Monday, October 24, 2016

Privacy and Anonymity Discussion Round Up

The One Book Program would like to extend a warm thank you to Professor Mike Ferero for his talk, Privacy and Anonymity in Internet Culture, on Wednesday, October 19. Professor Ferero examined the hothouse culture of Internet start ups, the assumption that anonymity leads to good behavior, transparency in non-Western cultures, and urged attendees to be proactive in knowing how the online services they use handle their privacy.

Professor Ferero teaches a variety of information technology courses, from programming to system administration to network security. To see a video recording of Professor Ferero's talk on Panopto, please click here.

And don't forget to join us for our next One Book speaker, Waldo Jaquith, on Wednesday, November 2nd! For more information, see the PVCC One Book Program page.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Anonymity vs. Honesty: A One Book Discussion

Join us in welcoming PVCC's own Mike Ferero to the stage on Wednesday, October 19 at College Hour (noon) in the auditorium (M229), where he will discuss "Privacy and Anonymity in Internet Culture" for the One Book program.

Ferero has worked as an instructor of information technology here at PVCC for twelve years and will be bringing the perspective of an engineer with extensive experience in Internet applications and computer security to the question of how online behavior is influenced by anonymity -- or the lack of it. Does transparency make us more honest? Find out on Wednesday. See you then!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

One Book Contest: Don't Let the Circle Close

What would you do without Internet for a day?

Don't just ask yourself the question -- experiment! For science! And for the chance to win some fantastic prizes.

The One Book Program is holding its first contest of the semester, and we want to see your work. The rules are simple: go without Internet for 24 hours (except for course-related work -- no one needs to tempt the Blackboard gods to further malice) and tell us about it. Was it fun? Awful? Did it free you up to do other things? Fill you with existential angst? Did your Tumblr followers assume you were dead? Let us know. The theme is "breaking the circle," and how you interpret it is up to you.

Best of all, you can express yourself through a variety of mediums. We accept the following:

Acceptable Mediums Size Requirements/Limits Acceptable File Type
Painting No larger than 20”x24” canvas/paper Original work
Drawing No larger than 20”x24” paper Original work
Essay 750 words, must include a title and be double spaced .doc; .docx; .rtf; .pdf
Poem 50 line maximum .doc; .docx; .rtf; .pdf
Photo No larger than 8x10 .jpeg; .png
Music No longer than 4 minutes .mp3

Check out what you can win:

1st – a free 3-credit class
2nd – a Kindle Fire reader
3rd – a $150 gift certificate to the PVCC Bookstore

Email your electronic works to and drop off original work -- paintings and drawings -- at the library front desk by November 4, 2016.

Good luck!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Get into a Long Term Relationship (with a Book)

Fall Break (October 10-11) -- two glorious days without classes -- is just around the corner, leaving you ample time to sleep in, study, pick up another shift at work, or relax with some pleasure reading. Going the pleasure reading route? (And as librarians and inveterate readers, we hope you do.) Interested in starting a series and need suggestions? Look no further than the list below. We've highlighted the first volumes of some of our most popular series from the Nook and Popular collections:

Diana Gabaldon combines fact and fantasy in the Outlander series, an eight-books-and-counting historical romance that travels between the Scottish Highlands of the WWII and the 18th century. Start reading with Outlander and continue on through Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and Written in My Own Heart's Blood.

George R. R. Martin plays havoc with standard high fantasy tropes in the currently five book series, A Song of Ice and Fire. Begin with A Game of Thrones and continue through A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, a Feast for Crows, and A Dance with Dragons. Don't get attached to anyone -- they'll be dead by the next novel.

Vampires cross over from the mythical world to the mundane in the Southern Vampire Mysteries, also known as the Sookie Stackhouse novels, by Charlaine Harris, which were the inspiration for HBO's True Blood series. Read the first eleven novels, beginning with Dead Until Dark and continue through Living Dead in Dallas, Club Dead, Dead to the World, Dead As A Doornail, Definitely Dead, All Together Dead, Dead to Worse, Dead and Gone, Dead in the Family, and Dead Reckoning.

Stieg Larsson's Millennium series gained a fourth book in 2015 with the U.S. publication of The Girl in the Spider's Web. Millennium follows Lisbeth Salander, a computer hacker with a photographic memory, and Mikael Blomkvist, an investigative journalist, as they solve increasingly horrifying crimes in Sweden. Begin with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and continue through The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, and The Girl in the Spider's Web.

Get into the spirit of Halloween with Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, a trilogy by Ransom Riggs that was recently adapted to film. Begin with Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and continue through Hollow City and Library of Souls.

Fairy tales get a futuristic spin in the five-book Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer, where Cinderella is a cyborg, Little Red Riding Hood's Wolf a street fighter, and Rapunzel an imprisoned shell. Begin with Cinder and continue through Scarlet, Cress, Winter, and the prequel to the series, Fairest.

In the thirteen volumes of Death Note, written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, power over death falls into the hands of high school student Light Yagami in the form of a supernatural notebook, and the responsibility for stopping him falls onto the shoulders of the detective, L. And in the first seven volumes of Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino, Yuki Cross serves the guardian of the vampires in an elite boarding school -- but the peace between humans and vampire may not be what it seems.

So drop by the library and pick up something fun to read. Veg a little -- you've worked hard this semester, and you've earned it.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Beware the Book

Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association
September 25 to October 1 is Banned Books Week – seven days of celebrating our right to read books that have been challenged for reasons ranging from sex and offensive language (too many books to name) to the promotion of cannibalism (Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein).

Despite the popularity and longevity of cautionary tales like Fahrenheit 451, book banning is still a reality, both nationwide and close to home: only earlier this month, the superintendent of Chesterfield County schools in Virginia reinstated three books that had been pulled from summer reading lists for sexually explicit language and violence. Deciding who can read what is an individual decision – according to Access to Library Resources and Services for Minors, an interpretation of the ALA's Library Bill of Rights, “Librarians and governing bodies should maintain that parents – and only parents – have the right and the responsibility to restrict the access of their children – and only their children – to library resources.” Reading as a personal choice is an idea that applies to everyone, and Banned Books Week honors the work of countless teachers, librarians, and readers of all stripes who stand up for the freedom to read.

So come join the library in exercising your First Amendment right to read without restriction!

Interested in reading a banned book? Check out our Banned Books display near the library classroom, which features old favorites like Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and Beloved by Toni Morrison, and some surprising recent additions like The Hunger Games by Susan Collins and Looking for Alaska by John Green. Also, don’t forget to check out our Banned Box up at the circulation desk to discover the fascinating stories behind tons of challenged books.

Finally, mark your calendars for this Thursday, September 29 at 12:00 PM, when Claire Guthrie GastaƱaga, Executive Director of ACLU of Virginia, will be speaking in room M229 about banned books through the perspective of past court cases and the effect of censorship on education. Please come and welcome Ms. GastaƱaga to PVCC!

So celebrate your right to read with a banned book – if you dare.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Free Book (To Keep!) in the Library

If you haven't already picked up your free copy of PVCC's Fall 2016 One Book, The Circle by Dave Eggers, then drop by the library: we have plenty of copies available, and getting one is as easy as registering for your tracking implant -- I mean, as signing up to let us know who's taking on the challenge. Don't forget to pick up a bookmark for more information on speakers, contests, and other events later in the semester.

So what's The Circle about?

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge. -- from the publisher's description

Mark your calendars for October 19, when PVCC's very own instructor of information technology, Mike Ferero, discusses "Privacy and Anonymity in the Internet Culture" in room M229. And remember: the Internet is always watching.