Friday, December 17, 2010

Intersession and Winter Semester Hours

The Libraries, and the College, are closed December 24 through January 2. In addition, the Libraries will be closed Monday, January 3, except for book returns and fine resolutions. We will reopen on Tuesday.

12/18/10: Regular Saturday hours
12/20-23/10: 8:30am-5:00pm

12/24/10-1/2/11: CLOSED

1/3/11: Closed except for book return & fine resolution

1/4-16 & 1/18-20:
  • Germantown: Open 8:30-5 (M-F)
  • Rockville: Open 8:30-5 (M-F)
  • Takoma Park: Closed except for book return & fine resolution
  • Cafritz: CLOSED

All Libraries CLOSED on weekends

1/17/11: CLOSED

1/21/11: All Libraries CLOSED except for book return & fine resolution

1/24/11: Normal semester hours resume

Monday, November 08, 2010

It's National Distance Learning Week!

For all of the online learners and teachers out there- don’t forget that the Library has all kinds of resources that you can access from the comfort of your own home. (Of course, any student or faculty member can use our resources from off-campus.) E-books, full-text articles, streaming videos, and even music are available through the Library’s Catalog and databases. If you have questions, we can help you over the phone or online! Check out the Library’s website at

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A reminder about the Merck Index...

The Montgomery College Libraries provide an online edition of the Merck Index, THE go-to reference for chemistry. This is available 24/7 with remote access.

"The Merck Index is a one-volume encyclopedia of chemicals, drugs and biologicals that contains...
  • more than 10,000 monographs...

  • 32 supplemental tables and...

  • 450 Organic Name Reactions...

  • nearly 4,000 entries cover drugs and pharmaceuticals...

  • 2,000 describe common organic chemicals and laboratory reagents...

  • another 2,000 cover naturally occurring substances and plants...

  • 1,000 focus on the elements and on inorganic chemicals, and

  • approximately 1,000 pertain to compounds of agricultural significance".

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Check it out! The MC Libraries have a mobile search interface.

Do you have a smart phone or other small mobile device? If you do, check out the Libraries' new mobile interface at
This is not an app so there is no need to download anything...just follow the link and search the MC Library Catalog as usual. This is a streamlined display that fits better within a small interface.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Everything you wanted to know about the Libraries new homepage in 3 minutes and 47 seconds...

After more than 6 months of hard work, it comes down to this...3 minutes and 47 seconds to get a quick overview of the Libraries new homepage features.
If you have any questions or comments, please contact Jenny Hatleberg at 240-567-1685 or Brenda Braham at 240-567-8033.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Views: To What End? - Inside Higher Ed

Views: To What End? - Inside Higher Ed

Our new President, Dr. DeRionne Pollard, mentioned this article today by Terry O'Banion on community colleges in her remarks at the Fall Opening Meeting. The Libraries want to share the link.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Library Workshops for Faculty!

Professional Development Week
Rockville Campus Library – MT 205

Thursday August 26th 9:30 – 11:00 AM
MC Libraries – Endless Possibilities
Find out what the library can do for you! A review of library services, a look at the library’s new website, and a discussion on how to develop better research assignments.

Thursday August 26th 2:30 – 3:30 PM
2.0 Technologies in the classroom
Thirty cloud tools in thirty minutes! Join this fast-paced introduction to “cloud computing” tools. If you wondered how Web 2.0 technologies might aid you in the classroom, this will be an excellent starting point.

Friday August 27th 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Films on Demand and Refworks
An introduction to Films on Demand, a streaming video database with over 6000+ full length films, and Refworks, a citation tool used to save and produce bibliographies.

Presented by CTL and MC Libraries
To sign up go to:

Walk-ins are welcome, you will receive professional development credits, and refreshments will be served.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Coming soon to a pc near you...

The MC Libraries Web Redesign Team has been planning and designing a new look for the Libraries' homepage to be unveiled August 20.

