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The McCarthy Library @ NVC

Spring 2020

Library Newsletter


What’s New at the McCarthy Library?? Dear Students, Faculty, Staff and Community Members:

María L. Villagómez Senior Dean, Language Arts, Library and Social Sciences

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Spring Semester, 2020

The McCarthy Library is without doubt the hub of the Napa Valley College Campus. On a daily basis, we serve over 1200 patrons, and on a monthly basis, over 20,000 people come through the Library’s doors! During the first power outage in October, our numbers rose to 1500+ patrons per day. The Library offers not only a quiet place to study and get assistance with research, but it is also a dynamic portal — a physical and virtual doorway through which our students are empowered to reach further and understand more about the world we live in. The library’s powerful databases open up the world of academic scholarship, and our updated print collection provides access to intellectual contributions from around the globe. This past fall, we created and curated several exhibits highlighting and honoring various cultures. Take a look at pages 5 & 7 to learn more about our exhibits for Hispanic Heritage Month and Native American Heritage Month. In addition, the library paired these celebrations with documentary films. The film Harvest of Empire, based upon the groundbreaking book by award-winning journalist Juan Gonzalez, examined the role that U.S. military actions and corporate interests played in triggering waves of migration from Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. During Native American Heritage Month, the film Inuit Lands: The Melting Point was shown. This film exposes the changes affecting the small hunting and fishing communities of northern Greenland as they face new challenges caused by climate change and globalization. This Spring, we plan to bring additional documentaries to the library including The Bit Player, a 2019 documentary film created to celebrate the 2016 centenary of the birth of Claude Shannon, the “father of information theory”. It chronicles the life and contributions of the scientist who foresaw the information age and artificial intelligence. The film will be of interest to our STEM students and anyone interested in finding out more about this littleknown inventor whom we can credit for smart phones, wi-fi and computer technology. This film will be shown on Thursday, March 5th from 5:30-7:30pm in the Community Room. New and exciting purchases include two new databases , Arte Publico Hispanic Historical Collection and the Latino-Hispanic American Experiences: Leaders, Writers & Thinkers, which we unveiled during Hispanic Heritage Month. The library has also just updated all of the computers on the main floor of the library (100+ computers), loaded with the most up-to-date software. This will be a major boon to our students in making their use of technology as seamless as possible with the latest and greatest. We thank the IT Department for installing the Library’s new computers. This semester, our librarians continue to offer a full array of workshops through the Library Success Center (see page 4). We encourage all students to check it out. Have a happy and productive Spring semester! Maria & the Library Staff

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What do Librarians Do? Here at Napa Valley College, we currently have two full-time librarians: Stephanie Grohs and Nancy McEnery. Librarians are faculty members. Library Instruction is one of the primary roles of the community college librarian. Librarians work with students to meet their information needs and to teach the research process. Teaching the research process is as a teaching and learning opportunity performed by librarians, not by paraprofessional staff. This teaching may be formal or informal, but it is always a professional duty. Librarians also work with discipline faculty to make sure that the resources needed to support the college’s curriculum are available. These resources may be in physical, virtual, or other formats. Library faculty design and offer instruction that teaches library users how to locate the information they need quickly and effectively.

Stephanie Grohs

Librarians are responsible for overseeing all the educational functions of the library and for managing physical and virtual library resources. Library instruction focuses on teaching students and other patrons how to identify, find, evaluate, apply, and document sources of information. Library instruction may include any of the following: credit and non-credit courses, library orientations and tours, research methods workshops, co-requisite instruction, online tutorials, learning objects and videos, “drop-in� help sessions, one on one reference assistance in person or through an online resource (chat, social media, email, etc). We encourage discipline faculty to take part in preparing their students for this instruction and involving the librarian in assessments and assignments that utilize library resources. Library instruction and information literacy curriculum at NVC follow current recommended ACRL standards for outcomesbased learning. Stephanie & Nancy

Nancy McEnery

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Testimonials “Thank you for making the process of research much more efficient “ —Jasmine “Thanks for showing me how to research to get more knowledge and not fail!” — Ryan

NVC Librarians recently asked students what they thought about their experience with the research help they had received. Here’s what they had to say...

“I learned a lot. Thank you for showing me the research tools. They’ll help me in the long run.” — Lidia “Everything you showed me was really helpful. Thank you! —Rosie “I’m excited to use the scholarly articles for my research papers” —Justine “I hope every English class gives their students the opportunity to go to your informational library/ article research class. It was absolutely helpful!” —Yarely “I appreciate the review in research skills.” —Luis “The databases are great! Thank you for showing me JSTOR. It is a tool I plan to use now and in the future.” —Jordan “Everything you showed me was really helpful. Now I can start my paper without feeling so anxious” —Brianna “I appreciate all your help. The information you showed me will really actually help me later in my academic career too” —Arianna

