Monthly Archives: October 2009

Got Questions? Ask a Librarian!

The Ask a Librarian feature is back!  Check it out on the Library’s Homepage
Email us your questions or comments.

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And the winner is….

The results of the Library Halloween Decoration Contest are in.  Bragging rights go to the Computer Help Desk!

Congratulations to Jesse Diaz, Brandon Coderre, Cindi Reyes, Guaira Hancock, Michele Ashmore, and LizMichelle Guzman.

Thanks to all the students, faculty, and staff who voted. 

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Day of the Dead Art in the Library

Come check out some of the amazing artwork on display here in the library for Day of the Dead.

Here are just a couple of the things we have here for you to check out if you want to find out more:

Skulls to the Living, Bread to the Dead
GT4995 .A4 B73 2006
The Skeleton at the Feast : The Day of the Dead in Mexico
GT4995 .A4 C37 1991

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GPO and Searching for Information

Kudos to Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian at Harvard University for bringing attention to changes that are coming to GPO Access. GPO Access is the site many researchers use to find out information on issues that affect the public in regards to federal government. This is a freebie site and libraries usually post the site in order to help the public become more aware of what is going on at the federal level. Since the majority of individuals work or go to school not very many have the luxuries of time or resources to attend or address live congressional hearings, deliberations and policies that come down the information tube. So, GPO Access is our freebie information tube.

According to information posted by LaGuardia on Library Journal online, GPO Access will now become (FDsys) Federal Digital System. Interesting thing about the change is that GPO Access will become the new system at the end of 2009. That is right around the corner and this change needs to be known by the general population. While the change will occur immediately, collections will be added to the new system piece by piece. Now, having stated that the change will occur at the end of this year GPO Access will continue to function until all collections have been migrated to the new system.

Concerns: how long will this migration take, does research take place simultaneously in both systems, and will the public be notified when the migration is complete?

Stay Tuned.

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On Display in the Library

Student-made Musical Instruments:   

Students in Nancy Staples’ Music Appreciation class worked in groups researching, planning, and making a musical instrument.  Students could use any materials to construct their instruments—and they did — cigar box, muffler, soda can, cookie tin, nuts and washers.  Students made a class presentation about their instrument and wrote a summary of the group’s work. These amazing creations, with a description of the materials used, are now on display in the Reference area of the library. And they actually make …. music? You decide!
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Gay and Lesbian History Month: On display are books and videos spanning a range of topics including legal issues, advocacy, history, and fiction.  Here are some of the items available for checkout at your NVC Library.  These are not electronic books.  The link is to the record in the online catalog.  

http://library.alamo.edu/record=b1146421~S2
 

  http://library.alamo.edu/record=b1334236~S2


                   
 http://library.alamo.edu/record=b1315205~S2

 

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Library Halloween Throwdown Pictures

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Library Halloween Throwdown

Library Decorating Competition
The service desks – Circulation, Reference and Computer Help – are having a decorating contest.  Drop by the library and vote for your favorite desk—candy included!

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Stolen Art, Here in San Antonio!

There is a new exhibit opening this week at the McNay Art Museum — “Reclaimed: Paintings from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker” is a collection of paintings that were stolen by the Nazis during World War II. The exhibit will run from October 7 – January 10, 2010.
(TPR story about exhibit)

Check out these items from our library here at NVC to learn more about how Europe’s art masterpieces were plundered by the Nazis.

The Rape of Europa (DVD) – N8795.3 .E85 R37 2008

The Rape of Europa : the fate of Europe’s treasures in the Third Reich and the SecondWorld War
N8795.3 .E85 N53 1995


Rescuing Da Vinci : Hitler and the Nazis stole Europe’s great art : America and her allies recovered – N8795.3 .E85 E37 2006

The Forger’s Spell : a true story of Vermeer, Nazis, and the greatest art hoax of the twentieth century – ND1662 .M43 D65 2008

Museum of the Missing: A History of Art Theft – N8795 .H68 2006

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