Thursday, September 9, 2010

Good-bye, blog!

The NCC Libraries would like to announce that we are moving away from the blog and heading in a new direction: Facebook. If you have a Facebook account, click here to visit our new Library Services page. Become a fan while you are there! We will update it regularly with information about new books and resources, library events, interesting displays, general information and more! The more fans we get, the more fun we will have!

Thank you for reading SpartaBlog over the last couple of years. We hope that you will follow us to Facebook!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

New Computer Lab in the Library!

You may have read about the new study rooms that were installed at Mack Library (main campus) over the summer. Did you know that a new computer classroom was also constructed in the Periodicals Tower?

If you're familiar with the "old" computer classroom, you know that it has 64 computers and was used to teach library classes on research skills. As NCC's enrollment continues to grow, the librarians have been teaching many more classes! To meet this increasing demand, part of the Periodicals Tower has been converted into a 24-seat computer classroom. (The older, larger Computer Tower room will still be used for classes with more than 24 students.)

The 24 additional computers in the new classroom may be used by students when a class is not in session. To find out when classes are scheduled, be sure to look at the sign posted in the doorway to the new classroom. Please note that the room will close at least 15 minutes before a class is scheduled, so that the computers can be set up.

If you are a faculty member at NCC and think your class could benefit from learning how to do research in the Library, be sure to speak with a reference librarian! We look forward to teaching your students in our new, state-of-the-art Library Classroom.

Monday, August 23, 2010

New Study Rooms @ Main Campus Library!

The Mack Library (main campus) has two additional study rooms available for students who wish to work together on group projects. They were constructed in the Periodicals Tower over the summer break. We encourage you to take advantage of these quiet locations if your discussion with fellow students will disturb others in the Library.

To reserve a study room for your group, stop by the Circulation Desk and speak to one of the Library staff. You may also contact us by calling 610-861-5360. Reservations are limited to two hours on any given day, and to two appointments per week.

Please note that sign-up sheets are no longer being used for study room reservations. Only reservations made through the Circulation Desk will be accepted. If you have any questions, please feel free to speak to a member of the Library staff.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Happy Summer, NCC!

The NCC Libraries would like to remind you that our abbreviated summer hours will be in effect from Monday, May 24 through Sunday, August 22.

Here is the summer schedule:

Main Campus
Monday - Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday - Sunday: CLOSED

Monroe Campus
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday - Sunday: CLOSED

SpartaBlog! will be taking a break this summer. We'll see you at the start of the Fall 2010 semester. Enjoy your summer vacation!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Welcome to NCC, Sandra Sander!

Today we welcome our new Library Director, Sandra Sander, to the NCC family.

Sandra comes to us from her previous position as Library Director at Lackawanna College in Scranton. It's not unusual for librarians to have had other careers before earning their master's degree in library science, but Sandra's background is particularly interesting: she worked as a forester for the Pennsylvania Electric Company, and has coached cross-country and track. She has also done more typical "librarian" things, like serve as chair of the Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania Library Association.

So if you see a new face among the librarians in College Center, introduce yourself and give Sandra a warm NCC welcome! We're looking forward to working with her, and we know you'll enjoy meeting her, too.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Book Discussion Group News

This is a reminder that the final meeting of the spring book discussion group will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, May 25, at 11:30 a.m. in the Library's Dornish Room. The book discussion will center around Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice.

Take a look below at the titles we'll be reading during the Summer 2010 Book Discussion Group series. Enjoy some summer reading, then join us to discuss what you thought about the books!

Friday, May 21, 2010

2-4-6-8! It's Olga We Appreciate!

Every year, Northampton Community College employees gather together to celebrate the college's accomplishments at our Staff Appreciation dinner. It's part awards ceremony, part sumptuous banquet, and a bit of good-natured teasing -- all in fun. We honor those among us who have reached milestones in their careers, and say goodbye to those who are leaving.

