Happy Pi Day

Albert EinsteinNeed something to celebrate? March 14 is Pi Day. Go figure.  Also, it is Albert Einstein’s birthday. Tomorrow is the Ides of March.

So–eat some cake for Dr. Einstein. Eat some pie in appreciation of circles. Be well-rounded. Exercise circular logic. Quote a little Julius Caesar. Or — since this is a library blog — read an Einstein biography. Enjoy a Shakespeare play. Brush up on your math skills.

Worldcat.org–Find a book anywhere

Need to find a particular book in a hurry but can’t find it in the first library you check? Check a lot of local libraries with one quick search by going to Worldcat.org! Just enter a title, subject, or person in the text box and you will be given a list of books and the libraries who own them. Localize your search by typing in a town and state, and not only will you see the libraries nearby who own that book, but clicking on the title will take you directly to that library’s own catalog so you can see the location and availability.  And it’s free. You can register on the site if you like but it isn’t required. How cool is that?

But wait, there’s more.  Item records now include a “Cite this Item” link that provides bibliographic citations in five common styles: APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA and Turabian. Displayed in a separate pop-up window, the citations follow the reference standard for each style.

Textbooks on Reserve

The library does not purchase current textbooks for the circulating collection, but we do keep some textbooks on reserve behind the circulation desk. We do not have all textbooks, but if a faculty member brings us a copy we will gladly and quickly make it available to students. Most textbooks may be used in the library only for up to two hours. You will need a library card to borrow these books.

Program heads, especially, we encourage you to stop by the library to update the textbooks for your curricula when you can.  Use this form when you are bringing in new materials, please. If you prefer, we can send an inventory of textbooks currently available for your program so you can see what needs to be updated. Contact Lisa Bishop at the Parham Road Campus, Rebekah Goodfellow at the Downtown Campus, or Ophelia Payne at the Western Campus.

Reserves are listed in the VCCSLinc Catalog but are a little tricky to find. Select Course Reserves from the blue menu, then choose J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. I think the easiest search is Course Number, begins with.  Choose that, then put the course code–MTH for math, ENG for English, EGR for engineering, etc.–in the textbox. You’ll see everything we have for that course group.

New Periodicals for 2007 at Parham Campus Library

Parham Campus Library is subscribing to several new journals in print for 2007. Look for these new titles:

American Historical Review

Educational Leadership

Harvard Educational Review

Journal of Chemical Education

Journal of Modern History

National Wildlife

Vital Speeches of the Day

Because we have electronic access to them now, we are cancelling print subscriptions to: American Biology Teacher, Chemical & Engineering News, Community College Review, Journal of Child Psychology, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Journal of Southern History, Law & Contemporary Problems, National Law Journal, and Survey of Current Business.