Tuesday, February 16, 2016

One Book 2016: We have a winner!




Announcing PVCC's Fall 2016 One Book:

The Circle, by Dave Eggers


Publisher's description:

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity. There are parties that last through the night, there are famous musicians playing on the lawn, there are athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish retrieved from the Marianas Trench by the CEO. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world—even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.


The Circle received 225 votes, Now I See You received 153 votes, and The Omnivore's Dilemma received 71 votes.

Please watch this space and your email for more news about the fall 2016 One Book Program, including information about when you can claim your copy of the chosen book. 

Thank you for voting!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

New Databases Keep on Coming!

VIVA, our statewide library consortium, continues to purchase new databases that all PVCC students, faculty, and staff can now access both on and off-campus.  Check out these additions:
  1. Mergent Intellect - This brand-new database provides extensive information on private companies, both active and inactive. It also includes Whitepages Pro, which has residential contact information.  

  2. Mergent Investext Snapshot - This database, also known as the Thomson Reuters Embargoed Research Collection, includes authoritative analyses of companies, industries, products, and markets that are written by analysts at investment banks and independent research firms. It can be found as a new tab within the Mergent Online platform.

  3. Oxford Journals - We have added 16 new e-journals, which brings our collection to approximately 150 e-journals published by Oxford. Most are in the areas of political science, history, and medicine.

  4. Advanced Technologies & Aerospace Collection - This new full-text database brings together the most comprehensive coverage in the areas of aeronautics, computer and information technology, electronics, communications, solid state devices, and space sciences.

  5. Earth Science Collection - This new full-text database provides access to articles in the earth sciences. It includes GeoRef, the most comprehensive database available in the geosciences.

  6. Engineering Collection - This new database expands our access from abstract-only engineering databases to full-text access for a wide range of journals in many different engineering disciplines.
Recently deleted abstract-only databases from ProQuest include: Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA), Mechanical Engineering Abstracts, PILOTS: Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress, Social Services Abstracts, and Sociological Abstracts. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

What's that I hear? New books are here!

Welcome back to another season of the Spring Semester, episode 2016. All your favorite characters and plot twists are back, from waning post-holiday blues to the occasional blizzard. Best of all, there are new books here at the library, and we’ve got lots of recommendations for you.

Looking for the next book in Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles? We have all five: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter, and Fairest: Levana’s Story. If you enjoy new takes on old tales — everything from cyborg Cinderella to computer hacker Rapunzel — The Lunar Chronicles will be right up your alley.

Neil Gaiman also explores fairy tales — and every other sort of wonder tale — in his latest collection of short fiction, Trigger Warning: Short Fiction and Disturbances. The anthology includes a “Nothing O'Clock,” written for the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who in 2013; “Black Dog,” a tale from the world of American Gods; and “The Case of Death and Honey,” a spin on Sherlock Holmes.

Still in the mood for short stories? Check out Stephen King’s latest collection of short fiction, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, his first collection since Night Shift came out thirty-five years ago.

If you've seen The Martian but haven't read the book, we have you covered. Andy Weir's bestselling novel about an astronaut stranded on Mars is sure to appeal to anyone interested in science, space westerns, and the classic tale of humans (armed with only ingenuity, engineering skills, gallows humor, and a roll of duct tape) versus nature.

Journeys through time and space don’t have to stop with The Martian. 500 years after escaping an uninhabitable earth, humans return to the alien planet they once called home in Neal Stephenson’s nearly 900-page door-stopper, Seveneves. And in Ready Player One, Ernest Cline fast forwards readers to the year 2044, when today’s pop culture has become tomorrow’s path to fame, fortune — and a brush with murder.

Isabelle Allende’s latest novel, The Japanese Lover, chronicles the romance of Alma and Ichimei, lovers torn apart by World War II and the forcible internment of Japanese Americans by the United States government. Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II by Richard Reeves is a nonfiction exploration of this tragedy.

Between You & Me:  Confessions of a Comma Queen by Mary Norris is a humorous romp through the most common and vexing problems in spelling, punctuation, and grammar. In Cool: How the Brain’s Hidden Quest for Cool Drives Our Economy and Shapes Our World, Steven Quartz and Anette Asp explore the science behind trends and why the things we consume — from the food we eat to the cars we drive — may say so much about our personal identities and beliefs. The Art of the Start 2.0: The Time-tested, Battle-hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything by Guy Kawasaki is a crash course for entrepreneurs in using 21st century tools to get their businesses off the ground. Don’t forget to check out Kawasaki's The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users for a more detailed look at harnessing the power of social media.

Discover all these books and more in our catalog!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New Database Trial

The VCCS is currently trialing a new database called PrepSTEP™.

PrepSTEP™ is a dynamic online platform that can change the lives of students through academic success and preparation for today’s workplace. It is packed with powerful skill-building resources in English, math, and science—for use in self-directed study or as supplemental materials for developmental programs. Students can also build workplace skills, explore careers, prepare for occupational licensing exams, build basic computer skills, and more. On the website, each icon represents a separate center with valuable resources that include interactive tutorials, engaging practice tests, and downloadable eBooks.

The trial account is now active and provides access to all of the platform's features. To begin using the site, please follow these steps:

1. Go to the trial site
2. Sign in with
User Name: viva@learnx.com
Password: password

Email Crystal Newell at cnewell@pvcc.edu with any feedback.  The trial ends on Feb. 29.  Would this be useful for the library to have?