Clark Libraries News
Now on the quiet second floor of Cannell Library, relax with a tranquil view of the southeast corner of campus on our new built-in counters.
Fully wired with electrical outlets for charging laptops and more, these two counters are enclosed on three sides by clear windows, giving the impression of a much more isolated study space. Directly outside the windows, evergreens filter out sunlight and window tinting softens the sunset so it remains cooler than the rest of the floor.
The counters are cleaned every day along with other tables by dedicated library staff in addition to the regular, thorough cleanings by college janitorial staff.
Before, tables used to occupy the space. However, they were not electrified and their shape limited their use. Changing to built-in counters was designed to help students study in the most natural, peaceful environment. Let us know how they work for you!
The librarians surveyed the faculty about how their students perceive the library. This pie chart represents what they said. Would you please give us your point of view? Fill out this 3 question survey. Thank you.
Some of the most common questions we get here at the reference desk at the Cannell Library have to do with citations for research papers. Some of these questions are: How do you cite an online journal article in MLA? How is APA different from Chicago Style? How do I format my works cited page?
Here at the reference desk, we have several tools to help you. These tools include copies of the different style manuals available at the desk that you can use in-library, and worksheets that give you a basic outline of how to cite using different styles. We even have a web page full of links to different sources on the web.
One more source that we often recommend is the Purdue OWL website: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/. Maintained and offered for free by the writing lab at Purdue University, the OWL offers helpful instruction and tutoring on a variety of different types of writing. In addition, clicking on the “Research and Citation” link on the left sidebar will lead you to some helpful, clear, and concisely written pages that will help you with questions regarding the APA, MLA, and Chicago Styles of citation and writing. These pages include examples of good citation in each style. They can also help you with formatting your paper according to that style’s guidelines.
Knowing the citation and style rules that your instructor wants you to follow is important, both academically and in terms of your grade. The Purdue OWL site is just one fantastic resource you can use to make sure you’re doing it right. Visit the site today and check it out, and as always, come talk to one of your friendly neighborhood librarians at any time if you need more assistance.
Did you know that the Clark College Libraries have some office tools that can help you put the finishing touches on your reports, papers, and projects? In case you get stuck printing your paper on campus at the last minute, the library has a table with the following free supplies:
- Paper Slicer ( to cut your project into neat portions)
- High-Capacity Stapler (20+ pages only please!)
- 3-Hole Punch
- Scotch Tape
We also have golf pencils, a yardstick, and you can check out calculators for 3 hours at the Check Out Desk. These supplies are designed for emergencies, especially in the case of the high-capacity stapler – someone tries to staple only a few pages so it jams at least once a week! Anything that’s broken or that we don’t have, like glue or presentation folders, you can always buy at the Bookstore for very reasonable prices.
We hope these tools help make your projects shine!
The CTC iCommons browsing collection has updated their holdings with new books to reflect the unique programs and classes offered at Columbia Tech Center! In this post, you’ll find information about books to expand upon and explore popular CTC subject areas like BMED, CAP, ESL, Mechatronics, and NAC. If you see an interesting title in the cover images below, come on in to CTC and check it out! Click on a title cluster to open a larger image. Loan periods for these books are consistent with main campus general checkouts – 21 days.
Cover images are drawn from the individual title’s Amazon.com listing.
The Clark College Libraries will be closed in celebration of the President’s Day holiday. The Cannell Library will close as usual at 5pm on Saturday, February 15th and reopen on Tuesday the usual hour of 7am.
Our outside return boxes are always open to return books, movies, etc. Don’t get a late fine!
Need to request or renew a book? You can always do so online by logging in to your library account at https://oswald.clark.edu/patroninfo.
Need expert research assistance to finish that paper? You can always contact a librarian online (at this address: http://library.clark.edu/?q=content/ask-librarian) and you can get instant assistance via chat.
Clark College is currently selecting a book for everyone to read together from Fall 2014-2016. Like other “big read” or “community read” projects, there will be a variety of activities related to the book that is chosen. Plus, when meeting someone, you’ll always have something in common to talk about!
