LEARN @ the Library - 2009/2010

Myra SterrettLEARN about…   CIED

The CIED is dedicated to supporting businesses with practical and affordable services. Is your enterprise already going and do you now need to upgrade the skill set of your workforce? The CIED can help with wide offerings of both classroom and online courses. If you prefer, they can also create customized training for your own specific requirements including technical, motivation and leadership skills.

If you're an individual who is ready for a career change, or you're up for recertification, think of the CIED. Continuing education offerings cover general business as well as specific areas like computers, nursing, insurance, accounting, real estate and more.  Planning a special meeting or business retreat? Everything including rooms, AV equipment, meeting planning/support services, and plentiful parking is available at the CIED.  And fledging businesses can find the advise, support and resources they need in the Entrepreneur Incubator at the CIED.

I am holding How to Write a Business Plan by Mike McKeever (HD30.28.M3839 2007).  Business books are found in the “H” section of the library collection. We also have Ebooks (entire books available on your computer) they can be found under the very logical subject heading of “business”.

The L.W. Tyree Library has a list of recommended databases for business research. These databases index national and international journals, trade magazines and newspapers. Check them out at: http://dept.sfcollege.edu/library/DBdesc/electronicbus.htm. A list of suggested websites put together by the library staff is located at http://dept.sfcollege.edu/library/virtual/Business.htm. Probably a website many of us need sooner or later is the Better Business Bureau of Northeast Florida. It is found at http://nefla.bbb.org/

Myra Sterrett
Library Director

Celeta TaylorLEARN about…   the Watson Center

The Watson Center in Keystone Heights serves the “quad-county lake area”: Alachua, Bradford, Clay, and Putnam.  It offers classes for everyone -- College Prep classes to bring you up to college level in reading, writing and math; General Education classes required for AA and AS degrees; day and night classes to fit your busy schedule and Community and Continuing Education classes for interest, not credit. They offer many of the pre-requisite classes for the Health Sciences and Technical programs. This campus features a small-town campus feel, friendly atmosphere with most of the services of the larger main campus.  Classrooms include a state-of-the-art organic chemistry lab and two computer labs. Instructors utilize the 43 acres, much of it native Florida sand hill ecosystem,  as an outdoor classroom by conducting soil profiles; identifying taxonomic groups; doing ecological experiments, etc. 

Serving approximately 350 students, this center provides opportunities for a college education for this rural area that did not exist before.  A Student Development Specialist is available for counseling, advisement, and testing. Other notable highlights of the campus include the Watson Student Organization's cook-out every semester and the SFC Summer Science Camp for area kids, with SFC students as counselors. 

NOAA has a Citizen Weather Observer Program station located on the Watson Center campus which is what prompted my choice of the book, Divine Wind (QC944 .E43 2005) by Kerry A. Emanuel.   

For those interested in Organic Chemistry visit this site for a virtual textbook:  http://www.cem.msu.edu/~reusch/VirtualText/intro1.htm.  To learn more about the Watson Center visit http://dept.sfcollege.edu/watson/. 

Celeta Taylor
Administrative Assistant

Diana MatthewsLEARN about…   Humanities

The humanities encompass many different disciplines studying the human condition, languages, literature, history, philosophy, religion, and visual and performing arts. Because the humanities covers such a broad spectrum, each discipline relates to the others, and their influence can be seen in other areas. Leonardo da Vinci exemplifies this.

April 15 is Leonardo da Vinci's birthday—this year he would be 558! Da Vinci was a master painter, sculptor, architect, scientist, mathematician, botanist, inventor, and writer—he didn't limit himself to just one field. He used the skills from each of his fields to enhance others. The Vitruvian Man blends art and science and is one of the most recognized drawings in the world. Da Vinci also had the honor of painting the most famous painting in the world—the Mona Lisa. Housed in the Louvre, this painting shows a portrait of an enigmatic Renaissance woman.

The book I'm holding, Math and the Mona Lisa: The Art and Science of Leonardo da Vinci by Bülent Atalay, highlights Leonardo da Vinci's masterful weaving of the disciplines. This book can be found at our library, with the call number N6923.L33 A4 2004. To find more information on Leonardo da Vinci, go to the library's website and click on Library Catalog. Select ‘subject' and type in ‘Leonardo da Vinci.'

To explore more, visit the following websites:

Santa Fe College Department of Humanities & Foreign Languages: http://inst.sfcollege.edu/~hfl/
National Endowment for the Humanities: http://www.neh.gov/
The Human Experience at Stanford University: https://humanexperience.stanford.edu/

Special thanks to Paul Newman for his superb painting of the backdrop to the Mona Lisa.

