LEARN @ the Library- 2008/2009

Myra Sterrett LEARN about… the Surgical Technology Program

If helping to save lives and finding an exciting job after graduation is appealing, then Surgical Technology is for you!
The Surgical Technologist sets up the sterile operating room for whatever type of surgery needs to be performed. Their most important responsibility is to care for the patient by creating and maintaining the sterile field before, during and after the procedure. During surgery they assist with retracting the wound, sewing, suctioning, sponging, irrigating, and securing drains and dressings. They also perform counts of sponges, needles, sutures, and instruments. They are trained to anticipate the needs of many surgeons, whether it's a simple procedure, or a heart-lung transplant. Their job is to have everything ready so the surgical case runs smoothly and efficiently.

The SF program includes mastering anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, microbiology, biomedical sciences, pathology, medical terminology, surgical procedures, aseptic technique, Operating Room skills, sterilization, patient safety, and wound closure.  They learn to assemble and handle very-specialized equipment like high-powered drills and lasers. It is all part of providing the best possible patient care—before, during and after surgery. There are 86,000 Surgical Technologists employed in the USA and the Bureau of Labor statistics projects an increase of 24%, to 107,000 by 2016.

SF offers a 14 month certificate program that is accredited by The Accreditation Committee on Education in Surgical Technology (ARC-ST). Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination. It averages 30 hours per week of coursework and includes 600 hours of clinical experience in area hospitals.

We have 100% placement - all SF graduates are hired in their chosen field. And there are job listings in every state. Not surprisingly, it is one of the jobs listed in Top 300 careers and there are over 55,000 members in the national professional organization.

I am holding Surgical Technology for the Surgical Technologist: A Positive Care Approach by the Association of Surgical Technologists, Inc. (RD32.3 .S866 20XX).
http://www.ast.org/  The Association of Surgical Technologists
http://nbstsa.org/     National Board of Surgical Technology & Surgical Assisting

Myra Sterrett
Library Director

Karen MooreLearn about… The Andrews Center

Santa Fe's Andrews Center is on the U. S. National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1902 as the Bradford County Courthouse.  This historic building was converted to a Santa Fe Community College building in 1985. We now have the distinction of having the "most beautiful building" on a community college campus.
For more information on historical buildings in Florida check out:

Historical Traveler's Guide to Florida (F 312 .K57 2006)

Visiting Small-Town Florida (F 309.3 .H86 2003)
Florida’s Colonial Architectural Heritage by Elsbeth Gordon (NA 730 .F6 G67 2002)

A useful website for other historic buildings in Florida:


Karen Moore
Reference Librarian

Tom HollandLearn about… The Graphic Design Program

It is my pleasure to spotlight the Graphic Design Technology program offered at Santa Fe Community College. The program prepares the student for an exciting, high-tech career using artistic and creative skills to earn a good salary in either Print Media specialization or Interactive Media Production. This full-time, cutting-edge curriculum enables students to earn an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree and provides them with the academic and practical skills to enter a career in graphic design and related fields. Students benefit from the well-equipped computer labs and production facilities where they can use the latest technologies to translate ideas into images.

Graphic Design: A New History by Stephen J. Eskilson (NC998 .E85 2007) is an innovative look at the past century of graphic designs and explores its evolution to the present day.  Organized chronologically Eskilson illuminates the dynamics of design and manufacturing by highlighting the influences of technology, social change and commerce by significant periods and art movements.

For more information try the following websites:




Tom Holland
Library Media Specialist

Ramona Miller-RidlonLEARN about… Florida History!

I have always loved history. To me, history is a great novel in which all the events happen to be true. History was my favorite subject in grade school and my major in college. I was on my way to a master's in history when I got the call to become a librarian. I still love history and the only job I think I would enjoy as much as my current one is teaching history here at Santa Fe Community College.

For my poster I decided to highlight the history department and Florida history. The history department is under Social and Behavioral Sciences. They teach American, European, Latin and World history. The history instructors are all wonderful, insightful, knowledgeable, enthusiastic instructors who truly love their field of study. If you have not taken a class in history here at Santa Fe, I would highly recommend it.

