Severe Weather “Seek Shelter” Procedure

After yesterday’s severe weather, today is a good day to go over the Library’s “seek shelter” procedures. During a tornado or severe weather warning, PLEASE (for your safety and ours) follow the directions of Library staff to seek shelter on the 1st floor (downstairs) following “Emergency Shelter Signs.” ONLY use the Back Emergency Stairs, NOT the Atrium stairs! And remain in the shelter area until you are instructed to leave. Your safety is our utmost concern during an emergency. Thank you!

Library Open During Construction

The Library is OPEN during the construction of the L Building entrances! Please use the entrance across from the B Building, under the B bridge. The book drop near the L Building has been relocated to the area between the B & L Buildings. The ramp leading up to the L Building & the Library entrance is also CLOSED. Please see photos and/or ask at the Information Desk for help. Thank you!

New Library Subject Signs

The Library has installed new subject signs within the circulating collection (also known as “the stacks” in library world) located downstairs on the first (1st) floor! The signs are located at the top of the bookshelves which enables easier searchability from within “the stacks”, so you no longer have to walk to the endcap to check the section you are searching in.

They display the subject heading along with the Library of Congress classification number relative to the subject. We worked to ensure that the subject headings chosen reflect our collection and the courses offered at the college.

The signs also have the advantage of encouraging browseability: meaning you can easily follow the signs within the collection and scan the shelves for items you might not have originally been looking for.

So please visit our collection downstairs and let us know what you think!

New Words to Use in Scrabble

The new edition of the official Scrabble dictionary has added hundreds of new words, such as sheeple, bitcoin, emoji, and puggle. Other big news in the Scrabble world is that the word “OK” is now acceptable. Scrabble has been around since the 1930s but it needs to change as language changes.  The library does not have any books about Scrabble specifically, but we do have a book about board games: It’s All a Game: The History of Board Games from Monopoly to Settlers of Catan by Tristan Donovan. And the library has many dictionaries for you to use, including online access to the Oxford English Dictionary.

MLA and APA Citation Information

Classes have started. You see on the syllabus that you will need to provide MLA or APA citations for an assignment or for a paper. Maybe that is new to you—or maybe you don’t remember the details from your high school classes. The library can help! You can stop by the library and talk to a librarian about citation. Or, go to the “Research Tools” page on the library website. Click “Citing Sources” in the middle of the Research Tools page (under Featured Services). The Citing Sources Guide has a variety of links and instructional videos that show citation examples for journal articles, web pages, books, and many other sources. As always, help is available from the librarians or from the Speaking and Writing Center.

A new Library database on women in social movements

Looking for information on an aspect of women’s history in the U.S., like who was involved in the beginning of the feminist movement, or info on the Equal Rights Amendment Movement, or more about Chicago’s Hull House, founded by Jane Addams?

Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 is a new MVCC Library database containing primary sources, archival materials, and films that covers the history of women in social movements in the U.S. Take a look, and remember you can access all of the Library databases from off campus!

MLA and APA Citation Help

It’s that time of the year again. As you are finishing your paper, you will need to properly format your citations using MLA or APA style. Help is available on the library website on the Research Tools page. Click “Citing Sources” in the middle of the Research Tools page (under Featured Services). The Citing Sources Guide has a variety of links that show citation examples for journal articles, web pages, books, and many other sources. As always, help is also available from the librarians or from the Speaking and Writing Center.

Does it make sense to open a blues bar?

We get many interesting questions at the reference desk. “How do I do research about the feasibility of opening up a blues bar?” was just one of the questions we got in the last couple weeks.

To do research about starting a business, the Library’s Research Tools page is one place to start. We have access to databases such as “Business Source Premier” that focus on business topics. Also, we have Research Guides on a variety of topics. For this topic, the guides for Economics and Company Information can lead you to sources that will help you find information about current restaurant and nightclub trends. The Research Guide for Governmental Information can help you find demographic statistics, consumer information, and regulations to consider.