March is National Women’s History Month


Each year National Women’s History Month employs a unifying theme and recognizes national honorees whose work and lives testify to that theme.  The theme for National Women’s History Month 2012 is Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment.

Although women now outnumber men in American colleges nationwide, this reversal of the gender gap is a very recent phenomenon. The fight to learn was a valiant struggle waged by many tenacious women — across years and across cultures.   This equal opportunity to learn, owes much to Title IX of the Education Codes of the Higher Education Act Amendments.  Passed in 1972 and enacted in 1977, this legislation prohibited gender discrimination by federally funded institutions.  Its enactment has served as the primary tool for women’s fuller participation in all aspects of education from scholarships, to facilities, to classes formerly closed to women.  It has also transformed the educational landscape of the United States within the span of a generation.  

For more information and resources to commemorate multicultural women’s history and to celebrate Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment, visit, WWW.NWHP.ORG.

 (taken from the National Women’s History Project  2012 press release)

African American History Month Celebration

The 2012 African American History Month theme is “Black Women in American Culture and History”.  This theme honors African American women and the myriad of roles they played in the shaping of our United States.

On Wednesday, Feb. 22, USC-Union will be celebrating Black History Month on the campus.  This event is sponsored by Men and Women on a Mission and African American Association (MWOM/AAA), and is scheduled at noon in the auditorium.  The speaker at this event is Mrs. Andrea Powell Baker, Executive Director of the Union County Development Board.

Lunch will be provided after the event in the Student Lounge for students, faculty and staff.  Come and join us!


New Books in the Library

The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother

By James McBride











In The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother, McBride tells of his childhood, family, and of the issue of race that ultimately colored his life while growing up in predominantly black neighborhoods, where his white mother stood out like a sore thumb.  McBride’s mother was a Polish Orthodox Jew who was born Rachel Shilsky in Poland on April 1, 1921.  She migrated to America with her family during the early nineteen twenties they and they settled in Suffolk, Virginia.  In Virginia, Ruth was subjected to anti-Semitism from the community and abuse from her father.  At age seventeen Ruth fled Virginia and settled in New York City, where she married James’s father, a black minister. Because this was a time when mixed race marriages were still frowned upon by both whites and blacks, their family always stood out as different.  After his death sixteen years later, Ruth married another black man who took care of her and her eight children.  They later had four more children, bringing the grand total to twelve.   Ruth taught her children growing up that “God is the color of water,” firmly convinced that life’s blessings and life’s values transcend race, and with this attitude she continually confronting overwhelming adversity and racism.   Race was always an issue his mother avoided discussing with him, because to her it was not an issue. It was not until the James began writing this book that his mother agreed to talk about the issue of race within the context of her own life with him. It is from this dialogue that The Color of Water emerges, and it is a fascinating look at the issues of race and identity within our society experienced firsthand by McBride’s and his mother. 



The Color of Love

By Gene Cheek












The Color of Love by Gene Check, tells the story of his childhood in 1950s North Carolina, where he grew up poor and white. After years of living with a drunken and abusive husband, Cheek’s mother finally separated from her husband in 1961 in Winston–Salem, North Carolina. After leaving his father, his mother began a clandestine relationship with a black man named Cornelius Tucker, who was everything her husband was not.  Gene was enlisted by his mother to keep their secret, and their undercover life as an interracial family was begun. They managed to keep the relationship quite until his mother became pregnant and gave birth to a brown-skinned baby.  In the face of rabid racial attitudes and Klan violence, Cheek’s mother and Tucker remained steadfast. But his vengeful father and other family members testified against the mother in a custody case that carried the threat of prison for violating the state’s anti-miscegenation law.  When the judge ordered her to give up one of the children, the author took the choice out of his mother’s hands when he elected to leave the family and become a ward of the state. In the narrative, Cheek recalls the horrendous choices that were forced upon both him and his mother and he recalls the painful guilt his mother suffered and the seething hatred he felt for years.  The Color of Love, is an eye-opening story of love, forgiveness, and racial hatred set in the segregated South.

New Databases

The USC Union Library now has access to 3 new databases.  They are Sabin Americana,1500-1962,  The Listener Historical Archive and Times Digital Archive.  Check them out:


The Listener Historical Archive


The Listener began to publishing on a weekly basis by BBC in 1929.  This database covers The Listener’s years of  1929-1991. Database includes outstanding  events of  20th Century about  advertising, art, entertainment, history, literature, media, music, politics, science and sports. The database is located within the 140,000 page digital images.



Sabin Americana, 1500-1926


The Sabin Americana Database , 1500–1926 is an online collection of books, pamphlets, serials and other works about the Americas, from the time of their discovery to the early 1900s.   It contains original accounts of discovery and exploration, pioneering and westward expansion, the U.S. Civil War and other military actions, Native Americans, slavery and abolition, religious history and more. It also covers a span of 400 years in North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean. 


