Cannell Library Chimes

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Issue #14 March 10, 2004

Hot News

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Periodical Titles A-Z.
This software brings together full-text information from our print collection and all the InfoTrac and ProQuest databases. The latest improvement allows you to browse periodical titles by subject category (history, psychology, women's studies, etc.).

Quarter Break Hours

Closing for Quarter Break: March 19 at 4:30 pm
(Faculty and staff may access the Library by ringing back door buzzer
or calling Circulation staff at x2504)
Open for Spring Quarter: March 29 at 8:00 am

Library Drop-In Sessions

Cannell Librarians offer one-hour drop-in sessions for students who want a little extra special attention. The content in these "potluck" sessions depends entirely on questions from students who attend. In one session we may cover basics, like how to get a library card, in another we might show students how to use subject indexes. Drop-in sessions are not intended to replace our regular library instruction sessions, so you may still contact Joan Carey, Roxanne Dimyan, or Kitty Mackey to discuss specific needs for your classes.

The Drop -In schedule is posted on the Library's Web Site. Here's the current schedule for Spring Quarter:

  • April 1 (Thurs.): 12 noon - 1 pm
  • April 6 (Tues.): 5 pm - 6 pm
  • April 12 (Mon.): 12 noon - 1 pm
  • April 21 (Wed.): 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  • April 27 (Tues.): 12 noon - 1 pm

It's B-a-a-a-a-ck! Cannell Library by the Numbers!

You loved it before,
so we did it again! Here for your enjoyment, a cavalcade of ciphers and figures, exactingly calculated by our luminary numerary statistician, Marge Noverrar. Numbers so powerful they make Roman Numerals cower in fear. Decimals that Dewey never dreamed of. Enter if you dare!

Two (2) too confusin'! Not just two Susans, not just two Susan H's... but two Susan Har's! You have to go all the way to the fourth letter to distinguish Susan Harvey, Administrative Assistant (x2329), from Susan Harding, Library Technician III (x2255).

Revolution OS Four (4) lonely DVDs have joined Cannell Library's collection of 2,097 videos.
Like videos, they may be scheduled by faculty for classroom use (contact Krista Reichard, x2553). When our new DVD player arrives, they'll be available for viewing in the library. The 4 trailblazing DVDs are:

  • Bowling for Columbine
  • Race: The Power of an Illusion
  • Revolution OS, and
  • Triumph of the Nerds

$17.50. Yep, $17.50 is the average cost of borrowing a book using Interlibrary Loan, according to a December 2003 Report from the Association of Research Libraries. Cannell Library provides this service free of charge (in most cases) to Clark College students, faculty and staff.


382 items have been processed by Technical Services staff (you'd be surprised how many things have to be done!) and added to the collection this quarter.

1,240! That's how many times Media staff set up LCD projectors in classrooms for instructional support during 2002-2003. Media also permanently installed 17 LCD video/data projectors in classrooms in the last year. Many of these multi-media systems incorporate full audio capabilities and support both VHS and DVD video formats as well. Media is currently working on several more of these systems to accommodate demand.


Library Card2,651 shiny brand-new Cannell Library cards were issued during Fall Quarter. Of these, 2,458 went to Clark students, 24 to Clark staff, 87 to Clark faculty, 76 to community patrons, and 6 to WSU-V students. Cannell Library began issuing it's own library cards after converting to the Innovative Interfaces online library catalog at the beginning of Fall Quarter 2003.


22,300 miles - that is how far out in space our satellite antenna receives signals from geosynchronous satellites in orbit above our fair planet. Coincidentally, this stationary orbit region of space is known as the "Clarke Belt", named after science fiction author, Arthur C. Clarke, who first dreamed of such things way back in 1945.


63,525 books live in the Cannell Library collection. But these books don't just sit on the shelves! During the 2002-2003 school year the library circulated 53,022 items.


140,970 "hits" to the library's web pages were logged during Fall Quarter -- 35% of those were from off-campus users. And FYI, Fall 2003's "hits" increased 46% over hits logged during Winter Quarter 2002.

313,102 people entered Cannell Library during the 2002-2003 academic year (not all at the same time!). At any time of the day you'll find students reading books, browsing periodicals, working on presentations, writing on white boards in the group study rooms, watching videos, working on computers, studying quietly, napping between classes... well, you get the idea!

Reminders About Reserves
  • Materials currently on reserve for classes that will not be taught during the Spring quarter will be returned to instructors after March 19.
  • For Spring quarter reserves: Only items submitted before March 24 will be ready for student use when classes begin March 29.
  • For complete information about reserves, see Placing Materials on Reserve.
  • Questions about reserves or video bookings? Please give Krista a call at x2553.
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