Friday, September 29, 2017

Book Art

We gave our student assistants Exacto knives & glue and let them loose on some old books.  Here is some of the art they created:

(above:  a "burning" book.  Most appropriate for Banned Books Week)

All these and more are on display in the Library.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Constitution and Citizenship Week

Constitution Day (September 17th) will be observed at NOVA during the week of September 18 - 22.

September 17th is also designated as Citizenship Day:

In 1952 Congress repealed this joint resolution and passed a new law moving the date to September 17 to commemorate “the formation and signing, on September 17, 1787, of the Constitution of the United States.” The day was still designated as “Citizenship Day” and retained its original purpose of recognizing all those who had attained American citizenship. This law urged civil and educational authorities of states, counties, cities and towns to make plans for the proper observance of the day and “for the complete instruction of citizens in their responsibilities and opportunities as citizens of the United States and of the State and locality in which they reside.”

Alexandria Campus will observe both commemorations with a series of talks given by faculty, as well as appropriate resources to read or watch available in the Library:

America's constitution : a biography.  KF4541 .A87 2005

The genius of America : how the Constitution saved our country--and why it can again.  KF4541 .L334x 2007

The Amendments to the Constitution Bill of Rights and beyond.  DVD KF4557 .A44x 2008

Friday, September 15, 2017

Student Success Conference a SUCCESS

The 2017 Student Success Conference wrapped up with the Grand Prize Drawing on Thursday 14 September in the Library.  Amidst popcorn and sodas Interim Dean Matt Todd drew tickets for a chance to win two Chromebooks.

Both lucky winners were present!  Congratulations!

 (students enjoying the final Library Open House, popcorn fest and prize drawing)

This year's conference included sessions on:  Blackboard, Healthcare, Time Management, Microsoft Office, Course Scheduling, Leadership, Volunteer opportunities, Google, video-making, campus resources such as Library, Tutoring, TILT, Student Services, Open Computer Lab and more!

Many thanks to the Office of Student Life which funded the conference.

There were over 500 student participants.

(Courtney Boland, Tutoring Coordinator and one of the conference planners)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Student Success Conference 9/11-9/14

The Alexandria Campus Student Success Conference is in full swing!

Find out about campus resources, study skills, student opportunities, networking and MORE in this four day conference to help NOVA students START STRONG.

Partnering with Student Services, TILT, Library, Open Computer Lab, Testing Services, Campus Police, Arlington Public Library, Provost's Office, Academic Success Center and MORE the conference gives a broad overview of resources on campus available to promote student success and learning; also introduction to skills and behaviors like mindfulness, time-management and study skills; and finally many opportunities for students to engage in college life at NOVA.

The Conference lasts from 10am and concludes with POPCORN and prizes at 3.30 in the Library.

And of course, what is success without SNACKS:

(we have lots of snacks!) 

Monday, August 21, 2017


Although it was the first day of classes, campus came to a communal stand-still around 2.30pm as we all donned special 3-D like glasses, craned necks and gazed into the sky:

Eclipse.  QB541 .B74 1991

(viewing party in the Library)

Eclipse-viewing glasses were available for checkout in the Library.  Demand was high.

(Alexandria Provost Dr Haggray and Director of Student Engagement Ms Diaz view the eclipse) 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Welcome to Fall Semester!!

Fall Classes begin August 21st and the Library is ready to welcome you.

Visit the Alexandria campus Library for

Research assistance (locate, evaluate and use scholarly resources appropriate to college-level work)

Citation Help (who is this MLA and who made them in charge?)

Course Texts and Materials (use textbooks FOR FREE)

Calculators (Got Math?  We've got graphing calculators for use for free)

Study Space (study in a group, study quietly, study silently hint: silent study is on the upper level)

Internet, BlackBoard, Print (hint: if you need a computer or printing assistance, visit the Open Computer Lab in room 332)

Fall Semester Library Hours:

Monday - Thursday 8.30am - 9.00pm
Friday 8.30am - 5.00pm
Saturday-Sunday: closed

Monday, July 31, 2017

Miracle of Dunkirk

Unless you've been trapped on a sandy beach somewhere you will be aware that the epic film Dunkirk was released last week.

Telling the amazing story of the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force by a flotilla of small civilian vessels, the film's narrative follows three major threads covering different periods of time: one beginning on land and covering one week, one on the sea and covering one day, and one in the air covering one hour.

Read up on the history of the Evacuation of Dunkirk:

Dunkirk : fight to the last man D756.5.D8 S43 2006

Dunkirk : retreat to victory.  D756.5.D8 T48 2011

The miracle of Dunkirk D756.5.D8 L67 1984