Times Digital Archive


The Times Digital Archive is an online, full-text database of more than 200 years of The Times.  It details every complete page of every issue from 1785. This historical newspaper archive allows researchers an unparalleled opportunity to search and view the best-known and most cited newspaper in the world online in its original published context.

African American Awareness Month

February is African American History Month.  This month got its start by Carter G. Woodson, who hoped to raise awareness of African American’s contributions to civilization.  This goal was realized when he and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), conceived and announced Negro History Week in 1925. The event was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.


By the time of Woodson’s death in 1950, Negro History Week had become a central part of African American life and substantial progress had been made in getting more Americans to appreciate the celebration. At mid–century, mayors of cities nationwide issued proclamations noting Negro History Week. The Black Awakening of the 1960s dramatically expanded the consciousness of African Americans about the importance of black history, and the Civil Rights movement focused Americans of all color on the subject of the contributions of African Americans to our history and culture.


In 1976, on the nation’s bicentennial, the celebration was expanded to encompass a month.   President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” That year, the the first African American History Month was held and since then each American president has issued African American History Month proclamations.


For more information about African American History Month check out the African American History webpage hosted by the Library of Congress.  Or go to


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Don’t have access to a graphing calculator and need to do some math problems?  Check out Desmos a free online graphing calculator. It is currently supported on the following Browsers:


•Firefox (4+)

•Safari (4+)

•Internet Explorer (9+)

•Opera (10+)

•Safari on Mac or iPad

Desmos is a fully functional, browser-based graphing calculator that graphs your equations as you type and redraws them as you alter your equations.   Desmos performs all of the functions you would expect to see in a graphing calculator.   It also has a few extras that you would not find in regular graphing calculators, like equation and graph sharing through a link.

Here is a screen shot of what Desmos looks like: 

Flash Drive Tip

 It is a good idea to include on your Flash Drive a file that is saved as a .RTF doc that says “If found, Please Read” with your contact information typed inside.  This increases the chance that a lost Flash Drive will make it back to you.  We find lots of Flash Drives and we try to get them back to their owners. However, if there is nothing on the drive with your name, then we can’t get it back to you and you will have to ask us if we found it.

New Books in the Library

Here We Go Again

By: Betty White













Betty White begun her television career in 1949, and it has been going strong for some 60+ years.  Betty has starred in many successful series, had has made numerous guest appearances on game and talk shows. She has also received 6 Emmy awards and 18 Emmy nominations.  In 2010 she was presented with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.  Betty White is also the recipient of three American Comedy Awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1990, and two Viewers for Quality Television Awards. She was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1995 and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2010 Betty became the oldest performer to host “Saturday Night Live” plus she continues to work in movies and primetime TV, most recently in TV Land’s “Hot In Cleveland”.

In this  biography, Betty describes her life in television and how she got started in the business. In these pages Betty talks about many of the important moments in her career, like how she got her start, her biggest roles, and what it was like to work in the industry.  Readers will find “Here We Go Again…” to be an interesting look back at the Golden Age of television and White’s role in it, all while learning more about the personal life of Betty along the way.  One of the many highlights is seeing the black and white photos of Betty displayed throughout the book. 



Meat: A Love Story

By: Susan Bourette













Susan Bourette’s journey to discover meat that she could feel good about eating began after she spend four days as an undercover journal at a meat packing plant.  Resolving to become a vagitatian, Bourette only lasted about six weeks.   She then resolved to find meat she felt good about eating. This quest to discover meat that is socially conscious comprises much of this novel, and this journey takes Bourdette to many places, including Alaska and the cattle ranches of the west.  However, Bourette also covers the broader subject of meat, including the history of American beef and its subcultures and controversies.  Through her investigations, Susan learned to have a greater appreciation for meat, and learned how it can enrich a diet when the animals are treated well, given the proper diet, and not artificially enhanced.  No matter how a reader feels about the process of using animals for meat, this book will instill in them a better understanding for this food group.

New Semester, New Start



The Library at USC Union would like to Welcome Back all Students, Faculty and Staff. 

The Christmas break went by very fast, didn’t it?  Hopefully, everyone had a good break, enjoyed the holidays and is now refreshed for the new semester. 

 The Library would like to remind you that we as here to assist you with your assignments and classes.  If you need anything from us, or have any questions do not hesitate to ask us.  That is what we are here for after all! 

The Library Blog can be a great place to find out information about what’s going on around the campus, and the library, as well as useful websites and tips, so explore around.   Remember to check back each Wednesday for new posts.

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