New Books, October 2017

The smell of fall leaves, pumpkin spice, and, yes, new books are in the air at VWCC. Stop by the library’s top floor to see the new book shelves. Want to research or read about the Arab Spring, the culture wars, or recent White House residents (Barack, Michelle, George, and Laura)? We have books about the business of food, the culinary arts, insanity in the modern world, Vikings, and why everyone tries to create an illusion of happiness and perfection through social media and what that means for society. So stop by and visit us soon. We can’t wait to see you.

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Calling All VWCC Student Artists!

Brown Library is holding its second annual student bookplate competition!  The winner of this campus-wide contest will be awarded a prize of $100 and have his or her bookplate used in every other book processed by the library during the 2018-2019 school year. The winning entry will be chosen by a panel of faculty and administrators. The award will be made the first week of December.

In 2016, the library adopted a new bookplate, the third in its 50-year history. Bookplates are small, graphic art prints, usually placed on the book’s inside cover. In their 500 plus years of use they also became beloved by collectors, becoming an art form unto themselves. Rockwell Kent, Albrecht Durer, and Paul Revere are counted among artists who created bookplates. The art of creating bookplates is not dead. Artists and graphic designers around the world regularly take on commissions to create new bookplates.

Visit the following website to learn more about the contest and art of the bookplate https://tinyurl.com/bookplatecontest.

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Labor Day Schedule

Library Services, on the top floor of Brown Library, will be closed on Saturday, September 2 and Monday, September 4 in observance of Labor Day. Normal hours will resume Tuesday, September 5. You can access our online resources, including chat-with-a-librarian, 24/7 on our website. Have a safe and enjoyable weekend!

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New semester, new look

Welcome back to campus! We’ve been busy this summer updating our website and policies.

  1. You’ll notice some changes on our website. We recently migrated to a new version of InfoGuides. Click on the InfoGuides link in the left sidebar of our homepage to check out the fresh new look.
  2. Our Database list has also been updated. You can search for your favorite database, sort by alphabetical order, or browse databases by subject area. Check out the changes under the Find Articles link in the left sidebar of our homepage.
  3. Thanks to your feedback, we’ve changed our food policy. We will now allow snacks and drinks in the library. Please be courteous, clean up after yourselves, and let us know if you need help dealing with a spill.
  4. A photo ID is required to borrow library materials. You can obtain a Student ID in the Student Life Center, which gets you access to other stuff on campus, too. Or we can use another form of valid ID.

Remember, some things never change. Our floor is still a silent study space, perfect for concentrating on homework or doing research. Your friendly library staff members are still here to answer your questions and help you find sources. Email us at library@virginiawestern.edu or stop by and say hi in person! We are here 8am-8pm Monday through Thursday, 8am-5pm Friday, and 9am-1pm Saturday throughout the semester.

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