Thursday, March 14, 2013

STEM-H ebooks now available

The library is pleased to announce the acquisition of two new ebook collections from Springer (a well-known and respected global scientific publisher) and Elsevier (a leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services). Both of these collections were generously funded by the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) and support the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and health (STEM-H).

The Springer collection consists of four subject areas--behavioral science, biomedical and life science, computer science, and earth and environmental science--and will provide access to over 2,000 newly-published frontlist titles.

Elsevier's SciVerse ScienceDirect ebook collection offers approximately 700 books published (or soon-to-be published) in 2013. This collection consists of titles appropriate for a variety of science, technology and health courses.

Both of these collections are accessible via the catalog, as well as directly through the vendor's platform. Links are available below.

If you have questions about these great resources such as how to link to them in Blackboard or how to search, please let us know. You may call 434.961.5308 or email We would be glad to help in any way possible.

Elsevier SciVerse ScienceDirect

Springer eBook Collection

Friday, March 8, 2013

Do some reading over spring break!

Before you leave for spring break, stock up on some great new reads! If you're working on your papers and doing some catch-up, remember we'll be open next week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The whole College will be closed on Friday, March 15.

Here are a few of our suggestions before you go:

Are you a foodie and a history buff, then try Douglas Neel's The Food and Feasts of Jesus: Inside the World of First-Century Food, with Menus and Recipes.

Speaking of history...there's nothing more interesting, at least to me, than books on the Tudors. Here are a couple on Elizabeth that might be of interest: The Watchers: A Secret History of the Reign of Elizabeth I by Stephen Alford and Heretic Queen: Queen Elizabeth I and the Wars of Religion by Susan Ronald. 

Calling all dancers! Take a look at The Meaning of Tango: the Story of Argentinian Dance by Christine Denniston and Tango: the Art History of Love by Robert Farris Thompson.

Ever wondered why is Apple so successful? Take a look at Inside Apple: How America's Most Admired and Secretive Company Really Works by Adam Lashinsky or Carmine Gallo's The Apple Experience: the Secrets of Delivering Insanely Great Customer Service.

Facebook and Google are so prevalent in our everyday lives, so if you're interested in finding out more, then take a look at The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World by David Kirkpatrick or In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works and Shapes Our Lives by Steven Levy.

Here's a new take on our formative history, Founding Finance: How Debt, Speculation, Foreclosures, Protests and Crackdowns Made Us a Nation by William Hogeland.

Are you not quite ready to take on the responsibilities of adulthood? That's a good thing according to Richard A. Settersten's Not Quite Adults: Why 20-somethings Are Choosing a Slower Path to Adulthood, and Why It's Good for Everyone.

Are you a budding artist? Then Brainard Carey's New Markets for Artists: How to Sell, Fund Projects, and Exhibit Using Social Media, DIY Pop-ups, eBay, Kickstarter, and Much More might be just what you need.

For anyone in the midst of writing a paper, check out The Big Ten of Grammar: Identifying and Fixing the Ten Most Frequent Grammatical Errors by William B. Bradshaw and Editing Made Easy: Simple Rules for Effective Writing by Bruce Kaplan.

I'm going to stop now, but I could go on and on. All these new books get me excited! If you want more, take a look at our new books list or search in the catalog. Have a great spring break!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Spring Break!

Yes, the library will be open next week, so do not despair! Come on in; just remember, we're only open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Thursday. The College is also closed on Friday, March 15. Have a great break!