Gadgets and Gizmos

Looking for a new tablet to try? Give the Dell Venue 8 a spin!

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We also have the Monoprice Graphic Drawing Tablet available for use in the Media Center!

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To book time in our Media Center, follow this link: http://libcal.nvcc.edu/booking/ANMediaCenter

Both items are available at circulation. If you have any questions about the technology, please email the library’s Technology Specialist Carla White: cwhite@nvcc.edu

 

 

New Year – New Way to Connect to Wireless!

On behalf of the Annandale campus library, we want to welcome you to the spring semester! Over the break, some changes have been made to how you will connect to our wireless signals.

wifi-logo-right-hiThe best way for students to connect to the network is through the Directory option. It is free of charge and you can connect for an unlimited amount of time. Here’s a quick walk-through:

- In wireless setup, select Directory and Connect.Capture1

- Next, in the box that pops up, put your myNOVA username and password.Capture2

 

Another way to connect is the NOVAGuest wireless account. When selected it will redirect you to a page that will have you create a temporary log in. You will then have access to that network for 12 hours.

If you are having problems, visit NOVA’s Wireless Network Page: http://www.nvcc.edu/about-nova/directories–offices/administrative-offices/ithd/students/wirelessnetwork/index.html

Banned Books Week 2014 – ESL students share their thoughts

Banned  Book Week 2014Once again, this year Professor Shirley Nuhn’s ESL students are creating podcasts that discuss Banned Books Week, which runs from Sept. 21-27.  Links to their podcasts are included below.  NOVA Annandale ESL students have been helping the library recognize Banned Books Week for many years, with their podcasts on the subject first added to the library’s website in 2009.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating essential American freedoms:  to read, to seek knowledge and to express ideas. Even if the ideas are unorthodox or unpopular, we are supposed to have access to them without limitations. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to censorship and its results.  It is sponsored by the American Library Association and the National Coalition Against Censorship, among others.

The books displayed in the library during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, these books have remained available.  Come on in and check them out!

Hear what everyone has to say:
Aydin Bekiroglu
Farahnaz Mahvi
Ha Quan 

Professor Shirley Nuhn

Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2013

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
    Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
    Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
    Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

Mandala: Art Installation — A Sacred Space

Mandalas are spiritual symbols representing the Universe. In some traditions, they establish a sacred space.  At the end of spring semester, the Learning and Technology Resources department embarked on a creative project of upcycling old CDs.  The CDs were transformed into works of art as a creative outlet for staff.  The results were so impressive that the Library decided to open the activity to the students and staff of the NOVA-Annandale community.  The culmination of the fine works of art inspired us to install the CDs on a blank wall next to our instruction room.  A great big thank you to all who participated, designed, installed, and admired. Come see our latest creation!

Layout design of installationTwo people on ladders installing art with an observerGroup of staff responsible for project.

Summertime in the library

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Flowers are blooming inside and outside of the library. But it is wonderfully cool inside. Stop by to escape the heat and enjoy our display of botanicals and botanical books.

On Wednesday July 16, 2014 you are invited to join us for some mandala making. From 9 a.m. to noon we will be upcycling CDs to create mandalas for a new wall art installation in the library. Refreshments will be served. No special skills are required.
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