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.

    Friday, May 7, 2010

    This Day In History: Analyze This!

    If you've taken a psychology course at NCC, chances are you've heard of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis. Yesterday was the anniversary of his birth on May 6, 1856. Some of Freud's landmark accomplishments include: the development of free association during patient therapy sessions; the focus of therapy on the patient's unconscious; his work on dream interpretation; and his theories of development. Describing the human personality as having three parts -- the id, ego and superego -- was also Freud's idea.

    For more information about Freud's life and work, check out these materials from the NCC Libraries:

    Revolution in Mind: The Creation of Psychoanalysis
    by George Makari
    BF 175 .M2651 2008 Stacks, Main and Monroe

    Freud: Inventor of the Modern Mind
    by Peter D. Kramer
    BF 109 .F74 K73 2006 Stacks

    Psychology's Grand Theorists: How Personal Experiences Shaped Professional Ideas
    by Amy Demorest
    BF 109 .A1 D45 2005 Stacks, Main and Monroe

    Freud's Mass Psychology: Questions of Scale
    by Céline Surprenant
    E-BOOK (Online)

    Anna Freud: Under Analysis [DVD]
    by Filmakers Library, Inc.
    RC 339.52 .F73 A665 2003 Media Tower

    Basic Freud: Psychoanalytic Thought for the Twenty-First Century
    by Michael Kahn
    BF 173 .K32 2002 Stacks

    The Secret Artist: A Close Reading of Sigmund Freud
    by Lesley Chamberlain
    BF 109 .F74 C37 2001 Stacks

    The Interpretation of Dreams
    by Sigmund Freud
    BF 1078 .F72 1999 Stacks, Main
    BF 1078 .F72 2009 Stacks, Monroe

    Sigmund Freud
    by Pamela Thurschwell
    E-BOOK (Online)

    Freud: A Collection of Critical Essays
    by Perry Meisel
    PN 56 .P92 F7 1981 Stacks

    Freud: Dictionary of Psychoanalysis
    by Sigmund Freud
    BF 173 .F626 Reference

    Don't forget to visit PsycARTICLES, which is part of the EBSCOhost database. PsycARTICLES is a great place to search for scholarly articles on psychology-related topics.

    Image courtesy of:
    Freud, Sigmund. Photograph. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. Web. 23 Apr. 2010 <>.

    Wednesday, May 5, 2010

    This Day In History: Health Care

    May is a momentous month for the health care field!

    This week marks the anniversary of the 1847 founding of the American Medical Association, which is considered the premier professional organization for physicians and medical students. The AMA keeps doctors aware of the latest developments in their field; provides information for students interested in joining the medical profession; is involved in legal aspects of practicing medicine; and does advocacy work. The AMA publishes several scholarly journals, including JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association.

    National Nurses Week is also celebrated this month. Starting on May 6, this salute to the history and accomplishments of nurses ends on May 12 -- the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is credited as the founder of modern nursing.
    NCC's prestigious Nursing program is a great way for students to enter the health care field. The NCC Libraries have a number of specialized resources to help nursing students throughout their education, and this week is the perfect time to drop by the Libraries to use them!


    CINAHL: This database contains full-text articles from more than 500 allied health journals.

    PubMed Central: Most of the articles on this database are full-text, and are provided by the National Library of Medicine.

    Nursing and Allied Health Source: This database is one of the health care modules of ProQuest, and offers full-text information on best practices in nursing and allied health.
    *For help using databases from off-campus, please contact a
    Reference Librarian.

    Specialized E-Journals*

    Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association
    The New England Journal of Medicine

    Nursing Clinics of North America

    *For help using e-journals from off-campus, please contact a Reference Librarian.

    Print Journals
    American Journal of Nursing

    Geriatric Nursing

    Journal of Emergency Nursing

    Journal of Practical Nursing

    Journal of Professional Nursing

    Pennsylvania Nurse

    If you're a student in the Nursing program and need assistance with research, be sure to check out our fabulous Nursing Research Guide!

    Photo credit: "Career Profile: Registered Nurse." Explore Health Care Careers. 1 May 2009.

    Monday, May 3, 2010

    Rejoice in Reading This Month!

    May is a busy month for readers! Not only is it Get Caught Reading Month, it is also Latino Books Month. Both of these events are sponsored by the Association of American Publishers.

    Get Caught Reading Month celebrates the joy of picking up a book, no matter what your age or what types of books you like to read. Latino Books Month encourages Latino communities to read, in addition to highlighting the literary contributions of Latino authors published in both Spanish and English.

    The NCC Libraries contain books of all types, so jump into Get Caught Reading Month with your favorite genre! We also have adult and children's books by celebrated Latino authors, available in both English and Spanish. Here's a sampling of our Spanish-language adult fiction and poetry titles:

    De Amor y de Sombra
    by Isabel Allende
    PQ 8098.1 .L54 D4 1995 Stacks

    Caramelo, o, Puro Cuento
    by Sandra Cisneros
    PS 3553 .I78 C3718 2002 Stacks

    La Casa en Mango Street
    by Sandra Cisneros
    PS 3553 .I78 H618 1994 Stacks

    Criatura del Olvido
    by Javier Avila
    PQ 7440 .A84 C74 2007 Stacks, Main and Monroe

    Elegías de Septiembre
    by Benito Pastoriza Iyodo
    PQ 7440 .P3863 E43 2003 Stacks

    Marianela: Novelas de la Primera Época
    by Benito Pérez Galdós
    PQ 6555 .M2 1995 Stacks

    Niebla: Nivola
    by Miguel de Unamuno
    PQ 6639 .N3 N5 1995 Stacks

    Como Agua Para Chocolate: Novela de Entregas Mensuales con Recetas, Amores, y Remedios Caseros
    by Laura Esquivel
    PQ 7298.15 .S7858 C66 1994 Stacks

    Cien Años de Soledad
    by Gabriel García Márquez
    PQ 8180.17 .A73 C5 1976 Stacks

    Photo credit:
    "Julia M. First Memorial Sculpture." Artist: Nick Edmonds. Sculpture is located at the Theodore Mann Public Library in Newton, Massachusetts. Smithsonian Institution Research Information System, Art Inventories Catalog. 30 April 2009.