Volume 1, Issue 1

February 2017
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Priscilla Thompson - Library Director

Greetings from the Director

Welcome to the inaugural issue of Bookends.

As a college resource, the Library’s mission is to provide for the physical, material, and instructional needs of students, faculty, and staff of Prince George’s Community College and the larger community. The Library has resources and services for everyone! In an effort to better inform the community of those resources, we present this newsletter. Each issue will enlighten readers on several aspects of what the Library has to offer, such as new resources, events, archival additions, and employee profiles. 

In this issue you will learn about the features of the newsletter and the Library, as well as our events. You may also find a good read and learn a little about the college’s history.


Blast from the Past:
Archive Collection

Largo Campus Construction, Kent Hall  - 1966
In this section, you’ll learn about who and what made Prince George’s Community College what it is today.

The  Digital Archive Collection contains items digitized from the college Archives, which is housed and managed by the Library. The Archives features primary source materials dating back to the founding of the college and publications such as the original Owl Newspaper. The Digital Archives is currently a work in progress. 

Once it’s up and running, patrons can visit the Archives to:
  • Conduct research for assignment, papers, and projects
  • Learn more about the history of the college.
  • Learn more about individuals associated with the college
In the meantime, we’ll be showcasing some of the items in the collection. With all the new construction going on, we thought we’d show you where the college started. Prince George’s Community College was founded in 1958 and held classes at Suitland High School. A few years later, the groundbreaking began at the Largo site with four buildings.
Largo Campus Construction, Bladen Hall - April 1966
The best part about the Digital Archive Collection is that you can participate!

If you have materials to donate to the collection or can identify people or events that we feature, please contact the Research/Information Services Desk in the Library at 

Books and Such:
Featured Resources

Every month, the newsletter will highlight one of the books available for check out in the Library’s collection. You’ll see new arrivals, staff picks, and classics, available in print and/or electronic form!

This month, check out:

Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed, and How We Can Stick to the Plan
by Francesca Gino
Harvard Business Review Press, 2013

Have you already given up on your New Year’s resolutions? Psychologist and Harvard Business School Professor Francesco Gino studies how factors can affect our decision-making and ultimately upset our goals. Learn how to identify and avoid the pitfalls that trouble our personal and professional lives.

For information on other acquisitions, visit the New Books Guide.
New Books LibGuide

Checking In: Library Staff

Welcome to the section where you learn all about who’s in your library. Each month, we’ll feature a different member of our team. This month, we’re featuring none other than our very own director Priscilla Thompson.

Bookends: Tell us a little about yourself.

PT: I graduated from Rust College in Holly Springs, MS with a BA in history. I received my MLS from the University of MS where I also worked for a year as a librarian. I have 40 years of experience in libraries, primarily academic. Since 1987, PGCC has been my work home.  I served as department chair for 20 years, as interim library director twice, and have been the Library director since 2012.

B: When did you know you wanted to work in a library?

PT: In high school. My friend’s mother was the school librarian.  She allowed me to volunteer there and I enjoyed it.

B: What is your favorite part of working in a library?

PT: Working with the students and others who come in for help with their information needs.  Also, in a library of this size, I have had the opportunity to participate in a variety of tasks—classroom teaching, one-on-one instruction, cataloging, periodicals…

B: What are you currently reading?

PT: AHA: The God Moment That Changes Everything by Kyle Idleman. AHA stands for Awakening, Honesty, and Action.

B: What’s your favorite book of all-time?

PT: Besides the Bible, Glory Days by Max Lucado.

Upcoming Workshops & Events

PGCC Reads Between the World and Me
Thursday, February 16, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Wednesday, February 22, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Accokeek Hall, Room 221

Cite it Right Workshop
Monday, March 6, 10:00 am - 11: 00 am
University Town Center, Room 130
Tuesday, March 7, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 
Laurel College Center, Room 402
Wednesday, March 15, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Accokeek Hall, Room 109

Stoplight: Local Authors
Wednesday, March 22, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Accokeek Hall, Room 221
Spring 2017 Calendar

Check It Out: Library Happenings

Want to know what’s going on at the Library this spring?

Every month, the newsletter will highlight one of the events that goes on in the Library.

This month, we’re featuring our PGCC Reads pick, chosen in conjunction with the
Book Bridge Project.
Our next event:

What: PGCC Reads: Between the World and Me

When: Thursday, February 16th and Wednesday, February 22nd, 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Where: Prince George's Community College, Accokeek Hall, Room 221

More: Join the Library and the Book Bridge Project for a series of group discussions of
Ta-Nehisi Coates' Between the World and Me. A Pulitzer Prize finalist and bestseller, Between the World and Me is a collection of letters to Coates’ 14-year-old son Samori that explore America’s racial history and what it means to be black today.

The library currently has several copies available for checkout.
For more information on this series visit:


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Hours of Operation - Fall Semester

Monday - Thursday:      8:00 am - 8: 00 pm
Friday:                              8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday:                         10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed Sunday 

The More You Know:
Getting to Know Your Library

This month’s segment is all about the front door experience at Prince George’s Community College Library.
This month’s segment is all about the front door experience at Prince George’s Community College Library. When you walk in through the double doors of Accokeek Hall, there are two desks. The one immediately in front of the doors is the Circulation Services Desk.

The Circulation Services Desk, or Circulation for short, is not only responsible for the checking out and checking in of books, but it also houses the college’s reserve collection of textbooks for student use. Any professor can bring over up to three course copies for students to use in the Library with a current semester student identification card. In addition, the phone is always on at Circulation. There is no voicemail, so if the Library is open, a live person will answer the phone!
The other desk is the Research/Information Services Desk, and it is located on the right side of the library just beyond the elevator. This is the place to go for all your research needs. Need assistance with a research project? Need streaming media for a class? Want to search a database or use an e-book and cite your results? Visit this desk. Research/Information Services can even help if you’ve located a book at another college and want to borrow it.

Visit either one of these desks for help during the Library’s operating hours.
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