Wednesday, October 21, 2009

What I'm Reading Now...

"A New World Order," a review by Crystal Newell, circulation/access librarian

The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria

The "world is flat" according to Thomas Friedman. In this changing political, economical and social environment, the United States' place as hegemon is in question. What are the exact forces contriving to make a post-American world? Who are the up-and-coming players on the world stage? Zakaria explores and answers these questions in a well thought out and easily understood way. He views the changing political stage as an opportunity for the United States. As China and India rise, the United States' place of power will inevitably shift, but we, as readers, have to ask if this is a bad thing.

After exploring a decidedly different take on history (Was the West really that influential; what about the East?), Zakaria describes how India and China have risen in recent years, both economically and politically. He also discusses how this affects the United States as the world shifts from unipolar to multipolar in terms of global power. In conclusion, he offers helpful tips to the United States as ways to ensure its future as a valued, powerful nation.

This book will assuage many fears and combat the notion that there can only be one superpower. This book is enlightening and thoroughly interesting, and a read that I would definitely recommend.

Zakaria is a journalist who writes for Newsweek; his areas of expertise include politics and foreign policy. For more information on Zakaria, take a look here.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

National Information Literacy Awareness Month

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The world is full of information, and the amount of information is increasing exponentially every day. Books, articles, newspapers, Web sites and blogs (not too mention the influx of tweets) bombard us with information; sometimes it is reliable and correct, sometimes it's not. The ability to locate, use and determine what is reliable and trustworthy is called information literacy. This skill is extremely important, both in college and in the workplace.

However, libraries are not the only institutions expounding the importance of information literacy. Even the president of the United States recognizes the need to be information literate. So much so that a proclamation was enacted on October 1. October has been declared National Information Literacy Awareness Month (as per this online press release).

If you are interested in becoming more information literate, consider taking an ITE 119/120 or CSC 110 class. The librarians at PVCC are also here to help. You're always welcome to schedule a one-on-one session with us.

Faculty, if you would like to read more about information literacy, take a look at the Association of College & Research Libraries' (ACRL) Web site. The ACRL gives standards for higher education as well as ways for faculty to incorporate information literacy into a class. The library also offers information literacy instruction. Simply sign up to bring your class to the library for instruction.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Book Club

The Book Club is reading A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines. We will meet on Friday, October 23, in Room 725 (Study Room C) from 1 - 2 p.m. in the Jessup Library. Please join us as we review and discuss this book! Any questions, please contact Linda Cahill (

Monday, October 5, 2009

Quick Library Tip #1

How many times have you made a special trip to the library just to ask if we have the book you need? Do you avoid buying your textbooks until you call the library to find out if we have any of the textbooks?

Your wait is over: you can look for these things on your own from any computer anywhere by following these simple steps.

1. Go to the library Web site.

2. Click on the "Jessup Library Catalog" link seen here:

3. Use the drop-down box on the basic search screen to select where you want the computer to find your search terms (we usually select "Keywords Anywhere" unless we have a particular book or author we want to find, then we use "Title Keywords" or "Author Keywords").

WAIT! What if you need to find a book you think might be on reserve (like a textbook)?

Use the link to the library catalog, but before you add any search terms, go to the big blue box at the top of the screen & click "Course Reserves" :

Select your home college; now you should see a search screen that looks a lot like the one shown above, with one big difference--it will say "Basic Search of PVC Course Reserve Catalog."

But if you have any questions or need help finding a book, always feel free to contact us. We're here to help!