My photo was taken at Morningside Nature Center. I thought this would be a great way to highlight local history. Morningside Nature Center is a 278 acre Longleaf Pine preserve which features an 1870s working farm. Every Saturday morning they have "living history days" where they dress in period costume and open the buildings to the public. On Sunday and Wednesday afternoon they invite children to come help feed the farm animals. They also have a Farm and Forest Festival in April and Cane Boil every fall. All events at the park are free to the public. This is a wonderful local resource, and I encourage everyone to check it out!

There are several other sites in the area where you can experience local history. Dudley Farm Historic State Park was once an actual farm worked for three generations by the Dudley Family. The Historic Haile Homestead at Kanapaha Plantation is a homestead built on a cotton plantation in 1856 by slave-labor and is now restored and open to the public. And the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings State Historic Site is the former 1930s farm of the writer.

The book I am holding is  Cracker: the Cracker Culture in Florida History by Dana Ste. Claire (F311 .S74 1998).

Other good books on Florida history can be found in the Lawrence W. Tyree Library under the call # s - F 306 – 320.

And thanks to Nancy Schenewerk for lending me the period costume!

Ramona Miller-Ridlon
Reference Librarian

Trenita WhiteLearn about … The Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Service Technology Program

Who are you going to call when the air conditioner stops functioning on the hottest day of the year, or the heating system malfunctions when the temperature outside is 20 degrees or the ice maker doesn’t work properly? … A graduate of the SF Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Service Technology Program.

The program prepares students for employment as technicians in the heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration industry by combining fundamental principles with extensive practical hands-on training designed to simulate the actual work environment and skills needed to excel in this challenging field.  The book I’m holding, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technology (TP492 .W62 2005), provides hands-on information needed to successfully maintain and troubleshoot today’s complex heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems.

My husband, John, is a graduate of the Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Service Technology Program at Santa Fe Community College and is currently working for Sears as an AC/Refrigeration Technician.  Thanks to the training he received through his participation in the program, he has excelled in his career.

You can learn more about the program by visiting their website at http://dept.sfcollege.edu/intech/harv/

HVAC Fundamentals
TH7345 .S795 2005

Air Conditioning: Home and Commercial
TH7687 .M485 2004

Audel HVAC Fundamentals. Vol. 1, Heating Systems, Furnaces, and Boilers
TH7227 .B76 2004 v.1



Trenita White
Technical Services Librarian

Peter SokolLearn about… Physics

Looking for options in education? Consider physics.  It's hard to put limits on the reach of this noble discipline.  As a science that seeks explanation for almost any action in the universe, it uses methods ranging from the classical mechanics of Newton to the highly abstract analysis of light behavior and that of subatomic particles.  From the thoroughly practical applications of force and velocity, accelerate to the speed of light and into the post-Einsteinian universe where notions of space-time and relativity open a highly philosophical window on cosmology and ontology.  We all live in this universe: physics may just be the best way to understand it.

Relativity from Einstein to Black Holes (featured book) Gerard Tauber
(QC173.575 .T38 1988)

Superstrings and the Search for the Theory of Everything, F. David Peat
(QC794.6 .S85 P43 1988)

Six not-so-easy Pieces, Einstein's Relativity, Symmetry and Space Time,
Richard P. Feynman  (QC793.3 .S9 F49 1997)

Five Equations that Changed the World, Michael Guillen
(QC24.5 .G85 1995)

For more information try the following websites:

Santa Fe Physics Home Page http://dept.sfcollege.edu/natsci/physics/index.htm


physics.syr.edu/research/relativity/RELATIVITY.html (a great collection of relativity sites)

Peter Sokol
Circulation Supervisor

Scott TarboxLEARN about… the Biotechnology Program

What’s more exciting than using technology and science to explore ways to improve the earth and the human condition?   Biotechnology is blazing trails in the fields of medicine, food production, energy, waste management, anti-aging and many other fields.  It’s a relatively new industry, really beginning in the late 60’s as scientists found a way to synthesize insulin without needing to use animals in the process.  Now of course pharmaceutical firms are famous for designing and using genetically modified single-celled animals to reduce the cost of producing drugs. 