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Spring Library Success Center Workshops

elcome to Fall Semester

Students may register online to attend Library Workshops. Introduction to Research: Week of Jan 27-30 (Mon–Thurs) Mon 9Introduction to Research

10am; Tues 4-5 pm Wed 1-2pm; Thurs 10-11am

Getting Organized: Week of Feb. 3-6 (Mon-Thurs) Mon 1011am; Tues 3-4pm; Wed 1-2pm; Thurs 10-11 am Online Databases: Week of Feb. 10-13 (Mon-Thurs) Mon 910am; Tues 4-5pm Wed 1-2pm; Thurs 10-11am Citing Your Sources: Feb 18-20 (Mon–Thurs) Tues 3-4 pm,Wed 1-2pm; Thurs 5-6 pm

5 Best Study Strategies: Week of Feb 24-27(Mon-Thurs) Mon 10 -11am; Tues 3-4pm Wed 1-2pm; Thurs 5-6pm A Day in the Archives: Week of March 2-5 (Mon–Thurs) Mon 9-10am Tues 4-5pm Wed 1-2pm; Thurs 10-11 am Note-Taking Week of March 9-12 (Mon–Thurs) Mon 10-11am; Tues 3-4pm Wed 1-2pm; Thurs 5-6pm Connecting the Dots Week of March 16-19 (Mon–Thurs) Mon 9-10am; Tues 4-5pm Wed1-2 pm; Thurs 10-11 am

Immunize Yourself from Fake News Week of March 23-26 (Mon–Thurs) Mon 10-11am; Tues 3-4pm Wed 1-2; Thurs 5-6pm Researching in the Sciences Week of March 30-Apr 2 (Mon–Thurs) Mon 10 -11am; Tues 3-4pm Wed 1-2pm; Thurs 5-6pm

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Learn how to use the Polaris Online Library System (POLS) and LINK+ to find a book and other library materials, order materials through inter-library loan, as well as gain an understanding of information sources found in the reference section of the library. Getting Organized: Creating a Calendar for Study and Life Commitments It is easy to get overloaded with school and life commitments. In this workshop learn how to create a calendar to stay organized and better plan time commitments. Please bring copies of syllabi for all the courses you are enrolled in as we will plug-in important dates corresponding study times. Online Databases: Powerful Tools You'll Want to Know About Learn to differentiate between general databases and subject-specific databases for your information need(s). In addition, we will cover article abstracts versus full-text articles as well as the difference between scholarly and popular sources.. Citing Your Sources- Avoid plagiarism using these well-known methods of incorporating others' work into your own writing: direct quoting and paraphrasing. Parenthetical (in-text) citation is discussed using MLA format. 5 Best Study Strategies - Learn the five proven study strategies that every student should know and use to maximize their retention of material. A Day in the Archives: Make History Come Alive in this workshop, to be held in the library’s special collection room, provides students the opportunity to explore the many resources that support local and California history research. Note-Taking - In this workshop, we will break down the process of notetaking into discrete steps in order to increase your ability to capture and use your class notes most effectively. Connecting the Dots - Discovering evidence for your research paper can be thrilling. Learn how to trace a lead to other sources on a variety of platforms. Imagine finding a chapter in a book, moving to a scholarly journal article, then following up with a documentary film with transcript and finally nailing down the statistics on a government report.

Immunize Yourself from Fake News - Learn how to spot suspicious news stories on the web and how to use specific techniques for verifying the accuracy and truthfulness of online information. Researching in the Sciences—Learn how to read and deconstruct a scientific academic article. Databases for the sciences will be explored, and a journal’s impact factor will be discussed.

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A Staff Retreat was hosted by Dean Villagomez on Wednesday, Nov. 23rd. Our team was here during a non-instructional day to focus on Team building. Library staff were joined by the Writing Success Center staff as well as Brandon Tofanelli, our distance education technician and Justin Boulay from the Speech lab.

Staff Retreat @ the McCarthy Library elcome to Fall Semester

From left bottom: Elizabeth Anderson, Chanthara Soungpanya, Amy Guan, Justin Boulay. From left top: Ruth Jimenez, Bethanie Lopez, Susan Meader, Brandon Tofanelli, Maria Villagomez, Courtenay Jory, Morgan Knight. Not pictured: Alondra Rubio-Ramirez

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Highlights from Hispanic Heritage Month Display September 15—October 15, 2019 at the McCarthy Library

Mexican Butterfly Mask

Film Poster: Harvest of Empire

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The McCarthy Library has added a couple of new databases to the collection. Databases can be accessed from the database page.

The Arte Publico Hispanic Historical Collection presents a digital collection of historical content pertaining to U.S. Hispanic history, literature and culture published and digitized by Arte public Press, the oldest and largest publisher of U.S. Hispanic literature in the U.S., covering geographically the fifty states of the Union.

New Databases!