Diana Matthews
Reference Librarian

Jenna MillerLEARN about…   Dance

Diversity is the hallmark of the Santa Fe College Dance Program. The Dance Program is 350 dancers strong. Through this highly recognized program, dancers can receive an AA degree with Dance emphasis to transfer to an upper division program or work professionally in the field of performance, instruction, or choreography.

Santa Fe's distinguished faculty has included in the past Alberto Alonso, co-founder of the National Ballet of Cuba. Dancers train in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, African, Salsa, Contact Improvisation, and Composition. The Dance Program offers opportunities to study with guest artists-in-residence and take master classes with such artists as Brian Brooks of Donald Byrd Contemporary Dance Company, Denise Vale of the Martha Graham Company, Finis Jhung and many others. Visit the Santa Fe Dance website: http://www.sfcollege.edu/finearts/dance/.

When I think of dance, the first thing that comes to mind is the beauty and grace of a ballerina. For my poster, I chose ballet as my theme and Nancy Ellison's Swan Lake for my book (GV 1790 .S8 E44 2000). Ellison's vibrant photographs clearly demonstrate the ability of skilled dancers to convey a story through pose and expression. To find this and other library resources on dance, browse the shelves in the call number range GV1580 – GV1799, or perform a keyword search in the Library Catalog for the subject dance. For online dance videos, information on famous dancers, dance companies, and more, check out the Voice of Dance website: http://www.voiceofdance.com/.

Special thanks to Alora Haynes for her magical skills of transformation; somehow she changed me from a librarian into a ballerina for this photo.

Jenna Miller
Reference Librarian

Jimmy Mercer LEARN about…    the Veteran's Affairs Office

Veterans Affairs helps veterans process paperwork so they can receive VA educational benefits. It provides academic advising, aids transfer to UF through admissions advocacy and policy adjustments, career planning, professional and peer transition counseling, intervention. They provide counseling for combat-related stress and anxiety disorders. They provide onsite briefings to returning military units and VA Orientations to new students.  This office provides advisement for the  SFC Collegiate Veterans Society.  SFC CVS in turn provides additional support and services to campus veterans through social networking, informal peer counseling, transition assistance, on an off campus veterans advocacy, and raising campus awareness of veterans' issues.

In the Spring of 2009 a total of 639 veterans and dependents received benefits. The average time for a veteran to complete the 2 year program is 18 months because 90 per cent of them attend class year round. Ten percent of these students earn their two year degree and enter the workforce, 90% move on to upper division.

Veterans Affairs is located in R-110 at the NW SFC campus and is open weekdays 8 am to 4:30 pm.    Learn more about what they have to offer at http://dept.sfcollege.edu/records/VA.htm.

Featured is the book For Service to Your Country:  The Insider's Guide to Veterans' Benefits by Peter S. Gaytan and  Marian Edelman Borden (UB357 .G39 2008).  Other suggested books include The GI Bill by Milton Greenberg (UB357.G74 1997), Veteran's Benefits Handbook by Lee E. Sharff, Eugene Borden and Fred Smith (UB357.S49 1992) and Best Care Anywhere by Phillip Morgan (UB369.L66  2007).

 Jimmy Mercer
Technical Services Support Specialist

Kim Hankins, Elizabeth Strickland, Nancy SchenewerkLEARN about…   Dental Hygiene

Brushing your teeth is one of the best ways to promote overall good health according to Dr. David Ostreicher author of Brush your teeth! : and other ways to stay young and healthy (RA776.95.K353 O88 2008). Visiting your dental hygienist regularly keeps your teeth and gums healthy.

“Dental hygienists are licensed oral health professionals who focus on preventing and treating oral diseases--both to protect teeth and gums, and also to protect patients' total health.” http://www.adha.org/careerinfo/dhfacts.htm
The Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting programs train young people for important, well-paid careers in private practice, research, institutional, or public health settings. Between the traditional and bridge programs SFC trains 24 dental hygienists a year. Fully 100% are employed in the North Central Florida area making a salary of $24/hr and more. The 15 month bridge program is designed for graduates of ADA accredited dental assisting programs who have 1 year's chair-side dental assisting experience.  The traditional dental hygiene program is a two-year program. Each program accepts 12 students each year.

SF's 10 month Dental Assisting program accepts 25 students each year. Dental assistants work with a dentist during the provision of treatment to the patient. 100 % of the graduates from this program can expect employment locally earning $10-12/hr.