Thanks to the science of Biotechnology, forensic teams are making it more difficult to get away with a crime.  Laboratory techs trained in the Biotech disciplines will be the ones testing for blood types or genetic markers that can make an innocent person walk free or a guilty one pay for the crime.

The Biotechnology program at Santa Fe is young but growing.  The graduates have the advantage of using the prestige and resources from SF’s partnership with UF. They also get a head start in finding work in the field by using connections the SF program has with its Biotechnology industry partners.

To find out more about the Biotechnology program at Santa Fe Community College, go to: http://dept.sfcollege.edu/btn/index.htm

In the picture I am posed at one of the work stations in N-123, the Biotechnology Laboratory.  The book behind me is the textbook for one of the BT courses, BSC2423c.   For more information, I suggest the following:

Welcome to Biotech Nation: My Unexpected Odyssey Into the Land of Small Molecules, Lean Genes, and Big Ideas by Moira Gunn  (TP248.215 .G86 2007)

BioEvolution: How Biotechnology is Changing Our World by Michael Fumento  (TP248.215 .F86 2003)

Encyclopedia of Bioethics edited by Stephen G. Post. (Ref QH332 .E52 2004) 




Scott Tarbox
Reference Librarian

Celeta TaylorLEARN about… Astronomy

Did you know that the UN declared 2009 as the International Year of Astronomy?  Everyone should realize the impact of astronomy and basic sciences on our daily lives, and understand better how scientific knowledge can contribute to a more equitable and peaceful society.

Santa Fe is fortunate enough to have the only planetarium in North Central Florida.  The "Kika Silva Pla Planetarium" is enjoyed by SF students, staff, faculty and community groups alike.   It is equipped with two state of the art planetarium projectors capable of transporting you to any place on earth, or in time +/- 10,000 years, within seconds!

The featured book, The Illustrated Atlas of the Universe (QB65 .G375 2006) by Mark A. Garlick, is the ultimate guide to understanding both the universe and our place in it.  It combines hundreds of specially commissioned maps, diagrams, and illustrations, with color photographs of the cosmos, to document our universe.  Astronomy books in our library are found in the QB section.  In Back to the Astronomy Café (QB52 .035 2003), Sten Odenwald answers unusual and popular questions.  In From Blue Moons to Black Holes by Melanie Melton Knocke (QB44.3 .K66 2005), you asked the questions and here are the answers.  

Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer at
http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ .
Get more information about SF’s planetarium and keep up with what’s going on there by visiting www.sfcollege.edu/planetarium.   Find out more about the programs offered at SF in the Natural Sciences by visiting http://dept.sfcollege.edu/natsci/.

… And by the way, can you tell from my picture what my astrological sign is??

Celeta Taylor
Administrative Assistant

Elizabeth StricklandLearn about…The SF Spring Arts Festival

For almost forty years, Santa Fe Community College has given the Gainesville community the gift of a weekend of art, music, and fun at its Spring Arts Festival.  Staged in the historic district of downtown Gainesville, where the Spring Arts House is located, the Festival features local artists as well as those from far away.  Last year 130,000 people attended the festival.  More information is available at  http://www.sfcollege.edu/springarts/.

Spring Arts has a special meaning for me, because it provides me a chance to show and sell my handmade quilts.  It is also a time to see and visit with old friends as they come by my booth and appropriately "ooh" and "ahh" over my handiwork.

Elizabeth Strickland
Adjunct Reference Librarian

Nancy SchenerwerkLEARN about… Math

Math is vital to every aspect of our lives. Keith Devlin states in Life by the Numbers (QA 93 .D485 1998) "For many people the mere mention of the word mathematics conjures up memories of complicated rules and dry arithmetic drills. But the truth is that mathematics as it is practiced by a remarkable range of people—from undersea explorers to special-effects designers—is creative, fun, full of vitality, and, above all, about life." I love the puzzle of mathematics and cannot imagine life in the absence of numbers. Here at SF the Mathematics Department prepares each student for the challenge of numbers through its many course offerings which include: Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, Logic, and Statistics.
Also look at:
Life by the Numbers  (PBS series) MEDIA QA93 .L54 2006 v.1-7
Great Jobs for Math Majors   QA10.5 .L36 2006
Math Forum    http://mathforum.org/

Nancy Schenewerk
Adjunct Reference Librarian

Jenna MillerLEARN about… the Child Development Program

The toddler and preschool years are a frenzied period for brain development. Everything a young child experiences is new, and each experience produces new pathways in the child's brain. Excellence in the level of care and education of children at this stage is vital to foster this development.

