The Rise of the Creative Class

The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It’s Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life: This book by Richard Florida is a newly arrived title in the MVCC Library. Richard Florida’s ideas were featured in this NPR story. Here’s a review from Booklist: Florida, an academic whose field is regional economic development, explains the rise of a new social class that he labels the creative class. Members include scientists, engineers, architects, educators, writers, artists, and entertainers. He defines this class as those whose economic function is to create new ideas, new technology, and new creative content. In general this group shares common characteristics, such as creativity, individuality, diversity, and merit. The author estimates that this group has 38 million members, constitutes more than 30 percent of the U.S. workforce, and profoundly influences work and lifestyle issues. The purpose of this book is to examine how and why we value creativity more highly than ever and cultivate it more intensely. He concludes that it is time for the creative class to grow up–boomers and Xers, liberals and conservatives, urbanites and suburbanites–and evolve from an amorphous group of self-directed while high-achieving individuals into a responsible, more cohesive group interested in the common good.

Browse the Government Printing Office

Browse the GPO:The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) is pleased to announce a new browse feature on the GPO Access Congressional Documents Web pages. In our continuing effort to increase the accessibility of the resources available on GPO Access, users can now browse the catalog of House, Senate and Treaty
documents, by Congress, beginning with the 104th Congress (1995-1996).

A Beautiful Mind: In the Library

A Beautiful Mind: The library has both the movie and the original book about John Nash. Here’s the review of the book, “Nasar has written a notable biography of mathematical genius John Forbes Nash (b. 1928), a founder of game theory, a RAND Cold War strategist and winner of a 1994 Nobel Prize in economics. She charts his plunge into paranoid schizophrenia beginning at age 30 and his spontaneous recovery in the early 1990s after decades of torment” (from Publishers Weekly). Web Portal now has the Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations

The Web portal: The U.S. Government Printing Office has informed us that the current Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and Federal Register (FR) are now available via, the interagency science Web portal, which provides a federated search across multiple databases from multiple agencies. This availability opens another channel to these two key Federal information resources, which also may be found on the GPO Access Web site. The CFR and FR are accessible via a Regulations section on the Web portal.

Academic Integrity Research Guide

Academic Integrity is a new MVCC Library research guide designed by COL 101 faculty and librarians to stimulate thought, class discussions and ideas for research papers. The provided sources review the challenges and rewards of avoiding plagiarism and cheating. And that it is the responsibility not only of students, but also faculty, and administration, to create a “culture of academic integrity.”