Changes to Database Subscriptions

For the upcoming calendar year, the library will be discontinuing a few of our database subscriptions. These include the following products, which will cease availability 12/31/20:

EBSCO – Auto Repair Source
EBSCO – International Security and Counter-Terrorism Reference Center
Ovid – Visible Body
Proquest – SIRS KnowledgeSource

The decision to discontinue Visible Body was difficult, but Ovid increased the cost by over 400%. We have reached out to other vendors who offer similar products in content and quality and we have decided to purchase Primal Pictures instead.

Our subscription to Primal Pictures, which begins 1/1/2021, includes the Anatomy and Physiology, Functional Anatomy, and Dental Hygiene modules. You can find information about this database on their website, or review some of the tutorials below.

Primal Pictures 3D Atlas of Human Anatomy Quick Start Guide (covers 3D Atlas and Dental Hygiene)
Primal Pictures 3D Human Functional Anatomy Quick Start Guide
Primal Pictures 3D Human Anatomy & Physiology Quick Start Guide

For those still needing access, Visible Body has a course-based option available to professors through the bookstore for $49.99 per student. This allows students to access an unlimited number of courses during their two-year subscription and also download and keep the mobile versions of the program to continue to use in their curriculum.

Finding and Sharing Archival Videos in Canvas Commons

Click on the link to Canvas from either the Faculty or Staff tab of
On the left hand menu bar, click on the Commons icon.

Once Commons opens, the easiest way to find all of the available videos is to click the Filter option at the top right.

Filter results by type (video) and who it’s shared with (Florida State College at Jacksonville).
When the results populate, click on the individual video name to view the video, import it into Canvas, or download it.
To import the video into a Canvas course or download the file, click the Import/Download button. If you’re downloading, you’ll need to click Allow on the security pop up that appears onscreen to approve the download. The file will then download to the Downloads folder of your PC, and can be viewed with the VLC media player that comes pre-loaded on College computers. (The mp4 file can be viewed in other media players if you prefer Windows Media Player or some other brand.)

May(ngo) in the LLC

Brace yourselves; May(ngo) is coming.

Several years ago, the libraries of the State University System and about half of the Florida College System switched to using a discovery tool (think library search engine) called Mango. At that time, FSCJ chose not to migrate to using Mango as our front-end discovery tool because it was expected to be replaced within a year or two with a different option decided upon at the state level and stuck with Primo as the catalog’s “face,” though background operations transferred to Mango and its statewide catalog. (If you’ve ever placed an interlibrary loan request through the library catalog and wound up with a book from UF or FSU despite never seeing those institutions in the possible list of holdings, this is why; you see your results in Primo, but the holdings were in the statewide union catalog, Mango, and the system knew to pull from the universities.)

Flash forward to 2018, and we’re still waiting to hear what the final statewide option will be, but in the meantime the FCS and SUS have decided it’s best we all be on the same page, system-wise. And so this June the library catalog will be converting to Mango, which (among other things) will increase the speed of updates made to our catalog and make it easier to request items via interlibrary loan. We’re working on the transition now, and expect Mango to go live by the end of July  August 1st.

For students, staff, and administration, this will mean getting used to a new interface, and LLC staff will be on hand to assist with that. We’ll be offering a series of workshops, help sessions, and videos beginning in August. The schedule will be posted here when it becomes available.

For faculty, this will mean that some of your links to library content may need to be updated in Blackboard, your syllabus, and other instructional areas for them to continue functioning. Please see the below chart for what kind of links will and will not require updating.

Type of link Will it work in Mango?
Direct links to articles in the database Yes
Direct links to ebooks in the database Yes
Direct links to Films on Demand Clips Yes
Embedded Films on Demand Clips Yes
Lists created using Curriculum Builder Yes
Links to physical books in the library catalog
(any link that starts with

Once the transition to Mango is complete in July, faculty will need to review their course materials for any links to physical items in the library catalog beginning with the url and replace them with updated links to those items in Mango. All other links pulled directly from databases like JSTOR or Films on Demand should remain functional, as they already exist outside of Primo. If you’re teaching summer classes, please don’t panic: Primo will continue to run in the background through the end of August, so you should not see any interruption of service on your existing links. However, your links will need to be updated to remain functional for Fall term.

We’ll keep you updated on the changeover as it happens, and will add support material to our Faculty Resource Guide as it becomes available, but if you have any questions at all please feel free to ask your local librarian.

Until next month (and Mango’s arrival!), we’ll see you in the stacks!