The Child Development program, now housed in the Social and Behavioral Sciences department, provides future child care providers and preschool teachers the skills and knowledge necessary to offer young children the foundation they need for success in school and life. The program extends beyond the classroom through observation and internship opportunities at Little School, the college's child development laboratory center. Students receive a practical education that will prepare them to offer a rich curriculum appropriate for a diverse population of young children.

For my photo, I decided to focus on one of the important elements of child development: play. I am sitting atop the jungle gym at Little School’s lovely, tree-framed park. The book I am holding is Children's Play: The Roots of Reading (LB 1139.35 .P55 C48 2004). In addition to teaching resources, the library also has a select collection of books for children to support the child development program. You can find them in the PZ (children’s literature) and JUV (children’s non-fiction) sections.

For more information, try the following websites:
SF Child Development Program - http://dept.sfcollege.edu/childdev/
Zero to Three - http://www.zerotothree.org/
National Association for the Education of Young Children - http://www.naeyc.org/

Jenna Miller
Reference Librarian

Mike MuhlhauserLearn about…. The International Education Program

As an undergraduate I spent a semester studying abroad at Leeds University in England and, afterward, several months backpacking through Europe and Morocco. I had never felt more connected to my environment than when it seemed so challenging and unfamiliar. I caught the travel bug. I began planning my next trip the moment I returned home and, in the years since, have visited and lived in many places. My decision to study abroad not only gave me an opportunity to have some fun while earning credit but also initiated one of the most significant and rewarding aspects of my life.

The International Education Department at SF offers study abroad programs for students, assists faculty in professional development and exchange, works on internationalizing the curriculum, and administers and supports international programming on campus. All students, faculty, and staff who are interested in international programs or studying abroad are encouraged to come to the International Education office at B-217 or visit www.sfcollege.edu/internationaleducation.

The Lawrence W. Tyree Library carries a wide range of travel guides, including many of the Rough Guide, Let's Go, and Fodor's series.  The book I am holding, Peterson's Study Abroad (LB2376 .P46 2007), would be a good place to start when looking for the types and range of study abroad programs that are available.  Before traveling, you will want to look at the U.S. Government's travel site at http://travel.state.gov/ and may wish to view maps of your destination at http://www.randmcnally.com/.

Mike Muhlhauser
Evening Circulation Supervisor

Kim HankinsLEARN about… Philosophy

Abstract thought is a mystery to me. I have a "for instance…" kind of mind set. When I took a philosophy course in college it was hard for me to get a firm grasp on many of the concepts. Now there is help for people like me. Tom Cathcart and Dan Klein have written a book called Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar… (BD31 .C38 2007) which is, as the back cover states, "a crash course in philosophy via jokes." Topics are stated thus:

"LOGIC:  Shakespeare never deduced anything."
"EXISTENTIALISM: You haven’t lived until you think about death all the time."
"ETHICS:  The Sopranos’ contribution to the Golden Rule."
"LANGUAGE: It all depends on what your definition of 'is' is."

The book I’m holding is To Think Like God: Pythagoras and Parmenides, The Origins of Philosophy by Arnold Hermann (B188 .H47 2004). Another basic title is Think: A Compelling Introduction to the Major Questions by Phil Washburn. (BD21 .W36 2001).  For those of you with a more serious interest, other philosophical works are located in the B-BJs.

Academic Search Complete, one of our periodical databases, indexes 250 articles on philosophy.

An outstanding online resource is the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. http://plato.stanford.edu/ which can be accessed through the Suggested Websites link on the library's homepage.

Bonus points:  Do you know who sculpted "The Thinker?" and why I'm asking this question?

Kim Hankins
Library Specialist

Mary Nell Lauter

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John Reames

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