More information at:

Search the subject headings of “dental hygiene” and “dental hygienists.”

Kim Hankins
Library Specialist

Nancy Schenewerk
Adjunct Reference Librarian

Elizabeth Strickland
Adjunct Reference Librarian

Mike Muhlhauser LEARN about…   the English Department

“Though this be madness, yet there is method in't.”

According to the Department Chair, Susan Miller, working with the English faculty at Santa Fe College has been a bit like working as the keeper for an asylum of brilliant, playful scholars.  The English faculty comprises a group of highly-motivated teachers who represent a diverse range of interests and experiences.  As a result, they bring into the classroom much more than an ability to help students develop the research and writing skills necessary for other classes.  Each semester the department offers a selection of literature, creative writing/poetry, and technical communication courses.  The department also offers special topics courses (ENC2305) determined by the instructor.  Past topics have included Media and Ethics, Nature and Environment Writing, Death and Dying, and Writing about Film.  Descriptions of current topics can be found in the course comments section of the catalog.  Of course, the English Department also offers courses on Shakespeare.

The two items pictured with me—The Riverside Shakespeare (PR 2754 .E9 1974b) and Lawrence Olivier's Hamlet (MEDIA PR2807.A23 O55 2006)—are two of the many books and videos concerning Shakespeare held by the Lawrence W. Tyree Library.  For a useful new critical approach to Shakespeare's works, check out Shakespeare's Theater of Likeness by R.A. Shoaf (PR3065 .S56 2006).  Or for Shakespeare resources online, take a look at the following website: http://bardweb.net/.

Mike Muhlhauser
Evening Circulation Supervisor

Nance Lempinen-LeedyLEARN about…  Film Studies

Like movies?   Are you interested in how images tell a story or elicit an emotion?  Have you ever wondered what a “gaffer” does?  Then you might want to consider the film studies program at Santa Fe, offered through the English department.  It introduces students to both the aesthetics of cinema and the technical details of production.

It could be argued that film is one of the most important forms of art developed in the 20th century.   The library includes many works which examine the history of this art form, its industry and the movies it produced.  A Short History of Film (PN1993.5.A1 D53 2008) by Wheeler W. Dixon and Gwendolyn A. Foster provides the reader with a comprehensive look at film from the invention of the kinetoscope to the digital production of today.   Film catalogs such as VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever (PN1992.95 .V534 2008) help identify movies that can be checked out from our collection.  For a complete list of videos available at the library, see dept.sfcollege.edu/library/videos/a.htm or call the Reference Desk at (352) 395-5409.  For more information about Film Studies at Santa Fe, visit the English department web page at http://www.sfcollege.edu/english/.

Special thanks to Bobby and Janice Sheffield, owners and proprietors of the historic Priest Theatre in High Springs, Florida for the use of their facility and authentic projection booth during this photo shoot. 

American Film Institute http://www.afi.com/
Internet Movie Database    http://www.imdb.com/
Rotten Tomatoes  http://www.rottentomatoes.com/

Nance Lempinen-Leedy
Reference Librarian

Peter SokolLEARN about…   Anthropology

Whether your notions of anthropology are informed by images of exotic cultures, enormous pyramids, rainforest foragers or shamanic healers balancing between spirit and material worlds, you'll find the purview of anthropology huge.  Drawing on the whole range of social science as well as tools and technologies from natural sciences, anthropology has constituted itself as what may be the most eclectic of the sciences.  The target area of study is humankind across time and space.  By necessity there are many sub-disciplines: archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, linguistics and applied anthropology—each of these with sub-specialties of its own.  If there is a single thread that unifies this complex discipline it is its ongoing attempt to answer the perennial philosophical question of who we are.

The photograph celebrates the spirit of anthropology in the guise of joining the adventure of fieldwork with academic pursuit.  Grateful appreciation to Stuart McRae, Professor Emeritus in Anthropology, for the loan of his office and authentic inspiration.

You may want to check out the featured books Living Tribe by Colin Prior (GN492.5 P75 2003) and Masks Faces of Culture  by John W. Nunley and Cara McCarty (GN419.5 N85 1999c.1).   Also check out Rise of Anthropological Theory by Marvin Harris (GN320 H33).