April in the LLC

April is the coolest month, as it’s when we get to celebrate National Poetry Month. This year not only will we be featuring daily selections of spoken word and poetry on our Facebook and Instagram accounts, but we’re also partnering with Student Engagement and faculty members Sarah Clark Stuart, Monica Dimauro, Russell Flint, and Audrey Antee to put on a slate of events all across the College.

Most of the fun happens between April 9 and 11, starting with spoken word events at South (Monday, 4/9 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the U-Stage) and Downtown (Tuesday, 4/10 from 10 a.m. – noon in C101).

Then on Wednesday, April 11 we have an across-town double feature. First at Kent, there’s a poetry writing workshop featuring Steffani Fletcher from Hope at Hand (4 – 5:30 p.m., D120). Registration is required for this event, so we ask that you RSVP to Courtney Hatten at 904-381-3675. Meanwhile at Deerwood we’ll be hosting a special Poesia Edicion of our weekly Cafe y Conversa event, featuring a poetry reading from local poet Andy Rojas and a discussion of how being bilingual affects your writing (4:30 – 5:30 p.m., G2715).

Finally, to finish out the celebrations we have an all day event at Kent on Monday, April 23, for patrons to stop by the Writing Lab to create found poetry from old books and magazines or participate in collaborative storytelling by adding sentences or sketched to a collected work that will be hung in the LLC.

In non-poetry news, we’re also taking this month to celebrate our many fabulous faculty authors. Join us Thursday, April 12 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. in Kent’s D120 for a reception that’s light on the refreshments but heavy on praise.

In May we’ll be slowing things down a bit for the start of summer, but keep an eye on our Facebook page just in case we plan any late-breaking shenanigans. Until then, we’ll see you in the stacks!


March in the LLC

We’ve been saving up terrible Pi/Pie puns for months, and are very excited that March and our Pi Day events are finally here so that we can serve them up.

First, we’re very excited to present Pi Over Pie: The Secret History of Women in Math at the Downtown Campus. Professor Anna Byrd will explore some of the hidden female figures in STEM, and discuss the importance of representation. Student Engagement will be on hand at the end of the event to share pies with the attendees. Head upstairs afterward to the Learning Commons on the third floor for more free pie and a hula hoop measuring event (which runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. that day).

Meanwhile, North Campus will be hosting a Pi-themed Escape Room, with prizes for students who successfully complete it, along with some other games and pie-snacks provided by Student Engagement from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. South Campus will have a Pi memorization contest, a chance to compose Pi-ku poetry, and still more free pie from Student Engagement from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. And finally, Deerwood Center in conjunction with Professor Paula Risko will be setting up Bouffon’s Needle Experiement (which you can read about here) for students to use to try to calculate Pi from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

It’s tempting to fill up on Pi, but be sure to save some room in your schedule that week for the Author Series events featuring The World’s Strongest Librarian Josh Hanagarne on March 13 at Kent Campus (11 a.m.) and South Campus (7 p.m.). You can find the event details here. Also, if your appetite runs more toward poetry, you’ll be excited to know we have lots of great events scheduled for National Poetry Month in April, but until then, we’ll see you in the stacks!

February in the LLC

February is all about representation in the LLC, and this month we have two different events highlighting Black History in Jacksonville. First, stop by Kent Campus to check out We Have Come Over a Way, a photographic exhibit of African-American Life and History focusing on local neighborhoods and luminaries that resulted from a collaborative effort by Professor Nobuko Mizoguchi at Kent, Professor Scott Matthews at Downtown, FSCJ Associate Director of Programming and Development Dr. Jametoria Burton, and the LLC. Next, on February 20th South Campus will offer A Role Worth Playing: Norman Studios, Representation, and the History of Cinema in Jacksonville. Professor Wes Moody will speak on Jacksonville’s history as the former silent film capital of the country and the importance of Norman Studio’s work creating films that featured black actors in strong, positive roles, followed by a screening of the silent film The Flying Ace.


The Library and Learning Commons is also spending the time leading up to the Author Series bringing The World’s Strongest Librarian Josh Hanagarne to FSCJ this March doing some bragging about the strengths of our librarians and services. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to see features about our staff, or come meet us in person at one of the faculty and staff receptions listed below – you can ask your colleagues at Kent how much fun they had at theirs. Not only will you have a chance to get to know your LLC better, there will be refreshments, door prizes, and a drawing for a $100 Visa gift card.

