Thursday, February 25, 2010

Books, books, and more books!

We have added more books to the library--and I want you to be the first to know. The full list can be seen by following this link--browse by category or select 'All' to see every single book we've added to the library in the last year or so.
The list includes books about religion, sports, history, medicine, biology, ecology and more. Check out the special "Popular" category for books you might want to read over spring break.

So far, my favorite title on the list is McMafia: A Journey through the Global Criminal Underworld. Which one is your favorite? Check out the list; let me know through the 'contact us' link on the right.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

February is...

...African American History Month. Read President Obama's 2010 proclamation here.

Your library is full of books, eBooks and videos on a wide range of topics relating to African American history. For example, there's this book featured in our new books list not too long ago, The African American Experience: Black History and Culture Through Speeches, Letters, Editorials, Poems, Songs, and Stories. Another recent publication is Best African American Essays, 2009. If you're considering doing any traveling over spring break, you might want to check out On the Road to Freedom: A Guided Tour of the Civil Rights Trail. If you prefer to read your books online, try this eBook, Unfinished Business: Racial Equality in American History. (You'll need an account to view the book from off campus--call or e-mail us to set up an account.) If you would rather watch a video than read a book, we've got a fabulous series, Eyes on the Prize. The first series covers the time period of 1954-1965, while the second series covers 1965-1985. (Our videos must be used in the library, but never fear--we have equipment in the video viewing room.)

There are a lot of great online resources for learning about African American history, too. Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) is a great place to start.

Have you ever wondered who started African American History Month? The answer is: the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. Click this link to read more about the association and its role in founding African American History Month.

If you're a numbers person, try this link for fascinating statistics from the US Census Bureau. (For example, did you know there were 2.5 million African American college students in 2008? That is more than double the number from fifteen years ago.)

Let's say you're a visual person. Never fear: there's something for you as well. YouTube's educational collection has more than 200 video lectures relating to African American history; click the link to browse the list.

Open Culture provides links to free educational videos (sometimes whole college courses) and podcasts; check out this video from Stanford University: what would Martin Luther King, Jr. think of the U.S.A. today?

Enjoy! (Next month is Women's History Month--so stay tuned.)

Photo courtesy of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Valentine's Day: A History

Valentine's Day is this Sunday! Have you thought about what you'll be getting your sweetheart or loved one? Have you made special plans? Perhaps, while preparing for Valentine's Day, you wondered about its history, or maybe you're interested in finding out more about romance or love. If so, let us suggest a few sources to satiate your curiosity!

For history buffs:

For a history of Valentine's Day, check out the Stanford Storytelling Project (available through iTunes U).

Diane Ackerman explores A natural history of love in this book, while Martin Bergmann is on a quest to define what love is in The anatomy of loving: the story of man’s quest to know what love is.

Curious about the history of Valentine's Day cards? Check out the University of Indiana's A Flowering of Affection: Victorian Valentine Cards at the Lilly Library.

Bundling? What's that? Check out the Puritan custom as told on BackStory, with the American History Guys.

Modern day love and advice:

Are you and your sweetheart celebrating Valentine's Day from afar? Read up on how to keep your love alive in Maintaining long-distance and cross-residential relationships by Laura Stafford.

What do the modern-day man and woman expect from a relationship? This video, Women and men unglued: marriage and relationships in the 21st century, will explain all through candid interviews.

Does love have you confused? Try Conditions of love: the philosophy of intimacy by John Armstrong.

Too busy or tired for love? Joseph Bailey has some suggestions in Slowing down to the speed of love: how to create a deeper, more fulfilling relationship in a hurried world.

Got the Winter Blues?

It's tempting to surf the Web all day and build snowmen when the College is closed due to inclement weather. But is your homework backing up? Are you running behind on papers because you cannot get to the library? We're sure many of you need the resources available at the library to complete your assignments, and if you do, just remember you have options.

All of the library's resources can be accessed from off campus, including databases like EBSCO or Literature Resource Center. (See our remote access instructions for assistance.). The best way to access these resources is to log in to Blackboard first. If you click on the "Research" tab in the upper, right hand corner, you'll notice there is a link to the Jessup Library home page. Simply open the library's home page from there and you'll be good to go.

The Jessup Library Catalog may also be used off campus--and you don't have to sign in. You'll be able to find books, both print and electronic, and government documents through the catalog. If you need to use a NetLibrary book from off campus, you'll have to create a log in while on campus first. Since that can be a problem right now, we suggest you e-mail your request for a username and password to We'll set you up with an account as soon as possible, i.e. when we actually get to the College ourselves. Many electronic books found through the catalog relate to information technology. These books will only require you to sign in with your MyPVCC username and password. (These books are from our Safari collection.)

If you're not sure which resource would be best, try using our subject guides for direction. Also, don't forget, we have tutorials on how to use all of our databases as well. Also, feel free to e-mail for assistance. We'll answer your question as soon as we're able, which hopefully should be soon!