Library

Issue #35, June 16, 2011
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New Library Website - Beta Until September 1

Here's something fun for you to try this summer, the library's new website, library.clark.edu. It's in beta mode, so now's the time to go for a test drive and let us know what you think.

This is also a good time to update any links you may have to our current "old" website, as it will be replaced by library.clark.edu on September 1.

Taking several years to develop using Drupal, an open-source content management system, we now have pages which are dynamically generated. "This functionality, impossible to do on the old site, but elegantly delivered with Drupal, allows us to promote information literacy by introducing students to a variety of databases and resources on one screen." (Kitty Mackey)

By selecting a category in "all subjects" (located under "find" in the top blue bar) students have the opportunity to explore not just additional databases on their subject, but how-to guides, websites, class guides, and media -- resources buried and rarely visited on our old site.

New library website home page

Thank you to the students in Bob Hughes's GCRP, Priscila Martins-Read's ESL/ENL, Tobey Peterson’s English 102 and Joe Pitkin's English 109 classes for participating in website usability. Among the comments:
"The new website is much easier to navigate as well as much more informative. I actually learned a few new things about Clark's libraries just by exploring the site!"
"For the most part this seems user friendly. Being 'different' there is a small learning curve, but nothing that is distracting from getting my tasks done. I like the 'search all resources' right on the home page, since that is what I am usually doing in Cannell library."
"It wasn't so hard just that I'm not too good with computers but could eventually figure stuff out:)"
Library Digitizes Student Newspaper - 1959-1962

Clark College Student Newspaper Collection logoSaved from a dusty, crumbling demise in dark file cabinet drawers, 87 issues of the Clark College student newspaper (1959-1962) have been revitalized, brought back to life by digitization.

Today's newspaper flies under the banner, The Independent. Back in the day, these 50-year-old papers were The Penguin's Progress.

Funded by ASCC, this one-year digitization project began last summer and was carried out by Robert Schimelpfenig, former Clark student and library employee, now archivist at Washington State University-Vancouver. Robert used the ContentDM database which was first used to digitize over 5,000 images from the Art Department's art slides collection (funded by a Foundation grant). As time and resources allow, more past issues will be added.

College Still Awaiting Student Typewriters - article, Dec. 4, 1959

In the meantime, it's amazingly fun and historically informative to discover what news was fit to print 50 years ago.

The collection has options to search full-text or browse by year or issue.

A search for the word "library" retrieved 226 articles, including these two charmers on the left:

  • "College Still Awaiting Student Typewriters" - 1959
  • "Friskey Frogs Frolic" - 1960

We've come a long way, from "one typewriter in the library for student use" (December 4, 1959, page 3) to 90 computers today.

And what about those "friskey frogs"? Discover their fate in the October 4, 1960 issue, page 4.

The Clark College Student Newspaper Collection can be found on the library's site in Articles & Newspapers (in the left bar).

So, be "friskey" as a frog and jump right in!

 

Friskey frogs frolic - article, October 4, 1960
New Collaborative Study Area on First Floor

Students studying in new first floor study area

Student studying in new study area on first floor

 

With so many more students on campus, the expanded study space on the first floor has become a popular, heavily used area!

As most of our journals, magazines and newspapers are now available via library databases, we weeded the first floor periodicals collection, creating much-needed study space.

One of the changes made to address the noise issue on the second floor was moving more collaborative and soft seating to the first floor and increasing single study seats upstairs.

Competitive Gamers "Clash at Clark" in the Library
Student holding game controls

Steve Osuna, president of the Competitive Gamers of Clark, reports on their first event held in Cannell Library, February 25:

"Clash at Clark" was an event our club, the Competitive Gamers of Clark, put on to showcase the new game Marvel vs Capcom 3 and to give people a small taste of the tournament scene.

"We didn't just limit it to the tournament though, we had a long list of competitive games available for free play during the entire event. We provided TVs, systems, games, controllers, and a free-to-enter tournament so all anyone had to do was show up and have fun."

Since then, they've been meeting Friday afternoons in the Cannell Room. Reference/Instruction librarian, Zachary Grant, co-pilots as the club's adviser.

Plans are in the works for an Evo2k viewing party, July 31, streaming the biggest event in the fighting game community. For more information, contact clarkcg@gmail.com.

Interested in video games and the meaning of life? Check out the book, Philosophy Through Video Games, GV1469.34 .V56 C645 2009.

Students participating in "Clash at Clark" in the library Book - Philosophy Through Video Games
IT Pro ... Computer / Information Technology Books Online

Book - Picture Yourself Using Microsoft Word 1010In the ever-evolving world of computer and information technology books, as soon as a book is purchased for the library shelves, it may just as quickly be out of date.

