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Charging station now available at the Library

Mon, 09/30/2013 - 16:39 -- Kelly Bradish

Powering up your phone or other device on campus just got easier!

The Library now has a charging table to help you avoid that dreaded low battery.

The table is located near the Circulation Desk, and features these connection options:

  • Apple & older-style Apple
  • USB (for Android & other devices)
  • Electrical outlets (for laptops, your own USB cord, etc.)

As with all of your belongings, please do not leave your devices unattended. Library staff cannot watch your devices, and will not charge devices for you -- no exceptions!

Questions? Ask Us here.


Tech treats: WVDELI updates, Facebook news

Fri, 09/27/2013 - 11:05 -- Kelly Bradish

We couldn't let the week end without sharing some tech updates we think you'll appreciate!


Time to settle in with a good eBook! OverDrive, which powers the WVDELI, announced some great news this week regarding eBooks from Penguin. More Penguin titles will now be available, AND the manual USB loading requirement for Kindle devices has been lifted.

What does this mean? For one, there will be more eBook titles for you to browse or download from the WVDELI. Also, if you have a Kindle, you'll experience easier downloading of Penguin titles! Check out what the WVDELI has to offer -- and remember, you can read some eBooks right from your web browser. Just look for the OverDrive READ link under "Available Formats."


If you're tired of typos ruining your status update masterpieces, Facebook is rolling out a post-editing update. That's right -- you'll be able to correct spelling errors or typos before your grammar-loving friends have a chance to comment.

Web and Android users will get this feature first, with iOS to follow. (Source: NBC News)

Celebrate your fREADom during Banned Books Week

Sun, 09/22/2013 - 23:21 -- Kelly Bradish

Banned Books Week is here! We're taking part at the Library with displays, buttons, and, of course, examples of challenged books. Stop in and check one out!

What is Banned Books Week? This yearly event is the national book community's celebration of the freedom to read, with displays and other activities drawing attention to book-banning and the dangers of censorship.

Banned Books Week began in 1982 in response to a surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982, according to Some of the titles may surprise you!

Learn more about Banned Books Week and see some examples of challenged books on our Pinterest board:

banned book pins

Help fill The Nest!

Sun, 09/22/2013 - 17:41 -- Kelly Bradish

Please join your fellow West Virginians participating in West Virginia Day to Serve! Faculty, staff and the community are asked to help "Fill the Nest" and support the campus food bank.

This week, bring your donations -- needed items are listed here -- to one of the two drop-off points:

  • Through the week of Sept. 23, you may donate items for The Nest at the Library Circulation Desk. Donations are collected here year-round.
  • On Saturday, Sept. 28, bring donations to Duvall-Rosier Field to see the Fighting Falcons take on WV State. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.

About the Day to Serve

Gov. Early Ray Tomblin has charged our state’s residents to volunteer and give back to their communities as part of Day to Serve, the second annual call to service for residents of Virginia, Maryland, D.C. and West Virginia.

About The Nest

The Nest food bank, located in the Library, benefits Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College students.

Please help spread the word to students in need that The Nest is available to them. Current hours are Mondays and Thursdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4 -6 p.m. More information is available online.

About The Big Nest

To kick off this special campaign, students and staff constructed a nest in the Library lobby, on display this week and pictured below.


Thanks to Amy Drvar, Amy Pellegrin and everyone involved in this special effort.

Collection news: Additions to JSTOR

Sat, 09/21/2013 - 15:09 -- Kelly Bradish

Arts & Sciences XII, Business IV, and Ireland collections have been added to our JSTOR subscription!

Here are links to these additions, along with JSTOR's description of each.

Arts & Sciences XII
Law, political science, and education content anchors the Arts & Sciences XII Collection, and other titles in criminology and criminal justice, history, social work, psychology, and sociology complement JSTOR’s offerings in the social sciences. Additional titles span African studies, Asian studies, language and literature, and Middle East studies.

Business IV
The Business IV Collection builds on the strong economics and business foundation of the Business I, II, and III Collections. Business IV increases JSTOR's coverage in core fields such as economics, management, industrial relations, and finance, with a broad international scope. The collection will also contain prominent titles in microeconomics (especially behavioral, labor, health, urban, and development economics) and management (including supply chain management and decision science).

The Ireland Collection, developed in cooperation with Queen's University Belfast, is an interdisciplinary collection of journals and other materials. It will contain a minimum of 107 journals, including journals with moving walls* between 1 and 5 years and ceased journals from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Over 200 monographs and 2,500 manuscript pages will also be included. Complementing JSTOR's existing collections, the Ireland Collection adds titles and resources across the arts, humanities, and sciences in disciplines such as music, art, history, literature, archaeology, mathematics, and biology. The content is international in scope, while also providing a rich focus on Ireland. The Ireland Collection was created with funding from the JISC Digitisation Programme.

New to JSTOR? Search tips, feature overviews and more are available online.

*Journals in JSTOR have "moving walls" that define the time lag between the most current issue published and the content available in JSTOR.

Family Weekend September 27-29

Wed, 09/18/2013 - 16:54 -- Kelly Bradish

It's almost time for Family Weekend!

Parents and family members of Pierpont and Fairmont State students are encouraged to visit campus September 27-29! Fun activities are planned, including movies, games, photo ops and much more. You can stop in at the Library anytime we're open -- plus, we'll be offering guided tours on Friday afternoon.

For the full schedule and registration info, visit or

Info to know: Learning Express Library

Tue, 09/17/2013 - 16:57 -- Kelly Bradish

Whether you are preparing for a test like the Praxis, looking to brush up on math or another subject, or hoping to learn more about programs like Excel, the Learning Express Library has free online tutorials, practice tests and more that you can use.

All you need to do to get started is create an account using a computer on campus. Once you've created an account, you can access the Learning Express Library from anywhere.

Here are just a few examples of some of the tutorials available:

  • Adobe Dreamweaver, Flash, Illustrator, Photoshop
  • Microsoft Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word
  • Windows and Mac Operating Systems
  • Test Preparation: ParaPro Assessment, PPST: Praxis I, Praxis II, EMT, Nursing, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MAT, MCAT, PCAT
  • Grammar, reading, writing, math, science
  • Computer & internet basics

Now is a great time to make sure you're on track with the skills you need this semester. Please Ask Us if you have any questions!

Learning Express Library


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