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Washington State has joined NFIL! But

September 30, 2014 - 5:58pm

Photo/Image Source: NFIL

Washington State has joined NFIL! But we’re not talking about the Seahawks. Sponsored by the National Forum on Information Literacy (NFIL), National Information Literacy Awareness month is about promoting an essential skill, “the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand”(NFIL).  Learn more from the NFIL Proclamation Tutorial.

Challenge yourself with Clark Library’s  IRIS Tutorial Quiz. Earn a certificate with a perfect score!

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Banned Books Week, September 21st – 27th!

September 22, 2014 - 7:00am

Photo/Image Source: Jaki King, Clark College Libraries

Banned Books Week is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read. This year the thematic focus is on graphic novels and comics. Graphic novels have had a rocky and misunderstood past, and are still not considered a valuable form of storytelling to some.  Graphic novels and comics are some of the more commonly challenged or banned types of books. Charles Brownstein, executive director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund says, “They’re [comics and graphic novels] uniquely vulnerable to challenges because of the medium’s visual nature and because comics still carry a stigma of being low-value speech. Some challenges are brought against comics because a single page or panel can be taken out of context, while others come under attack because of the mistaken notion that all comics are for children” (Flood, 2014).

To celebrate Cannell Library has created a graphic novel display complete with banned or challenged graphic novels available for check-out. These books can also be requested for pick-up at the iCommons at CTC.  The display will be available September 21st-27th .

If you’re interested in learning more about Banned Books Week or graphic novels consider this amazing handbook from Comic Book Legal Defense Fund with a cover designed by Jeff Smith, author of popular graphic novel series – and most frequently challenged title of 2013 – Bone (Melrose, 2014).

More information about Banned Books Week available here.


Work Cited:

Flood, Alison. “Bone author Jeff Smith speaks out ahead of US Banned Books Week.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited, 19 Sept. 2014. Web. 19 Sept. 2014.

Melrose, Kevin. “CBLDF debuts ‘Banned Books Week Handbook.’” CBR. Comic Book Resources, 27, June 2014. Web. 19 Sept. 2014.

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Coming Soon!

August 27, 2014 - 8:35am


Starting in September Cannell Library will have projectors that can be checked out to use in the smaller study rooms.


Stay tuned for more information.

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Clark Libraries Finals Week and Quarter Break Hours

August 22, 2014 - 10:00am

Clark Libraries will be open regular hours during finals week but will be closed for quarter break beginning Friday, August 29.

Finals Week Hours

Cannell Library: Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Closed Friday

iCommons at CTC: Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Closed Friday

Quarter Break

Both locations are closed Friday, August 29 through Sunday, September 21. 

  • Need to request or renew a book? You can always do so online by logging in to your library account
  • To avoid fines, return borrowed items to outside collection boxes when libraries are closed.
  • At Cannell library, extended loan netbooks must be returned by  Thursday, August 28 at 5:30 p.m. or a late fine will be charged.
We reopen Monday, September 22 at 7:00 a.m.
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New Resources for the 2014 GED Test

August 18, 2014 - 12:45pm
A New Test

This year, the General Educational Development (GED) test had a makeover. Unlike the previous iteration of the GED test from 2002, the 2014 test is given on a computer and is divided into four content areas.

The four content areas are:

  • Reasoning Through Language Arts
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Science
  • Social Studies

(“A Fighting Chance”, n.d.)


Library Resources for Preparation

Available now at Clark College Libraries

In order to prepare for this new test, the library has several resources available. In our Transitional Programs Collection, look for “New GED: strategies, practice & review” from Kaplan Publishing (Call Number: TPC Skills LB3060.33.G45 V36 2014).

We are currently ordering more resources for the updated test as they become available from the publishers, so check back often in the upcoming academic year for even more print book resources.

Another great resource that is fully updated for the 2014 version of the GED Test is Learning Express. This database offers tutorials, full-text ebooks, and practice tests for all parts of the GED. In addition, if you do not feel ready to take the practice tests, Learning Express provides pre-GED level learning material to build up your skills in the four content areas.

For a complete list of resources from the library for GED preparation, please see our Subject Guide for ABE/GED.



Work Cited

“A Fighting Chance at 4 Million Jobs.” GED Testing Service, GED Testing Service, n.d. Web. 18 Aug. 2014. <>.

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