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FTS: #9 - November 2023








An Interview

Welcome Jeff!

Another Interview

Welcome Alexis!

Dr. Alma

Work easier

AI in the News

From the White House, etc..

Scribble Scrawl

Puzzles inside

Vacant Full-time Positions

Opportunities to share

Members & Meeting Dates

Who to contact on that committee?.




By J. Prater

I am Jeff Prater and am returning to NVCC as the Collection Development and Open Education Resources (OER) Librarian! Previously, I was as a Library Specialist 2 (2005-7) while working on my MSLS from The Catholic University of America. In between, I worked as a Contract Project Manager at the Library of Congress and served as an academic librarian at ECPI and Sandford-Brown College. In my last position at Virginia International University, I served as the Director of Library Services before earning a Master’s of Education in Instructional Design from George Mason University.

The combination of COVID-19 restrictions and graduate school created the desire to spend more time outside and pursue a dream. From June 2022 to March 2023, I hiked the Appalachian Trail, southbound, from Maine to Georgia! Met a lot of interesting people along the way and took many breathtaking nature photographs, including the Grayson Highland ponies in the snow.

When not at the NVCC Annandale Library, I reside in Old Town Manassas with my wife Margaret of 14 years and my cat, Tabasco. I have an eclectic taste in music and love live performances! Also, I enjoy reading, especially history, and catch live sports when I can (football, baseball, and hockey).

Questions from Three-Syllable-Liz (Liz Leon)

What is your favorite part of working in libraries?
I love how libraries are a change agent and serve many needs of the community. Libraries play the pivotal role in teaching information literacy skills, and I enjoy being a part of the process in educating and delivering these services.

Other NOVA Library staff should definitely call on you when they need [fill in the blank]?
When someone needs a fair and honest opinion. I can be a good listener and assist in providing several scenarios while not making the decision for the person.

What is your superpower?
According to my wife, “Eagle-Scout level preparation skills.” I like to make lists, checklists, etc. in preparation for travel or projects.

Questions from Nine-Syllable-Liz (Elizabeth Dellavedova)

Where do you stand on the nut-butter continuum?
When I was on my thru hike, I insisted on packets of Jiffy creamy butter. Would have one packet with my morning oatmeal. For lunch and dinner, I would have two packets of Jiffy creamy butter with granola and honey in a tortilla. I never tired of peanut butter. Now that I can not consume as many calories, I am a bit more selective. I love almond butter, especially Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut and Almond butter.

Favorite flavor of ice cream?
It depends on the type of ice cream For hard ice cream, I prefer salted caramel in a bowl. My go-to order tends to be vanilla/chocolate twist with chocolate sprinkles soft serv on a cone.

Is there anything similar from your time before?
When I arrived, Nine-Syllable-Liz had several pictures from my previous tenure. I noticed one picture of me in a green shirt. I said, “I just got that shirt back from the tailor!” Wore it to work and I took a similar picture in the classroom. Also, I still own my 2006 Toyota Yaris with over 200,000 miles and it serves as my commuting car.

July 2006 (left) and October 2023 (right)
Me and Margaret celebrating finishing my thru hike of the Appalachian Trail on March 10, 2023
and . . . Tabasco.





By A. Waide

What is your favorite part of working in libraries?
Libraries, to me, are places of connection, whether that’s connecting people to information or connecting to each other. I love being a part of this, whether I’m facilitating it or observing it.

Other NOVA Library staff should definitely call on you when they need [fill in the blank]?
Reader’s advisory. I have a lot of knowledge of fiction of all genres from many decades, as well as decent knowledge of popular non-fiction, and children’s and young adult books, and I’m pretty good at matching reader to book. For non-library needs, you can call on me for pie – making and/or eating.

What is your superpower?
I’m pretty good at reading people quickly, picking up on unspoken feelings and needs, and tailoring my behavior and communication accordingly. But I really wish I could fly!

At the White House this summer.





By M. Sarmiento

Library Volume Count Search

Need to know the total number of print books on your campus or the numbers for other aspects of your collection? Take a peep at Michael's latest video. The sound is a bit low so please turn up the volume on your device.


Not explicitly mentioned, but please note you can also use process type value = Loan to see the number of items currently checked out!





By L. Leon

Things We Should All Know About AI

This article is a year old, but it provides good context to understanding the recent Executive Order from the White House:

What the White House’s AI Bill of Rights Means for America & the Rest of the World


Links to the Blueprint discussed in the article above:

What is the Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights?


Fact sheet for the recent (Oct. 30) Executive Order on AI:

FACT SHEET: President Biden Issues Executive Order on Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence





By N. Mobley

Welcome to November-when the lovely smells of apples and pumpkins fill the air, and nature’s beauty contest is on full display!

Were you able to help the library books back home? See their journey back below!








This month, I hope you will enjoy a Fall themed crossword puzzle!







By M. Todd

Active / Advertised




AL = one Public Services & Technology Librarian and one LS1 (Reference, Outreach, & Acquisitions Specialist)

AN = one LS1 (Circulation & Intercampus Loans Specialist)

LO = one Collection Development and Outreach Services Librarian and one LS2 (Circulation & Reserves Specialist)

LTS = one LS2 (Cataloging Specialist)

MA = one LS2 (Circulation Manager)

MEC = no vacancies

WO = no vacancies




By L. Leon

A complete list of committees, members, and the dates and times of meetings is linked here. Please contact Liz Leon [] to request corrections.




From the Stacks is published monthly, (mostly) on the second Tuesday of the month. Please contact Editor Liz Leon, Collection Development & Outreach Librarian, Manassas Campus to contribute an article or with ideas for regular features. Older issues live in the archives.

November contributors are Alexis Waide, Lead and Collection Development Librarian, Alexandria Campus; Jeff Prater, Collection Development, OER and Reference Librarian, Annandale Campus; Michael Sarmiento, Catalog Librarian, Library Technical Services; Nadia Mobley, Circulation Specialist, Alexandria Campus; and Dean of the Library, Matt Todd.