Since the college is in the selection process now, they have made books available in the library for 3-day check out. It’s limited, so you have to read fast! And since it’s a short time, there should be at least one book available so please drop by and check them out.
These are the six books you can read:
- Our Patchwork Nation: the Surprising Truth About the “Real” America, Dante Chinni
- The Worlds’ Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family, Josh Hanagarne
- Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West, Blaine Harden
- Wine to Water: A Bartender’s Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World, Doc Hendley
- Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash, Edward Humes
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
After you’ve read the books, submit your feedback to the Common Read Selections Survey: http://webapps.clark.edu/snapwebhost/s.asp?k=138980171764. The survey will close at 5:00pm on Friday, April 18, 2014.
Find out if the book you want is available at CTC or Cannell: http://oswald.clark.edu/search/r?SEARCH=first+year+experience.
These are all supposed to be excellent books. One is even about a librarian! Come on in, check them out, and help choose the one that Clark will be talking about.
If you use the student wireless network called Clark_Student, you will notice that starting today, you are required to provide a password. A password is required once every academic year on each of your wireless devices (smart phone, laptop, tablet).
The password for this academic year is: windingroad
For more information, read this notice and FAQs page from the Computing Resources for Clark College:
February 3, 2014: Important change to Clark College Student Wireless Network!
We are often asked about the amazing plant that lives behind the Check Out Desk. Did you know that it has a name? Meet Seymore!
Seymore is a 10+ years old pothos plant. Pothos, scientifically known as Epipremnum aureum, are popular indoor plants in the Pacific Northwest because they are easy to care for and they remove pollutants from the air.
We water Seymore twice a week with a little bit of plant fertilizer to keep him happy. Usually twice a year, Seymore goes on a crazy growth spurt and has to be taken down for untangling. Also at least twice a year, entire sections of Seymore die off and have to be removed to keep him looking performance-ready.
These days, Seymore is not alone. He had to be repotted last year, and in the process of fitting him into the new pot(s), he split up into several pieces. These baby Seymores are thriving and contributing to the green environment at the library.
Pothos are popular plants and are often available from your nearest garden supply store. Adopt a pothos today!
Have you ever gotten to college and suddenly realized your battery is about to die? The Cannell Library gets tons of requests for iPhone and other types of phone chargers. Now for the first time ever we have them available for check out!
The chargers check out for 3 hours, library use only. Please hand them to a person at the Check Out Desk when you return them.
Each bag contains 2 cables: 1 USB to Apple “Lighting” charger/data cable; 1 USB to multi-phone charger only for original Apple charger, micro USB, mini USB, Nokia (2 types), LG, PSP, Sony Ericsson, Samsung (2 types). These cords plug into a computer. You can’t transfer data via the multi-phone cord, only power.
See if they’re available in our catalog by searching for “phone charger”.
This is a pilot program to see how long the chargers last and whether they are popular. If it is successful, it may be expanded to our branch library at CTC.
Come on in and try them out!
As a college student it can be challenging at times to balance school, work and home. Here are seven tips for effective reading as a college student:
- College Reading Tip #1 – Start Reading Early
- College Reading Tip #2 – Skim
- College Reading Tip #3 – Understand Vocabulary
- College Reading Tip #4 – Take Notes
- College Reading Tip #5 – Know When to Stop
- College Reading Tip #6 – Have a Discussion Buddy
- College Reading Tip #7 – Read for Pleasure
Source: Moneyworth, Steven. Seven Tips for Effective Reading as a College Student. Yahoo Voices, 21 July 2009. Web. 13 Jan. 2014
In April 2013 Clark Libraries promoted reading by featuring one student and 11 faculty and staff members in READ posters. Cannell Library and the iCommons at Columbia Tech Center are focusing on reading again. Stop by either location to view the READ posters, check out a book, get help from a librarian and get acquainted with Clark Libraries.