Monday, October 28, 2013

Sign up for a group study room online!

You asked, and we provided!

You can now sign up for a group study room ONLINE:

Simply choose your day, your time (up to three hours) and fill out the simple form. An email will be sent to you confirming your choice. Once a room is booked, you will be able to see who's meeting where and when.

This is only in place for study rooms A, B and C. Hopefully we'll expand the service to include the rest soon.

It's fast; it's simple; it's convenient! Enjoy!

Update: 11/5/13, we now have this in place for all the group study rooms!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Our new books will entertain, inform and inspire you!

For fun or for finals, all you need is a great book! Here is a random selection of riveting reads from our new books:

What has the world so excited? Higgs: The Invention and Discovery of the ’God Particle’ by Jim Baggott.

What you need and want to know about apps from development to uses to sales, can be found in Bestmobile Apps 2013: Top Developers Share Their Secrets to Success by Jeremy J. Warner.

Did you know that Mark Twain kept his fan mail? Dear Mark Twain: Letters From His Readers edited by R. Kent Rasmussen is both fascinating and hilarious.

Whether you play or not, this may be worth reading: Fun Inc.: Why Gaming Will Dominate the Twenty-First Century by Tom Chatfield.

Get out and enjoy Virginia’s lush flora with this guide: Flora of Virginia by Alan S. Weakley, J. Christopher Ludwig, John F. Townsend, and Bland Crowder, Editor.

If you are wondering how things are supposed to work, here are a few books on the Constitution of the United States:  

The Penguin Guide to The United States Constitution: A Fully Annotated Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and Amendments, and Selections From the Federalist Papers by Richard Beeman.  

Decision in Philadelphia: the Constitutional Convention of 1787 by Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier.  

The Constitutional Convention: a Narrative History: From the Notes of James Madison by Edward J. Larson and Michael P. Winship.

The powerful longing for home is explored in Homesickness: An American History by Susan J. Matt.

“Let's talk about sex, baby. Let's talk about you and me. Let's talk about all the good things. And the bad things that may be.” (Salt n Pepa), or read about it in The Origins of Sex: A History of the First Sexual Revolution by Faramerz Dabhoiwala.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Library Showcase: Cookbooks

October. The days are getting shorter and the nights longer. Before you know it, it will be the holiday season. Are you ready with your pots and pans? If you need ideas, or if you just like browsing cookbooks, the library has a very nice collection of them.  Some of our recommendations are below. If you would like to browse the rest of the cookbook collection, head to the TX section of the stacks.

Best of Flavors -- From the U.S. Foodservice, this book includes "recipes, trends, and ideas" that can help improve your food business or your homemade food. Includes lots of tasty recipes.

Classical Cooking the Modern Way -- A comprehensive book; provides information about all aspects of cooking, but focuses on learning the basic food preparation techniques (such as grilling, poaching, roasting, etc.). Includes a wealth of recipes.

Complete Photo Guide to Cake Decorating -- Warning: this book might cause uncontrollable drooling. It has beautiful photos of cake decorations and instructions on how to make them. 

Cooking for One -- Maybe you want to have a party by yourself. Maybe you don't want to share the good meals you make, because they're just too good. Maybe it's your alone evening. Whatever the reason, you can serve yourself a feast. This book contains wonderful recipes arranged by season. 

Feasts of Wine and Food -- Because a good meal deserves a good wine. This book contains both: information about wine and wine-food pairings, and recipes, from simple meals to elegant feasts.  

Flavors of Asia -- Learn how to cook delicious and elegant Asian foods, with recipes created by chefs from the Culinary Institute of America. Or just gaze lovingly at the beautiful photos. 

Perfect Match: Paring Delicious Recipes with Great Wine -- If wine is your favorite condiment, this book is for you.  It contains information about wines and how to pair them with different foods, plus many excellent recipes. 

