Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Library Refurbishment and Renovations

November 8, 2013 

A Note from Tanner Wray, Director of College Libraries and Information Services

The Libraries have an excellent opportunity for some refurbishment/renovations over the winter break, and later in the academic year. All four of the College Libraries will be fully painted. Rockville will receive three floors of carpet, and the Takoma Park Silver Spring (TPSS) Resource Center Library will receive one floor of carpeting (upper floor). With this work, we will be moving toward a consistent One College look and feel for the Libraries.

The first phase of work will be over the winter break and winter session. The Rockville Library and TPSS Resource Center Library will be painted, and the carpet will be installed. The facilities work will disrupt how we can provide services in Rockville and Takoma Park. The Libraries are actively planning to see which services will be available. Most of the work will occur after finals in December, and should be completed before the spring semester. We anticipate the following closures:

  • Rockville Library will be closed Friday December 13th through January 1. The third floor in Rockville will be closed until January 7th. 
  • The TPSS Resource Center Library upper floor will be closed December 16th through January 27th. Access to the lower floor via the Writing Center will remain in place, and library services will be moved down to the lower floor.  

Alternatives for library services and study spaces: 
We understand that the Rockville Library closure impacts the last 2 days of finals in December. Our Rockville-based students can utilize study spaces and computers at the other campus libraries, in non-library study spaces across the Rockville campus, at the local public libraries, and also nearby higher education institutions.

  • The Germantown and Cafritz libraries will be open during the winter refurbishment, and TPSS will be partially open. Only Rockville will be fully closed through January 1, 2014. 

Later phases:
The Cafritz Art Library will be painted during 2014 (dates to be determined), and the Germantown Library will be repainted in the summer of 2014. New technology for group study rooms and collaboration areas will be installed in the Libraries sometime after the winter refurbishment at Rockville and Takoma Park/Silver Spring.

We thank the Office of Facilities and Office of Information Technology for these investments they are making in the Libraries to support student success. We apologize for the inconvenience this will cause and we thank the Montgomery College community in advance for your patience.

Winter Session Hours and Closings

Friday, November 22, 2013

Extended Library Hours for Fall 2013 Finals

Need a place to study for your final exams? Montgomery College Libraries has the solution!

Our three campus libraries will be open late Monday through Thursday nights during the exam period. Here is a calendar of the schedule:

*Rockville Library will be CLOSED but the Library Staff will be in the Rockville Math Science Center in MT 002 with limited services.

The Cafritz Art Library will have normal hours ( M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm)

See you there!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Germantown Library Hosts 'Thank You' Reception - 11/21/13

The Germantown Library invites all Faculty, Staff and Administrators for a reception today from 4:30-6PM in the Library’s Reference room

We want to THANK YOU for all of the support you have given us in many ways!  We will be having our usual fare of chicken wings, samosas, cookies, coffee/tea, and the famous mango punch!

Please Join Us!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Libraries' Hours/Closings Fall Semester 2013

Following are the Libraries' Hours/Closings for the Germantown Campus, Rockville Campus, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus (Resource Center):

Monday - Thursday - 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday - 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday, January 2, 2014 - Friday, January 3, 2014 - 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Extended Hours:
Monday, December 2, 2013 - Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Monday, December 9, 2013- Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Libraries Closed:
Thursday, November 28, 2013- Sunday, December 1, 2013 - College Closed Thanksgiving Holiday)
Saturday, December 21, 2013 (Saturday before Winter Holiday)
Monday, December 23, 2013 - Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - College Closed (Winter Holiday)

The Takoma Park/Silver Spring Cafritz Art Library hours are:

Monday - Friday - 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Library Closed:
Thursday, November 28, 2013 - Sunday, December 1, 2013 College Closed (Thanksgiving Holiday)
Monday, December 23, 2013 - Wednesday, January 1, 2014 College Closed (Winter Holiday)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Globefest Celebration at the Germantown Campus...

 If you happen to be at Globefest Today:

Follow the footsteps to the Muslim@MC photo exhibit in the library...

Where you can learn more about their cultural celebrations:

Free $10 WEPA Card, just for sharing your opinion!

The Rockville Library needs your input.  A great opportunity to make it a better place.  

Contact Librarian, Rand Hertzler:

Friday, November 08, 2013

Library Co-Sponsors the next Anthenaeum Symposia - Thursday, November 14th @ 7pm.

