Enjoy the break!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Monday, December 07, 2009
In keeping with the Final Exam tradition snacks will be served in the evenings.
Thursday, December 03, 2009
1. fcps blackboard
2. national harbor
3. e street cinema
4. nova community college
5. wtop news
7. nationals baseball
8. dc restaurant week
9. washington sports club
10. leesburg outlets
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
The events and horrible human toll of WWI were commemorated in a poem by John McCrae:
We are the Dead. Short days ago
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
Or read up on WWI with one of these books:
The First World War: A Very Short Introduction. D521 H645 2008
Eleventh Month, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour: Armistice Day, 1918, World War I and its Violent Conclusion. D523 P44 2004
(and if you're wondering what the deal with the "red flower" is, check out the Poppy Appeal).
Monday, November 02, 2009
Results of the state-wide elections were announced at the General Session of the 2009 Virginia Library Association Conference in Williamsburg.
Matt is the first community college librarian to serve as President and is the youngest person ever elected. Matt's presidential term will begin in 2010.
Matt has been active in VLA for 10 years, having served on the Region V committee since 2001 and serving on the Executive Board as Treasurer in 2008-9.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Confused about where to start?
The Library can help!
Visit the Library Homepage to access online books, magazine, newspaper & scholarly journal articles.
Stop by Bisdorf Room 232 and ask a librarian for research assistance.
Off-campus? Get in touch by phone, email or e-messaging.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Thursday, October 08, 2009
The Library will be open on those days, with a slightly different schedule: the Library will open at 8.30am and close at 7.30pm.
Library resources are always available at www.nvcc.edu/library.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Friday, September 04, 2009
According to CNN, the Future of Libraries is going to a brave new world, a world distinguished by 'loud rooms', social networking, librarians with tattoos and piercings (and dressed like they came from the streets of Brooklyn!) and possibly no books!
If books are so endangered, why does the Alexandria Campus Library's circulation of printed books keep going up?
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
The Kennedys at War 1937 - 1945. E747 R46 2002
The Kennedys. AV E843 K4919x 1992
Road to Dallas: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy. E842.9 K25 2008
Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years. E841 T29 2007
Edward Moore Kennedy. February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009
Or, if you really are interested in the Dead Kennedys, try
Encyclopedia of Punk Music and Culture. ML102.R6 C64 2006
Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk. ML3534 .P624 2006
Punk: The Whole Story. ML3534 .P893 2006
Monday, August 24, 2009
Stop in to read today's newspapers, browse for a new book, find your text book, prepare for the Placement Tests, or say hello to your campus librarians.
Need a computer? Find the Open Computer Center in room 155. Need help registering for classes? Visit Student Services in room 194.
Welcome Back! We're here to help you succeed.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Librarians from each campus collaborate to make collection decisions, analyzing use statistics and cost to make responsible choices about database subscriptions.
Each campus library also assesses print subscriptions and monograph acquisition priorities.
If you notice one of your favorite resources is no longer available, please contact your campus librarian to find out about alternatives.
The news isn’t all bad! The college still subscribes to over 150 online databases. Alexandria campus will continue to receive many print periodicals. And of course we are still buying books (expanding print book collections is a recurring request in library user surveys). As always, please feel free to make suggestions and give feedback about library collections.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The air-conditioning system was completely replaced -- after 3 months of no A-C in the Library, it's now nice and cool.
The old computers in the Reference Area were removed and replaced with 28 brand news ones.
Headphones are available in the specially marked bins (please return them when you're done!).
New study carrells have been added on the upper level, increasing the Library's available seating to over 250 seats.
New network drops have been added, increasing the internet availability to laptop users.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
No, they haven't been kidnapped (computer-napped?).
The good news is the Library is getting NEW computers. Updated models should arrive soon -- with faster, more powerful computing all ready for the beginning of the new academic year.
To make room for the new computers, the old ones had to be moved out.
Computers are still available in CyberSpace (the partially enclosed spaced behind the magazine shelves) and the Open Computer Center is available in Room 155. The Open Computer Center (OCC) is the main computer lab on campus, complete with a very helpful staff of IT experts who are eager to help you with your technology needs. Also, the OCC has many more computers than the Library -- so be sure to pay them a visit!