For more information try the following Web sites:
SF Dept.  of Social and Behavioral Sciences: http://www.sfcollege.edu/sbs/anthropology.php
American Anthropological Association:    http://www.aaanet.org/

Peter Sokol
Circulation Supervisor

Ramona Miller-RidlonLEARN about…    Political Science

I know about the three branches of government and, thanks to Schoolhouse Rock, I can tell you how a bill becomes a law. Ask me, however, about the Electoral College or what exactly every cabinet branch's duties are and I probably could not give you a straight answer.  This is where classes come in. The Political Science Department teaches courses in state and local government, American government, international relations and comparative politics.  The Model UN team competes to high honors every year and the Political and Governmental Internship Program places students in internship positions with local government officials.

The book I am holding is How to Win a Local Election:  A Complete Step-by-Step Guide by Lawrence Grey (JS395 .G74 2007). It gives a budget breakdown, fund-raising tips, PR tips and other useful advice. If you want to learn how our state government works, try The Florida Almanac (F311.F65) in Reference or Government in the Sunshine State: Florida Since Statehood by David R. Colburn and Lance DeHaven-Smith (JK4416 .C65 1999). If you are looking for information on American government , look up Checks and Balances: the Three Branches of the American Government by Daniel E. Brannen, Jr. (JK271 .B6496 2005).  The Encyclopedia of International Relations and Global Politics (JZ1160 .E53 2005) is in Reference.

If you are feeling nostalgic, Schoolhouse Rock: the Election Collection is available on DVD and you can view “How a Bill Becomes a Law” on YouTube!

Ramona Miller-Ridlon
Reference Librarian

Scott TarboxLEARN about…   Health Information Management

Health Information Management or HIM programs at SFC offer an excellent entre into the growing field of healthcare.  Students have a choice of a 67 hour 2 year program or a 1 year certification.   The 2 year path earns graduates an AS and the opportunity to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician certification test.   A student graduating the 1 year, 34 hour program will be qualified as a Medical Information Coder/Biller.

Both programs are endorsed and accredited by AHIMA and FHIMA, the premier national and state professional organizations for professionals in the field of Medical Health Information.

A graduate can expect to enter into a welcoming and growing job market.  There are 6000 new jobs in the field each year, but only 2000 people are graduating from HIM programs - those are odds for achieving job success and security that anyone can appreciate!

I was photographed in the Health Information Management classroom with several three- dimensional educational tools and the book Human, Social, and Organizational Aspects of Health Information Systems by Andre W. Kushniruk and Elizabeth M. Borycki, published in 2008.  This is a text that is part of the L.W. Tyree Library collection located in the shelves at RA971.6 .H86 2008.  Works like these, when accompanying the coursework at SFC, produce HIM professionals who are current and competent in the issues and operations of the health information field.

For more info:

See the SFC program info: http://inst.sfcc.edu/~business/healthinfo/himprogram.htm

National HIM organizations:
                AHIMA:  http://www.ahima.org/
                FHIMA:  http://www.fhima.org/

Scott Tarbox
Reference Librarian

Tom HollandLEARN about…   the Davis Center

The township of Archer was established by David Levy Yulee as a stop for the Florida railroad.  In 1853 the Florida Legislature chartered the Florida Railroad to build a rail line from Fernandina (near the mouth of the St. Mary's River) to Tampa, Florida, with a branch to Cedar Key.  In 1858 the Florida Town Improvement Company, owned by the Florida Railroad Company, established a 40 acre tract for a town here and named it Archer after General James T. Archer, Florida's first Secretary of State (1845-49). The first trains stopped in Archer in 1859.

The Davis Center serves approximately 200 SFC students. It opened in August 2003, features small class sizes and routinely provides ENC1101, MAT1033, MAC1105 and GED classes.  Dual enrollment was introduced in the fall of 2005.  Approximately 60 students, past and present, from Levy County's Bronson High School have participated in this program.  It also offers St. Leo University courses in the BA Education curriculum and college prep and community education classes.

The Davis Center serves as a voting precinct and hosts the Jordan Glenn and Archer Community School Student Art Exhibit and the Community Health Fair in conjunction with Archer Family Health Care. Community and professional development opportunities are supported by the annual Job Fair, and the SFC Career Fair.  Dr. Jackson Sasser routinely schedules a “Chat with the President” there.

I am holding The North American Railroad: Its Origin, Evolution, and Geography by James E. Vance, Jr. (TF23.V36 1995).

Check out the Davis Center at:  http://archer.sfcollege.edu/archer/about.htm.

Tom Holland
Technical Services Support Specialist

Mary Nell Lauter

Mary Nell Lauter
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John Reames
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