WOMEN IN ISLAM - Why do some Muslim women wear the hijab? What are women’s roles and rights in society according to the Qur’an? Discover how Dr. Maria Dakake, a Princeton PhD in Near Eastern Studies and director of the Islamic Studies Program at George Mason University, answers these questions on Thursday, November 14 at 7:00 p.m. in Globe Hall, High Tech Bldg., Germantown. 

Event hosted in conjunction with the MC Germantown Library, as part of the Bridging Cultures Muslim Journey grant awarded by the NEH in cooperation with the American Library Association. 

Certificates of attendance will be available for students.  Event satisfies the multi-cultural requirement for faculty and staff.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The House of Wisdom: Muslim Contributions to Science and Math

Join us on Wednesday, November 6th, 4-5pm on the Germantown Campus - High Tech Building Room 216.
Discover how Arabic science saved ancient knowledge and gave us the Renaissance.  Part of the Montgomery College Library's Bridging Cultures Book Shelf series.

*Meets faculty and staff Multicultural Diversity Training Requirement.  Register through CPOD or pick up certificate of attendance at event.

For more information contact:
Lisa Clarke - or
Metta Lash -

Thursday, October 24, 2013

21st Century Libraries: Understanding Library Users, Oct. 28 in Theatre Arts

Another Important Presentation on 21st Century Libraries, October 28, Rockville 

Mark your calendars for October 28, 2-3:30 p.m. when the Montgomery College libraries and the Office of Facilities Planning and Design will co-sponsor a seminar, "21st Century Libraries: Understanding Library Users." This event follows the highly successful keynote seminar early this month, with Joan K. Lippincott, associate executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information, discussing the trends and opportunities of 21st century libraries.

This second seminar will feature Nancy Fried Foster, senior anthropologist at Ithaka S+R ("Strategic Consulting + Research to transform scholarship"), a premier organization addressing key issues facing the academic community. 

Foster helps libraries and organizations to understand their users and to design improved and new spaces, services and technologies. For almost 10 years Dr. Foster directed anthropological research at the University of Rochester's River Campus Libraries. She will work with the Montgomery College libraries to carry out ethnographic studies, starting at Rockville this fall, in what will be ground-breaking work for community college libraries.

Join us on October 28 at the Theatre Art Arena to learn more about what will be happening locally!

Want professional development credit? Please sign up using the Center for Professional & Organizational Development PDS system.

See more at 

For questions or requests for accommodations, please contact Josephine Trawick at 240-567-7915 or

Friday, October 11, 2013

Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World - Film Screening and Discussion

Next week, Montgomery College is honoring Global Humanities Day with two days of events - on Oct 16-17 - on all three campuses. 

Be sure to check out the MC Libraries - Muslim Journeys sponsored film on Wed Oct 16!  Film showings at both the Germantown and Takoma Park/Silver Spring campuses.  

For more information visit:

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Staff Pick - Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Behind the Beautiful Forevers:  Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo

- Review by Randy Hertzler - Rockville Campus Librarian

 Winner of the 2012 National Book Award, Katherine Boo’s mesmerizing work of narrative nonfiction draws us into the daily struggle for survival within one of Mumbai’s many slums.  Impeccably researched, the book delves into dizzyingly complex and intertwined issues of extreme poverty and inequality, ethnic and religious boundaries, social stratification, and routine corruption.  Yet the hope, ingenuity, and sheer will of Mumbai’s most powerless – cast into even sharper relief by the city’s efforts to portray itself as a World Class City and status as India’s financial capital – leaves the reader in sheer awe of the human ability to persevere in even the most squalid and challenging of conditions.  Most of all, this book leaves an indelible impression of its characters’ psychology and humanity as they press on against conditions most of us can scarcely imagine.

Available at Rockville (Circulating Collection HV4140 .M86 B66 2012) and Takoma Park (Circulating Collection HV4140 .M86 B66 2012)

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Effects of Government Shutdown at Montgomery College Libraries

*Government websites are back online* as of Thursday, October 17, 2013.  

Montgomery College Libraries and the Montgomery College community are beginning to feel the effects of the government shutdown directly.  You may find that links on the Libraries' website and Research Guides that are US Government websites (usually a .gov domain) will lead to an error message or shutdown notice.  Several notable sites frequently used for research that are shutdown include Library of Congress and  

Try the Wayback Machine:

Providing access to sites that are closed -  Their web crawler has archived 280 billion webpages over the last 2 decades.  These versions may not include the most recent site updates, but you may find access to content as recent as the past few weeks.