Please click on the title link to get a PDF preview of what the page may look like. We are still making a few minor changes.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

What do I read next???

If you want to read a book, but just can't figure out what, the Maryland Library Association has you covered. The Reader's Advisory Interest Group has compiled a list of titles by genre.

If you want a list of titles on subjects like Political Fiction, In the Time of King Arthur, Paranormal Romance, Alternate History and, my personal favorite, Steampunk (whatever that is!), visit their Web site for ideas. Happy Reading...

P.S. from the Web site, Steampunk is defined as "a subgenre of science fiction or fantasy, refers to speculative stories set in the Victorian age of steam but with some technological or magical twist. Although the name is a play on cyberpunk (the dystopian science fiction of the 1980s that emphasized stories about computer technology), steampunk is more closely related to the genre of alternate history. Several steampunk novels appeared in the 1980s, and the genre is experiencing a new popularity now in the 21st century. It can appeal to readers who enjoy historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy, and paranormal romance".

Monday, July 19, 2010

We need help us with usability testing

The MC Libraries Web Redesign Team has been planning and designing a new look for the Libraries' homepage to be unveiled August 20.

Please click on the title link to get a PDF preview of what the page may look like. We will be doing usability testing, primarily with students, but also with faculty and staff to test our nomenclature and organization.

If you have any comments or questions OR if you would like to help us with usability testing this week, please contact Brenda Braham,, or Jenny Hatleberg,

Monday, July 12, 2010

50th Anniversary of the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird

From a Library Journal review..."Harper Lee's coming-of-age classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, tells the story of six-year-old Scout Finch, her older brother Jem, and their father, Atticus, a small-town Alabama lawyer assigned to defend Tom Robinson, a black man falsely accused of rape. The reaction of the town, the dignity of Robinson, and the character of their father affect both children as they navigate the path from childhood innocence to adult understanding".

The Libraries have several editions of the novel as well as the award winning, 1962 film starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Do you tweet too hard?

Do you have a Twitter account? Do you tweet too hard? Well, if you don't, or don't yet but aspire to, see some of the tweets of those who do.

Monday, June 14, 2010

2010 Orange Prize Winners

Go to Oprah's Book Club to see the list of writers who were nominated and won the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Orange Award for New Writers. This award is open to "any woman who is writing in English—no matter her nationality, country of residence, age or subject matter".

Then, go to the Libraries' online catalog, MC Library Catalog, to look for these titles.
Happy Summer Reading!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

15 of the Most Controversial Books in the Western Canon

From our friends at Shmoop, comes their selection of the most controversial reads in the "western canon". Most of these titles can be found at one or more of the MC Libraries.

Shmoop provides learning guides and resources for instructors on topics in literature, history and more. Shmoop today.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Summer hours

The hours for Summer sessions I & II and the Midsummer session have been posted to the Libraries Web page.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

We have Scientific American online...

"Founded in 1845, Scientific American is the oldest continuously published magazine in the US and the leading authoritative publication for science in the general media."
Our subscription includes full text access to all current issues (1993 on) as well as full text access to articles from the archives from 1948 to 1992.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

In honor of Earth Day, visit GREENR, one of the Libraries' databases.

GREENR, the Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources, focuses on the physical, social, and economic aspects of environmental issues. Topic, organization, and country portals form research centers around issues covering energy systems, health care, agriculture, climate change, population, and economic development. Portals include authoritative analysis, academic journals, news, case studies, legislation, conference proceedings, primary source documents, statistics, and rich multimedia. Use Browse Issues and Topics, World Map, Basic Search or Advanced Search to explore the database.

