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January 2011

  • January 4, 2011: ESL resources (library suggestion box)

    Since the University has such a large amount of international students, why does the Library not have more materials to help students improve their grasp of English?

    Thank for your suggestion. You will be glad to know that we have recently been awarded a grant to upgrade the number of languages available in the heavily used, and very popular language lab in the Library. We are purchasing a couple of copies of the American English Rosetta Stone programs and will be looking into buying more textbooks with that same grant.
    Ana Dubnjakovic, 
    College Librarian for Humanities

    Updated February 24

    American English (levels 1-5) is now available in the Language Resource Center.

  • January 5, 2011: Donation (online comment box)

    We (University Development) have come to own three books that a departing employee left behind. They are on Genomes/Bioinformatics.  I would like to send them over to you to see if you can use them, otherwise we will dispose of them.  I have them in our Access database if you would like for me to send you more information.

    If they are recent and in good condition we would likely be interested in the books. Can you send me the title, date, and author for each so I can check if we already have them? Thanks.

    Edward Lener
    College Librarian for the Sciences and
    Associate Director for Collection Management University Libraries

  • January 18, 2011: Languages offered from Rosetta Stone (online comment box)

    I would like if you would add Japanese to your rosetta stone collection.

    We've received a grant along with the Foreign Languages department that will allow us to purchase most of the languages Rosetta Stone produces and increase the number of stations in the Language Resource Center. The languages have been ordered and we'll announce on the library homepage as they are installed and ready for use.

    Robert Sebek
    Webmaster, University Libraries

    Updated February 24

    A dozen new languages are now available in the Language Resource Center, including Japanese.

  • January 21, 2011: DVD collection suggestions (library suggestion box)

    1. More contemporary selection of DVDs.

    2. Larger selection of DVDs.

    Thank you for your suggestions. We are always adding new titles to our DVD collection. If you would like to give us some suggestions of titles you think we should have, that would be very helpful.

    Buddy Litchfield
    Va Tech Libraries

  • January 24, 2011: Hebrew for language lab (online comment box)

    The library has been a great resource for me over the years, but I would like to make one suggestion.  I would like to see Hebrew offered in the Language Resource Center that offers Rosetta Stone in several languages.  The lack of material for students interested in learning Hebrew has concerned myself and members of the Jewish Hillel organization on campus.  Please look into expanding the Language Resource Center.  Thank you.

    Thank you Eric for your suggestion to add Hebrew to our Language Resource Center. We are in the process of adding several additional languages to the center, so your input has come at a good time. We will add Hebrew to the group of languages under consideration. Thank you again for your suggestion.

    Buddy Litchfield
    Virginia Tech Libraries

    Updated February 24

    A dozen new languages have been added to the Language Resource Center, including Hebrew.

  • January 25, 2011: Exception for renewal block (online comment box)

    I would really be grateful if I could renew the book that I have out just one more time ... please???  I need it for a case that I am working on ... which comes to trial on [redacted date].  Thank you for your kind consideration.

    As a retired faculty you can borrow for 90 days with one renewal; you have used the renewal and must return the book.  You can however bring the book in and we can check it in and then back out to you since there are no holds on the book.

    As a faculty member, you will not be charged late fees unless the book is over 30 days past due and looking at your time frame waiting to return the book is a close call.  I would take time to bring the book in and do the check in/back out option.

    Thanks-Brenda
    Head of Circulation



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