Ars Technica provides a fairly thorough list of websites that are down, partially down, or still up and running:  Additionally, the Sunlight Foundation provides an explanation of the hit and miss nature of websites that are down and those still online.  

In the meantime, if you do have trouble accessing information, your best bet is to consult with a librarian who may be able to find you a source in print or find an alternate way to access the information.  If you are faculty and incorporate government information into your syllabus, the library may be able to assist with alternative means of accessing the information.  Please don't hesitate to contact the library if you have any questions or need assistance.  Contact Us.  

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

21st Century Libraries: Understanding Library Users - Today in Rockville Theatre Arts Arena

Today from 2-3:30 p.m. the Montgomery College libraries and the Office of Facilities Planning and Design will co-sponsor a seminar entitled "21st Century Libraries: Understanding Library Users." 

The seminar will be on the Rockville Campus in the Theater Arts Building. The keynote speaker will be Joan K. Lippincott, associate executive director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI). CNI exists "to support the transformative promise of digital information technology for the advancement of scholarly communication and the enrichment of intellectual property," Some 200 institutions representing libraries, higher education, publishing, information technology and others make up the institutional membership of CNI. 

Dr. Lippincott leads CNI's programs in teaching and learning, assessment and learning spaces. She has spoken twice in recent years on MC's Rockville Campus about the concepts of learning commons for libraries and related organizations. Join us in welcoming her back on October 2, as the kickoff event for the exciting ethnographic study project to start this fall for the Rockville Campus Library. See more at

Join us at the Theatre Arts Arena to learn more about what will be happening locally!

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

An Evening With King Peggy

Montgomery College libraries, in partnership with the Maryland Humanities Council, Cultural Arts Center, and Paul Peck Humanities Institute, will sponsor a talk by Peggielene “King Peggy” Bartels, author of King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village. Book signing and reception follow. Tickets are FREE so get them before space runs out at Eventbrite -  Further information at the event website -

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Log-in to Montgomery College Libraries’ computers to begin August 15th, 2013!

Pharos is the NEW software system in the library that requires all users to login to the computers: 
  • It gives everyone equal access to the computers
  • Allows Students to have 6 hours of computer access per day, in 2 hour sessions
  • Allows Community Patrons to have 2 hours of access per day, in 1 hour sessons
  •  Includes Express Machines for 15 minutes use
  • Requires a login and password: Students use M Number (login) and last name (password), Community Patrons use library bar code number and last name
  • At the end of the sessions computer will restart and reset after each session so SAVE your work to your own device before time runs out!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Renaissance Scholars has Developed Educational Program Based on the Stunning Novel "In the Shadow of the Banyan" at the Germantown Campus

Montgomery College, through the Germantown Renaissance Scholars, applied for and received a Public Education for Peacebuilding Initiative grant from the United States Institute of Peace. The grant has enabled the Renaissance Scholars to work together with the Athenaeum Symposia and the MC Germantown library to develop an educational program inspired by the novel "In the Shadow of the Banyan," written by Vaddey Ratner.  Multiple copies of the compelling book are available in the Library.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


by Jane Williams
A lot, as it turns out!   

A very fruitful approach to applied research for academic libraries is ethnography, a collection of qualitative methods that focus on the close observation of social practices and interactions.  Its value for libraries (and many other organizations) is that it provides data about what library users actually do in libraries and directly what they say their library needs and preferences are.  Methods employed can include surveys, interviews, structured observation, focus groups, videos, drawings and diaries.  These methods reflect participatory design, which recognizes that the user community has its own expertise, based on doing academic work in, with and through a library. 

In the past decade, dozens of four-year college and university libraries across the U.S. and internationally  have employed various ethnographic methods and tools to learn what their library users and potential users need , want and prefer in library spaces, services and programs.  Montgomery College will be the first known community college to engage deeply in this type of study, through which we expect to gain valuable data as one basis on which to modernize our facilities and revamp services and programs.  The upcoming ethnographic study will yield qualitative data to complement our new assessment program, so that we know our patterns of use, targets for growth, and areas of needed development.

The first ethnographic study will happen for the Rockville Library starting this fall.  Here’s some of what will take place:
  • Stakeholders group of campus officials and leaders will be formed to advise on and promote the study and to encourage action on its findings and recommendations. 
  • Team of library staffers from all three campuses will be trained to conduct the selected ethnographic activities and to compile and analyze the resulting data. 
  • Training and guidance will come from the pioneer of this applied research for libraries, Nancy Fried Foster, director of anthropological research for the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries.  This fall she will become senior anthropologist for Ithaka S+R (“Strategic Consulting + Research to transform scholarship”).  Ithaka is a premier organization addressing key issues facing the academic community. 

