The World Comes to NRCC by way of the Library

National Library Week provided terrific opportunities to sample food and culture from all over the globe here at the NRCC Library. Tiny little Dublin Virginia, with the help of the Multicultural Club and the helpful NRCC Library staff was the scene of Polynesian and Eastern dancing by Samra ( http://www.samrasexpressions.com/aboutsamra.htm ) Korean food from Kalbee’s in Pembroke and artwork and resources provided by our own Rukmini Sriranganathan and Kexin Zhang.

The amazing cultural diversity at New River provided the perfect setting for the National Library Week 2009 theme of “Worlds connect @ your library.” By showcasing local multicultural assets, the NRCC Library staff promoted the vast resources available to everyone who uses the college library, either on site or electronically.

The annual week-long observation was highlighted by the festivities on Wednesday, April 15 which featured Samra, a local teacher of Middle Eastern, Latin and Turkish dance who has performed all over the world. The event also featured an array of global cuisines and many international displays, some of which are still in the cases in the Library.

A traditional component to the National Library Week observation is the Trivia Quiz. This year, Instruction Librarian Alison Cockram says she focused on library resources and how they connect our students to information.  Students were challenged to discover research databases that connect them to the world geographically through Factiva which contains sources from 159 countries in 22 different languages.  Students were also connected to our past by exploring Harper’s Weekly, America’s leading 19th century illustrated newspaper.  Other questions allowed them to explore the vast resources available through our library that connect them to a world of information.. The winner of the contest, Jennifer Smith, received a ten dollar Barnes and Noble Gift Card .

Libraries across the country celebrate National Library Week each April with a new theme each year. Stay tuned to your email next spring for announcements of how the NRCC Library will be celebrating.

In other exciting Library news, two new study rooms, complete with wireless connectivity will be added soon. These rooms will be available for group projects, group study and quiet study use. See Alison or Sandy in the Library for more information.

About Pam Linkous

Editor of my high school newspaper back when papers were carved into stone tablets and delivered by oxen, I now spend my days unraveling the mysteries of Blackboard (like, you mean my instructor has my paper NOW...I just accidently pressed enter....oh noooooo) and trying to understand how textbooks today cost more than tuition did when I went to college the first time. Despite needing several more hours per day to get everything done (who do I e-mail, Facebook, blog about that?), I still love to write and am willing to take on assignments that do not require staying up past my bedtime.
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