Fall 2020

Books, Graphing Calculators and Surface Gos, Oh My!

Books for Food is a free lending program of textbooks, graphing calculators and Surface Gos through the Library. Similar to our format in the spring and summer, students will complete a form to reserve books, calculators or Surface Gos on a first requested, first served basis. The Semester Loan Pickup Form will be available August 17th on the Library home page. Library staff will begin contacting students soon thereafter with an appointed time for pickup beginning August 19. Masks will be required.

Donations of 10 cans of food are encouraged but not required. Donation bins will be set up in the Library foyer.


Make it easy: copy and paste this into your Canvas courses

Please include the following in your syllabi or a prominent area of your Canvas course (only if your textbook is part of the Books for Food Program):

Free Textbooks, Graphing Calculators and Surface Gos from the Library

Follow these instructions on borrowing free textbook(s) for this class. Our textbook is [put textbook title, author]. The book is being loaned on a first requested, first served basis, so it is important to request it early as there may not be enough books for the entire class.

  1. Go to the Books for Food Program page and find the textbook. Make sure there are copies available by clicking on the title of the book and reviewing availability in the Books for Food Collection. You can also use this form to request calculators or Surface Gos
  2. Beginning August 17th, go to the Library’s home page and complete the Semester Loan Pickup Form. All fields are required so that the library staff can better help you!
  3. You will be contacted by Library staff to let you know when you can pick up the book. Wait to be contacted before coming to the Library. Please note that social distancing protocols will be strictly followed. Masks will be required for entry into the building. Donations of canned food are encourage but not required.

Library Hours

The Library will be open (but not Success Center) for students to study. There will be a sign in sheet and masks and social distancing will be practiced. Hours of operation:

Day Hours
Monday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Saturday 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
(Librarian on site)
Some Important Points
  • Study rooms will be unavailable
  • Computers will be available, but spaced appropriately
  • Seating at desks and carrels will be spaced appropriately
  • Reserves which are checked out will be quarantined for 3 days after use. Students will need to confirm that a book is available on OneSearch or by calling the Library Checkout Desk at 408-741-2028. Students can also take photos of up to 5 pages at a time if the book is available.
  • lack & white printing and photocopying will be available at the usual charges
  • Masks are required as well as social distancing

Virtual Research Help

Here are two ways your students can contact the library for assistance:

Reference Desk Chat

Starting the first day of the semester, we will be available to chat with students from the Library home page. It was a great success in the spring and we want to spread the word for fall. Librarians will be available M-Th 8am-7:30pm, Fridays 9am – 1pm, Saturdays 12pm – 4pm.

Complete a Research Help Form

Students can request research assistance using our Research Help Form and describe the help they need (assistance with locating articles and books, citation assistance, finding books, checking out a print book, etc.). A librarian will get back to them.

Students can also request a printed book directly from OneSearch. Library staff will let you know when the book is ready for pick-up.

Embed Information Literacy Modules

The Library has developed 11 Canvas modules on a host of research topics that you can embed into your Canvas courses. If your students are required to complete a research project, these modules will help them through the research process—from deciding on a topic to creating a bibliography. Some of the topics include:

  • Finding scholarly articles
  • How to search Google and Google Scholar
  • Determining Authority
  • Evaluating Information
  • MLA Citations

Search for “WVC Information Literacy” in Canvas Commons. Watch the WVC Information Literacy video to learn more.

If you don’t see what you are looking for in the WVC Information Literacy course, librarians can tailor specific research guides or videos for your class. See the following section on Librarian Liaison services.

OER Guide/Librarian Liaisons/Faculty Authors
  • Would you like to investigate Open Education Resources (OER) for your subject area? We regularly update a list of textbook repositories, journal databases and other OER material on our OER Guide.
  • Did you know that every subject taught at WVC has a Librarian Liaison? Librarians can help you incorporate library resources within your courses and tailor research guides on specific topics. Faculty who meet with a Librarian Liaison can earn flex credit! From the Faculty Library Resources page, click on the Library Liaisons tab to get started.
  • Calling all faculty authors! WVC Library is proud to highlight the publications of our faculty, staff and administration. To see what your colleagues have published, visit the Faculty Library Resources page and click on the appropriate tab. On that page, you will also find a form to submit your publication.
Online Library Orientations

The transition to online library orientations last spring went pretty smoothly thanks to having ConferZoom and lots of help from our Distance Education Committee. We will again be offering library orientations via Zoom. Registration instructions:

  1. Complete the Research Instruction Booking Form. You will receive a confirmation email.
  2. A librarian will contact you to discuss what is to be covered in the session.
  3. A librarian will send you a Zoom invitation that you will share with your students in Canvas. It will include the link they need to connect to the Zoom meeting.

Refer your students to the WVC Student QuickGuide on how to join a Zoom meeting.

Contact the Library Team

Senior Library Media Technicians
Abraham Negash

Abraham Negash

Library
Senior Library Media Technician

(408) 741-2461
abraham.negash@westvalley.edu
Library


Office of Instruction
Thuy Tran

Thuy Tran

Academic Affairs
Administrative Assistant

(408) 741-2618
thuy.tran@westvalley.edu
Library

Chris Dyer

Chris Dyer

Academic Affairs
Vice Provost of Academic Affairs

(408) 741-4675
chris.dyer@westvalley.edu
Fox Room 207

Librarians
Jasmine Colón

Jasmine Colón

Library
Digital Services Librarian

(408) 741-4682
jasmine.colon@westvalley.edu
Library 5

Yanghee Kim

Yanghee Kim

Library
Acquisitions Librarian and Department Chair

(408) 741-2484
yanghee.kim@westvalley.edu
Library 8

Maryanne Mills

Maryanne Mills

Library
Instruction & Outreach Librarian

(408) 741-4661
maryanne.mills@westvalley.edu
Library 4B

Betsy Sandford

Betsy Sandford

Library
Technical and Circulation Services Librarian

(408) 741-2478
betsy.sandford@westvalley.edu
Library Technical Processing Office

Rachel Sandoval

Rachel Sandoval

Library
Systems Librarian and Chair

(408) 741-2479
rachel.sandoval@wvm.edu
Library 7

Last Updated 7/19/22