Debut of the New Library and Open Labs Website!

May 22nd, 2014

The STC Library is proud to announce that the newly redesigned Library Services website is now available. The new website, which incorporates feedback from students, faculty, and staff members, was designed to make it easier for users to find information.


We are grateful to all those students, faculty, and staff members whose insights and industry made the redesign possible. Thank you for your dedication, ideas, and assistance throughout this process.

Visit our new site and share your reactions and questions with us through our Website Feedback Form.

READ! – Ms. Melba Treviño recommends…

May 16th, 2014

The South Texas College Library is proud to continue to debut our second series of READ Posters.

This week we are featuring Ms. Melba Treviño and her book recommendations.  Ms. Treviño serves as Interim Dean for the Nursing and Allied Health campus.  She has been teaching at the college since 1995.

We are proud to have a selection of books that Ms. Melba Treviño recommends for everyone to read. Check out her selections below!

formal_poster melba

Heart-shaped cookies : and other stories by David Rice

90 minutes in heaven : a true story of death & life by Don Piper with Cecil Murphey

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Angels & demons by Dan Brown

Daddy’s gone a hunting by Mary Higgins Clark

The 9th judgment by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Texas Travel Book Display

May 6th, 2014

Are you thinking about traveling after finals? Stop by the library and check out a travel guidebook. We have guides for domestic and international travel destinations. Below are a few titles if you are thinking about traveling the great state of Texas.

1.  Texas (Lonely Planet Series) – call no. F 384.3 .K73 2011

2.  Exploring Texas with Children – call no. F384.3 .B83 1999


3.  Official guide to Texas state parks and historic sites – call no. F 384.3 .P36 2008

4.  Finding butterflies in Texas : a guide to the best sites – call no. QL 551 .T4 W39 2006

5.  52 Texas weekends : great getaways and adventures for every season – call no. F384.3 .S36 2000


6.  Good times in Texas [electronic resource] : a pretty complete guide to where the fun is – call no. F384.3 .H63 1999 EB


7.  Hiking Texas – call no. GV 199.42 .T49 1997

8.  National Geographic field guide to birds. Texas – call no. QL 684 .T4 N38 2005


9.  Texas guide : be a traveler, not a tourist! – call no. F 384.3 .M66 1998


10.  More ghost towns of Texas – call no. F 387 .B353 2003

Contributed by Maureen Mitchell

READ! – Mr. Jaime Garcia recommends…

May 1st, 2014

The South Texas College Library is proud to continue to debut our second series of READ Posters.

This week we are featuring Mr. Jaime Garcia and his book recommendations.  Mr. Garcia serves as Music Instructor at South Texas College where he teaches guitar.  He also has performed throughout the country classical guitar and has received awards for teaching.  Mr. Garcia has been teaching at the college since 2009.

We are proud to have a selection of books that Mr. Jaime Garcia recommends for everyone to read. Check out his selections below!

formal_poster Jaime Garcia

The Glass Bead Game (Magister Ludi) by Herman Hesse

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Zen Guitar by Philip Toshio Sudo

Classic Guitar of Spain by Joseph Harris

Classic Guitar of Bach by Joseph Harris

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Who Knew? Smart Text Searching in Academic Search Complete

April 30th, 2014

Do you have a quote from a database article, but forgot to note your source?  There is a way to find it!

For example, to find the following highlighted quote found in Academic Search Complete, copy the quote:

Today, Travel & Tourism accounts for some 9.2 percent of our nation’s GDP … That’s worth almost $1.4 trillion dollars … And it provides nearly 14 million jobs. That’s practically 10 percent, or 1 out of every 10 jobs in the United States of America.

Next open Academic Search Complete, and choose “Smart Text Searching” located underneath the ”Search Mode” option.  Additionally, check off the box “Also search within the full text of the articles.”

Now paste the quote into the search box as shown below and search!


After executing the search, the first article in the list of results is where the quote is found.


Contributed by librarian Maureen Mitchell.

Upcoming Summer Exhibits at the Library Art Gallery

April 25th, 2014

The South Texas College Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery once again is excited to bring the annual summer Ceramic Showdown!! This time we are bringing you the talents of ceramicists Fred Spaulding and Jennifer Quarles!

Spaulding earned his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Connecticut. He is currently Associate Professor of Art at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, TX. Quarles earned her Master of Fine Arts from Texas Women’s University. Since 2002, her work has been featured in both regional and national exhibitions.

The Ceramic Showdown opens June 2, 2014 with a reception held on Thursday, June 12 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Visual Arts and Music Gallery and the Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery. A two-day ceramics workshop takes place June 13 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. and June 14 at 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at STC’s Pecan Campus Art Building (Bldg. B) Ceramics Lab, Room 113. Art talks will take place Saturday, June 14 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the same location. Exhibition will be on view through Friday, Aug 8.

