April 27, 2015
Victoria Regional History Center Celebrates Preservation Week
April 26-May 2, 2015 is Preservation Week and libraries across the country will celebrate by offering information on preserving collectibles, family records, photos, and much more.
The theme of Preservation week is “Pass it on” and the Victoria Regional History Center at the Victoria College/UH-Victoria Library will distribute a free brochure with tips on caring for family papers, photos, and scrapbooks. Copies of “Preserving Family Papers and Photos: A Brief Guide to Storage and Care” will be available to pick up at areas on the first floor of the library and in the Victoria Regional History Center on the 2nd floor of the library.
You can learn more about Preservation Week at http://www.ala.org/alcts/preservationweek.
April 20, 2015
Who Am I?
The Victoria Regional History Center has a new “interactive” display that highlights Victoria College alumni and what they’ve been up to since their college days.
The display, titled “Who Am I,” features photos of former students who attended Victoria College between 1948 and 1993. The photos are captioned with hints to help viewers guess who they are. (Answers are provided if needed.) Here’s a sampling:
I attended Victoria College in 1949-1950. I became the mayor of Victoria 1965-1972.
I attended Victoria College in 1970. I became the author of The Saga of a Revolutionary Family: The Martin De Leon Family of Texas.
I attended Victoria College in 1993. I became a surgical nurse. In 2002 my daughter became a second generation of VC nurses.
The Victoria Regional History Center is located on the second floor of the VC/UHV Library.
April 10, 2015
The VC/UHV Library will be hosting “Beat the Librarian” challenges along with a Halo:Reach and Quake Live tournament. If you are interested in either, please fill out the forms using the links below.
BEAT THE LIBRARIAN
Grant Shaw – Quake Live
Greg Garcia – Checkers
Karen Locher – Trivial Pursuit
Kristen Kelly – Soul Calibur IV
Laurie Neuerburg – Cribbage
Winners of the “Beat the Librarian” challenges will receive a $1.00 print card valid in the library.
Winners of the Tournaments will receive a $5.00 print card valid in the library.
This event is free and open to all VC & UHV students, faculty, and staff.
Questions regarding the event can be directed to Grant Shaw via email at ShawG@uhv.edu or via telephone at 361-570-4143.
April 1, 2015
April Media Item of the Month
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride by Cary Elwes
As You Wish by Cary Elwes, is a memoir about the making of the movie The Princess Bride. Elwes played the beloved character Westley in the film. It includes comments from many of the stars from the movie including Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin. In addition to the interviews with costars, the book is filled with set secrets, backstage stories and answers to questions about off-screen romances.
The Princess Bride has been a family favorite for close to three decades. Ranked by the American Film Institute as one of the top 100 Greatest Love Stories and by the Writers Guild of America as one of the top 100 screenplays of all time, The Princess Bride will continue to entertain audiences for years to come.
As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride is available as an audiobook at the VC/UHV Library. You’ll find it on the 2nd Floor.
March 4, 2015
It’s National Reading Month. The weather has been gray and gloomy – perfect for curling up with a good book.
UNESCO reports that in 2013 there were 304,912 books published in the United States, putting us just behind China as the world leader – and no, the VC/UHV Library doesn’t have all of them.
However, we have a lot and can get you even more – just ask. The service is Interlibrary Loan. It is free to students, faculty and staff.
Meanwhile, share what you are reading with us. We’ll post it on Facebook.
Publisher’s Weekly reports that the favorite fiction category among readers is mystery and suspense.
Some Library staff have reported in on their current reading choices:
Amanda Breu (Instruction and Outreach Librarian) – Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
Allyson Hibbard (Cataloging Assistant) – The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance – What women Should Know by Katty Kay and Claire Shimpan; Saga: Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples; Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works by Erik Spiekermann
Grant Shaw (Web Services Librarian) – The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien; The Faerie Queen by Edmund Spenser
Karen Locher (Associate Director) – Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble by Marilyn Johnson
Jennifer Foster (Electronic Services Librarian) – America’s Bitter Pill by Steven Brill
Greg Garcia (Circulation Supervisor) – Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
February 4, 2015
Sidney R. Weisiger Collection
The Sidney Roper Weisiger Papers is a collection of notes, photographs, manuscripts for published articles, correspondence, and other miscellany produced by the lifetime research of local historian, Sidney R. Weisiger. He devoted himself to genealogical and historical research on the people and places of the Coastal Bend Region.
To learn more about the Sidney R. Weisiger Collection, please visit the Victoria Regional History Center website. The Regional History is open Monday – Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Questions regarding the Weisiger Collection or the Victoria Regional History Center can be directed to Sheron Barnes, Special Collections Librarian, at (361) 570-4176.