learning Express Library/Prep Step, go to the library’s homepage and then click SEARCH DATABASES. Once there, click L and then Learning Express Library/Prep Step. See screen below.

To learn more, watch your email for information regarding an upcoming webinar. Below, is a list of featured resources.

WORD / Google Docs – Insert Symbols, Characters & Wingdings (Novice) from Tech-Talk

Have you ever wanted to insert a symbol or special character into your document … but you didn’t know where to find or add them?

Word has hundreds of these available! Not only text and mathematical signs, but fun icons and shapes.

For example, you may want to add:

Letters with diacritical marks used in other languages (é ñ ö ç)Copyright, Trademark or Registered symbols (© ™ ®)Medical, religious or mathematical visual elements (≤, ℅, ∑)Checkmarks, check boxes or star shapes… to name just a few

There are even fun picture collections called Wingdings and Webdings which can be added to your document … or used as the bullet symbol in a list!

So let’s take a look at where you find these special characters and how to add them to a document.

Insert a Symbol, Special Character or Wingding

To add any of these special symbols to your Word document, in the main menu you first go to Insert, and on the very right, click on Symbol.

Note that in the drop-down menu, popular symbols (and the ones that you have used in the past) will be displayed. This is a quick way to just click on any of the ones pictured to add to your document.

There are different steps to add a Symbol, Special Character or Wingding, so we’ll go through the process below for each.

BONUS! You can add symbols and fun icons in Google Docs too! Read on…

Add a Symbol

Click Insert from the main menu.Choose Symbol and then select More Symbols.This will open the Symbol box. Now you have choices.On the Symbols tab at the top, you may find the one you want to add from the Font group that is selected.Select a symbol by clicking on it.Click Insert, then the Close button.

Additionally, you can use the font drop-down window (upper left in window) for more collections. Various fonts provide different symbols … and different styling. TIP: No matter what choices you see when you first go to insert symbols, be sure to check out the vast number of more items by changing the “font” style.

NOTE: Changing the font in this window will not affect the font used in your document.

Add a Special Character

There are symbols that are referred to as Special Characters like a Copyright or Trademark sign. To add these…

Again, go to Insert in the main menu.Click Symbol and More Symbols.This time, click the Special Characters tab.Find the symbol you want and click Insert.Then select the Close button.

Add a Wingding

You may be asking, “What are Wingdings?” These are images or symbols that show up in the font collection called Wingding … and Wingding 2 and Wingding 3. So while technically it is a “font”, really it’s a set of styled letters and numbers … along with shapes, gestures and images. It’s lots of fun stuff! PLUS, there are additional collections of cool images in Webdings.

To view and insert Wingdings into your document:

Go to the Insert tab in the main menu.Click Symbol and More Symbols.Use the Font drop-down menu to locate Wingdings (or type Wingdings in the field).Now scroll through the list to locate the image you want and click Insert.Then select the Close button. 

BONUS! Use a Wingding as the Symbol in a Bulleted List

You know the basic symbols you can use in a bulleted list, right? But did you know that you can use special characters or Wingdings to make your presentation a bit more customized and fun? To add one:

In a Word document, add the text for your bulleted list and select it.On the Home tab, in the Paragraph section click the drop-down arrow next to the bullet icon and choose Define New Bullet.In the window that opens, click the Symbol button at the top and in the next window select a symbol or Wingding.Click OK, and then OK again to use the new bullet shape.  

See this Tech-Talk article for more on creating custom bullets, https://www.tech-talk.com/create-your-own-custom-bullets.html

Adding Symbols & Special Characters in Google Docs

It’s actually pretty easy to add these symbols in a Google Doc.

Go to Insert in the menu and in the drop-down select Special Characters.There is a main dropdown and sub-menu to find options. For instance, you can choose Symbol and then narrow that down to Arrows, Emoticons or Musical. Or choose Emoji and narrow that to Animals, Plants and Food.Click the symbol icon to add it to your document.Then to close out, click the “X” in the upper right.

Terms R

Recall: “A request for the return of library material before the due date.”

Refereed journal: See Peer-reviewed journal.

Reference: “1. A service that helps people find needed information. 2. Sometimes “reference” refers to reference collections, such as encyclopedias, indexes, handbooks, directories, etc. 3. A citation to a work is also known as a reference.”

Remote access: “The ability to log onto (or access) networked computer resources from a distant location. Remote access makes available library databases to students researching from home, office, or other locations outside the library.”

