Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Hat-o-ween from Your Library

Alexandria Librarians got into the spooky spirit for Halloween.

Little ghouls and goblins were welcomed into the Library on Thursday night, as the Student Business Association sponsored a campus Trick-or-Treat for local kids.

On Fri 31 October the Library Staff continued our annual tradition of 'Hat-o-ween' donning special headgear for the day.

Bruce (Two Face) gets the award for most committed. Jane brought a whiff of Hogwarts, and we had two baseball fans (Go Tribe! Matt scared everyone by putting away his tie and going casual).

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

NOVA named top tech savvy college

The Chronicle of Higher Education's "Wired Campus" feature reported on the to tech-smart community colleges. Based in part on online library capabilities, NOVA ranked in the top three colleges of its size:

October 27, 2008

Top Tech-Smart Community Colleges Get Ranked

The top tech-smart community colleges have been named by the Center for Digital Education and the American Association of Community Colleges. The center conducted a survey to highlight colleges that provide a high level of information-technology service to students and faculty. The survey examined colleges’ offerings in such areas as online admissions, student access to transcripts and grades, information security, campus-security alerts, and online-library capabilities.

Institutions were placed in three categories, based on the number of students enrolled in 2007. The top three winners in each category were:

7,500 or more students:
Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, Pa.
Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, Va.
Florida Community College, Jacksonville, Fla.

3,000 to 7,500 students:
Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne, Wyo.
Darton College, Albany, Ga.
Tompkins Cortland Community College, Dryden, N.Y.

Fewer than 3,000 students:
Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, Ill.
Central Wyoming College, Riverton, Wyo.
Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington, Minn.

The center is a membership organization and a division of e.Republic a for-profit publishing and research group. —Josh Fischman

Friday, October 17, 2008

Aging Gracefully

Library Director Sylvia Rortvedt celebrated a milestone birthday.

Happy Birthday to Our Fearless Leader!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hot El Salvador

Alexandria Campus Library celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with a Hot Topics display of books about El Salvador.

The National Education Association says of National Hispanic Heritage Month:

"National Hispanic Heritage MonthSeptember 15 - October 15
Observed each year from September 15-October 15, National Hispanic Heritage Month honors the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens who trace their ancestry to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Spanish-speaking countries of Central and South America.
Contrary to popular belief, the word Hispanic does not refer to race, but is an ethnic term for diverse peoples of many races and origins who hold in common the Spanish language."

To see more exciting displays, exhibits and events, visit the Library of Congress.