And there’s more…

We will also be featuring a collection of digital prints made by South Texas College art students on the library’s first floor from June 19 – Aug 8. “Although digital art and photography are fairly new genres in the realm of fine arts, they have gained popularity among artists and photographers because of the freedom and limitless possibilities they provide,” says Phyllis Evans, STC Assistant Professor of Art and Pedro Perez, STC Art Instructor.

Lectures and receptions are always free and open to the public! Please see the flyer below and be sure to share it with your friends and family.


READ! – Dr. Deborah Villalon recommends…

April 22nd, 2014

The South Texas College Library is proud to continue to debut our second series of READ Posters.

This week we are featuring Dr. Deborah Villalon and her book recommendations.  Dr. Villalon serves as Biology Instructor at the MidValley Campus as well as the club advisor for the MidValley Biology Club.  Dr. Villalon has worked to Earth Day with festivals and activities, as well as bringing attention to issues such as Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention.  She has been teaching at the college since 2006.

We are proud to have a selection of books that Dr. Villalon recommends for everyone to read. Check out her selections below!

formal_poster Deborah Villalon

Glowing genes : a revolution in biotechnology Zimmer, Marc

Why evolution is true Coyne, Jerry A., 1949-

Francis Crick : discoverer of the genetic code Ridley, Matt

Understanding breast cancer genetics Zimmerman, Barbara T

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (pictured in the poster)

Who Knew? WestlawNext Campus Research

April 16th, 2014

Looking for a Hoover Company Profile or SEC financial statement, the library has just what you need in the database, WestlawNext Campus Research. Once you are in the database, click on the news link:


In the next window, click on Hoover’s Company Profiles to bring up the link you will need to follow.

On the left side under Search These Sources, to see a Company Profile, click on Hoover’s Company Profiles or to see a SEC financial statement, click on SEC Filings. After clicking, search the company to bring up the desired information.

Submitted by librarianMaureen Mitchell.

Library Open Houses – April 21-24

April 7th, 2014


The South Texas College Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.

Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study.  Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.

“Service to the South Texas College community has always been the focus of the library,” said Noemi Garza, Director of Library Public Services. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.”

The South Texas College Library is celebrating National Library Week by hosting Open House events at each campus library.  The events are free and open to the public.

On April 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at STC’s Technology Campus Library located at 3700 W. Military Hwy. in McAllen, attendees will enjoy a screening of the movie Gravity, as well as a scavenger hunt, games, and prizes.

On April 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the college’s Mid-Valley Campus Library located at 400 N. Border in Weslaco, events will include the showing of Frozen, pictures with college mascot Jerry the Jaguar, a contest, and a Pursuing Education Fair.

On April 23 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Starr County Campus Library located at 142 FM 3167 in Rio Grande City, activities include the showing of Gravity, a scavenger hunt, games, mariachis, and a community fair.

On April 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at STC’s Nursing and Allied Health Campus Library located at 1101 E. Vermont in McAllen, attendees will be treated to the showing of Gravity, as well as a scavenger hunt, games, and prizes.

On April 24 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at STC’s Pecan Campus Library located at 3201 West Pecan Blvd. in McAllen, festivities will include an information fair, a scavenger hunt with prizes, and the showing of Gravity.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

For more information visit or call 872-8330.

April 1 – “Forgotten Dead” Presentation by Dr. William Carrigan

March 28th, 2014


Mob violence in the United States is usually associated with the southern lynch mobs that terrorized African Americans during the Jim Crow era. However, the book Forgotten Dead, uncovers a mostly unknown chapter in history, the lynching of persons of Mexican origin or descent.

Dr. William Carrigan, one of the co-authors of the book Forgotten Dead, will visit South Texas College and The University of Texas Pan-American. Carrigan will visit UTPA on March 31 at 5 p.m. and conclude his trip to the Rio Grande Valley at STC’s Pecan Campus Library on April 1 at 6 p.m.  STC’s Pecan Campus Library is located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd in McAllen. Both events are free and open to the public.

“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Carrigan to South Texas and invite our community to attend this event that is so relevant to our area,” STC History Instructor Christopher Davis said. “His presentation will definitely change the way we think of our history.”

For over eight decades lynch mobs murdered hundreds of Mexicans, mostly in the American Southwest. Racial prejudice and economic hardships helped fuel the actions of the mob, and much of the violence happened at a time of tension along the border between the U.S. and Mexico.

The book relates the numerous acts of resistance by Mexicans, including armed self-defense, crusading journalism and lobbying by diplomats who pressured the U.S. to honor its rhetorical commitment to democracy. It also contains the first-ever inventory of Mexican victims of mob violence in the U.S.

The event is part of a Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle lecture series and is sponsored by the STC History Department, STC Library, UTPA History Department and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information about event at STC, please contact Esther Garcia at 956-872-6485 or via email at, or visit