Issue #26, February 8, 2008
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e-Book Dreams Come True!

For several years, we've been pining for an electronic version of Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. The 17-volume set that's part of our Reference Collection is heavily used by Women's Studies classes and beyond. Wouldn't it be great to have its e-book equivalent so more students could use it, both in and outside the library?!

From dreaming to action, we applied for a College Council grant and were awarded funds to purchase Women in World History and 13 other reference e-books. Some of the titles are:

  • Biotechnology: Changing Life Through Science
  • Encyclopedia of American Immigration
  • Encyclopedia of Anthropology
  • Encyclopedia of Disability
  • Encyclopedia of Race and Racism
  • Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Diets

These e-books join over 60 others (including history) available on the Library's web site in Gale Virtual Reference Library. Once in GVRL, select "Show All" for the complete list of titles.

Gale Virtual Reference Library - show all titles
Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia

Biotechnology: Changing Life Through Science

Gale Encyclopedia of Diets
Elections 2008 ... Who, What, When, Where, Why
"I Go Pogo" election campaign button

To help you sort through the maze of election rhetoric, we've pulled together some reliable web sources, available on the library's home page under "Search the Web." Included are:

Trivia: Cartoonist Walt Kelly's "very political possum," Pogo, made a bid for the White House in 1952. "I Go Pogo" campaign button from the Duke University Special Collections Library.
Amazing Art and Music e-Books!
Music notes

Two majorly impressive (and massive) reference sets are now ready to use online in our latest e-book additions:

  • Grove Art Online - Full text of The Dictionary of Art (34 volumes) and The Oxford Companion to Western Art.
  • Grove Music Online - Full text of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (29 volumes), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. Includes sound examples.
DVDs & Videos ... Check 'em Out for 3 Days
"I Was a Teenage Feminist: A documentary film about redefining the F-Word"

Did you know ... most DVDs and videos can now be checked out for 3 days to Clark College students, faculty and staff! They range from documentaries, such as, I Was a Teenage Feminist, to silent films, Hollywood classics, foreign films and genres in between.

Faculty and staff can still renew audiovisual items they have checked out, as long as it isnít booked by a colleague. Students will not be able to renew videos or DVDs, however.

Stop by the Check Out Desk for more info or call 992-2504.

Reserving DVDs / Videos

In order to still efficiently accommodate your needs, we ask that faculty follow these recommendations:

  • DVDs & videos that you want to reserve to show in classes must be booked a minimum of 1 full week in advance of the show date. Online booking form and info.
  • DVDs & videos from the Cannell Library collection that you would like your students to only view in the library must be placed on reserve for your class a minimum of 1 full week in advance of when you intend for your students to have access. Online reserve form and info.
  • If there isnít time enough for item(s) to be shipped through campus mail, you can always call in advance or visit to borrow audiovisual resources.

For reserves and DVD/video booking, contact Alyssa Hagen,, 992-2553. Alyssa is our new Library and Archives Paraprofessional 2, in charge of reserves and bookings.

Alyssa went to Battle Ground High School, graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles (history major, education minor). Borderline obsessed with learning about the American Revolution, her personal goal is to, "live to 2076 so I can be around for the 300th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence."

Who "penned the Declaration"? Look for the answer in Encyclopedia of the American Constitution, part of Gale Virtual Reference Library.


A New Library "Hybrid"

Talk about energy efficiency, Cheryl Mancini is our new "hybrid". Last October, she was hired as a Library and Archives Paraprofessional 2, working 50% in Circulation, 50% in Serials.

You may have seen her prior to that, since she began working here as a student in 1999. In the meantime, Cheryl received a BS in Biology, with a minor in Environmental Science, from WSU-V.

The kestrel is one of Cheryl's favorite birds.The smallest falcon, it's known for hovering, a hunting characteristic. Find out more about them in Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, part of Gale Virtual Reference Library. A kestrel hovering
Musical Chairs ... Library Style
Maureen's knitting
Maureen and student at Reference Desk

Maureen Morasch is filling in as Reference / Instruction Librarian during Kitty Mackey's winter/spring sabbatical. Moving beyond her MLS, Maureen is on the trail of a Master's in Education at WSU-V. A quilter and knitter, the photo above shows the beginnings of her latest knitting project. No idle hands here!

Don't know a "knit one" from a "purl two"? Try The Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion, part of Gale Virtual Reference Library, for a swatch of knitting history.

Interim Survivor!

You know Amy Waite as our Circulation Supervisor. "The (library) tribe has spoken!" With the dawn of 2008 she's now Interim Library Director, following the retirement of Interim Director, Lynn Chmelir. A fan of the reality show, "Survivor", Amy has an MLS and previous experience as a library director which will arm her for this latest challenge.

All "Survivor" contestants should read up on wilderness medicine, found in Gale Virtual Reference Library.
And the Winner Is ... ?

All the glitz, glamour and red carpets may be down in Hollywood on February 24 for the 80th Academy Awards, but we've got an award ceremony going on here at Clark you don't want to miss. Mark your calendar for February 15, 2:00-3:00 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge for the Fall Quarter 2007 Classified Excellence Award.

One of the nominees is Cannell Library's Sally Demos, who hones her craft in the major role of Acquisitions specialist in the Technical Services Department.

Are you ready for your closeup? Delve into history of Oscar and the Academy Awards in the Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film, part of Gale Virtual Reference Library.

Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Happiness in a Sighted World
- Library Display -

Jake Koch developed the idea for the display from a documentary photo essay that he created for English 101 in fall 2007.

"I was born with my visual impairment, which is called Bilateral Micropthomisis ... and translates to "small undeveloped eyes."

"I currently work at the LIFTT program at the Washington State School for the Blind as a Residence Assistant. "LIFTT" stands for Learning Independently for Today and Tomorrow ... I really enjoy talking about my visual impairment and finding out information about the different types of blindness and visual impairments that people have.

"I first thought that I would just get a two year transfer degree; however, minds change, and I decided to work towards a career goal of working as a computer networker instead."

More information on blindness and visual impairment can be found in Encyclopedia of Disability, part of Gale Virtual Reference Library.


"Blindness is not a lost cause, but a way of life." - Jake Koch
Display "eye" Display "eye"
Who writes the Cannell Chimes? We all do! Everyone in the library contributes ideas and proofreads the drafts until we're all satisfied with the content. We hope you enjoy it, too!

Edited and photos by Roxanne Dimyan

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We welcome your comments, ideas, and suggestions.

Revised Feb. 11, 2008, 2:51 p.m.