Saturday, November 14, 2015

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Library displays

Ever wonder what prompts or inspires the book displays that appear on rotating basis in the Alexandria Campus Library?

It might be a commemoration of historical events, like the Battle of Agincourt, the 600th anniversary of which was on 25 October:

Or it might be in recognition of a national holiday (Veteran's Day, 11 November):

Soldier: A Visual History of the Fighting Man.  U750 G725x

Or promoting a campus event:

The Alexandria Campus Library, with funding from the Office of Student Life and support from teaching faculty and the Academic Success Center, hosted three Networking 101 events on concurrent days (November 10-11-12).

Or advertising new and improved campus services:

Visit the Alexandria Campus's brand new Open Computer Lab in AA332, now open for business!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Virginia Library Association Annual Conference

Several members of the NOVA Libraries Team journeyed to Richmond for the Annual conference of the Virginia Library Association, including librarian Katie Hoskins and Associate Dean Matt Todd.

Katie presented on best practices with online research guides (Libguides) and also on the job search strategies prompted by the successful job search workshop (see below).

Matt volunteered at sessions on Open Educational Resources, successful outreach to teaching faculty, redesigning academic libraries to meet demands of the future, and NASA (!).

Above: [l-r:  Paul Chapman, Katie Hoskins, Cori Strickler (Bridgewater College]

On Saturday May 30th 2015 the Alexandria Campus Library, in partnership with the Virginia Library Association hosted a Job Search Workshop.  Katie Hoskins organized the event, Matt Todd provided welcoming remarks and presented on interview strategies, Paul Chapman conducted resume reviews.  One of the co-presenters was from our regional partner the Alexandria Public Library.  Cori Strickler from Bridgewater College co-organized the workshop)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Willi reads

Willi has expanded his reading horizons to a fascinating book where literature meets photography:

Fried, Dinah,  Fictitious dishes : an album of literature's most memorable meals

PN56.F59 F75 2014

Fictitious Dishes serves up a delectable assortment of photographic interpretations of culinary moments from contemporary and classic literature. Showcasing famous meals such as the madcap tea party from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the watery gruel from Oliver Twist, the lavish chicken breakfast from To Kill a Mockingbird, the stomach-turning avocado-and-crabmeat salad from The Bell Jar, and the seductive cupcakes from The Corrections, this unique volume pairs each place setting with the text from the book that inspired its creation. Interesting food facts and entertaining anecdotes about the authors, their work, and their culinary predilections complete this charming book, which is sure to whet the appetites of lovers of great literature and delicious dishes.

[the author is Dinah Fried.  Get it: Fried Fish???]

Friday, October 09, 2015

Midterm Madness/ De-Stress for Success

Students took advantage of the Library's extended hours this week to study for final exams (for the 8-week session) and midterms and projects (for the 16-week session).  Over 160 students used the library during the extended hours period.

The De-Stress for Success club served coffee and snacks in the afternoon, coloring kits were on offer, and study-break snacks were served in the evenings.

One student said "I love NOVA!"  and another wondered "If this is what they do for midterms what do you suppose happens at finals?"

Tuesday, October 06, 2015


Need extra time to study for midterms??

Your campus Library is here for you!  The Library will be open until 11pm October 5-8, and until 6pm on the 9th.

Come study late with us!

Snacks at 10!

Saturday, October 03, 2015

Willi the Library Fish

Meet Willi, the Library's resident goldfish:

Goldfish carry fortuitous connotations in many cultures.  They are one of the symbols of the Buddha. They represent good luck, prosperity and happiness.  They are an important part of the Persian New Year Celebration.  Willi came to us from a Noruz display the Library mounted this past March. 

Willi is a literate fish.  Check here to see what Willi is reading:

Willi is currently reading Battleships and Aircraft Carriers 1900-Present  V815 B38x 2013

Watch out for depth charges!