Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Congratulations to Paul Chapman and Jane Maddan!

*Student Organization Co-Advisors of the Year*

Paul Chapman and Jane Madden

Though the De-Stress for Success Club is only one year young, the club already stands out offering a variety of events to support the Alexandria Campus throughout the academic year. YOUR Alexandria Campus Collection Development Librarian, Paul Chapman, and YOUR Circulation Services Supervisor, Jane Maddan, were honored as 2015-2016 Student Organization Co-Advisors of the Year.
Congratulations Paul and Jane!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Planting the Grass, the reboot

After our successful experiment growing wild celery in the Library in 2015, Library staff leapt into action again to Save the Bay, participating in a second round of Grasses for the Masses.

You can help restore the health of the Chesapeake Bay and Virginia's rivers by participating in CBF's Grasses for the Masses program.
Participants in the program grow wild celery (Vallisneria americana), a type of underwater grass, in a simple grow-out system in their homes for 10-12 weeks. After 10-12 weeks of grow-out, participants will gather to plant their grasses in select local rivers to bolster grass populations and help restore the Bay.
Library Specialist and Grass Maven Michelle Jerney-Davis tended the Library grass in a large black plastic tub in the reading room (main maintenance was algae removal and maintaining appropriate water levels and temperature.  Apparently the grass likes to be warm) and then traveled to the Potomac River to transplant our crop:

Michelle had some special assistants:

New home for the Library grass:

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Harry Potter

In 1997, British author J. K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter and a literary phenomenon was born. Millions of readers have followed Harry to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry where he discovers his heritage, encounters new plants and animals, and perfects his magical abilities. Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy. Incorporating the work of several 15th- and 16th-century thinkers, the seven-part series examines important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice, and the responsibility that comes with power. This exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter's world and its roots in Renaissance magic, science, and medicine.

The boy wizard visited NOVA, navigating the broomstick to the Medical Education Campus, the Woodbridge Campus, and so on to Alexandria, where he was received with raptures by the resident Potter-heads.

(yes, the items pictured above were indeed donated from the personal collections of Library staff).

Or, get your learning outcomes on and take ENG245 with Professor Mike Amey:

ENG 245 - Major English Writers
3.00 cr
Sixteen Week - Regular Academic Session
2:00PM - 3:15PM
Michael Amey
This course uses J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels in conjunction with literary theory and cultural criticism to explore issues of race, class, gender and power.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Summer Semester begins

Classes resumed on Monday 16 May following NOVA's successful 50th Commencement Exercised at Jiffy Lube Live on the 14th.

Library hours for the summer are:

Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 9.00pm
Friday: 8.30am - 5.00pm
Saturday, Sunday:  Closed

Why not check out an escapist film:

Before Sunrise AV PN1997 .B35786x 2010
Before Sunset  AV PN1997.2 .B446742786x 2004
Before Midnight  AV PN1997.2 .B446742653x 2013

Or a graduation-theme film:

Ferris Bueller's Day Off  AV PN1997 .F4177573x 2006
The Graduate  AV PS3573.E195 G73 1999
St Elmo's Fire  AV PN1997 .S135456x 2001
Good Will Hunting.  AV PN1997 .G62 2011

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Extended Hours record-breaker!

You crammed.  You revised.  You wrote.  You cited.  You read and re-read.  You made flashcards.  You joined study groups.  You were as one with BlackBoard.

The Library supported Final Exams with additional extended hours through the last week of classes and final exams.

The Library opened early and closed late to provide maximum study time for students preparing for final exams and end-of-term projects.

A record of 648 students were served in the Library before 8.30am and after 10pm when the Library would normally be closed.

You also drank caffeinated beverages, devoured granola, Oreos, Doritos, Cheetos, peanuts, Ritz crackers, chocolates, lemonade, Fanta, and oceans of bottled water during the traditional Late Night Study Breaks.

Congratulations to our graduates!  And if you are a returning student, we look forward to seeing yuo again in the summer or fall.  Register today!

Friday, May 06, 2016

NOVA Celebrates 50 Years

Please join the Alexandria Campus in recognizing our "Fab Fifty", 50 individuals (students, faculty, staff, alumni) who have made enduring and notable contributions to the College over its history.

There will also be a Celebration Concert TODAY at the Schlesinger Center featuring the NOVA Chorus, NOVA Band, the Jazz Ensemble,  the Mannassas Symphony and an address from President Scott Ralls.

The Alexandria Campus Library kicked off the campus's 50th celebrations with a retrospective student art show in September.

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Revenge of the Fifth

The Fourth has fallen to the Fifth.  #revengeofthe5th.

Glittering Images: A Journey Through Art from Egypt to Star Wars.  N5303 .P29 2012 

Myth, Media and Culture in Star Wars: An Anthology.  PN1995.9.S695 M97 2012

Star Wars and History.  PN1995.9.S695 S74 2012

Star Wars: The  Visual Dictionary.  PN1995.9.S695 R49 1998

Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imganination.   PN1995.9.S695 S87 2005

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

De-Stress a Success

During Final Exams the De-Stress 4 Success student Club brought activity stations to the Library.

Students were able to take study breaks and de-stress with coloring, origami and fiendish puzzles.

The origami was particularly popular, and contributed to an end-of-semester "origami garden":

Monday, May 02, 2016

Extended Hours Continue at YOUR Library This Week!

May 2 - May 8

Monday May 2: 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday May 3: 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wednesday May 4: 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thursday May 5: 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Friday May 6: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday May 7: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday May 8: CLOSED

*We're still serving coffee and snacks at 10 PM!

May 9 - May 14

Monday May 9: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday May 10: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday May 11: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday May 12: CLOSED for Professional Development
Friday May 13: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday May 14: CLOSED

begins May 15

Mondays - Thursdays: 8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Fridays: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturdays & Sundays: CLOSED