Renew/Renewal: “A lengthening (or extension) of the loan period for library materials.”

Reserve: “1. A service providing special, often short-term, access to course-related materials (book or article readings, lecture notes, sample tests) or to other materials (CD-ROMs, audio-visual materials, current newspapers or magazines). 2. Also the physical location—often a service desk or room—within a library where materials on reserve are kept. Materials can also be made available electronically.” See also: Course reserve, Electronic reserve.

Click HERE to view all movies being released in November.

Keeping track of all the new albums coming out in a given month is a big job, but UPROXX is up for it: Click HERE to see the comprehensive list of the major releases you can look forward to in November.

Don’t forget Spotify’s New Songs 2021 that is updated each day.

Click HERE to access podcasts.

We have countless ebooks, books (including children, YAL), articles, materials, and resources to aid in your quest to learn more about Native Americans/American Indians. Here are a few.

Native American identities : from stereotype to archetype in art and literature Authors :Scott B Vickers 1947-eBook©19981st ed.Albuquerque, N.M. : University of New Mexico Press, ©1998. Summary: Issues of identity and authenticity present perennial challenges to both Native Americans and critics of their art. Vickers examines the long history of dehumanizing depictions of Native Americans while discussing such purveyors of stereotypes as the Puritans, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Hollywood. These stereotypes abetted a national policy robbing Indians of their cultural identity. As a contrast to these, he examines the work of white authors such as Helen Hunt Jackson, Oliver La Farge, the Taos Society of Artists, and Frank Waters, who created more archetypal fictional Indian characters. In the second half of the book, Vickers explores the work of Indian artists and writers, such as Edgar Heap of Birds, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Linda Hogan, and Sherman Alexie who craft humanizing new images of authenticity and legitimacy, bridging the gap between stereotype and archetype. This is an essential book for all readers with an interest in the tragic history of Indian-white conflict.

Native American women writers Authors: Harold Bloom eBook©1998Philadelphia : Chelsea House Publishers, ©1998. Summary: Provides brief biographical information on eleven Native American women writers and discusses their work through critical excerpts. Includes a bibliography of works written by each featured author.

Native American food plants : an ethnobotanical dictionary AuthorsDaniel E Moerman Print Book 2010 Portland : Timber Press, 2010. Summary: “Based on 25 years of research that combed every historical and anthropological record of Native American ways, this unprecedented culinary dictionary documents the food uses of 1500 plants by 220 Native American tribes from early times to the present. Like anthropologist Daniel E. Moerman’s previous volume, Native American Medicinal Plants, this extensive compilation draws on the same research as his monumental Native American Ethnobotany, this time culling 32 categories of food uses from an extraordinary range of species. Hundreds of plants, both native and introduced, are described. The usage categories include beverages, breads, fruits, spices, desserts, snacks, dried foods, and condiments, as well as curdling agents, dietary aids, preservatives, and even foods specifically for emergencies. Each example of tribal use includes a brief description of how the food was prepared. In addition, multiple indexes are arranged by tribe, type of food, and common names to make it easy to pursue specific research. An essential reference for anthropologists, ethnobotanists, and food scientists, this will also make fascinating reading for anyone interested in the history of wild and cultivated local foods and the remarkable practical botanical knowledge of Native American forbears.”–Pub. desc.

Native American oral traditions : collaboration and interpretation Authors: Larry EversBarre Toelken 1935-2018. eBook©2001Logan : Utah State University Press, ©2001. Summary: “Seven sets of intercultural authors present Native American oral texts with commentary, exploring dimensions of perspective, discovery, and meaning that emerge through collaborative translation and interpretation. The texts studied all come from the American West but include a rich variety of material, since their tribal sources range from the Yupik in the Arctic to the Yaqui in the Sonoran Desert.”–Publisher’s description

Native American representations : first encounters, distorted images, and literary appropriations Authors: Gretchen M Bataille 1944- eBook©2001Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, ©2001. Summary: In Native American Representations, leading national and international critics of Native literature and culture examine images in a wide range of media from a variety of perspectives to show how depictions and distortions have reflected and shaped cross-cultural exchanges from the arrival of Europeans to today. Focusing on issues of translation, European and American perceptions of land and landscape, teaching approaches, and transatlantic encounters, the authors explore problems of appropriation and advocacy, of cultural sovereignty and respect for the “authentic” text. Most significantly, they ask the reader to consider the question: “Who controls the representation?”

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