Thursday, April 28, 2016

Closing Music Playlist: Deep Archive

Throwback Thursday:

In the mists of time, when the librarians first walked upright, devised the Dewey Decimal System, and struck upon the idea of playing a "closing song," Library patrons were treated to the same song every night:

That's right, the dulcet (not to say saccharine) tones of the TV von Trapp children crooned Library users out the door with a rendition of "So Long Farewell."

Those were simpler times.

The closing song was even played on one of these:

The red boom-box dutifully belted out the Sound-of-Music Goodbye song for many a year,

Then one fateful evening, the apparatus blew up:

OK, so it wasn't that dramatic but there were sparks, and the boom box went to amplifier heaven.

After that, a couple of Library staff whose musical tastes were a little... more modern than Julie Andrews took over and the play list evolved.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Book Spine Poetry (and win $50!)

It's not too late to enter the National Poetry Month Book Spine Poetry Contest in YOUR Library!

Five finalists will be announced on Monday, May 2
Winners announced on Wednesday, May 4 

Monday, April 25, 2016

YOUR Extended Library Hours Start Today!


Please make a note of our updated library hours for the last week of classes:

Monday April 25: 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday April 26: 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday April 27: 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday April 28: 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday April 29: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday April 30: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday May 1: CLOSED

To help fuel your studies, YOUR library will be serving coffee and snacks at 10 PM.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Closing Music Playlist

Library regulars will be aware of one Alexandria Campus tradition:  the nightly playing of the closing song.  About 5 minutes before the Library closes, users are alerted to the impending cessation of service with a serenade of appropriately themed music.

The librarian on duty is responsible for selecting the song of the night.  Some librarians select from a fairly fixed play list, some swap it up every shift.

Students often ask what songs we play and who the artist is.  Here is a selection of from this semester's playlist:

Girlfriend in a Coma.  The Smiths
Friday I'm in Love.  The Cure
Come with me now.  Kongos
Tubthumping.  Chumbawumba
Pompeii.  Bastille
Imperial March.  John Williams

Taro, Alt-J
Chan Chan, Buena Vista Social Club
Side of the Road, Lucinda Williams
Goodbye, Farley Granger

   Send Me on My Way – Rusted Root
   I Was Born (A Unicorn) – The Unicorn
Werewolves of London – Warren Zevo
\Two Weeks – Grizzly Bear
Daylight – Matt & Kim
Just Can’t Get Enough – Depeche Mode
Conquest of Spaces – Woodkid 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

National Library Week 1965

It's Throwback Thursday AND the College is celebrating it's 50th anniversary this year, so it's time to look at National Library Week in 1965:

Card Catalog???  What's that?  Who remembers the Vertical File (hint:  it used to be our internet).  Audio Visual Materials is what we used to call YouTube.

50 years on, and these things still apply.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

National Library Week

Please join Your Alexandria Campus Library in celebrating National Library Week (April 10 - 16).

This year's theme is "Libraries Transform" so get on in here and be transformed!
Also, help yourself to a free bookmark.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Kim turns 35

Congratulations to the LTR office manager and library sergeant major, Kim Gross, who celebrated 35 years employment at the College.

She just shook the President's hand!

Congratulations, too, to the Alexandria Campus Faculty emeriti:

[l-r: Paul McVeigh, Robert Brunner, Lisa Moran, Bill Schran, Barry Sellinger, Jon Burton]


Thursday, April 07, 2016

Throwback Thursday

The Library has always been a place that is devoted to feeding the senses as well as the mind, and through its existence the Alexandria Campus Library has hosted student art, pop-up art shows, topical book displays, course and curriculum marketing, program events as well as displays of material of special interest.

On this Throwback Thursday, we look at Library Displays then-and-now!!


 Apparently there were Washington football fans in the library back in the day [above]

We're not even sure what this display, circa 1970s, is all about [above]


the De-Stress 4 Success Club took over the Library display space to promote their motivational workshops:

You might say we've come a long way.

Monday, April 04, 2016

"Oddest Book Title of the Year"

We waited until after April Fool's to post this, because it is real.

Bookseller magazine nominates an "oddest book title of the year" prize.  Past winners include How to Poo on a Date and Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes.

Image result for how to poo on a date

This year's nominees include Transvestite Vampire Biker Nuns from Outer Space:

Although the Alexandria Campus Library does not own any of these titles, you might try:

How to crochet : the definitive crochet course complete with step-by-step techniques, stitch libraries and projects for your home and familyTT820 .T872x 2001

Withnail and Us: Cult Films and Film Cults in British Cinema.  Available online.

Or watch the video:

Withnail and I.  Alexandria AV PN1997 .W5845 2001