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We're Hiring!
We are now hiring an essential faculty member to our full-time librarian team.  We are seeking a Systems & Technical Services Librarian.  For details visit tinyurl.com/rvcctechlib and spread the word!

Database Trials

We have some databases we are testing out, but we need your help!  Take a moment and browse through these contenders and let us know what you think.  Are they keepers?

Gale Virtual Reference Library
The library is trialing the Gale Virtual Reference Library. Learn more about GVRL from the vendor.

Kanopy Video Streaming
We are trialing Kanopy Streaming. The trial runs through March 2, 2018. To access the trial use the following credentials:
username: raritanval
password: access

Please contact Alyssa Valenti for questions and feedback!
Website Security

Notice anything new? Maybe something a little more secure? You may have heard that Internet browsers are cracking down on insecure data transfer across the web via http. What does this mean for you? Hopefully nothing! But if you’re interested, sending data over an insecure connection - even mundane data – can be viewed by any middle party intercepting it. That means your username, email, password, or search keywords can plainly be seen! With https, the data sent over the web is encrypted and not easily intercepted by third parties, or middlemen. By implementing https on the Library’s website, we pledge to identity verification, data integrity, and trust. To learn more about https vs. http the Nexcess blog has a great post although a little bit techy. For an easier and more up-to-date read about why the Library decided to move to https, an article from Wired talks about the Chrome browser in particular. 

Contact our Electronic Resources & Web Services Librarian, Alyssa Valenti for more information.

Events @ RVCC Library
 

NOW thru March 23, 2018
Book Drive
The RVCC Library is now collecting books for our annual spring Book Sale. Books can be dropped off at the library during our open hours. We accept fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, and media as well. Please, no textbooks. The book sale will begin March 5, and all proceeds raised from the sale will help support Nota Bene, an event which showcases the best works of RVCC students.
 
February 21, 2018
Therapy Dogs
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sculpture Garden (in front of the library)
Come and snuggle certified therapy dogs for FREE!

February 21, 2018

LIONX Workshop: A Dimension of Humanism - Cultural Activism and the National Alliance of Black Feminists (1974-1983)
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Robeson Room @ RVCC Library
Featuring Voichita Nachescu, Ph.D.
Global Scholar, Institute for Research on Women

Part Time Lecturer, Writing Program
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
During the 1970s and early 1980s, the National Alliance of Black Feminists was widely known for its intellectual activism. Through writings, speeches, mass media appearances, and Alternative School, they actively tried to change the cultural definition of Black womanhood, defining a Black feminist as “autonomous, self-initiating, assertive, independent, ambitious, humanistic, and free-thinking.” During my presentation, we’ll discuss original documents penned by NABF, such as the Black Woman’s Bill of Rights, and the limits and possibilities of intellectual activism.

 
February 21, 2018
Author Panel: So You Want to Write a Book
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Robeson Room @ RVCC Library
So you finally started work on that book, only to discover there's a lot more to this writing lark than you first thought.  How do you get feedback?  Where do you send it when it's done?  Where can you find out about all the things you need to know?  Join the New Jersey Authors Network for a fun, informative discussion on the perils, pitfalls and often pleasant surprises which await you on your journey to publication and beyond.

February 28, 2018

LIONX Workshop: White Feminism & the Challenge of Intersectionality
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Robeson Room @ RVCC Library
Featuring Karen Gaffney, Ph.D.
RVCC English Professor 15 years
Professor of Intro to Women’s and Gender Studies, Women in Literature,
Race in American Literature and Popular Culture
Author of Dismantling the Racism Machine:  A Manual and Toolbox
This interactive workshop will highlight the current and historical relationship between whiteness and feminism. Since the suffrage movement for the women’s right to vote to the present, there has been a pattern where white women who proclaim to seek equality do so at the expense of women of color. As a white female educator who identifies as a feminist, Karen will share her perspective on how white feminists can support intersectionality. It is only when the most marginalized are free that we are all free. 
 

