Archive for August, 2015

Streaming from RDC Library – Associated Press Video Collection

August 10, 2015

Now RDC Library has access to more current, very relevant, news stories. EBSCO streams high-interest video content from Associated Press (AP), the world’s leading news agency. The videos include primary source footage and editorially produced videos.

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You can find and view these streaming videos through RDC Library’s OneSearch, as well as other EBSCO databases. When you search a topic, a carousel of AP videos related to your search terms may display in the result list. Containing footage from 1930 to the present and updated monthly, this collection of approximately 60,000 videos covers a variety of topics.

Users can find videos about current and historical events; famous people including political leaders, celebrities and athletes; as well as videos related to art, music, literature, science and technology.

**NOTE: persistent links to AP Videos are not available at this time. Only text associated with the Video Detail Record can be printed, emailed or saved. The video itself cannot be emailed, saved or shared.

About AP: “Founded in 1846, AP has covered all the major news events of the past 165 years, providing high-quality, informed reporting of everything from wars and elections to championship games and royal weddings.” – website

The Dog Eared Review of ‘Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness’ by Susannah Catalan

August 2, 2015

“My tongue twisted when I spoke; I drooled and, when I was tired, let my tongue hang out of the side of my mouth like an overheated dog”.

A self-described Beautiful Mess, Ms. Cahalan employs a straightforward and in your face candor throughout the account of her battle with NMDA-receptor autoimmune encephalitis.  While some chapters are uplifting, others are unnerving with first hand descriptions of partial seizures and her inability to perform tasks such as being able to put simple words together.download

Exposing herself through many intimate and painful moments, the author never tries to paint herself in a positive light. Instead, she pens this memoir as a reflection of what I can only imagine to be a terrifying glimpse into the hell of what each of us have the potential to be thrust into. While some readers may think labeling the events of a singular month as a memoir is a little misleading, I feel it’s justified based on the fact the amount of suffering endured was more than enough to last a lifetime.

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