Rodale's Soups and Salads: Cookbook and Kitchen Album -- Whether you're on a diet or just want to sample some really good soups and salads, this book is for you. There are almost 300 recipes, plus nutritional information, tips (for example, how to recognize top quality salad vegetables), and information about chefs.  

Simply Sensational Cookies -- You know you love cookies. Who doesn't? This book offers "easy, streamlined techniques" for baking cookies so delicious you may decide to keep them all for yourself. 

Slow Cooking -- If you have a slow cooker, you can load it with ingredients in the morning, turn it on, and come back after work to a fully cooked, hot meal. This book contains 100 recipes especially designed for the slow cooker. 

Spain and the World Table -- Another gem from the Culinary Institute of America, this book contains Spanish and Spain-inspired recipes created by their chefs. 

Techniques of Healthy Cooking -- If you are having trouble going through doors after eating all the wonderful food from the other books on this list, you may want to switch to this book, also from the Culinary Institute of America. You will learn about nutrition and about how to create healthy menus and recipes that can compete with the most decadent food in the world. 

Vegan Eats World -- Vegans can enjoy mouth-watering international foods, thanks to this book, which includes "250 international recipes for savoring the planet."

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Universal Borrowing

VIVA is pleased to announce its latest initiative, the Universal Borrowing pilot program. This program allows all current PVCC students, faculty and staff to borrow books from any participating VIVA institution. All you have to do to take advantage of this great opportunity is go to the college's or university's library and show proof of current status. You are, however, subject to the circulating policies of the lending library.

For a list of participating institutions and their policies, go here.

VIVA envisions the greatest usefulness for distance students, but anyone is free to use this service. If you have any questions, please just let us know. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fall Break

The library will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during fall break, October 7-8. During that time we will be converting our desktop computers to Windows 7 and updating to Office 2013. Because of this, none of these computers will be available. We will provide laptops (with printing capabilities), and of course reference assistance. However, if you would prefer to use a desktop, just go to the Open Computer Lab. 

Hopefully this will be as painless as possible, but please bear with us!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Changes to the MLA International Bibliography

Renegotiation of Modern Language Association International Bibliography Contract Provides Savings and Brings New, Extensive Literature Resources to VIVA

The Virtual Library of Virginia
Fall Semester 2013

A contract recently negotiated by the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) will assure that the Commonwealth’s students and faculty of both public and private nonprofit colleges and universities have access to state-of-the-art digital resources to support undergraduate core curriculum and the study of literature and languages. The multi-year agreement with ProQuest, a subsidiary of the Cambridge Information group with a record of seventy years of service to libraries, includes continuing VIVA access to the Modern Language Association (MLA) International Bibliography while adding indexes and full-text resources from five additional ProQuest databases:
  • Literature Online (LION), which combines the texts of over 357,250 works of literature with a vast compilation of criticism and reference, including the full text of nearly 400 volumes from the Penguin Classics series
  • The full-text Editions and Adaptations of Shakespeare
  • The full nine-volume Bibliography of American Literature
  • The W. B. Yeats collection, which contains the complete works of this important poet
  • Twentieth-Century American Poetry, with 500 volumes of modern and contemporary writing.
These extensive additions to the VIVA holdings were possible due to successful negotiations in reducing the cost of the MLA International Bibliography and cost sharing from three previous subscribers.

VIVA is the consortium of the libraries of 73 nonprofit higher education institutions in Virginia, including 39 state-assisted colleges and universities within the Commonwealth of Virginia, 33 independent private, nonprofit institutions, and The Library of Virginia. VIVA's mission is to provide, in an equitable, cooperative, and cost-effective manner, enhanced access to library and information resources for Virginia's academic libraries serving the nonprofit higher education community. VIVA is funded by the Commonwealth of Virginia through the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) and by investments from participating institutions.

For additional information contact:
Katherine A. Perry
VIVA Director
George Mason University, MS 1D1
Arlington Campus Library
3351 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
Tel: 703-993-4654