Archives for July 2015

Free-Range DVDs

Get your summer flicks fix at the Ross Pendergraft Library and Technology Center by checking out our video collection, recently relocated to the first floor.  No longer locked away in cabinets in the Music Lab, the DVDs are free of their confines, available for easy browsing by genre, and sitting on the low shelves across from the computers.

Low shelves full of amazing DVDs!

While students, faculty, and staff have always been able to search our collection via the online catalog, with over 6,000 videos to choose from, it’s not easy see every available title through our present interface.  With the entire collection downstairs, however, you can now enjoy the truly retro experience of scanning your eyes across the DVD cases, even reading the film summaries on the back of the cases, to pick the perfect compliment to your research project, class, or homework-free Saturday night.


In addition to improving visual access to this collection, we have also improved the circulation time for undergraduate and graduate students.  The library has extended the check-out period for DVDs from 3 days to 7 days for current undergraduate students, and from 3 days to 14 days for graduate students.  Additionally, all students, faculty, and staff may renew their videos at least once without accruing late fees.  To renew online (including books and other items), login to your library account using your T number and last name.  You can also renew in person at the Circulation Desk, located on the first floor of the Library.


To get started on your summer binge-watching, make sure you have a current library application on file at the Circulation Desk (students must renew once every semester; faculty and staff need only apply once when they are hired).  Then, you may use your Tech ID as a library card to start borrowing from our rich collection of new releases, classic cinema, engaging documentaries, spellbinding animation, terrifying horror, and award-winning television dramas.

For questions about this collection or our DVD circulation policies, contact our own librarian movie star, Lowell Lybarger.

Free Lee Documentary

While you are waiting to get your hands on Harper Lee’s latest novel, Go Set a Watchman, satisfy your Atticus Finch cravings with the pre-release of a new documentary called “Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman,” available online and streaming through the Kanopy collection for one week only.   Kanopy Streaming Video is the Arkansas Tech Library’s latest partner in online films.   Director Mary McDonah Murphy sifts through the facts and speculation surrounding Lee and both her novels.  It includes interviews with Lee’s older sister, close friends, and literary admirers, from Oprah Winfrey to Wally Lamb.

To watch this documentary, available from today until July 20th, click this link: or search our library catalog for this film, other streaming films, and old fashioned books by and about Harper Lee.