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.

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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.  

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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!

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