Monday, November 23, 2009

New Netbooks Are Here!

We've known it for a long time! The library's laptops were old, slow and frustrating. Trying to search on the World Wide Web was near impossible and waiting for the computer to recognize a USB drive could take forever. But no more!

Last Thursday, the library started circulating 15 new netbook computers. These computers are slimmer, lighter, faster and just plain cute! Each computer uses Vista as the operating system and has Microsoft Office 2007 installed. The only thing these computers can't do is play a CD or DVD. For that capability, you'll have to use one of our older laptops. So, yes, to answer your question, we still have the older laptops; we'll just use these when we run out of the netbooks.

So please stop by the library's circulation desk and check out a new netbook. We think you'll find them a vast improvement. Have fun and enjoy!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Just in time for Thanksgiving break

If you're nosey like me and like to read about the details of other people's lives, you're in luck! This list of new books includes all kinds of memoirs, biographies, and autobiographies--not to mention books about writing memoir:
Family Bible
Tell Me True: Memoir, History, and Writing a Life
Scheisshaus Luck: Surviving the Unspeakable in Auschwitz and Dora
RĂ©sistance: A Woman’s Journal of Struggle and Defiance in Occupied France
The Man on Mao's Right: From Harvard Yard to Tiananmen Square, My Life Inside China's Foreign Ministry
The Time and Place That Gave Me Life
Hapa Girl: A Memoir
Circus Queen & Tinker Bell: The Memoir of Tiny Kline
Things I've Been Silent About: Memories
The Glass Castle: A Memoir
The Middle Place (written by a relative of a PVCC instructor, by the way)
Big Russ and Me: Father and Son, Lessons of Life
Me of Little Faith
Will’s Choice: A Suicidal Teen, a Desperate Mother, and a Chronicle of Recovery
The Urban Hermit: A Memoir
Labor of Love: A Midwife's Memoir
Audition: A Memoir
Happens Every Day: An All-Too-True Story
Freddie & Me: A Coming-of-Age (Bohemian) Rhapsody
Beckham: Both Feet on the Ground
My First 100 Marathons: 2,620 Miles with an Obsessive Runner
Saving Jack: A Man's Struggle with Breast Cancer
Live Through This: A Mother's Memoir of Runaway Daughters and Reclaimed Love
From Baghdad, with Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava
Thinking About Memoir
The Wizard of Menlo Park: How Thomas Alva Edison Invented the Modern World
Steiglitz: A Memoir/Biography
Jane Boleyn: The True Story of the Infamous Lady Rochford
The Echo from Dealey Plaza: The True Story of the First African American on the White House Secret Service Detail and His Quest for Justice After the Assassination of JFK.

Didn't I warn you? There's a lot of potential for snooping in that list!
Don't give up if you're not a fan of memoirs or biographies--the list of new books has something for everyone. Follow the link to choose the topics that interest you. There are books about horticulture & social networking, books about politics, books about philosophy & religion, books about history, science, anthropology, gender issues...you name it, we've got it. If you don't find something to interest you, use the "Contact Us" link to make a suggestion.

All you need to check out a book before you take your Thanksgiving break is your student ID or your login for MyPVCC. Employees just need to help us spell last names. So what are you waiting for? Stop by the library; stock up on new books!

Book Lovers Unite This Friday, November 20th

The Book Club will meet this Friday, November 20th, from 1 to 2 p.m. in Jessup Library. We will continue our discussion of A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines. Please join us as we explore this novel more thoroughly. See you Friday at 1 p.m. There will be refreshments!

Linda Cahill

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Just a Reminder...

The semester is slowly winding down, and people are busy finishing papers and studying for upcoming exams. The library is filled to the brim; most seats are taken during the day, and the computers are constantly in use.

A previous post outlined the library's computer policy and to whom priority is given when people are waiting. We feel it is important to restate the policy here.

According to the library's Policies and Services Web page, the following groups are given priority (in this order) when computers are in demand:
  • Currently-enrolled students, faculty and staff using the computer for research or coursework;
  • Currently-enrolled students, faculty and staff using the computer for research not relating to coursework;
  • Community members using the computer for research.
If all the computers are busy, keep in mind that you do have options. You may always check out a laptop (for use in the library); the laptops print to Xerox #2. If you're in a hurry (and don't want to wait for a laptop to boot up), consider going to the Academic Computer Lab in Rm. 832 (located in the technology wing). If you want to contact us about the computers, we suggest you use the chat feature to the right of this post. Remember, we don't monitor students' computer use (due to privacy and staffing concerns); however, when notified, we will request that those using the computers for work other than coursework move and make way for those waiting.

We have more students than ever here at PVCC; resources are in high demand. We can work together to ensure that everyone uses those resources properly. And as always, please let us know if you have any questions.