The plan is to finish this study and then conduct similar ones for the Takoma Park/Silver Spring and the Germantown libraries.   These studies will be important elements toward creating Libraries of the 21st century for Montgomery College. 

The Montgomery College Libraries, Montgomery College Office of Facilities and an Innovation Grant from the Montgomery College Foundation are collaboratively funding this initiative.  Libraries’ Director, Tanner Wray, submitted the successful proposal for the Innovation Grant. 

If you have questions, want more information or would like someone from the Libraries to talk in person with your group, class or office about this study, please contact

Jane Williams, project consultant, at 240-567-1721,

Friday, June 07, 2013

Montgomery College Libraries Awarded Grant to Host “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” Reading and Discussion Series

Montgomery College Libraries have received a $4,500 grant from the American Library Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities to host “Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys,” a five-part reading and discussion series. The MC Libraries are among 125 nationwide receiving grants to host the series and only four in the state of Maryland to receive this esteemed award. 
“Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys” is designed to foster scholar-led community conversations about the histories, faith, and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the United States.
The series will focus on one of the themes of the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf: “Pathways of Faith,” an exploration of the religious history and spiritual expressions of Islam. 
Montgomery College Adjunct Professor Abeer Kayed Pelon has been chosen to serve as the program scholar and will lead discussion at each of the five series sessions. Pelon is vice chairman of the Middle East Peace Institute and teaches political science and Middle East conflict at the College. She is the author of “(The Ongoing Nakba) 65 Years of Fragmentation,” a poetic look at the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.
This award follows the MC Libraries’ selection for the 2012 “Bridging Cultures: Muslim Journeys Bookshelf,” which provided a collection of 25 books and films to each of the three campus libraries and spurred a number of successful cultural and literary events at the Germantown and Takoma Park/Silver Spring campuses.
For details, please visit: or contact Project Director Maisha Duncan at 240-567-1688 or at

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Summer Library Hours - 2013

Check out our hours for the Summer of 2013 - Monday May 27, 2013 - Friday August 16, 2013

Library Hours for Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring Resource Center:

  • Monday - Thursday - 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday - 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Hours for the Cafritz Art Library:

  • Monday - Friday - 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


  • Monday May 27, 2013 - College Closed (Memorial Day)
  • Thursday July 4, 2013 - College Closed (Independence Day)

Friday, May 17, 2013

The MC Libraries will be CLOSED next Tuesday, May 21, 2013

FYI: The MC Libraries will be CLOSED next Tuesday, May 21, 2013 for the College Closing Ceremony and Professional Discipline Meeting. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Our normal operating hours will resume on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. Please visit - if you need further information about contacting the library or our normal hours.

One Maryland, One Book Author, Peggielene Bartles, at the Gaithersburg Book Festival

Saturday, May 18th, 2013 - Peggielene Bartels, author of “King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village,” was born in Ghana in 1953 and moved to Washington, D.C., in her early twenties to work at Ghana’s embassy. She became an American in 1997. In 2008, she was chosen to be king of Otuam, a Ghanaian village of 7,000 people on the west coast of Africa. More information at:

Thursday, May 02, 2013

We're Looking for You! If you are a Library Technical Services Manager

Job Summary:  

     The Library Technical Services Manager oversees and coordinates the operations and activities of the Libraries centralized Technical Services Department, supporting all aspects and methods of technical services activities for a 3 campus/4 libraries library system.  As part of the Library Leadership Group, the Library Technical Services Manager works with and fosters collaborative and collegial work relationships with the Campus Library Managers and develops long term goals and objectives, and strategic directions for the Montgomery College Libraries.  

     The Library Technical Services Manager develops goals and objectives for the Technical Services Department, and implements new and provides oversight to existing systems and technologies.  The Library Technical Services Manager's responsibilities are college wide, system related and technical/procedural in nature, and the work involves leading and directing teams of employees in accomplishing the Libraries goals and objectives.  The Library Technical Services Manager assists in the development of the annual Libraries budget, oversees expenditures within assigned accounts, and assists in development of plans to effectively utilize Libraries resources.  The Library Technical Services Manager oversees the technical aspects of the Montgomery College Libraries electronic resources program, the Libraries cataloging program, and the library collections acquisitions program.  The Library Technical Services Manager directly supervises the Electronic Resources and Web Technologies Librarian and Library Technical Services Assistant Supervisor, indirectly supervises a staff of three Library Technical Services Assistants, and has oversight for onsite contracted services (currently includes cataloging and interlibrary loan services).

