Monday, March 31, 2014

Congratulations Library Emeriti

Congratulations to Sylvia Rortvedt, Faculty Emerita and Marion Mirehouse, Classified Emerita:

Sylvia and Marion recently retired with almost 70 years of service to NOVA between them!

New Books At YOUR Alexandria Campus Library: 3-31-2014

It is our favorite time of the week at the library, the day that we release our new books to the public. Take it away, Maria!

How the staff reacts to our new acquisitions

This week’s highlights include...

Spend an afternoon with Olivia Laing's clear-eyed look at the often bleary-eyed relationship between American writers and alcohol.

Yemen represents an especially unstable nation in a volatile region. Learn more about the history of this fascinating country while exploring the consequences of state failure on its citizens, neighbors, and the international community.

Scholars and casual readers alike will be fascinated and entertained by the letters Hemingway wrote during his first years in Paris. Enjoy these gems, sent to the writer’s famous correspondents, as a way of accessing Hemingway’s distinctive style and voice as it developed in the City of Lights.

David Darling's book pays homage to the eccentric pioneers that first lifted humanity into the clouds.

It takes enormous confidence and imagination to invent a life for one of Western Civilizations best known figures. See how successfully Anne Rice draws the early life of Jesus of Nazareth in this novel covering his formative years.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Fast Five Friday: From G8 to G7

The fallout from Russia's annexation of the Ukraine continues, as the Group of Eight (G8) was reduced to the Group of Seven (G7) earlier this week.

Learn more about multinational economic alliances like the G7, the consequences and dangers of states instituting economic sanctions, and the deeply entangled global economy using the following resources.

Click here to access Factiva

Factiva, a news related database, is a great resource for gathering emerging information about current events.

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Learn more about the intersection of foreign and economic policy from this edition of Shiffman and Jochum's work.

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No complete understanding of the global economy can be undertaken  knowledge of the past. Use this work to comprehend the modern history of international financial networks.

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When national economies are intertwined, can they be safely leveraged by states to promote human dignity? Howard-Hassman's book wrestles with this complex question.

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Break down the instruments and systems that compose the worldwide economy using this guide.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Better Know A Resource: NOVA Libraries YouTube Channel

Have you always wondered about how to access NOVA libraries' resources, but were too shy to ask how? Well the librarians at Northern Virginia Community College have you covered with their own YouTube channel. The instructional videos created and uploaded to the site by system experts can help you to locate all the books, journals, articles, and multimedia materials you need to succeed in our coursework and enjoy your downtime.

Look for us all over the internet

Find the NOVA Libraries  channel by clicking on the icon located near the bottom of the Library homepage, or by searching YouTube by keyword.

Once on the NOVA Libraries channel our patrons can choose from a variety of tutorials on finding materials, using information tools, and formulating search strategies.

Why not watch and learn something new with NOVA libraries today!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Fast Five Friday: Malaysia Airlines Mystery

It has been 13 days since the mysterious and tragic disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. As an international coalition of governments and aviation officials are scrambling to piece together the details of the plane’s last flight, YOUR Alexandria Library has collected some resources to help patrons understand the complicated science of modern flight and the challenges facing searchers attempting to recover the aircraft, passengers, and crew.

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This database is a great way to gather background on the scientific implications of any major event. Use Science in Context to discover the types of complicated tools and systems involved in aeronautics and in recovery missions.

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Bibel’s book outlines how aviation officials use forensic information to investigate and prevent aviation disasters.

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YOUR Alexandria Library allows patrons access to collections of technical and scientific e-books. Titles in these collections are available for online viewing by NOVA students, faculty, and staff when they log in with a Blackboard username and password. This text discusses the various applications of modern computer based navigational and positioning systems in the modern aircraft.

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Want to understand more about the technical history of flight? This resource gives a great overview of the advancements made in science and engineering that informs the way planes are built and flown today.

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EBSCO’s Computer and Applied Sciences Complete is a wonderful research tool for investigating the relationship between any industry and the technology it relies on to succeed. Learn more about the computing systems used aboard commercial passenger aircraft, or how advanced satellite systems are being utilized to find the missing plane using this database.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

(Finally) Spring has come to YOUR Alexandria Library

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There is a threat of snow in the forecast. This is how we feel about it.

It’s been a long, cold, and brutal winter, but March 20th is the first official day of spring and the staff of YOUR Alexandria Campus Library could not be more thrilled.