GREENR can be found on the Library database pages:

Databases by Subject,


A to Z List of Databases,

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Montgomery College Libraries closed April 4, 2010

The Montgomery College Libraries will be closed Sunday, April 4, 2010 in observance of the Easter holiday. Our normal hours will resume Monday morning at 8am.
As usual, you can access all of our e-resources from off campus. Just select the database you want to search and you will be asked to login with your MC ID number beginning with and including the M and all numbers.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Films On Demand is a state-of-the-art streaming video platform that offers over 5,600 streaming videos on a wide range of subjects. The product is searchable by keyword on titles or on segments and can be browsed by subject as well.
To view a home page tour, go to

To access the Films On Demand interface, go to
If you are off campus, you will be prompted to login with your MC ID number beginning with and including the M and all numbers.

For additional information or help using this product, please contact a Reference librarian at your campus library; 240-567-7853, Germantown, 240-567-7130, Rockville, 240-567-1536, main library at Takoma Park/Silver Spring or 240-567-5813, Cafritz Art Library.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Montgomery College Libraries Hours for the Spring Recess

  • Saturday & Sunday, March 13, 14—Libraries open regularly scheduled hours.

  • Monday, March 15—Libraries closed to allow full attendance at Staff Professional Day.

  • Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, March 16, 17, 18 – All Libraries are open regularly scheduled hours 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EXCEPT Cafritz Art Library: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Friday, March 19—College closed.

  • Saturday & Sunday, March 20, 21—All Libraries closed.

    Voyager, the Libraries' online catalog will be down for upgrading, viewable in read-only mode. Students can access databases, AskUsNow, and Voyager in read-only mode from off campus.

    Enjoy the Spring Break!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Oxford African American Studies Center

The Oxford African American Studies Center provides students, scholars and librarians with more than 10,000 articles by top scholars in the field. The core content includes:

Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895
Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present
Black Women in America, Second Edition
African American National Biography

In addition to the full-text of these works, the Center draws on other key resources from Oxford's reference program, including the Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature, the Oxford Companion to Black British History, and selected articles from other major reference titles. Over 1,750 images, more than 300 primary sources with specially written commentaries, and nearly 150 maps have been collected to enhance this reference content. 150 charts and tables offer information on everything from demographics to government and politics to business and labor to education and the arts.

Friday, February 05, 2010

A Blizzard Resource List from Maryland Ask Us Now

Maryland Ask Us Now has developed a resource list of information, posted on delicious, including health and safety information, weather forecasts, and instructions on building snow forts.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Beyond Wikipedia - Library Resources Exposed!

Attention Faculty!!! Join the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Rockville Library as they present: Beyond Wikipedia - Library Resources Exposed.

Participants will learn about library resources in a hands-on workshop. The MC library has 22,000 digital periodical titles bundled into over 100 databases! Where do you start your research? Don't be overwhelmed - watch as a librarian "exposes" the ins and outs of the most useful databases and other tools available at MC libraries. Apply your new research knowledge to your teaching plans.

  • Update your research skills
  • Familiarize yourself with databases that apply to your discipline
  • Learn best practices for locating resources
  • Develop better research assignments
  • Earn Professional Development Credit

February 4, 2010 (Thu) 2:00 - 4:00 PM Rockville Library (MT-205)

March 2, 2010 (Tue) 2:00 - 4:00 PM Rockville Library (MT-205)

April 7, 2010 (Wed) 2:00 - 4:00 PM Rockville Library (MT-205)

Space is limited, register today for one of the sessions at:

Friday, January 15, 2010

Information on Disaster Relief to Haiti

Ask Us Now, a 24/7 chat information portal which Montgomery College librarians provides support to, has compiled a Web page of general information and a list of disaster relief agencies helping to provide relief to Haiti.

Probably the easiest thing to do for those of you have text messaging on your phone is to send a text message to 90999 with the word Haiti in the text. A $10 donation will be added to your phone bill and the money goes to the International Red Cross.

For other ideas, please visit the Ask Us Now page at

Monday, January 11, 2010

The Library and the College closed on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

The Library and the College will be closed Monday, January 18th, for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. This holiday has been named a day of service.

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

Welcome to the Montgomery College Libraries Newsblog! We hope you will find this blog useful for keeping current with our resources and services at the MC Libraries.