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
The film claims to be based on "2 true stories". If you're interested in Julia Child's true story, check out
Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child. TX649 C47 F57 1997
Julia Child. TX649 C47 S58 2007
Julia's Kitchen Wisdom: Essential Techniques and Recipes from a Lifetime of Cooking. TX651 C523 2000
Monday, July 13, 2009
Wednesday, July 08, 2009
Bring them back to life with a book!
On Michael Jackson ML420.J175 J44 2006
James Dean PN2287.D33 P47
Elvis Presley ML420.P96 M34 2003
Jim Morrison: Life, Death, Legend ML420.M62 D38 2004
Heavier than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain ML420.C59 C76 2001
Imagine: John Lennon ML420.L38 S58 1988
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
George Mason University had some surplus carrels to give away, which have found a new home at NOVA. These "certified pre-owned" study desks closely match our existing furniture, and replace some furniture that had seen better days.
The Library was also able to expand its seating on the upper level in response to steadily growing Library use.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
The books will remain in Library of Congress Call Number order throughout the shift, and the stacks will remain open for browsing. As always, if you have any questions, please ask a member of staff!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Can YOU help build the Library's DVD collection? Donate a DVD to the Library and receive a Baby Plant with our thanks!
Please ask at the Reference Desk for details. In order to avoid duplicating titles already in the collection, please choose from this list:
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Books for the sale are donated from NOVA students, faculty, staff and library users from the Alexandria community (books purchased for the Library collection cannot be sold in book sales). Proceeds from the sales support purchase of new Library materials, Library functions and events like Late Night Study Breaks or other refreshments.
Library book sales have become popular campus events in the last few years. The sale yielded $350 this year -- thanks to all who came out to support the Library!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 06, 2009
What do you think about the Library services and collections here at NOVA? Do you find what you need, when you need it? Are the staff helpful? Is the Library a good place to study, research, read, & use computers?
Please take a few moments to full in our survey. (also available from the Library Homepage).
We really do listen! A few things that have happened in the Library as a result of surevy responses are
- addition of group study rooms
- addition of more computers
- addition of more quiet study areas
- addition of more reserve books
- better reserve policies to make reserve books available to more students
- better lighting in the library
- new paint in the library
- increased staffing at service desks during times of high use
- extended hours
Thanks for taking our survey!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The Alexandria Campus is replacing the air-conditioning system in Bisdorf Phase I (the wing of the Bisdorf Building in which the Library is located).
This work includes asbestos abatement as well as mechanical work and valve replacement. For everyone's safety and wellbeing, the air-conditioning (including all ventilation & blowers) must be switched off.
This occurred at the end of spring break. The result: it has become very warm in the Library very quickly.
(why does this happen? There are no windows that open in the Library and no doors to the outside, so directing outside air in is almost impossible. Also computers, photocopy machines and printers all give off heat. Bodies give off heat. And the Library has two two-storey walls of windows, which give us a beautiful view and lots of light but also creates a greenhouse effect, especially when it's sunny outside).
Large pedestal fans have been brought into the Library to help move the air and keep the temperature down. These fans are noisy, but they definitely help!
Also please be aware that many computer labs and computer classrooms had to be closed for the duration of the work. This will affect computer availability on campus. While Library computers continue to be available, you may experience some waiting time to access one.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Library staff also completed some much needed shifting in the Reference collection.
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Monday-Wednesday, March 9-11 8:30am – 7:30pm
Thursday-Sunday, March 12-15 Closed
Some areas of the library may be inaccessible Monday-Wednesday.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
According to NOVA president Robert Templin, Library purchases have been cut by over $200,000 in 2008-09. What this means for Your campus Library is a significant reduction in the number of new monograph books the Library will be able to acquire this semester.
The Library continues its commitment to online resources, including full-text newspaper, magazine and journal articles, as well as fine art images, selected reference books, and full-text Information Technology Titles (see library databases to access these online resources in such databases as ProQuest, JSTOR, ArtStor, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Oxford Reference Online, and Safari Books). Online resources are available from every campus computer and also accessible from home (off-campus users will need NovaConnect user name and password to access online library resources).
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
[above, l-r: Rebecca Kamen, Sylvia Rortvedt, Matt Todd, Ron Brashear (Director of the Chemical Heritage Foundation), Madeline Copp (Librarian at the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College]