More information and preferred qualifications:
Library Technical Services Mgr #S03812: Click the link provided to see the complete job description.

Friday, April 05, 2013

Koran By Heart - Film and Discussion at the Germantown and Takoma Park Campuses - April 11th

The Montgomery College Libraries and Office of Student Life as part of the Arab American Heritage Month invite students, faculty, staff and the community for Koran By Heart.  An official selection from the Tribeca Film Festival, the film tells the story of the intense competition at the world's oldest Koran memorization contest, when the best and brightest kids from 70 countries across the Islamic world gather each year during Ramadan in Cairo, Egypt, to see who can recite the Koran with the greatest accuracy, passion and beauty. Just 10 years old, the main characters are remarkable, talented boys and girls from remote and volatile parts of the Islamic world—their future hanging in the balance amidst the controversies and divisions that engulf as their religion.KORAN BY HEART is a coming of age story about Muslim kids in modern times.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Message from the Director...

March 25, 2013

Montgomery College Students, Faculty and Staff:

In February 2013, the Montgomery College Libraries posted a question at the entrance of our Libraries asking how we can help you succeed. In response, you provided us with feedback about changes we might consider in order to better support you.

The largest number of suggestions related to technology needs (hardware, software, etc.). The Libraries are actively working with the Office of Information Technology (OIT) to make technology enhancements in the coming half year. OIT recently increased the number of web browsers available on the Libraries computers. Over the spring, OIT is upgrading network switches across the College, which will immediately improve desktop speeds. Over the summer OIT will upgrade all of our public computers. Also in the summer, the Libraries will implement software to require logging onto the public computers and establish computer session time limits. With this change, we will be able to assure that Montgomery County students, faculty and staff have more access to the computers in the Libraries, while still providing some access to the broader community. A longer term goal is to provide a common student experience by having essentially the same software available on both Libraries computers and in the OIT computer labs. This goal will take some time to realize.

The other large number of suggestions involved environmental issues to support student success. In 2013 our Libraries need to provide multiple options for students to complete their work. Noise control and the ability to do group work or individual work are specific challenges given our facilities. Each of the Libraries has group study rooms that can be used by stopping by the circulation desk and getting a key. The number of these rooms remains inadequate for the need. As a result, we are beginning to look at identifying ‘zones’ – areas where collaborative work would occur, and other areas that would be quiet areas for more solitary work. This approach may not work on all campuses, given that some of our architectural features very effectively transmit sound, rather than suppressing sound. We will also be looking at opportunities to provide various furniture types, to support study, as well as more relaxed settings to take a break in.

We did receive some suggestions about longer hours – We will be gathering data this spring to better assess the need. Some suggestions had to do with what books are purchased, whether we purchase textbooks, and how long students can borrow books. These comments have been passed along to staff for consideration.

There also were some compliments about our service. It’s great to hear when we are doing a good job! Thank you. Please keep giving us feedback! Let us know what you need.


Tanner Wray

Director of College Libraries and Information Services

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Prince Among Slaves screening, Germantown Campus

In honor of Black History Month, Montgomery College Libraries and the Office of Student Life will be showing the film, Prince Among Slaves, which will be followed by a discussion led by history professor, Kelly Rudin. This film is part of the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys grant, and focuses on the true story of Abd al Rahman Ibrahima, (1762-1829), a Muslim prince in West Africa, who at the age of 26, was captured and enslaved in Natchez, MS for forty years. The film brings attention to the fact that Muslims have been part of the history of the United States since colonial times. Please see the trailer to learn more about the film. Attendance will be recorded by "sign in" for extra credit assignments and attendance registration will be sent to faculty members via email. 
This event also meets the Faculty/Staff multicultural diversity requirement.  Register in CPOD or certificates will be available at the event.  

Light refreshments will be served.  Students, faculty, staff, and community members welcome.  

 Prince Among Slaves: Thursday, February 21st, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m., HT 216.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Special Library Hours Jan 17-18

The Montgomery College Libraries will be closed on Thursday, January 17 until noon so that all Libraries employees can attend the College Opening and all day Friday, January 18, for Professional Development activity and Discipline meetings. Many Library services are available online at

For immediate assistance, colleagues across the region can assist with reference questions via links on  This page also has a robust Frequently Asked Questions section that can provide answers to many questions.

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

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