Max R. Traurig Library

Winter 2012 Newsletter

Winter Book Group Discussion

Remember how much fun our one-shot summer book discussion was (The Sense of an Ending)? Come back for more in January!!! We’ll be reading and discussing the prize-winning, international best-seller Balzac and the little Chinese Seamstress, called "an enchanting tale that captures the magic of reading and the wonder of romantic awakening." Contact the circulation desk at x8024 to request a copy. Come one, come all!


Who: You and other fabulous folks.

What: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress, by Dai Sijie (award-winning, international bestseller, 2001)

When: January 16, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Where: Library, L410 (serving dessert – bring a brown-bag)

How: Copies on order and arriving daily – RSVP (x8024) to reserve yours (197 pages).

First Year Experience Program Pilot

This fall, the Library piloted an Information Literacy Instruction curriculum specifically for First Year Experience (FYE) classes. This approach enabled the Library to reach new full time students with an introduction to the library resources we provide and offered a jump start in the development of their research skills. Classes consisted of instruction by a librarian, followed by a group assignment and concluded with an assessment. The result is a new Outcomes Assessment study that gauges students' knowledge after their first encounter with library instruction and provides a snapshot of a student’s information literacy skills early on in their college career.


This will help the Library evaluate our instruction methods as well as provide insight into our Information Literacy Instruction program’s impact on students.

The assessment data was collected in the form of a ten question quiz using clickers in the Library’s electronic classroom. The questions were used to address four of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for college students set by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).


During this endeavor the Library taught 35 FYE classes and reached 718 students with an overall assessment average of 75%.

150 Kaynor Juniors and Seniors Get a Taste of College Research

On December 11 and 12, over 150 Kaynor Tech Juniors and Seniors, along with their English faculty Siobhan Jurczyk, Library Media Specialist Barbara Hoffman, and other staff, visited the NVCC library for an interactive session with Library staff Tiara Arnold and Jaime Hammond on research skills. The project was suggested by Ms. Jurczyk in the fall as a way to expose Kaynor students to NVCC's great library resources. Plans for an annual collaboration are now underway!

Winter Break Hours

Beginning the week of 12/24/12:


Monday through Friday 8-4

Closed 12/24, 12/25, 12/31, 1/1


Semester Hours resume Friday 1/25/13