The Original Nighthawks

Did You Know:

Before these Nighthawks,

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Northern Virginia Community College mascot Nighthawks logo 

there were these Nighthawks by Edward Hopper, 1942.

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HOPPER: NIGHTHAWKS, 1942.
Edward Hopper: Nighthawks. oil on canvas, 1942.

Until Feb. 23, 2020 the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond has an exhibit “Edward Hopper and the American Hotel.”

If you can’t make the exhibit, check out more of Edward Hopper’s works through NOVA’s online databases: Britannica Imagequest or ArtStor

Special Visitors in the Library!

We had some honored guests in the library on Wednesday, November 13!

Psi Beta, a club on campus, brought in some therapy dogs! The library’s typical quiet atmosphere was livened by these furry friends, with staff and students alike enjoying the company.

Emma is a 7-year-old, 60-pound golden retriever.

The stress of upcoming exams and projects melted away for the students. Dogs have been scientifically proven to improve one’s mood and help de-stress.

Rudy is a 2-year-old, 50-pound German shepherd.

Even those who claim that they “are not dog people” were completely enamored.

Lucy is a 7-year-old, 23-pound Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mix.

In addition to these cute canine companions, members of Psi Beta wrote encouraging notes and passed them around to students, reminding them that they are valued.

Owning a dog is a rewarding, and mutually beneficial relationship.

Isaac is a 3-year-old, 88-pound Labrador retriever.

You can give them a home, and they can bring happiness and calm you down on the stressful days.

Molly is a 7-year-old, 25-pound Mini Labradoodle.

Do you have a pet at home that helps you on the stressful days? Comment with your cutest pictures!

Meet the Library Technology Team!

Technology is an essential component to this modern world, which is why here at the Annandale Campus Library we strive to equip our students with the resources they need to succeed. You all may know about our public computers, printers, and charging stations, but did you know we have a team dedicated to helping students with all their technology needs?

  • Monique Clark, Technology Librarian – Our team lead, who provides technology planning, coordination, and support
  • Michelle Echols, Technology & Reference Specialist – Provides computer and printer maintenance and troubleshooting, technology recommendations and purchasing
  • Soo Bae, Reference/Technology Librarian (Not pictured) – Oversees technology training and support, social media and online research guides
  • J.P. Garces – Circulation department liaison to technology team, providing backup and support
  • Simran, Digital Media Studio Consultant – Assists with equipment checkout and Digital Media Studio maintenance
  • Saron, AcePrint Consultant (Not pictured) – Assists students with printing in the library
  • Abigail, Peer Technology Consultant – Provides technology tutoring for Digital Media Studio software and equipment

Michelle, Simran, Monique, Abigail and J.P.

The Library Technology Team exists to help students by providing assistance and access to all the resources the library has to offer. That’s why this semester the library is introducing a new member of the team, a Peer Technology Tutor, who is available to provide one-on-one assistance with Digital Media Studio software and Library equipment. The Digital Media Studio is a space within the Library that students can use for their photo, video editing, audio, or graphic design projects, equipped with the software students need. All you need to do to get started is book a seat in the studio. Stay tuned for future posts highlighting featured equipment and software. What will you create?

Lives Change @ your library – Annandale celebrates National Library Week

National Library Week logoCrocuses, baseball, hay fever – all sure signs that spring is hard upon us!  Perhaps the most telling signpost of spring in the NOVA Libraries is the arrival of National Library Week (NLW).  First celebrated in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.  It highlights the contributions of libraries, librarians and library workers in schools, campuses and communities nationwide. The theme for this year’s events scheduled for the week of April 13-19 is “Lives Change @ your library”, and the National Honorary Chair this year is author Judy Blume.  Check out this video of Ms. Blume talking about the importance of libraries in her life.

ESL professor Shirley Nuhn and her students help the NOVA Annandale Library celebrate National Library Week and School Library Month (April ) every year by recording podcasts giving their perspectives on the value of libraries.  Take a few moments and listen to these students and Professor Nuhn talk about why the library is important in their lives:

And please stop by the Annandale Library and help us celebrate National Library Week!

A new library space!

Returning students may have noticed something a little different in the library on Wednesday. Over the summer, we renovated a portion of the library to install new tables–not just any tables! These tables are equipped with electrical outlets and Ethernet hookups, allowing students to comfortably work on their assignments.

Our  new wired tables!

Our new wired tables!

Students quietly working and doing...other activities.

Students quietly working and doing…other activities.

For our other summer project, Paula DeRoy, our highly-creative Reference Librarian, installed several new art panels featuring skateboard designs. The skateboards depicted were owned by students who visited the library (see, visiting the library can be rewarding!) Both the tables and the artwork can be found on the side of the library near the computer stations.

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Three skateboards

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The library has much to offer new and returning students!

  • Research assistance
  • Computer stations, laptops, tablets, and other gadgets
  • A media center with specialized software such as Photoshop and Final Cut Pro
  • Quiet study and group study spaces

And last, but not least, a place to sleep after hours spent studying in the library.

Just kidding on that sleep part.

We invite you to stop by and talk to your friendly neighborhood library staff to learn more about how the library can help you succeed at NOVA.