Cannell Library Chimes is an electronic alert of information and ideas to support student learning at Clark College.

Number 1       December 1, 2000

Electronic Reserves Demo

Cannell Library is investigating the feasibility of purchasing an electronic reserves system to make course materials available on the Web, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We invite all interested faculty to attend a brief demonstration of this software at your choice of the following times:

TIME: 12:00 noon, repeat at 3:00 pm
DATE: Friday, December 8
WHERE: Library Instruction Lab, Room 103

December Hours

Cannell Library will be open regular hours through December 14th. (Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Sunday 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.)

The library will be closed from 4:30 p.m. Thursday, December 14, until 8 a.m. Monday, January 8, for Quarter Break. Faculty and staff may access the library during the Quarter Break by ringing the back door buzzer or by calling ahead to x2329 or x2299. On Friday, December 15, the library will not be available as staff will be attending a joint training session at WSU-Vancouver.

What's New?

Who Gives a Gigabyte? A Survival Guide for the Technologically Perplexed
by Gary Stix and Miriam Lacom. (New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1999).

This book could have been called "everything you should know about science but are afraid to ask!" The author, a senior editor for Scientific American, weaves the complex details of the science around us into very readable chapters without oversimplifying the information. From lasers to DNA, microchips to solar ovens, cellular networks to superfunds, each chapter includes a historical perspective, a glossary, and illustrations. An extensive bibliography tops it all off.

Call Number: T173.8 .S75 1999 (current location: New Book Shelf)

Focus On... Library Instruction

Ten Tips For Designing Effective Library Assignments

If you want to design assignments that relate to specific skills and that provide students with the opportunity to have a positive, successful library experience, read on!

WORK through the assignment yourself, every quarter, to make sure it's do-able. Database menus change, materials are added or lost, and things get moved around. You'll also have a better idea of how much time the assignment requires.

CONSIDER taking the class to the library for an assignment-specific tour. Contact the Reference Librarians (Roxanne Dimyan, x2427, or Kitty Mackey, x2826) and describe the assignment and desired outcomes.

ALLOW for flexibility, especially with students who may be using particular resources for the first time. If the assignment is too narrow, the experience of learning how to use resources may get lost in the frustration of finding anything that "will do."

WHEN ASSIGNING topics, make sure the library has sufficient materials on the subject to meet the needs of beginning scholars.

AVOID "treasure hunts," "trivia quests," and "scavenger hunts" that require students to find answers without even knowing which tools to use. Instead, decide what source or collection you want the students to become familiar with and let the student evaluate it.

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WHEN possible, avoid giving assignments where all the students need to use exactly the same volume or book. Even reference books that donít circulate may not be on the shelves all the time. Avoid this situation by keeping the subject or scope broad. Or, contact Circulation (x2151) to place items on reserve.

CLEARLY state the goal of the assignment on a handout that is given to students. For example: "The purpose of this assignment is to acquaint students with the location and scope of the atlas collection." ("Answers" often come from many sources, and this step will help the librarians know what source you have in mind.).

REFERENCE Librarians would be delighted to look over your assignment and offer suggestions, or even assist you in preparing a library assignment.

ENCOURAGE students to ask for help at the Reference Desk! It's also very helpful if they show their assignment to the librarian. Reference service is available during most of the library's daytime open hours, but evening hours are variable.

10 PLEASE feel free to send a copy of your syllabus and assignment to the Reference Librarians. We'll keep the information in a notebook at the Reference Desk so librarians will be familiar with the information needs of students.

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