Category Archives: Course Materials on Reserve

Free Movie Tuesday, 2pm: Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World

Don’t miss the Bridging Cultures Film Series!

  • 10/8, 2pm, Whitman TheaterIslamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (2011)
    • Explores the richness of Islamic art in objects big and small, from great ornamented palaces and the play of light in monumental mosques to the exquisite beauty of ceramics, carved boxes, paintings, calligraphy, and metal work.
  • 10/22, 2pm, Whitman TheaterPersepolis (2007)
    • Poignant coming-of-age story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl that begins during the Islamic Revolution.
  • 11/5, 2pm, Whitman TheaterKoran by Heart: Once Chance to Remember (2011)
    • Captures the drama of the annual International Holy Koran Competition, following three extraordinary ten year olds who have dedicated their lives to honoring their families, countries, and culture through memorization of the religious text.

islamicartThese films are part of the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys award granted to Brown Library by the NEH. They are available to be checked out on a reserve basis from the Circulation desk on the top floor of the library.

Free Movie Tuesday, 2pm: Prince Among Slaves

10941 PBS_PrinceAmongSlaves_DVD.inddDon’t miss the Bridging Cultures Film Series!

  • 9/24, 2pm, Whitman TheaterPrince Among Slaves  (2007)
    • The amazing true story of Abdul Rahman Sori, an African prince, enslaved in the American South and freed 40 years later.
  • 10/8, 2pm, Whitman TheaterIslamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World (2011)
    • Explores the richness of Islamic art in objects big and small, from great ornamented palaces and the play of light in monumental mosques to the exquisite beauty of ceramics, carved boxes, paintings, calligraphy, and metal work.
  • 10/22, 2pm, Whitman TheaterPersepolis (2007)
    • Poignant coming-of-age story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl that begins during the Islamic Revolution.
  • 11/5, 2pm, Whitman TheaterKoran by Heart: Once Chance to Remember (2011)
    • Captures the drama of the annual International Holy Koran Competition, following three extraordinary ten year olds who have dedicated their lives to honoring their families, countries, and culture through memorization of the religious text.

These films are part of the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys award granted to Brown Library by the NEH. They are available to be checked out on a reserve basis from the Circulation desk on the top floor of the library.

Where are the Books?

Due to the renovation of the Circulation floor (top floor) of the library, the majority of the library’s print books have been put into storage.  But don’t worry— the entire circulating collection of books will be back in place on the top floor when the renovation is complete later this year!

In the meantime, you still have several options for books to support your research:

  • Use the “Core Collection”

A small collection of books (approximately 1000 volumes) is available for checkout.  These books can be checked out for a two-week period.  Go to the Circulation Department on the library’s main floor to access this collection.

  • Use our eBooks

The library’s extensive eBook collection (over 40,000 e-Books) is still available during the renovation.  Students can access eBooks from off-campus locations by using their MyVWCC username and password.

  • Use Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is an option for students who require print books for academic work. It usually takes 5-10 business days for books to arrive. Please keep this time frame in mind when making an ILL request.

Brown Library staff members are glad to help you with all of your information needs. Ask a Librarian!

Library Renovation, Phase II Begins!

The top floor of the library–the Circulation department– will only be open through November 29th. Beginning Monday, December 3rd, all Circulation services, such as book and technology check-outs, textbooks on Reserve, and interlibrary loan, will be located in the classroom on the main floor of Brown Library. Any inquiries regarding the Archives will also be taken in the classroom.

Research assistance will still be available in Reference, as usual, on the main floor.

Please pass the word that the library’s main floor will continue to be the place to be, during the remainder of the Fall and Spring semesters!

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Ok we admit it. The library has had a little crush on technology lately. Maybe you’ve noticed some changes since we reopened the Main Floor…

For example, two of our new study rooms (B106, B107) have videoconferencing capabilities, and all five are equipped with media:scape technology.  What can you do with this? Well, it’s great for group projects. Up to four or six people can hook up their laptops or iPads and then project their screen to the big TV in the room. This makes it easy for all group members to view and collaborate on a project. Perfect for a PowerPoint presentation. You can also switch back and forth, showing one person’s screen and then someone else’s. Neat, huh?

Speaking of iPads, why not check one out and see what all the fuss is about? Current students only (and faculty and staff) are welcome to check out an iPad for two hours at a time, to be used within the library. Close to 200 apps are currently loaded and ready to go, including Blackboard, math and science video tutorials, a medical abbreviations app, Art Authority (with over 55,000 different paintings and sculptures), Evernote, Adobe Photoshop Express, The White House’s official app, Living Language (in Spanish, French, German, Italian, and Chinese), multiple eReaders, and shortcuts to both Virginia Western’s and the library’s websites. These are just a few of the incredible apps we have available. For more information on how to check out an iPad, ask us at the Reference or Circulation desks, or take a look at our Technology Circulation page. We look forward to seeing you soon!