Arte Publico Hispanic Historic Collection

The Latino-Hispanic American Experience: Leaders, Writers, and Thinkers is the second database in the series of the Arte Publico Hispanic Historic Collection. It consists of newspapers, letters, advertisements, and other primary source documents covering Latino-Hispanic civil rights, religion, and wom-

The Latino-Hispanic American Experience: Leaders, Writers, and Thinkers

The McCarthy Library subscribes to over 46 different databases. Be sure to check out this wide array of resources at your fingertips!

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Highlights from Native American History Month Display November 1-30th, 2019

Film Poster: Inuit Lands: The Melting Point

Books on Display

Close Up of Left Display Case

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Upcoming Library Displays 2020- African Americans and the Vote The year 2020 marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement. The year 2020 also marks the sesquicentennial of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the right of black men to the ballot after the Civil War. The theme speaks, therefore, to the ongoing struggle on the part of both black men and black women for the right to vote.

African American History Month February, 2020

2020 Women’s History Theme Valiant Women of the Vote Our 2020 theme celebrates the women who have fought for woman’s right to vote in the United States. In recognition of the centennial of the 19th Amendment, we will honor women from the original suffrage movement as well as 20th and 21st century women who have continued the struggle (fighting against poll taxes, literacy tests, voter roll purges, and other more contemporary forms of voter suppression) to ensure voting rights for all.

Women’s History Month March, 2020

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Banned Book Week Posters Created by Beginning Graphic Design Students Instructor: May Jong

The McCarthy Library was pleased to partner with Instructor May Jong’s Beginning Design class to showcase student-designed posters for Banned Book Week, September 22-28, 2019. These colorful and professional-looking posters provided an eyecatching display at the Circulation Desk.

Leanna Bonalba Giovanni Casas Kasandra Ceia Tom Hoang Dinh Cameron Flores Janet Fortner Jacquelyn Galbraith Jose Garcia Megan  Graham Brooke Hathaway Olivia Herrick Natalie Parks Jose Ramirez Yulissa Sanchez Rey Solorzano Miguel Villegas

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A Day in the Special Collections Room Art History Professor, Amanda Badgett recently brought her Graphics Design class to the library’s Special Collections Room to view some rare books’from the 1800’s up through today. The display included book covers designed in an embossed art deco style from the 1920’s. Students enjoyed handling the books and learning from Professor Badgett about the history of printmaking and bookbinding. The Special Collections Room contains historic books from the California Collection, a selection of signed cookbooks in the Copia Collection, as well as a variety of rare viticulture and enology books. Books published in the 1920’s

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Reserve Textbooks: The Most Requested and Utilized Collection in the Library

We all know that college textbooks are expensive! Did you know that many students on a budget rely on the Reserve Textbook Collection at the McCarthy Library to get them through their studies?

We know the importance of this collection and we are working on strengthening it. The Library received $3,000 as part of our 2019-20 unit plan. We are asking faculty for the solicitation of books to add to our reserve collection for Spring 2020. If you would like the library to purchase a textbook for your class, we want to hear from you! Please see Librarian Stephanie Grohs for more information.

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Welcome to Fall Semester

Maintaining the Library’s Collection: The Consistency Project We’ve said it before, but maintaining the library’s collection in top shape is a lot like painting a bridge: the task is ongoing and never ends! Staff have been busy all year long going through the collection book by book to determine relevance, currency, and condition. Working with librarians, new and replacement books are being ordered and processed. What does this mean for our students, faculty and staff? We are making sure that we have the best print collection to support all of the disciplines taught at NVC.

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Building the McCarthy Library’s Collection: Expanding the Copia Cookbook & Wine Collection to serve students on the main campus.

Welcome Semester Looking toto theFall Future of Food & Wine in the Napa Valley The McCarthy Library has big plans to bring a large portion of the Copia Collection from the Upper Valley Campus to the main McCarthy Library. As our hospitality and food preparation program continues to grow at the main campus, we want to support our students as they learn more about food and wine. We envision curating a collection that will draw interest from around the Napa Valley. We currently have a small collection of cookbooks signed by famous chefs, housed in our Special Collections room. We will be converting an archival storage room at the South end of the Library in order to house the full collection.

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Welcome to Fall Semester

What is the mission of the McCarthy Library? This spring, the McCarthy Library will be focusing on program review. This is our opportunity to examine what we do well, and what, if any, improvements need to be made. It is also a time to build and share our vision of the library's role on campus. Below are the Library's current Program Learning Outcomes (PLO's).

The McCarthy Library integrates library resources into institutional web and other information portals.

The McCarthy Library develops resource guides to provide guidance and multiple points of entry to information.

The McCarthy Library provides one-on-one assistance through multiple platforms to help users find information.

The McCarthy Library teaches information literacy based the ACRL 2015 Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

The McCarthy Library provides a welcoming stimulating learning environment with access to technology and educational resources to support student learning and success.

The McCarthy Library enables students use technology to acquire, organize, produce and disseminate information in all formats.

We will be surveying the campus community in spring 2020 to determine what library does well, as well as what additional needs and services we might provide.

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