Cecil: Tuesday, February 20, 2-4 p.m.
Deerwood: Wednesday, February 14, 10-11:30 a.m. and 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Downtown: Tuesday, February 13, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Nassau: Wednesday, February 14, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
North: Tuesday, February 27, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
South: Tuesday, March 6, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Finally, we’re already looking toward March 5 – 9, when the LLC will help celebrate Open Education Week to help raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now. There’ll be several faculty presentations that will cover creating OER courses for the Achieving the Dream Grant, as well as presentations from our librarians such as:

Open Education Resources: A Very Brief Introduction –  The workshop will include an introduction to OER and open licensing through Creative Commons. Participants will consider and discuss the impact of OER on teaching and learning.
South Campus: Monday, March 5, 2-3 p.m. (G300)
Nassau Center: Wednesday, March 7, 2-3 p.m. (B107)

The Insider’s Guide to Creative Commons – This workshop will increase participant knowledge regarding the history, purpose, and licenses of Creative Commons and develop faculty strategies for using the resource to find open educational resources.
Downtown Campus: Tuesday, March 6, 10-11 a.m. (A2102D)

Searching for Open Educational Resources (OER) –  This workshop will demonstrate more in depth searching of open educational repositories for textbooks, journals, and images.
Deerwood: Thursday, March 8, 10-11 a.m. (G2730)

In case you’re counting, we’ve just given you over a dozen excuses to visit your local LLC in the next month. So until next time, we’ll see you in the stacks!

January in the LLC

With Author Series bringing The World’s Strongest Librarian Josh Hanagarne to FSCJ this March, now seems like the perfect time for the Library and Learning Commons to do some bragging about the strengths of our librarians and services. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to see features about our staff, or come meet us in person! We’ll be hosting faculty and staff receptions at each LLC on the dates below. Not only will you have a chance to get to know your LLC better, there will be refreshments, door prizes, and a drawing for a $100 Visa gift card.

Cecil: Tuesday, February 20, 2-4 p.m.
Deerwood: Wednesday, February 14, 10-11:30 a.m. and 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Downtown: Tuesday, February 13, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Kent: Wednesday, January 31, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Nassau: Wednesday, February 14, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
North: Tuesday, February 27, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
South: Tuesday, March 6, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Meanwhile, we hope to see you at Kent Campus on January 23 when Kent’s LLC kicks off the 2018 FSCJ Author Series by hosting Creating Strength, an event featuring perspectives on the relationship between creativity and strength from FSCJ Dean of Arts and Sciences Dr. Jeff Hess and Professors Jennifer Chase, Tim Gilmore, Dustin Harewood and Jeff Olma. Library and Learning Commons tutor Winter Broadhurst will also be on hand to provide tips for drafting a top-notch Author Series Essay Contest entry.

There’s more to come in Spring 2018 (or, as we like to think of it, the Spring of the Librarian), but until next month, we’ll see you in the stacks!

June in the Library and Learning Commons

For the third year running, the LLC is celebrating Indiana Junes, where we spend the entire month highlighting fascinating stories about archaeology, anthropology, and sociology on our Facebook page. Our celebration culminates with a screening of an Indiana Jones film at the Downtown Campus prefaced by an academic talk from an FSCJ professor. This year we’re showing Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Professor Wil Kaiser will be giving a talk on the Third Reich’s obsession with the occult and the Nazi belief that they were destined to inherit the mantle of Western Civilization.

Meanwhile, the Kent LLC Writing Lab will be accepting submissions for the VIVA Art Contest from the 12th-14th, 9:00 am – 5:30 pm. Categories for submissions (which must be ready to hang) include paintings, drawings, and photography. For more details, contact the Kent LLC at 904 381-3522

The next meteor shower isn’t until the Perseids in August, but until then you can get your meteorite fix at the Cecil Center LLC, which is temporarily home to a 200 lb meteorite recovered from Argentina. This little bit of space is on loan to us courtesy of Professor Mike Reynolds.

We’re already looking forward to July (Shark Week!), but until then, we’ll see you in the stacks!


May in the Library and Learning Commons

If you’re just now recovering from the end of the semester, don’t worry – so are we! May started off with a whirl of activity in the LLCs, as various campuses offered Stress Relief Week options such as mini-massages, paper crane folding, and mini Zen gardens to take the edge off students’ (or faculty’s!) finals angst. We also offered coffee and snacks to help fuel your brains. If you missed it this time, keep an eye on your LLCs during finals week next Fall, because this is a recurring event.

If you’re based at South Campus, you may have heard a strange beeping sound coming from the stacks the first week of the month as the staff at South worked to finish the campus’s first complete inventory of their holdings, which is no small matter considering they carry almost 45,000 items. The inventory finished ahead of schedule, and marks the conclusion of a cycle of inventories at all the main campuses.

We plan to lie low for the rest of May and work on planning for Indiana Junes and Shark Week for June, as well as starting to plot Banned Books Week fun in the Fall. Until next month, we’ll see you in the stacks!