Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Recognizing Misinformation (Fake News) on the Internet: the MC Libraries are Your Partner

Newspaper article titled "Dinosaurs! They are Real, and the Nazis Have Them; Reptilian Horde Menaces North Africa, U.S. Army II Corp Hurtled into Action"
This past November, The Oxford English Dictionary declared their word of the year to be – “Post-truth,” which seemed fitting for 2016. Post-truth is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as, “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Other terms to keep in mind as you navigate the world of misinformation are “Fake News” and “Alternative Facts”. Every student at Montgomery College needs to be skilled at discerning the differences between objective facts and opinions or personal beliefs. Your ENGL 102 paper cannot be argued using opinions and beliefs alone; your professor will expect you to support your assertions with facts. 

Recognizing the difference between legitimate news, researched and fact checked, and fake stories promoted on the internet for a wide variety of reasons (making money, propaganda, internet trolling, conspiracy promotion) can be difficult. 

Screen capture of the Montgomery College Libraries' Fake News guide homepage
The Montgomery College community should consider the MC Libraries as their partner in navigating this confusing world of research based news vs. misinformation based more on opinion or outright falsehoods. 

Our recently published guide, “How Can News Be Fake?” ( offers advice on fact checking, the varieties of misinformation you might find on the internet, tools for finding good quality research, and checking claims against a number of important information literacy benchmarks. Furthermore, we encourage you to get personalized assistance when needed. You can speak to librarians at all 3 campuses, submit questions through our text service, or contact a librarian online through our reference chat, available 24/7 (

Monday, November 14, 2016

A Roadmap to Scholarship Success: Scholarship Search Labs on November 17th

Join MC Librarians on Thursday, November 17th to learn how to find and evaluate scholarship opportunities!

During each session, you will learn about search tools and other resources for finding scholarships. You’ll gain an understanding of criteria that will help you evaluate whether a scholarship is a good fit for you and find out where to ask for help with an application.

Workshops will take place at each campus on November 17th:
  • Germantown: 12:30pm – 1:30pm (HS 203)
  • Takoma Park/Silver Spring: 12:30pm – 1:30pm (RC 211)
  • Rockville: 2:30pm-3:30pm (MT 205)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A New Way to Access the Chronicle of Higher Ed

Montgomery College faculty, staff, and students now have a new way to access The Chronicle of Higher Education. "Domain access" allows you to access The Chronicle anywhere you have Internet access. Simply click on the "log in" link at, select the "Create an account now" link, and use your email address. 

After you confirm the new account, you can then access The Chronicle from the web browser on your computer, mobile device, or by downloading The Chronicle's iPad app. And remember, you don't need an individual account to access The Chronicle on campus or via the links from the MC Libraries website. 

Sign up for weekly newsletters like Community College or daily ones like Academe Today at The Chronicle'snewsletters page ( 

And if you have any additional questions, please contact your friendly librarians.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Montgomery College Fellows at Library of Congress!

MC Today turned its spotlight on a new exciting program: the Montgomery College Fellows at the Library of Congress. The 2015-16 pilot cohort was made up of six Faculty and Librarians including 2 of our very own: Niyati Pandaya and Vickie Drake!

Shout out to MC Libraries Director, Tanner Wray who designed this pilot program!

Monday, May 02, 2016

Laptops and Tablets for Rent - oh my!

Now available for Loaning: Dell Laptops and Surface pro 3! Service available to students with current MC ID Card

Quick and Easy Scanning - Now Available in the Libraries!

The Montgomery College Libraries, partnering with the Office of Information Technology, are pleased to announce that all four Libraries now have high resolution, state of the art, and multilingual overhead scanners. The scanners were designed for high-volume scanning in library environments, and feature a book cradle which helps preserve the spine of books.

Dedicated to student success and college affordability, the new scanners:
·        will significantly cut down the time it takes to scan material through ease of use and fast scanning capabilities;
·        provide multiple digital file sending and sharing options to facilitate review and use of the scanned materials, including saving materials to USB drives, uploading them directly to the WEPA website, and sending them to email;
·        save paper and offer ‘green’ methods for using and manipulating academic literature in support of coursework; and
·        produce crisp, high quality scanned files that can be manipulated to accommodate reading on any type of electronic device students may be using in their research and coursework.

Additionally, Libraries print collections will become increasingly accessible and promote equity by facilitating access to library content within students’ personal digital file management systems as opposed to students vying for competition for print resources, such as textbooks, when checked out to an individual.

The Libraries and Office of Information Technology have invested in several technology resources to assist students in their academic success. These resources include laptop loaning, tablet loaning, One Button Studio video recording, and collaborative workstations. The overhead scanners are the newest addition to Montgomery College Libraries’ technology resources. We are dedicated to meeting student needs and helping them succeed.

For a closer look, check out this YouTube Video or visit us at the Libraries!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

MC Libraries is Hiring!

Want to join our team? Check out these new job openings at MC Libraries!

Germantown Campus Access Services Supervisor
Montgomery College, Germantown Campus, has need for a Full Time, Campus Access Services Supervisor in the Library department. Normal work schedule is 8:30 am-5 pm.

Web Services & Communications Librarian
Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, has need for a full-time, Librarian II, in the College Libraries. The normal work schedule is Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Library Assistant at Cafritz Library
Montgomery College, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, has need for a PT Library Assistant,  in the Library-TP/SS department. Normal work schedule is Monday-Friday 12:30pm-4:30pm

For details and to apply, visit: Working at MC

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