Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Meet another Jessup Library librarian

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Judy Carey Nevin, and I'm the reference/instructional librarian at PVCC. My job includes answering people's questions and teaching students, staff and faculty how to use library resources. You have probably met me through an orientation session offered for one of your classes.

I'm from New York State. I lived in the same town all the way from nursery school until the end of high school, then I left home to go to college. I went to SUNY Geneseo, a very small 4-year state school, for my undergraduate degree, and went to Rutgers (New Jersey's state school) for my master's degree. My very first job after getting my library degree didn't have anything to do with being a librarian, though. I worked in NYC as a children's book editor for more than five years. I have been in Virginia for seven years, and during that time I've been a librarian at Monticello High School, and the reference/instructional librarian here at PVCC.

In my spare time I read quite a bit. My favorite books are mysteries, especially those set in modern-day England and Scotland. I play the flute in a small ensemble; you might have heard us at one of the art gallery functions here at PVCC. I'm an avid (some might say obsessed) knitter--I even teach beginning knitting at PVCC--and have recently learned to spin wool on my spinning wheel, and am trying to understand how to crochet. My other obsession is my dog, Henry, who is as spoiled as any critter can be.

I hope you'll come to the library and introduce yourself and ask me questions. My job relies on this, so please help me by asking a lot of questions!

Friday, June 19, 2009

New e-books

My last post was all about the latest books we've added to the library collection. Like they say on TV: that's not all--there's more!

Students, faculty and staff have access to over 50,000 electronic books through NetLibrary and Safari Books. Safari's collection focuses on technology topics--there are over 5,000 titles in there, so if you're interested in technology, take a look. (You'll need to sign in with your MyPVCC login if you're using it from off campus.)

NetLibrary's collection is much bigger than Safari's, and covers a wider variety of topics. The latest additions to NetLibrary are already in the catalog, so when you search for books in the Jessup Library Catalog, you'll see e-books and traditional books. You need a NetLibrary account to view the books from off campus; stop by the library the next time you're on campus, and we'll show you how to get an account.

NetLibrary's collection includes a lot of highly academic material that is appropriate for college-level research, but since it's summer time, let's take a look at some of the not-so-academic titles that have been added to NetLibrary. (To see the whole list, follow this link to the catalog.)
Stay tuned for highlights of specific titles.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

What's new?

Most people know that the Jessup Library houses books that are useful for doing research. But you might not be aware that the collection also includes graphic novels, science fiction and mystery novels.

For example, we have recently added a number of graphic novels to the popular collection. There's
Y: The Last Man, all about the last two male mammals on earth (before you ask, one's not human, so the title is still correct). If that doesn't interest you, there's also a set of two graphic novels about a nineteen-year-old woman named Aya, who lives in Ivory Coast. Maybe nonfiction is more your thing; we have graphic novels for you, too: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood and Isadora Duncan: A Graphic Biography. If you're more interested in creating a comic book or graphic novel, you'll want to check out Drawing Words & Writing Pictures: Making Comics: Manga, Graphic Novels, and Beyond.

If you'd rather read a book without any illustrations, you might want to check out one of the newest additions about living with animals:
Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence--and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process or Wesley the Owl: The Remarkable Love Story of an Owl and His Girl or Dewey: A Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World.

The popular collection also contains mysteries (like
The Turnaround by George P. Pelecanos, a writer for HBO's 'The Wire'), science fiction (like Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn), novels (like The Tempest Tales by Walter Mosley) and non-fiction (like The Pact and The Bond--about three men from Newark, NJ, who make a pact to be successful despite difficult circumstances).

To check out all of the latest additions to the library's collection, go to the
New Books List and browse. Remember, it's easy to check out books from the library; you just use your MyPVCC log-in or your student number. A book checked out today will be due back in four weeks, but you can renew it if you need more time.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Chat with us

On your right, you'll notice a new tool; the staff at the Jessup Library have implemented meebo (instant messaging)! Do you ever have a quick question or concern? Would you like to ask us a question but would prefer anonymity? For example, if the noise level is bothering you, send us a quick message via meebo, and we will respond.

We hope this new tool will be beneficial. We understand how busy you are and we want to respond quickly and efficiently. Please take advantage of this new feature and, as always, let us know if you have any questions.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Meet the Jessup Library Staff

Please let me introduce myself. My name is Crystal Newell, and I am the circulation/access librarian at the Betty Sue Jessup Library. My position involves handling the overdues and implementing new and interesting technologies that best suit your needs.

Originally, I started out cataloging books and, since obtaining my master's degree, moved on to circulation. I also am a former community college student, as I attended both J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College and PVCC. After having wonderful experiences with community college, I attended the University of Virginia and, later, Drexel University.

When not working, I enjoy reading. I have an affinity for historical fiction, particularly if it's set in Asia or during the early twentieth century. Here lately I have read a number of remarkable memoirs, autobiographies and nonfiction titles. I am always glad to pass along a recommendation or two if you are looking for an interesting read. So please, come say hello!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Noise in the Library

This recent series of posts is an attempt to address the concerns mentioned by you in the student survey. Today's topic is noise in the library, particularly the noise level in the window lounge.

The library is often the only place in the College to study quietly, and some people need absolute quiet to study. We have noticed that noise levels are a constant complaint among those who are trying to study in the back of the library. Although the library has large tables in the window lounge, this area is not conducive to group study. Talking at a normal tone of voice or even whispering can distract others.

If you need group study space, please use one of our five study rooms. A group may sign up for these rooms in the white binder at the front of the circulation desk. These rooms can be reserved for up to three hours. Also, always be sure to check for open study rooms as groups often do not show up. After 20 minutes, the group forfeits the room. You may then sign up for that time slot.

Individuals may use the group study rooms; groups take priority over individuals, however. You also do not need to sign up in the white binder.

And we are always here to help. If something is distracting you or if a group is talking too loudly, please let us know. We will be glad to handle the situation. We want the library to be a pleasant and stress-free study space. Never be afraid to ask for assistance!