This year's Staff Appreciation will be special for the folks at the NCC Libraries, because we'll be giving Library Director Olga Conneen a heartfelt pat on the back as she counts down the days until her June 30 retirement. Anyone who has been at NCC for more than ten years can tell you about the many improvements Olga has made to our Libraries, including:

  • A major renovation of the main campus Library, which added the 64-computer teaching lab and the testing center, replaced dot matrix printers with laser jets, and gave the whole facility a desperately needed furniture and carpeting makeover;

  • Remodeling at the Monroe Campus Library, which doubled its size and added computers;

  • Expansion of the Library's collection of databases, which rivals the selection at many four-year colleges;

  • Addition of the Dornish Collection of Children's Literature, which contains first editions of children's books, signed by the authors and illustrators;

  • Adoption of information literacy as a student outcome in the college's General Education Core Curriculum, and development of the information literacy component of the COUN 150 course; and

  • Hiring of more staff, including more reference librarians to teach information literacy classes and assist students with research.

  • And you can forget about Olga slacking off in her last few weeks at NCC: another renovation has just begun at the main campus Library, where additional study rooms and another computer classroom are being added to the Periodicals Tower.

    All of us on the Library staff want to thank Olga for her unflagging efforts to improve service to students and faculty, and her support of our projects and ideas. We have enjoyed our time together, and wish Olga well as she pursues an entirely new goal: relaxation!

    Friday, May 14, 2010

    Summer Reading Suggestions

    Are you ready for summer? If you're heading out on vacation or are lucky enough to lounge on the beach, you'll need a few books to keep you entertained! Check out the Mack Library's McNaughton Browsing Collection for a variety of genres. Here's a sample of new titles you'll find in this section. For more information about the book and to read reviews on, click on the picture of the book.

    Aunt Dimity Down Under
    by Nancy Atherton
    PS 355
    1 .T426 A93443 2010 Browsing Collection

    The Bone Thief
    by Jefferson Bass
    PS 3602 .A8475 B
    65 2010 Browsing Collection

    Cat of the Century: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
    by Rita Mae Brown
    PS 3552 .R698 C37 2010 Browsing Collection

    This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection
    by Caro
    l Burnett
    PN 2287 .B85 A3 2010 Browsing Collection

    Changes: A Novel of the Dresden Files
    Jim Butcher
    PS 3602 .U85 C53 2010 Browsing Collection

    Aloha Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel
    by Jennifer Chiaverin
    PS 3553 .H473 A79 2010 Browsing Collection

    The Shadow of Your Smile
    by Mary Higgins Clark

    PS 3553 .L287 S48 2010 Browsing Collection

    Art of Eating In: How I Learned to Stop Spending and Love the Stove
    by Cathy Erway

    TX 715 .E7155 2010 Browsing Collection

    The Walk
    by Richard Paul Evans
    PS 3555 .V259 W35 2010 Browsing Collection

    Apple Turnover Mur
    der: A Hannah Swensen Mystery with Recipes
    by Joanne Fluke

    PS 3556 .L685 A66 2010 Browsing Collection

    Stress-Eating Cure: Lose Weight with the No-Willpower Solution to Stress-Hunger and Cravings
    by Rachael F. Heller
    RM 222.2 .H362 2010 Browsing Collection

    The Inn at Angel Island: An Angel Island Novel
    by Thomas Kinkade

    PS 3561 .I534 I66 2010 Browsing Collection

    The Spellmans Strike Again
    by Lisa Lutz

    PS 3612 .U897 S69 2010 Browsing Collection

    Season of Second Chances

    by Diane Meier
    PS 3613 .E426 S43 2010 Browsing Collection

    The Lake Shore Limited
    by Sue Miller
    PS 3563 .I421444 L35 2010 Browsing Collection

    House Rules

    by Jodi Picoult
    PS 3566 .I372 H68 2010 Browsing Collection

    Feathered Serpent 2012
    by Junius Podrug

    PS 3566 .O325 .F43 2010 Browsing Collection

    Every Last One
    by Anna Quindlen

    PS 3567 .U336 E84 2010 Browsing Collection

    Think Twice
    by Lisa Scottoline
    PS 3569 .C725 T48 2010 Browsing Collection

    Wednesday, May 12, 2010

    Summer Reading for Children

    If you will have young ones at home this summer, encourage them to read! It helps build their vocabulary and critical thinking skills, and keeps them focused on academic habits so they will be ready for the next school year.

    If your children are old enough to read independently, they are sure to enjoy the summer reading program at your local public library. Kids keep track of how many books they've read, and earn prizes and recognition. If you have infants and toddlers, reading a book aloud to them can encourage development of their speaking skills and cognitive abilities.

    Here are some picture books that have just been added to the children's literature collection at the NCC Libraries.

