Maker event at WERC Learning Commons

making bookmarksStop by the Learning Commons at the West Regional Center today, Friday Feb. 13, and make a Valentine’s Day bookmark for your Sweetie!!

bookmarks in the LC

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Learn the Cherokee Language (Mango Languages)

cherokee  Now available through the Community College of Philadelphia Library: online Cherokee language resource.

Students and faculty can now learn about Cherokee, an endangered language, and be a part of its preservation with an online and mobile-accessible language course from Mango Languages.

Visit the library’s website today ( to get started learning Cherokee and any of over 60 other languages courses available from Mango Languages.

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Medcom Nursing Video Collection (EBSCOhost)

Medcom LogoThe College Library has a trial to Medcom Nursing Video Collection, through EBSCOhost.

Medcom® provides streaming nursing videos, through a specially designed learning management system, provides users with high-quality online nursing education to fulfill education and training needs.

Content Includes:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Basic Clinical Skills
  • Fall Prevention
  • Infection Control
  • Intravenous Therapy
  • Legal Aspects of Nursing
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medication Administration
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Obstetrical and Neonatal Nursing
  • Pediatric Nursing
  • Pharmacology
  • Safety
  • Wound Care
  • and more…


  • 24/7 access to almost 200 nursing videos
  • Immediate test results
  • Supports tablets and mobile devices
  • View entire programs or desired sections
  • Closed captioning available
  • Works with Mac and PC

Please visit the Trial Databases page for access. The trial ends on February 28, 2015.

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Trial Database – Military Transition Support Center (EBSCOhost)

The College Library has a trial to the Military Transition Support Center, available through EBSCOhost, through February 28, 2015.

Military Transition Support Center LogoCoverage of the Military Transition Support Center spans a broad range of topics critical to military transition support including the following:

  • employment
  • college and education
  • technical career
  • entrepreneurship
  • personal financial management
  • health and well being
  • family wellness
  • wounded warriors

Content includes:

  • Nearly 2,000 full-text magazines, journals and trade publications
  • Over 20 e-books to assist with learning in career, financial management and more
  • Nearly 250 videos covering interviewing techniques, workplace etiquette, being a good employee, etc.

Visit the Trial Databases page for more information (you must be on-campus to access).

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Book Review

booker T washington coverBooker T. Washington; The Architect of Progressive Education. Dr. Donald Guy Generals. Strategic Book Publishing and Rights Co., 2013.

In this book Dr. Generals describes the work of Booker T. Washington in developing progressive educational philosophy at Tuskegee Institute at the turn of the last century. Washington opened Tuskegee in 1881 and ran the school until his death in 1915. He developed a unique brand of education focused on practical, project based learning that directly involved African American students in identifying, describing, and constructing solutions to actual problems of social and economic realities in their lives. For students of education, or anyone with a deep interest in the impact of education in our lives, this book is a primer for understanding the radical and transformative work of a great American thinker. Generals says, “Booker T. Washington has not been adequately, or fairly, portrayed, nor has he been given an appropriate place in history.” (p. 2)
Generals gives a comprehensive background on the development of Washington’s educational philosophy and the construction of a unique and revolutionary curriculum at Tuskegee. Beginning with a brief biographic sketch of Washington’s life, he goes on to delve into the beginnings of progressive educational ideas, and then lays out the critical reaction of the educational and social milieu of his time. Considerable effort is spent delineating the Washington/Dubois debate over their contrasting philosophies about the best ways to promote Black educational, social and economic progress. Key to Washington’s idea was that “education was never to be a static entity housed within the confines of the conventional educational institution. It was to be a dynamic force spreading throughout the social landscape for the purpose of releasing human potential.” (p. 85)
I very much enjoyed reading this book and learned a great deal about the roots of the progressive educational movement in America. Students and faculty at the Community College of Philadelphia will greatly benefit from the wealth of knowledge and insight found in this book. A shorter version of the work can be found by searching our library database for General’s article “Booker T. Washington And Progressive Education: an Experimentalist Approach To Curriculum Development and Reform.”, published in the Journal of Negro Education Vol. 69, Issue 3, 2000. A quick search of EBSOhost from our library website will allow you to download and read this article, which is foundational to the book.

General’s book can be found in the library of the Community College of Philadelphia, and checked out by current students and faculty. He is currently serving in his first year as our 6th president, with his formal inauguration to be held on May 1, 2015.




– Andi Sibley, Librarian at WERC Learning Commons

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New Database – Very Short Introductions

Very Short Introductions The College Library now subscribes to Very Short Introductions (VSI) , a series of titles that provide concise, intelligent introductions to a diverse range of subject areas. All titles are written by experts in their field who combine facts, analysis, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make challenging topics highly readable.

With over 425 subjects, this searchable database provides an explanation of the subject in question, demonstrating how it evolved, and how it has influenced society.

You can view results by chapter or by book. By creating a personal profile, you can save and annotate VSI content.

These titles can be found through the College Library’s Databases page.

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December hours for the library

aretia reading @ wercWhy not take a minute to enjoy a comfortable reading spot when your finals are finshed? Library hours at Main and the Regional Centers for December will be

M – F 9am – 5 pm Dec. 15 – 23,

9am – 12 noon Dec. 24

Closed Dec. 25 – Jan 1, 2015

 F Jan. 2 9am – 5pm

Closed Jan. 5 – 9

Normal Hours resume Jan. 12, 2015

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