Game On

March 21, 2016

Join us on Thursday, April 7 for our spring game night. We’ll have board games, video games, karaoke, pizza, drinks, and more!

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Tales & Fish Tails

March 10, 2016

Tales & Fish Tails Surrounding the Waters of the Coleto

What happened to the young girl kidnapped in Coleto Creek in the early 1800s? What is the connection between bandits Bonnie and Clyde and Mr. Scherlen, who built the second oldest dance hall in Texas? What stories do Henry Wolff’s Journal and Sidney R. Weisiger’s Vignettes tell about life along the Coleto?

Explore the mysteries of bygone days churning through the waters of the Coleto in the Victoria Regional History Center’s new display, “Tales & Fish Tails Surrounding the Waters of the Coleto,” located on the second floor of the VC/UHV Library.


March 8 – Int’l Women’s Day

March 8, 2016

International Women’s Day (March 8) is celebrated by women’s organizations andinternational-womens-day groups around the world. The day is about celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future. According to the United Nations
(1997), “International Women’s Day is the story of ordinary women as makers of history; it is rooted in the centuries-old struggle of women to participate in society on an equal footing with men.”

International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900s. The first National Women’s Day was observed in the United States on 28 February 1909 in accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America. Copenhagen was the site of the second International Conference of Working Women in 1910. During that conference, Clara Zetkin proposed the idea that every country should celebrate a Women’s resizeDay on the same day so women could press for their demands. The proposal was unanimously approved and the result was International Women’s Day that was celebrated for the first time in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.

Since its creation, International Women’s Day has grown into a worldwide phenomenon. Around the world, women campaign for pay equality, a larger presence in business or politics, better education and healthcare, and to stop violence against women. It is a day to inspire women and celebrate their achievements – large and small. The United Nations commemorates March 8 as International Women’s Day and in many countries, International Women’s Day is a national holiday.


International Women’s Day. (2013). About International Women’s Day (March 8). Retrieved from

United Nations. (1997). International Women’s Day. Retrieved from

2016 Spring Break Hours

March 7, 2016


Spring break is almost here. Can you believe it?! We hope you take this time to get caught up on homework, chores, and whatever else needs to get done. Of course, we want you to take a little time for reading too – we have a great leisure reading and graphic novel collection.

The library hours will be modified a little bit during spring break week. Our hours will be the following:

  • Saturday, March 12: Closed
  • Sunday, March 13: Closed
  • Monday, March 14 – Thursday, March 17: Open 8 AM – 5 PM
  • Friday, March 18: Closed
  • Saturday, March 19: Closed
  • Sunday, March 20: Open 1 PM – 6 PM

During spring break week, you can always Ask a Librarian for help if you need it.

Elevator – Out of Service

March 1, 2016

The VC/UHV Library’s elevator has a problem that requires us to take it out of service. There is an oil leak that must be fixed before the elevator can be used again. VC is working diligently to repair it as quickly as possible, but this will take quite a while to fix (months).

If you are not able to climb stairs, please ask us for any assistance you may need. We regret this inconvenience.

CMOS Shop Talk

February 24, 2016

The Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) has a fantastic blog called Shop Talk that is filled with a lot of helpful information. Shop Talk is supposed to provide “clarity, education, and amusement to anyone who works with words.”

Shop Talk is divided into four sections:CMOS

  • CMOS SECTION IN THE SPOTLIGHT—expanding on tricky CMOS guidelines
  • EDITOR’S CORNER—Q&A editor Carol Saller’s advice for writers and editors
  • COMMUNITY CHAT—our editors discussing a timely grammar or usage topic—and you’re invited
  • FOR STUDENTS—basic tips for writing papers with Chicago style

Students who have to write a paper using Chicago style will find the “For Students” section particularly useful. It has frequently asked questions, a crash course in citations, and tips for writing a paper. Basically, it makes the 1000+ page print CMOS usable for students.

And if you don’t find what you need in the blog, the VC/UHV Library does have the print book available. Additionally, the online full-text of the CMOS is available off-campus for UHV students, faculty, and staff.

New Off-Campus Login Screen

January 29, 2016

The way you login for off-campus Library resource access is changing! See the new screen below.

All users will use their BlackBoard/MyUHV (UHV) or Pirate Portal (VC) login. Though it looks different, it works the same. UHV login works the same way it always has; the VC login button will take you to the Pirate Portal login screen, where you will login. Once you click the login button there, you should be passed through to the resource you need.

It will take us about a week to get all of our resources switched over so for a little bit, you might see a combination of the old and new login screens – depending on what resource you need to use. We will try to make this process as easy for you as possible.

The end result will be a faster, more secure login.

Questions or problems with your login? Call the Library at 361-570-4166.