What better way to handle this conundrum than with computers themselves. IT Pro to the rescue!

IT Pro is an online collection of over 9,000 full-text technical, how-to books covering a wide range of subjects, such as desktop and office applications, graphic design, programming and Web development.

You can search by title or words in the text of books, or browse through the list of topics (see image on right).

So, if you're up a creek, computer-wise, let IT Pro steer you safely to shore.

Book - AI Game Engine ProgrammingBook - Laptops for Dummies

IT Pro - list of topics

Find IT Pro by selecting Online Resources/Databases in the orange bar at the top of the library's website.

You'll be asked for your name and Clark ID # (beginning with 940).

Focus on Art in the Library ... Kuan Yin, Goddess of Mercy
Kuan Yin, Goddess of Mercy - wall hanging

Kuan Yin, Goddess of Mercy - wall hanging, close-up of headThe Goddess Kuan Yin, seen in the wall hanging across from the Reference Desk, is a rubbing taken from a tablet in the Forest of Steles in Xi'an, China.

The figure is an image of the Bodhisattva which originated in India. At first, this deity was considered to be male, however, since the 10th century it has been represented as female and is especially associated with the principle of compassion.

She is worshipped as a savior in times of life-threatening dangers, one who watches over all beings and heeds their cries of suffering and distress.

This representation of Kuan Yin is by Wu Daozi of the Tang Dynasty (c. AD 710–60).

For more insight on Kuan Yin, try Gale Virtual Reference Library, an online collection of over 100 subject encyclopedias, such as Encyclopedia of Religion and Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender.

Try Oxford Art Online (full text of of the 34-volume Grove's Dictionary of Art) for background on the Chinese painter, Wu Daozi.

Access both databases (and more!) by selecting Online Resources/Databases in the orange bar at the top of the library's website.

(Kuan Yin was donated by Harriet Kaufman Levi to commemorate the Fourth World Congress on Women held in China in 1996.)

Summer Quarter Faculty Information

Teacher penguinLibrary Hours:
Both Cannell Library and the Information Commons @ CTC will close June 16 at 6:00 pm and will reopen June 27.
During the break, faculty and staff may gain entrance to Cannell Library by calling 360-992-2504. To meet with a particular person, please call ahead to make sure the person is available.

Summer hours: June 27-August 18

  • Cannell Library, Monday-Thursday, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Info Commons @ CTC, Monday-Thursday, 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Course Reserves:
New reserves that are received on or before June 22 will be available to students on the first day of summer classes. Items received after that date will be processed as quickly as possible, but may not be ready until after classes have begun. Fall quarter course reserves will be accepted starting Monday, August 15. To place a new item on reserve:

1) Print and fill out the Cannell Library Course Reserve Form or submit the form electronically.
2) Bring the reserve material to the library.

Electronic items: For assistance with uploading materials to Moodle, contact either Wendy Clark (x2553) or Connie Anderson (x6137) to make arrangements. Also, it is not necessary to print and scan articles from library databases; ask staff for help obtaining persistent links to database articles.

Video Bookings:
Please book the videos you plan to show in class as soon as possible to avoid scheduling conflicts! Of the 1,500+ videos and DVDs owned by Cannell Library, a few key items are very popular. Book videos with at least ten days advance notice and you can receive the videos in your campus mailbox. You can use our online video booking form or call 360-992-2553.

Questions?
For renewals and information, try our website (www.clark.edu/Library) or call the Check Out Desk, 360-992-2504.
For reserves and videos at Cannell Library, contact Wendy Clark, wclark@clark.edu, 360-992-2553; at Columbia Tech Center, contact Connie L. Anderson, clanderson@clark.edu, 360-992-6137.

New DVDs ...
Thank you to Becky Engel for suggesting these movies and documentaries dealing with deaf culture. Ask for them at the Check Out Desk.

DVD cover - Beyond Silence

 

Beyond Silence
PN1997.J46 J46 2003
DVD

 

Children of a Lesser God
PN1997 .C45 2009
DVD

DVD cover - Children of a Lesser God

DVD cover - The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

 

The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
PN1995.9.M45 H4378 2008
DVD

 

Johnny Belinda
PN1997 .J64669 2006
DVD

DVD cover - Johnny Belinda

DVD cover - Mr. Holland's Opus

 

Mr. Holland's Opus
PN1997 .M5756 1994
DVD

 

Sound and Fury
RF305 .S686 2001
DVD

DVD cover - Sound and Fury

DVD cover - Through Deaf Eyes

 

Through Deaf Eyes
HV2530 .T57 2007
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


We welcome your comments, ideas, and suggestions.   rdimyan@clark.edu

Revised June 16, 2011, 3:54 p.m.