Category Archives: Reference/Research

Welcome to Our New Library Staff Members

We are excited to announce that two new Reference Assistants started at Brown Library this semester.

  

Marci Myers comes to us from the Bedford County Public Library System and received her M.L.S. degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Rebecca Greer most recently worked at the architecture library at Virginia Tech and previously worked at Blacksburg City Public Libraries. She is a student in the graduate library science program at the University of Washington.

Both Marci and Rebecca will be working during our day hours. Please join us in welcoming them to Brown 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!

Need a Quiet Place to Study?

You are cordially invited to use Brown Library’s “Study Hall” for quiet, individual study.

This silent area for individual study is located in the HR Training Room/room F002 on the ground floor of Fishburn Hall — the building next door to the library.

Study Hall Dates and Hours:

December 3, 7, 10-14, 17-18: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

December 4: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

December 5: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

December 6: 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm

NB: The library’s top floor will be closed for renovation throughout December and the Spring semester.

VWCC Archives Needs Your Contributions

The purpose of the VWCC Archives is to preserve a historical record of the college. Brown Library houses the Archives and maintains an Archives web page with a searchable inventory of the archived items. Examples of materials contained in the archives include: college catalogs from 1966 forward, newsletters, photographs, employee directories, marketing materials, playbills and posters representing 45 years of the VWCC Theatre, committee minutes, and student projects.

We rely on your contributions of historical and new documents and materials to ensure that the Archives reflects an accurate history of the college’s programs and accomplishments. Please remember to send us relevant information on student organizations, pictures from events, newsletters, brochures, reports, and other materials as they are produced.

The Archives may be accessed during the regular library hours of operation. Materials preserved in the Archives are non-circulating, but we can make copies of certain items. For more information about the Archives, please contact Faith Janney (fjanney at virginiawestern.edu or 540-857-6332).

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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!