Library Update


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NVCC Library Selected to Join National “Assessment in Action” Program

This fall, our library will be a participant in the national Assessment in Action program, an IMLS grant funded program administered by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Last spring, the librarians developed a proposal to enhance the assessment component of our First Year Experience library instruction program, piloting a pre-assessment and remapping program outcomes to align with the ACRL’s new Framework for Information Literacy. Both the First Year Experience program and the Office of Institutional Research are partners in this project.

As part of Assessment in Action, Library Director Jaime Hammond attended two days of training at the American Library Association national conference, and participates in regular webinars and chats with a cohort of other academic libraries across the country. The results of the data collected during this semester will be analyzed during the spring semester, shared with the NVCC community and presented at a poster session at the American Library Association national conference next June.

Check out our latest tutorial

Many of our Business databases allow patrons to view company profiles via the Hoovers Fact Sheets. The short tutorial below will demonstrate how. Pertinent company information such as overview, people, products and history and more are covered. The updated tutorials page is located at

Hoovers Company Profiles

We Flip for You!

Hardworking library staff moved the core collection (over 50,000 books!) so the call number system would begin near our main entrance. Now, books with call numbers A-H are upstairs on the 5th floor and books with call numbers J-Z are on the mezzanine level below.

New Study Nook

After the big reorganization of all the books we were able to reconfigure some space. We took away some shelves, added desks, and now students are loving the new study nook.
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Greetings from Technical Services!

We have had a busy summer, working to get at least one copy of every textbook ready for student use as soon as possible, processing over 240 of these books. Generally, when we say ‘process’ regarding textbooks, we mean that we go to the bookstore, buy the books, cover them, brand them with property stamps and barcodes, enter their information into the database so that they’re easy to locate, and tag them so that they won’t be able to leave the library without alarms going off.

So, once the textbooks are ready for your use, we here in tech services start working on the fun stuff (not that textbooks aren’t fun in their own way…): circulation materials! These include books, CDs, DVDs chosen by our own librarians on your behalf in order to support the school’s curriculum and to otherwise entertain or inform you.

These may include such award-winning DVDs as 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Inside Llewyn Davis, and Frozen. Check out these informative and useful books: Getting a Job in Law Enforcement, Security, and Corrections, Microsoft Windows 8 Step by Step, A Game of Thrones: the Graphic Novel, and ROY G. BIV: an exceedingly surprising book about color.

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What is the library staff reading this semester?

Not surprisingly, many librarians are big readers! Curious about some of their favorites? Check out the following list of books, which Circulation staff members have read and would like to recommend. All these titles can be found right here in the Max R. Traurig Library.

Elaine Milnor: Alibis, by Andre Aciman. This is on my list of top dozen books, because it magically transports me to the places, experiences and feelings described therein. I would like to have dinner with Aciman and chat about life!

Sesar Pacheco, Student Staff: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, by Charles Duhigg. I loved reading this book because it combined real-life stories, scientific studies, and investigative reporting on how habits can affect our lives, whether it is good or bad, and how we can change any habit for our better well-being.

Julie Schumacher: Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, by Sheri Fink. This is a post-Katrina story of a hospital/people in crisis, both physically and ethically. It's a page-turner!

Aubrey Nieves, Student Staff: The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green. I feel like the book has an amazing sense of character development on the protagonist and her friend. Not only that but this book hits on emotions that every good book should hit.