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:

Friday, August 22, 2014

Fall Hours start Monday August 25

Are you ready to come BACK TO SCHOOL? We are! The Libraries will start our Fall hours on Monday, August 25

Campus Libraries
Monday-Thursday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Starting Sept 6)
Be advised - due to construction, access to the TP/SS Campus Library will be limited to the Main Floor.

Cafritz Art Library
Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Change in LIBRARY HOURS for 8/18/2014-9/1/2014

Please be aware of changes to regular library hours for the week of 8/18-8/22 and for the Labor Day Holiday 8/30-9/1.

**On days where the library is closed, there can be no fine resolutions in order to register.**

Books can always be returned at the campus book drops 24/7.

If you have questions please contact one of the campus branches:
  • Cafritz Center Art Library 
    240-567-5813 - Circulation
    240-567-5867 - Reference
  • Germantown Library         
    240-567-7858 - Circulation
    240-567-7853 - Reference
  • Rockville Library                
    240-567-7117 - Circulation
    240-567-7130 - Reference 
  • Takoma Park/Silver Spring Library                       
    240-567-1540 - Circulation
    240-567-1536 - Reference 

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Creative Women: Breaking the Mold - Chautauqua 2014, July 9-11, Features Emily Dickinson, Frida Kahlo and Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe, Emily Dickinson and Frida Kahlo will come alive this summer at Montgomery College's 15th annual Chautauqua celebration at the Germantown Campus, July 9-11. Actors/scholars will portray the historical figures, bringing to life this year's theme of "Creative Women: Breaking the Mold," at the three-night, family-friendly event. The performances are sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council. 

All three performances begin at 7 p.m. at the newly-renovated and air-conditioned Globe Hall, located in the High Technology and Science Center. All performances are free and open to the public. 

Each Chautauqua program begins with a short performance by a local musician. Next, an actor/scholar takes the stage to portray a historical figure. The actors/scholars modify their clothing, hair and speech to give audiences the illusion that they are listening to the actual historical figure during their time. 

For more on Okeeffe, Kahlo, and Dickinson visit the Montgomery College Libraries!

Watch all three performances via live stream: 

Georgia O'Keeffe (July 9): 

Emily Dickinson (July 10): 

Frida Kahlo (July 11): 

“My first memory is of light -- the brightness of light -- light all around.”‪#‎GeorgiaOKeeffe‬ ‪#‎Chautauqua2014‬

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Germantown Writes! Campus Authors on Display @ The Library

The Montgomery College Libraries, Germantown Campus celebrates the scholarship of Writers in the campus community by collecting their publications.  They reflect a wide range of topics and disciplines and are an impressive testimony to the creativity of the Germantown Campus Community.  Books of poetry, scholarship on Japanese Martial Arts, Peace Building, and Economics and Psychology can all be found in the collection.  

Copies of the books are displayed in the Germantown Writes bookshelf at the Library and most are available through the Libraries' online Catalog and can be checked out.  

Friday, April 25, 2014

Women's Voices From Around the World

Visit the Germantown Campus Library's Women's Voices From Around the World display.  In celebration of International Women's Day, essays were written by female international students from Montgomery College, describing various cultural experiences and issues they have encountered. 

The yearly event is organized by Professors Ann Sallie and Joanne Bagshaw and sponsored by the Women's and Gender Studies Program

Participating Professors: Kay Ahmad, Sharon Anthony, Stephen Gladson, Lucinda Grinnell, Belle Scheibner, Jorinde van den Berg, and Page Whittenburg, 

On display now through the end of April.  As in previous years, MCTV has also filmed the display.  This years recording will be available this summer but the recording from last year is available now on the Montgomery College Youtube Channel:

Monday, April 07, 2014

Lives Change @ Montgomery College Libraries

Celebrate National Library Week, National Poetry Month, and the Month of the Young Child @Montgomery College Libraries!

Germantown Campus Library Events:
         April 8:  Writers’ Coffeehouse
                    6-7:30 PM in the Reference room
       April 15: Copyright & Compliance Workshop
                     2-4 PM in HS203
       April 16: Germantown Writes!
                     2-4 PM in PK179
       April 22: Digital Reference Sources Workshop
                    2-4 PM in HS203
       April 24: The 3 E’s Workshop (e-resources, e-reserves, and e-readers)  
                    2-4 PM in HS203
                    An Evening Reception                   
                    4:30-6:00 PM in the Reference room

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Smithsonian and Air & Space Magazine now online at MC Libraries

Discover Montgomery College Libraries' newest database - The Smithsonian Collections Online. The Smithsonian Institute is the gold standard for historical and cultural research and archives of both their major publications can be found here - Full Text access from on and off campus (off campus with authentication using school ID#)

Friday, March 14, 2014

“Reading and Writing are doomed. Literacy as we know it is over..."

 Internet Librarian
These were the startling assertions made by Michael Ridley at The Internet Librarian Conference in 2013.  Montgomery College Librarian, Nancy Nyland attended and has just published a thought provoking review of the conference in The Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship.  An excellent read Nancy!  Also, Michael Ridley's website Beyond Literacy is worth exploring -

Friday, February 28, 2014

Celebrating Fair Use Week!

Academic Libraries across the country celebrated Fair Use this week as one of the most important underpinnings of scholarship.  Learn more at the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Digital Humanities Blog:

If you have questions about Fair Use and Copyright in the Classroom you can attend the CPOD class on Copyright and Classroom Instruction at the Germantown Campus on April 15th from 2-4pm.   Facilitators will be Alex Moyer, Campus Library Manager and Vicki Duggan, Chief Compliance Officer.

Or you can visit Montgomery College Libraries' guide on Copyright

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