Issue #28, October 31, 2008
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Have Cat (and MLS) ... Will Travel

Originally from the Czech Republic, Radmila (Radka) Ballada has lived on the east coast, mostly in Vermont, for the past 21 years.

When she recently accepted the position of Cannell Library's new Technical Services and Systems Librarian, "I sold all my furniture and consolidated my possessions to 46 boxes (most of them contained books) and shipped those to Washington. My 14-year-old cat and I then traveled across the country in my compact car for seven days.

"It was my first time driving across the country and I really enjoyed it. My cat, who was not used to traveling and was not on any sedatives, did remarkably well. Of all the cat-friendly motels and hotels on our trip, she liked the most expensive one, in South Bend, Indiana, the best.

"Before I left Vermont, my colleagues at Marlboro College gave me a box of earplugs and the book, The Cat Who Covered The World: The Adventures Of Henrietta And Her Foreign Correspondent, by Christopher S. Wren. Since my cat adjusted to the travel very soon and slept while the car was moving, it was really she who needed the earplugs as I blasted my music and enjoyed the freedom of driving 75 mph, legally, across most of the western states."

Radka has a BA from University of Vermont, MLS and MA in history from Southern Connecticut State University. At Marlboro College (Rice-Aron Library) she was the Technical Services Librarian and Reference Coordinator and served as Interim Library Director.

SUMMIT ... Bigger & Better in Late 2008

Big changes are in store for Summit, the popular library sytem used by Clark College students, faculty and staff to borrow books, cds, dvds, etc. from 34 academic libraries in Washington and Oregon.

If you appreciate being able to choose from such a huge regional library collection (over 28 million items), brace yourself for even more. This fall, Cannell Library staff is working with other members of the Orbis Cascade Alliance to upgrade and improve Summit.

When the project is completed in 2009
, one easy search will grant you access to quick Summit borrowing, with additional interlibrary loan options for over 107 million items from participating non-Summit libraries. (Requests from non-Summit libraries will take longer to process.)

Summit services will continue until the upgrade is completed, but we want to highlight a few things during the transition, which will begin in November.

  • For a limited time, borrowing will be restricted to a 4-week loan period, without renewals.
  • All Summit items must be returned by December 12.
  • Library staff will be on a learning curve as programming is tested and we implement the new Summit. Your patience and flexibility during this time of change are appreciated (as are smiles, baked goods, and other kind gestures!).

Please return
Summit items
December 12, 2008


What's IRIS?
  • A Greek goddess, messenger of the gods, who appeared as a rainbow?
  • Information and Research Instruction Suite?

Answer: The Information and Research Instruction Suite, online tutorials created especially for 2-year colleges!

If you haven't taken a look at the library's newest set of information and research tutorials, IRIS, now's your chance. The link is also available on the left bar of the library's home page.

Designed for both online and onsite students, each tutorial takes just a few minutes to work through and many include interactive features. The tutorials can meet student needs at many levels:

  • Major research assignment? Assign all the modules.
  • Problem with students citing Wikipedia? Kick-start a class discussion with the Wikipedia module.
  • Plagued with plagiarism? Assign the four Plagiarism modules.
  • Explaining primary sources? Show the Primary/Secondary Module.
  • Emerging learners? Have them work through the Research Team module.
  • Looking for an assessment tool? Have students take the 30-question quiz and email you the results.
  • And more!

Each module is short enough to use in the classroom to enhance teachable moments ... But please don't assign all of them at once!

(IRIS-42 is an Information Literacy project developed with a grant from the Distance Learning Council of Washington, 2007-2008. Questions? Ideas? Suggestions? Please contact Kitty Mackey, x2558.)

Comments from Bob Hughes' CTEC 101 class:

"I actually looked at all of them, and they were quite informative. Some I will definitely be using ... it is nice to know that those options are out there if I should need them."

"I learned many people such as librarians, instructors, or tutors can help me out with any project. Also, I never thought about using a library."

Stream Along with Your Image-ination

We've added a new category, Images/Media, to the left bar on the library's web site.

These resources provide access to a wealth of images and media, which are available for fair-use educational use in the classroom.

As well as databases, such as ARTstor, you'll find our two streaming video collections, Theatre in Video, and a small selection from Films for the Humanities.

Included in over 250 plays and documentaries in Theatre in Video are:

Mental Health Mondays ... Books

Fall quarter's half over, but there's still time to attend Mental Health Mondays. Previous presentations dealt with laughter, relationship enhancement, overcoming depression, date rape, and overcoming anxiety.

Upcoming presentations, 12:00-1:00 p.m., PUB Lounge (PUB 161):

  • Nov. 3 -   Sex, Lies and Alcohol
  • Nov. 10 - PTSD: When Memories Won't Go Away
  • Nov. 17 - Mental Health Implications of War, Jim Sardo, Ph.D
  • Nov. 24 - Meditation, Robert Espiau, Buddhist monk

Contact Judy VanPatten, Counseling Services, x2415, for more info. Thanks go to Judy for her book/DVD recommendations, some of which are listed below.


After the War Zone: A Practical Guide for Returning Troops and Their Families
Laurie B. Slone, Matthew J. Friedman, (Da Capo Lifelong, 2008)
RC550 .S548 2008

  • Coping with common reactions
  • The aftereffects of "battle" mind
  • PTSD - what it is and is not
  • Home, work and community concerns


The Depression Workbook: A Guide for Living with Depression and Manic Depression
Mary Ellen Copeland, (New Harbinger, 2001)
RC537 .C683 2001


Mastery of Your Anxiety and Worry: Workbook
Michelle Genevieve Craske, (Oxford University Press, 2006)
RC531 .Z56 2006


The Relationship Cure: A Five-Step Guide to Strengthening Your Marriage, Family, and Friendships
John M. Gottman, Joan DeClaire, (Three Rivers Press, 2002)
HM1106 .G68 2002


Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier
Robert A. Emmons, (Houghton Mifflin, 2007)
BF575 .G68 E46 2007


War and the Soul: Healing Our Nation's Veterans from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Edward Tick, (Quest Books, 2005)
RC552 .P67 T53 2005


Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life
Jon Kabat-Zinn, (Hyperion, 2005)
BF637 .M4 K23 2005

Mental Health Mondays ... DVDs

Ask for DVDs at the Check Out Desk.

Acutely Anxious
(Films for the Humanities, 2006)
RC341 .A25 2006 - DVD
Also in streaming video


Date Rape: A Violation of Trust
(Cambridge Educational, 2008)
HV6558 .D382 2008 - DVD


Deeply Depressed
(Films for the Humanities, 2006)
RC341 .D4 2006 - DVD
Also in streaming video


Post-traumatic Stress: When Memories Won't Go Away
(Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2004)
RC552 .P67 P668 2004 - DVD


Spin the Bottle: Sex Lies & Alcohol
(Media Education Foundation, 2004)
HV5135 .S66 2004 - DVD

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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Revised Oct. 31, 2008, 2:04 p.m.