Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Altered (Eaarth) Book Exhibit opens

On Tuesday 26 April the Altered Eaarth Book exhibit opened in the Library. The Exhibit celebrates Earth Day (April 22) and was the result of a collaboration between Prof Denny May (English), Prof Lisa Hill (Communication Design), Prof Rebecca Kamen (Fine Arts), Prof Angela Terry (Communication Design) and the Library Staff. Students from Art 132 and ART 140 created the altered books. All of the sculptures are re-purposed copies of Bill McKibben's Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.

The sculptures, including Eaarth Primer created by Lisa Hill and Rebecca Kamen (see Wed April 20) will be on display in the Library until summer.

(above: a view of the exhibit, with Tree of Life)

(above: Persistence of Hope)

(above: Nature Strikes Back).

More photos may be seen on the Art Department's Tyler Art's Life Facebook Page.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Extended Hours

The Alexandria Campus once again observes extended hours for the last week of classes and the week of final exams.The Library will open 30 minutes early at 8am Monday - Friday and close one hour late at 11pm Monday - Thursday.

Library Hours
Monday 25 April - Thursday 28 April: 8.00am - 11.00pm
Friday 29 April: 8.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday 30 April: 9.00am - 4.00pm
Monday 2 May - Thursday 5 May: 8.00am - 11.00pm
Friday 6 May: 8.00am - 5.00pm
Saturday 7 May 9.00am - 4.00pm
Please join us after 10 for Late Night Study Break, when snacks and drinks will be served.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Hanging the Hanging Garden

As part of the campus's celebration of Earth Day (April 22) the Library features a "hanging garden" created out of re-purposed copies of Bill McKibben's Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet.

(above: Copies of Eaarth transformed)

(above: Rebecca Kamen (Fine Arts) and Lisa Hill (Communication Design) install the garden)

(Live plants suspended in the Library "living room.")

Monday, April 11, 2011

National Library Week

Celebrate National Library Week April 10 - 16

Alexandria Campus faculty share their favorite books -- stop by the Library today and check them out.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

NOVA's Digital Archive headlines Virginia Libraries Journal

Alexandria Campus Library's David Anderson writes in the Virginia Library Association journal Virginia Libraries about NOVA's the digitization efforts (read the article online here):

"We might not think of community colleges in Virginia as institutions with deep historical roots. The Virginia Assembly established the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) in 1966 in order to fill the need for two-year college programs in the state. The fiftieth anniversary of VCCS will arrive in 2016, and that event suggests an opportunity to look back at the history of community colleges in Virginia. At the Alexandria Campus of Northern Virginia Community College, we have already begun this process by developing a digital collection to house and display historical documents from our campus archives. We have identified student publications, meeting minutes, event programs, and photographs as candidates for digitization."

Explore more of the Alexandria Campus's History on this website:

Monday, April 04, 2011

Oxford English Dictionary adds new words -- OMG

The venerable Oxford English Dictionary announced recently that its latest update in March 2011 will add almost 2,000 new words: "For the March 2011 release of OED Online, we have selected for publication a number of noteworthy initialisms—abbreviations consisting of the initial letters of a name or expression. Some of these—such as OMG [OMG int. (and n.) and adj.]: ‘Oh my God’ (or sometimes ‘gosh’, ‘goodness’, etc.) and LOL [LOL int. and n./2]: ‘laughing out loud’—are strongly associated with the language of electronic communications (email, texting, social networks, blogs, and so on). They join other entries of this sort: IMHO (‘in my humble opinion’) [IMHO at I n./1], TMI (‘too much information’) [TMI at T n.], and BFF (‘best friends forever’) [BFF at B n.], among others." Read more from the Library's ProQuest Database.