Thursday, April 30, 2015

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Students - want to record a video presentation?
Faculty - want to make a video lecture for your students?

If so…

Check out the One Button Studio – available NOW at all 3 campus libraries.

OR stop by the Service Desk

Monday, November 03, 2014

How are we doing? MC Libraries online survey

The MC Libraries are asking for your opinions about our services and resources. From November 3-26, 2014 we’ll be running an online survey to help us serve you better.

The survey, LibQUAL+, is managed by the Association of Research Libraries. If you use the MC Libraries, either in person or online, you will have an opinion about the quality of the service you receive. If you don't use the MC Libraries, there are reasons why. Either way, we want to hear from you.

The LibQUAL+ survey offers all Montgomery College students, faculty, and staff a chance to offer feedback and suggestions on the Library’s services. Understanding your perceptions of the Library and its services is the first step to understanding what we are doing well and what we need to focus on.

50 MC students will be randomly selected to win one of these great prizes!
·         Beats by Dre headphones
·         16 GB Dell Venue 8 tablet
·         Fit Bit Flex Tracker
·         Yurbuds Ironman series sports earphones          
·         Skullcandy earphones w/mic                                     
·         WEPA Print Cards … and more!

To enter into our prize drawing, current Montgomery College students can provide their valid Montgomery College email address at the end of the survey.

All responses are confidential. No identifying information between responses and an email address will be retained or provided to us. Prize drawing open to registered MC students only. Winners will be notified by email. Current MC student ID is required when collecting prize.

For more information about the survey:

Friday, October 03, 2014

MC Libraries Supports K to College

This week saw the start of the College’s new initiative, K(indergarten) to College. Through the program, each campus is partnering with a local kindergarten class. The initiative brings MC students, faculty, and staff into the kindergarten classroom to introduce these young learners to the college experience, opening their eyes at the very beginning of their formal education to the possibilities that await them.  Participating kindergarten students will learn about academic programs and careers, college athletic teams, and student organizations.  The first three schools to participate are Capt. James Daly Elementary School in Germantown, Beall Elementary School in Rockville, and East Silver Spring Elementary School in Silver Spring. 
Dr. Pollard visits Daly Elementary School

The MC Libraries are supporting this College initiative by donating 30 books to each of the schools.  On Wednesday, Dr. Pollard took the first set of books to Daly Elementary School, where she read from 2 books to the students. The Libraries’ Manager of Technical Services, Kari Schmidt, coordinated the effort with the staff from MCPS. Additional technical services staff ordered the selections and packaged them for delivery to the elementary schools.  For a full list of titles donated at the three schools visit

Montgomery College Libraries are committed to the goals of the K to College initiative, expanding learning opportunities to the County's youngest learners.  

Monday, September 29, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Coming Soon: Ethnographic Study of Library Users at the Takoma Park Libraries

Coming Soon:  Ethnographic Study of Library Users
of Takoma Park/Silver Spring Libraries

The MC Libraries’ first ethnographic, participatory design study focused on the Rockville Library and its users and potential users.  Even as the Libraries work through the Rockville report, we are readying for a fall roll-out of the study of the TP/SS Library in the Resource Center and the Cafritz Art Center Library.  We will assure that we engage library users and potential library users on both the east and west sides of campus and in a variety of program majors, with art and nursing among the main ones. 

Ethnography -- a collection of qualitative methods that focus on the close observation of social practices and interactions -- is very fruitful approach to applied research for academic libraries.  It provides data about what library users actually do in libraries and directly what they say their library needs and preferences are. 

The Germantown Library will be the third campus studied, in 2015-16.  These studies will be important elements toward creating Libraries of the 21st century for Montgomery College. 

If you have questions, want more information or would like someone to talk with your group, class or office about this study, contact Jane Williams, project consultant, at 301-706-5200 (mobile), or

Library Ethnographic Study Lecture - "The Student-Centered Library": Nancy Fried Foster

Nancy Fried Foster 

“The Student-Centered Library”:  An Open Lecture by Nancy Fried Foster

Anthropologist and noted researcher on students and libraries, Nancy Fried Foster will be at Takoma Park/Siler Spring September 10, 2014, for a 2:00 p.m. lecture.  Dr. Foster’s seminal work, Studying Students, resulted from her an others’ work at the University of Rochester Libraries, where she was employed as director of anthropological research.  Now senior anthropologist at Ithaka S+R, a leading higher-education research and consulting non-profit, Dr. Foster is working with the Montgomery College Libraries to study each campus’ students’ needs and preferences for 21st-century library services, programs and space, using ethnographic methods.  All interested students, faculty and administrators are encouraged to attend.

CM211    September 10, 2014    2:00 p.m. lecture            3:00 Q&A with Dr. Foster & library officials

Dr. Foster's books can be found at your local campus library:

For more information about the Montgomery College Libraries' Ethnographic Study Project visit:

From the Libraries and Library Staff of Montgomery College...

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