March 7, 2018
Therapy Dogs
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sculpture Garden (in front of the library)
Come and snuggle certified therapy dogs for FREE!

March 7, 2018

LIONX Workshop: Joy in Critique - A Case Study with Beyonce's Lemonade
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Robeson Room @ RVCC Library
Featuring Theodra Bane, Ph.D. student
Professor of Philosophy
Villanova University
Researcher of Social Justice and Black and Third World feminisms
Can we enjoy something that is also problematic? We are often called to demand something meet our politics, or reject it all as not worthy of our time. In this talk, Professor. Bane investigates how that tension between critique and joy can actually be a fruitful place of understanding and resistance.Theodra Bane is a PhD student and professor of philosophy at Villanova University. Her primary areas of research are philosophies of social justice and Black and Third World feminisms

March 29, 2018
WGST Colloquium
1:00pm - 2:20pm
Robeson Room @ RVCC Library
The NJ Women's and Gender Studies Consortium is again sponsoring their Annual Undergraduate Student Research Colloquium. This is a unique opportunity for our students, as they have in the past, to share and validate their work with their other students and faculty from two- and four-year colleges across the state.   We will be honoring the RVCC participants during Women's History Month. 
 
April 4, 2018
Therapy Dogs
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sculpture Garden (in front of the library)
Come and snuggle certified therapy dogs for FREE!

April 4, 2018
LIONX Workshop: Masculinities in the Era of #MeToo - Men as Feminist Allies
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Robeson Room @ RVCC Library
Featuring Andy Manno, Ph.D.
Professor of English, RVCC
“Masculinities in the Era of #MeToo: Men as Feminist Allies”
This presentation will examine the role of men in the era of the #MeToo movement, from supporters of the Men’s Rights movement who have denied that they have privilege and see themselves as victims to men who see themselves as allies and work to challenge sexism, homophobia, and transphobia. 

April 5, 2018
I've Finished My Draft Now What
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Robeson Room @ RVCC Library
So you've finished writing your book/story, or have you?  What (if any) revision work needs doing?  Where can you go for feedback?  How will you know when it's ready to send out, and where should you try first?  Join the New Jersey Authors Network for a fun, informative discussion on getting published in today's market, and find out why typing 'THE END' is really just the beginning.

April 7, 2018
International Tabletop Day
11:00pm - 4:00pm
1st floor RVCC Library
Come to the RVCC Library to celebrate International Tabletop Day.  We will have board and tabletop games of all kinds ready for your perusal.  Bring your favorites to share.

April 11, 2018
LIONX Workshop: In Her Shoes
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Robeson Room @ RVCC Library
Featuring Arianna Cohen 
Public Health. 
Prevention/Outreach Coordinator for the Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) at Zufall Health in Somerville
Facilitating the program “In Her Shoes”  a highly interactive program focusing on partner violence and sexual assault.  Engages participants by allowing them to step into the perspective of a survivor of domestic/partner and sexual violence, and make decisions for themselves.  Discussion to follow the presentation.

April 18, 2018
Therapy Dogs
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sculpture Garden (in front of the library)
Come and snuggle certified therapy dogs for FREE!

April 20, 2018
Nota Bene
time TBD
1st floor RVCC Library
See the RVCC Library completely transformed for Nota Bene, our annual celebration of student work.  

April 26, 2018
LIONX Workshop: Impossible to Behave - Sexual Assault in Women's Correctional Facilities
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Robeson Room @ RVCC Library
Featuring Morey Williams, Ph.D.
The Ethics Program and the Augustine & Culture Seminar Program atVillanova
More information coming soon...


May 2, 2018
Therapy Dogs
12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sculpture Garden (in front of the library)
Come and snuggle certified therapy dogs for FREE!

Spring event dates are almost filled!  Please contact Carina Gonzalez, our Outreach Librarian, if you are interested in holding an event in the Evelyn S. Field Library this semester or next.

For the latest information on events @ RVCC Library, visit library.raritanval.edu/events. 
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