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Thank you, Doreen! Happy Retirement!

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Selfishly, we are saddened by the retirement of Doreen O’Brien, who has been a member of our library for over four decades. We are very happy for her as she enters a new phase of life.

Doreen O’Brien knows Moraine Valley. After studying at the college from 1972 to 1974, she was hired by the Library’s Technical Services Department and assisted in cataloging new materials. She’s been cataloging ever since.

O’Brien has seen the Library transition from a card catalog system to an automated one. She now works with purely digitized catalogued materials. She has barcoded, tagged and catalogued more than 100,000 items.

“Doreen is the hub of our Technical Services Department. If you’re looking for someone or something, you call Doreen. It will be hard to replace her,” said Terra Jacobson, manager of Library Services. “The day she leaves our department, I feel the whole Library will feel a collective loss. She has worked with all of us at one time or another, and we will miss her.”

O’Brien just celebrated 40 years at the college and hoped to get closer to 45, but it was time to retire. Her fondest memory is when the department held a funeral for the card catalog to welcome the online version. One of her proudest moments was when she served on the environmental/ergonomic committee to identify and assess problems in the work area, make recommendations and then see the end result.

“My years at Moraine Valley have been the best anyone could hope for or imagine. With the advancement of libraries over the years, I was challenged to learn more and more. When the computer age dawned, I was able to take classes right here on campus. I could work and learn in one place,” she said. “I think about how every important event in my adult life has been shared with my friends at Moraine Valley. That’s a great feeling.”
O’Brien intends to lounge often in her pool this summer as well as travel with her husband. She’ll also spend more time with family and hang out with her fellow retired Moraine Valley friends.

FRI 6/20, Library System Back Online

Friday, June 20th, 2014

UPDATE: 2:30 pm—-Library system back online   Services have been fully restored.  Users can once again access the library’s electronic resources. Thanks! ——————-

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Today, Noon–Library System Down for Maintenance

system maintenanceThe Library will upgrade its system software Friday, June 20th.

Access to the Library’s electronic resources, including the catalog and all of its subscription databases, will be unavailable from noon until about 6pm this Friday. We will update you when access to our electronic resources has been restored. Please note: the Library will remain open Friday during regular summer hours: 8 a.m. to noon.

A Summer of Dumpster Diving & Sustainability (presentation)

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

We are excited to host this event in August.

A Summer of Dumpster Diving & Sustainability: IL EPA Interns Present Their Work
?Monday, August 4th, 1pm – 2:30pm, Building L, Library Lounge
?This summer several interns supported by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency did projects at Chicago-area colleges (including Moraine Valley), each focusing on a waste reduction program aimed at increasing recycling and developing zero-waste plans. These interns will present the findings from their work and offer new insight on sustainability efforts in higher education. Three interns will be presenting during this time.

12PM, Friday, 6/20/14–-Library System Down for Maintenance

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

system maintenanceThe Library will upgrade its system software Friday, June 20th.

Access to the Library’s electronic resources, including the catalog and all of its subscription databases, will be unavailable from noon until about 6pm this Friday.

We will update you when access to our electronic resources has been restored.

Please note: the Library will remain open Friday during regular summer hours: 8 a.m. to noon. 

FRI, JUN 13, 6PM—Library Systems Back Online

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

system maintenance

UPDATE:

Library Systems Back Online

The Library has completed the systems maintenance it had scheduled for today and electronic resources are back online.

Patrons can now access the library catalog and all subscription databases. Thank you for patience!

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9AM

The Library will upgrade its system hardware Friday, June 13th.

Access to the Library’s electronic resources, including the catalog and all of its subscription databases, will be unavailable beginning at 12:01 a.m., June 13 and continuing throughout the day.

The system should be fully operational by 9 a.m., Saturday, June 14.  We will update you when access to our electronic resources has been restored.

Please note: the Library will remain open Friday during regular summer hours: 8 a.m. to noon. 

Go Behind the Scenes of Our Graphic Novel Symposium

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

We are excited about our upcoming Graphic Novel Symposium. Check out this behind the scenes video from our planning.

Behind the Scenes: Graphic Novel Symposium Graphic and Web Design

Four Stories of Data: The Hidden Power of Numbers (online video)

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

The average American is a fountain of information, and companies like Netflix, Amazon, and Facebook have openly used information about us and our activity to improve our experience and increase their revenue. Jerimi Ann Walker uses four stories of data to illustrate what companies know about us and how the numbers may reveal things that even we didn’t know. Data can be used to understand, influence, and predict our behaviors. The talk was part of the TLC: Teaching & Learning Community event, http://www.morianevalley.edu/TLC.

Four Stories of Data: The Hidden Power of Numbers featuring Jerimi Walker

The audio of this event is available below:

Friday 6/13/14–Library System Down for Maintenance

Monday, June 9th, 2014

system maintenanceThe Library will upgrade its system hardware on Friday, June 13th.

Access to the Library’s electronic resources, including the catalog and all of its subscription databases, will be unavailable beginning at 12:01 a.m., June 13 and continuing throughout the day.

The system should be fully operational by 9 a.m., Saturday, June 14.  We will update you when access to our electronic resources has been restored.

Please note: the Library will remain open Friday during regular summer hours: 8 a.m. to noon. 

2014-2015 One Book, One College: Giovanni’s Room

Sunday, May 18th, 2014

We are excited to announce that the 2014-2015 One Book, One College selection is Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin. Visit our website here: http://www.morainevalley.edu/giovannisroom. You can join the discussion by reading this novel over the summer. You can checkout copies here in the library or purchase your own in the bookstore.

Giovanni’s Room represents James Baldwin at his best. The prose is complex but accessible interweaving description, dialog, and narration to create a heartbreakingly tragic tone throughout the book. After writing the book in the 1950s, Baldwin could not find a publisher. It was first published in London and eventually in New York. Since that time, the book has received much acclaim for its groundbreaking nature as well as for the craft it represents. As a One Book text, Giovanni’s Room presents a range of timely themes that cross the Moraine Valley curriculum. Most importantly, it challenges the reader to consider love, relationships, and self acceptance.

We are excited for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Pre-Session and Summer Hours

Friday, May 16th, 2014

This is the end of the spring term. The library will be closed this weekend (May 16 & 17). We are starting our pre-session and summer hours. Visit our hours page for details: http://lib.morainevalley.edu/Hours.aspx