Thursday, March 30, 2006

Alexandria Campus Hosts the Virginia Library Association!

Librarians from all over Northern Virginia gathered at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center on Thursday 30 April for a half-day program titled Making Contacts: Connecting with our Community of Users.

(conference attendees check-in at the Schlesinger Center, above)

Librarians from public libraries, university libraries, and school libraries gathered to hear presentations on reaching out to library users, meeting user needs, and finding innovative ways to promote library materials, services, and collections. Some examples of outreach efforts the Alexandria Campus Library is already undertaking are: blogging, offering drop-in mini-tours at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters, using the wireless web to provide" roaming reference" service in locations all over the campus, seeking feedback from our users in surveys and focus groups, providing formal and informal library instruction in the classroom and at the Reference Desk, and more!

(Over 80 librarians from all over Northern Virginia gather in the Schlesinger Forum, at left)

(breakfast was served outside the Baker Theatre, above)

(Bill Fleming, Chair of the VLA Region V Executive Committee, opens the program, at left)

(Dave Williams, Director of Learning Resource Services, welcomes attendees, above)

(Virginia Graves, Acting Provost of the Alexandria Campus, delivers introductory remarks, at left)

Presenters were: Priscelle Dando, Head Librarian at Lee Library at Robert E Lee High School; Jamie Coniglio, Head of the Reference Department at Fenwick Library at George Mason University (Go Patriots!); and Rebecca Purdy, Youth Services Manager at Central Rappahannock Regional Library.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Research Tips!

It's term paper and essay-writing time. The library provides assistance and resources for all types of research. Here are some top tips from your Reference Librarians for getting started on research.

Spring Semester Hours (through May 14th):

Monday - Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Or contact a librarian by phone, email, or IM: