Monday, February 28, 2011

The Wave of the Future

The library is pleased to announce the arrival of media:scape. This innovative piece of new technology takes working collaboratively to another level.

Have you ever tried to use a laptop while working as a group? There was never an easy way for everyone to see the screen. Your previous only option was to set up a projector, but even that's cumbersome. With media:scape, this is no longer an issue. With the push of a button, students and faculty can project their laptop to a screen installed in the table and then easily toggle to the next person's computer.

Think of the possibilities! Students can work on group presentations for public speaking or microbiology. Faculty can have students work in groups using peer review. The possibilities are endless.

We only have this unit for two weeks. We'll be testing it and evaluating its usefulness for potential purchase. Please let us know your opinions. It is currently located in Study Room A (Rm. M721) in the library and will be open to students as usual, but will be reserved for faculty March 11, noon to 5 p.m.

Come test drive the hottest in educational technology. We look forward to hearing about your experience.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Celebrate President's Day

Monday, February 21 is President's Day! Some businesses will be closed and many of you may be off from work. (But PVCC is open and classes will be held.) What a wonderful excuse to check out a book or two to enjoy over the long weekend. And we have plenty of enticing titles to tempt your mental taste buds.

For a light, fun read, try:
The Lacuna: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
Dear Husband by Joyce Carol Oates
4th of July: A Novel by James Patterson
The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks

Are you a big history buff? Then try:
The Evacuation from Dunkirk: Operation Dynamo, 26 May-4 June 1940
Solving Stonehenge: The New Key to an Ancient Enigma
Blarney Castle: Its History, Development, and Purpose
Emancipation: How Liberating Europe's Jews from the Ghetto Led to Revolution and Renaissance

Not into history? Then take a look at a few of our science books.
Ice, Rock, and Beauty: A Visual Tour of the New Solar System
Galileo's Gout: Science in an Age of Endarkenment
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The weather has been beautiful lately, a rare occurrence in February. Doesn't that make you want to garden? Then check out some of our new plant books.
Black plants: 75 Striking Choices for the Garden
The Gardener's Color Palette: Paint Your Garden with 100 Extraordinary Flower Choices
The Well-Designed Mixed Garden: Building Beds and Borders with Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Annuals, and Bulbs

As always, this is just a sample of the great new books we have available. So stop on by and check one out. For a full list of recently added books, check out the new books list. Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Too good to pass up...

The library staff has been working hard to add many exciting titles to the collection, some of which we're sure you won't want to pass up.

For all you ladies out there, this one is for you. Find out why we are the we are in How Women Got Their Curves and Other Just-So Stories: Evolutionary Enigmas.

Attention Cohort B, if you teach online, you may want to take a look at Teaching Writing Online: How and Why.

Always, always read the book before you see the movie. Try Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously. It may inspire you to do some cooking of your own.

And speaking of cooking, it may have played a pivotal role in the evolution of humans. How could how you eat your food be so important? Find out in Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human.

Do you buy organic? It may not be enough to protect ourselves and the environment according to Andrew Szasz in Shopping Our Way to Safety: How We Changed From Protecting the Environment to Protecting Ourselves.

Hint, hint to students taking Sociology--this book may be of interest: Obesity Among Poor Americans: Is Public Assistance the Problem?

Like always, this is just taste of the wonderful books we have in the library. The new books list will show you a few more, but don't forget about our other titles too. The library is chock full of interesting reads!