    Alphabeasties and Other Amazing Types
    by Sharon Werner
    PE 1155 .W365 2009
    Easy Readers Section

    Read It, Don't Eat It!
    by Ian Schoenherr
    PZ 8.3 .S3695 RE 2009
    Easy Readers Section and Monroe Children's Section

    Book Fiesta! : Celebrate Children's Day/Book Day = Celebremos El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros: A Bilingual Picture Book
    by Pat Mora
    PZ 73 .M635 2009
    Easy Readers Section

    Born to Read
    by Judy Sierra
    PZ 8.3 .S577 BOR 2008
    Easy Readers Section

    If You Were a Penguin
    by Wendell Minor
    PZ 8.3 .M6467 IF 2009
    Easy Readers Section and Monroe Children's Section

    One Rainy Day
    by Christina M. Butler
    PZ 7 .B9773 OMR 2009
    Easy Readers Section and Monroe Children's Section

    Celestine, Drama Queen
    by Penny Ives
    PZ 7 .I949 CE 2009
    Easy Readers Section and Monroe Children's Section

    One Brown Bunny
    by Marion Dane Bauer
    PZ 8.3 .B3199 ON 2009
    Easy Readers Section and Monroe Children's Section

    Adios, Oscar!
    by Peter Elwell
    PZ 7 .E552 ADI 2009
    Easy Readers Section and Monroe Children's Section

    The Jellybeans and the Big Dance
    by Laura Joffe Numeroff
    PZ 7 .N964 JEL 2008
    Easy Readers Section and Monroe Children's Section

    The Blacker the Berry: Poems
    by Joyce Carol Thomas
    PS 3570 .H565 B53 2008
    Easy Readers Section

    Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope
    by Nikki Grimes
    E 901.1 .O23 G75 2008
    Easy Readers Section and Monroe Children's Section

    Monday, May 10, 2010

    Mind Your Manners: It's National Etiquette Week

    Today kicks off National Etiquette Week, which promotes polite and proper behavior. You may think of etiquette as men opening doors for ladies, or for knowing which fork to use at a fancy meal, but there is more to it than that. Etiquette affects many aspects of life, including social events, entertaining, business, using technology, personal relationships and more. For instance, how do you properly greet business associates from another country? Is it appropriate to send an engagement gift to a newly engaged couple? Is it rude to answer a cell phone call during dinner?

    For guidance in navigating these and other potentially embarrassing situations, check out these resources from the NCC Libraries.

    Business Etiquette

    Passport to Success: The Essential Guide to Business Culture and Customs in America's Largest Trading Partners
    by Jeanette S. Martin
    HF 5389 .M3753 2009 Stacks

    The Essential Guide to Business Etiquette
    by Lillian H. Chaney
    HF 5389 .C468 2007 Stacks

    Global Business Etiquette: A Guide to International Communication and Customs
    by Jeanette S. Martin
    HF5389 .M375 2006 Stacks

    Social Etiquette

    Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners
    by Laura P. Claridge
    BJ 1854 .C635 2008 Stacks

    The New Basic Black: Home Training for Modern Times
    by Karen Grigsby Bates
    BJ 1854 .B38 2006 Stacks

    Talk to the Hand: The Utter Bloody Rudeness of the World Today; or, Six Good Reasons to Stay Home and Bolt the Door
    by Lynne Truss
    BJ 1533 .C9 T78 2005 Stacks

    The Complete Idiot's Guide to Etiquette
    by Mary Mitchell
    BJ 1853 .M58 2004 Stacks
    Also available online as an e-book.

    Letitia Baldrige's New Manners for New Times: A Complete Guide to Etiquette
    by Letitia Baldrige
    BJ 1853 .B36 2003 Reference

    Miss Manners' Guide to Domestic Tranquility: The Authoritative Manual for Every Civilized Household, However Harried
    by Judith Martin
    BJ 1854 .M37 1999 Stacks

    Emily Post's Etiquette
    by Peggy Post
    BJ 1853 .P6 1997 Stacks and Reference

    The Amy Vanderbilt Complete Book of Etiquette
    by Nancy Tuckerman
    BJ 1853 .T83 1995 Reference

    Image courtesy of:
    Judem, Emily. "And Don't Slurp Your Soup." Colby Magazine. Colby College. Summer 2005. Web. 27 Apr. 2010.