This glorious image comes with a chorus of angels' song

Come revel in this turning of the seasons and the promise of temperate weather by checking out our Spring-themed book display. Plan a garden, wonder at the splendor and beauty of the natural world, or organize an outdoor adventure with one of our beautifully designed resources.

Wordsworth approved!
So even if it snows again, our patrons can all take comfort in the verdant, glowing, and growing items in our collection.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New Books at YOUR Alexandria Campus Library: 3-17-14

Did you know that YOUR Alexandria library is constantly receiving new materials to enlighten, educate, and entertain our patrons? Well, we are and now we want to share our favorite part of our week with you.

Here are some of the highlights from our latest batch of information items:

She always looks great. Learn her common sense, body positive methods.

What we Americans look like to a highly observant outsider and cultural critic.

Did he shoot a man in Reno, just to watch him die? Let biographer Hilburn fill you in.

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's our new book on comic superheros.

Maybe your crazy uncle was right all along. Use this fun, interactive book to bolster or refute his ideas.

For a complete list of YOUR Alexandria Campus Libraries new acquisitions,with call number information, click here.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Spend a Week in Sunshine

-Louis Brandeis

Did you know that March 16th-22nd is Sunshine Week? The observance, organized by the American Society of News Editors and the Reporters’ Committee for Freedom of the Press, is designated as a time to educate the public about the importance of open government.

YOUR Alexandria Library is observing Sunshine with a display of materials that promote a dialogue about political transparency. Find materials that will help you understand the social and legal complexities at work in this important issue, as well as ways that access to information helped journalists and citizens to improve their communities and hold their elected officials accountable. Learn about the state and federal Freedom of Information Acts (FOIA) that keep our public institutions honest and open.

So come into the library, step into the light, and help make your community a brighter place by understanding your right to be informed.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Fast Five Friday: Purim, Holi, and St. Patrick's Day

America has long played host to a variety of diverse immigrant groups, each bringing their own unique culture and celebrations with them. March 16th -22nd happens to host three such cultural celebrations: the Jewish festival of Purim, the Hindu celebration of Holi, and the Catholic observance of St. Patrick’s Day. YOUR Alexandria campus is highlighting these holidays and linking you to the information you need to learn more about these notable days and the immigrant groups that brought these celebrations to the American mixing pot.

World Religions Online is an excellent resource to research the rites, beliefs, notables, and observances of global religions.

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Use this resource to learn more about the history, culture, and beliefs of one of the fastest growing segments of the American population. Explore the culture contributions made by these Americans of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Nepalese, and Afghan origin.

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Though you might not be able to tell from the American embrace of St. Patrick’s festivities and the current romanticism of Irish culture, Irish Americans were not initially widely welcome in the United States.  Learn more about this immigrant group’s struggle for acceptance and identity through this anthology.

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Jewish Americans have a long, complex, and important place in the history of the United States. Use this text to learn more about Jewish contributions to the social, artistic and political life of the U.S. by learning more about notable Jewish American leaders, the hostility and misunderstanding they faced, and how well established communities of Jews were able to assimilate into their surroundings while maintaining their unique religious and cultural practices.

US History in Context
This database can be used to search for information on how and why immigrant groups came to the United States, how they fared in American society, and how well their social and cultural practices were integrated into the culture as a whole.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Come Get “Vegucated” at YOUR Alexandria Campus Library

Have you ever been curious about what it is like to adopt a vegan lifestyle? Do you ever wonder about the benefits and drawbacks of eating a plant-based diet? Do you have questions about how humanely animals are treated in the American farm and slaughterhouse system?

The Alexandria Campus Library, in partnership with a coalition of Vegetarian/Vegan Alexandria Campus students, is hosting a screening of the 2011 documentary Vegucated. This work addresses some critical questions about the American diet and food consumption habits from the vegan perspective. Billed by the movie’s director as “part sociological perspective and part adventure comedy,” Vegucated covers the journey of three non-vegetarians New-Yorkers as they struggle to embrace a totally plant-based diet.

So come join library staff and Alexandria campus community members on Thursday, March 20th in on the upper floor of the library to learn more about the philosophy and practice of this lifestyle.  The movie begins at 4 pm in Room 327. Vegan snacks and prizes will be provided to participants after the viewing.

Link here for a list of vegan related resources