Book A Librarian!


Announcing our library’s new reference service, Book A Librarian!

Do you need help doing research for an assignment for class? Want to learn more about searching for resources in general? Want someone to walk you through citing a paper in a new-to-you format? Have a busy schedule and want to make sure that a librarian is available to help you when you come into the library?

Now you can make an appointment with one of the Durham Tech librarians for some one-on-one help!

What we can do:
– Give you a library refresher, including a tour and overview of our resources
– Help you with your research, both using books and online resources
– Teach you how to use databases (and when they’re your best bet)
– Help you learn how to use Microsoft Office for formatting assignments
– Help you cite resources both in MLA and APA style
– Plan a collaborative instruction session (for instructors only)
– Go over resources that could be used for a specific course or assignment (instructors and students)

And much more!

We are unable to help proofread or edit the content of assignments or offer subject-area tutoring during these reservations. We are also unable to help you troubleshoot problems on your personal computer.

Appointments will be assigned to available librarians and must be made at least two days in advance. You will be emailed or telephoned back with confirmation of your appointment. If we are unable to help with your specific issue, we will let you know at this time. Please be prompt– while we understand that circumstances may make you late or need to cancel the appointment, if you are more than 15 minutes late, your reservation will be cancelled.

Please note that reservations are for the Main Campus library ONLY. Please contact library@durhamtech.edu if you would like to set up a meeting with a librarian at either the Orange County or Northern Durham campus.

We look forward to hearing from you!

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2014 was awarded to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai for their advocacy for children’s rights.

Nobel peace prize winners

Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai were picked as winners for their struggle against the oppression of children and their right to education. Photograph: Reuters (Source Guardian.com)

Here is background information about Mr. Satyarthi and Miss Yousafzai from the New York Times, “In India, Mr. Satyarthi, a former engineer, has long been associated with the struggle to free bonded laborers, some born into their condition and others lured into servitude. For decades, he has sought to rid India of child slavery and has liberated more than 75,000 bonded and child laborers in the country.  Mr. Satyarthi began working for children’s rights in 1980 as the general secretary of the Bonded Labor Liberation Front, an organization dedicated to freeing bonded laborers forced to work to pay off debts, real or imagined. He also founded the Bachpan Bachao Andolan, or Save the Children Mission, an organization dedicated to ending bonded labor and saving children from trafficking. ” (http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/10/nobel-peace-prize-awarded-to-defenders-of-childrens-rights/)

“Ms. Yousafzai began campaigning for girls’ education at the age of 11, three years before she was shot by the Taliban. She was so young that some observers questioned how well equipped a child of that age could be to put her own safety on the line and commit to a life of activism. The prize she received on Friday validates what she has taken on, but also underscores the disproportionate expectations that trail her: Can she truly influence the culture of her home country of Pakistan, which she cannot even visit because of threats to her safety, and where many revile her as a tool of the West? Ms. Yousafzai may be an Anne Frank-like figure who defied terror, showed extraordinary courage and inspires hope, but how much can one teenager accomplish?” (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/11/world/asia/malala-yousafzai-youngest-nobel-peace-prize-winner-adds-to-her-achievements-and-expectations.html)

 The library has a copy of Malala Yousafzai’s inspiring memoir available for checkout:  LC 2330 .Y69 2013

For further reading, photos, and videos:

Nobel Announcement
Washington Post
The Guardian

You’ve certainly been to the library in the ERC to check out some of our 40,000-plus books, but be sure to check out the e-book offerings from NC LIVE as well!

On the Durham Tech Library home page, click on E-books and Digital Audio Books. From there, follow the link to NC LIVE e-books. In the search box on that page, you can type your search term(s) to get started. You can also click on one of the individual collections, such as

You can also visit NC LIVE’s Home Grown eBook Collection, which “offers a wide range of content, including novels by popular North Carolina authors, poetry, short stories, and non-fiction,” according to the August 2014 press release. This collection is on the BiblioBoard platform and is compatible with Safari and Chrome browsers.



Congressman and civil rights advocate, John Lewis’ graphic novel March: Book One, has been selected for the 2014 Durham Community Reads program. March: Book One is the first installation of a trilogy, and spans John Lewis’ youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.



Students in HIS 132 courses at Durham Tech are reading the book this semester. The library has several copies available of this book for loan and on reserve. Durham Reads Together, held every two years, is sponsored by the Durham County Library, and encourages residents to read and discuss a single book. Admission to all programs is free. View the link below for information about book related events and activities in October.




If we don’t have something you need, we can probably get it!

As great a collection as we have, Durham Tech Library doesn’t have ALL the books we’d love to have. With the funding we receive, we try to purchase books most needed to support courses being taught at the college, but we can’t buy everything that we want and that our very diverse users would like. Even if a book isn’t in our immediate collection, though, we might still be able to get access to it, so if you don’t see a book you want, ask us! We can usually get books through interlibrary loan, which is when we borrow a book from another library. To request a book, you can:

  • come to the front desk in the library to let us know what you’d like,
  • send us an email,
  • complete the online request form,
  • or request the item directly from the online catalog. To do this, search the collections of all of the community colleges in North Carolina by selecting “All” (see image to the right), and when you find the item you want, click “Place Hold” on the left side (see image below).


It usually takes at least a week for us to get a book from another library, so please don’t wait until the day before something is due to see what resources you might need.

We can also get articles from other libraries if you can’t find them in our online databases. Anytime you need information or materials, please let us know, and we’ll see if we can get those materials for you.


National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15 and celebrates the contributions and cultural history of Hispanic Americans.  The Library of Congress, National Archives, and Smithsonian Institution (among others) have created digital displays to commemorate the occasion, including art, audio, literature, and video.  To explore these resources, go to http://hispanicheritagemonth.gov/

Check out our front window display highlighting some of our library’s resources by Hispanic authors and about Hispanic cultures, and be sure to let a librarian know if you want to take any of the display books home to read– anything in the front windows is available to check out.  Just ask!

Around Durham Tech, there are some exciting events planned to celebrate, including several Latino Student Success Discussions, a Bilingual Poetry Hour, and a Latin American Film Festival (and food trucks!).  Click on the flier to see more details.


Credo Reference

Credo Reference is an online database of more than 3 million entries in over 600 reference books. It is helpful when you’re developing a topic for an assignment, because it provides brief topic overviews and links to related entries in Credo Reference resources. You can also follow links from Credo Reference into other resources provided by the Durham Tech Library, including the library catalog and online databases.

Additionally, you can browse reference books by subject area, use the “image search” option to find pictures related to a topic and explore the “mind map” search strategy to brainstorm and discover related terms to your search term.

When you have become comfortable with the basic searches, the “advanced search” feature allows you to be more exact in your search strategies. If you are feeling very confident and a little adventurous, also check out the “power search” tips from the “advanced search” page.

Check it out!


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