Cannell Library Chimes

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Hot News

Ask a Librarian -- Virtually!

This year, Clark students, faculty and staff can log on to the Cannell Library's Home page ( and get research help from "Ask a Librarian," the online reference service. During Fall quarter, "Ask a Librarian" is available Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:00-7:00 pm, Wednesdays from 3:00-8:00 pm, Thursdays 3-7 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 1:00-4:00 pm, and Sundays from 7:00-10:00pm (closed holidays).

When users visit "Ask a Librarian," they are connected to either a librarian from Clark College, or a librarian or library assistant from WSU-Vancouver. Because the Virtual Reference software allows the librarians to share web pages and documents while chatting, Cannell Library is able to maintain our commitment to being a teaching library.

This project is a joint project between WSU-Vancouver and Clark College, and is provided by a Washington State Library Virtual Reference Service Demonstration grant. The project will run from September 3, 2002, through June 15, 2003.

The Library Instruction Lab is Getting a New Projector!

Installing the projector

Anyone who's been in the library instruction lab knows that the Hitachi projector, which was provided this year through a generous grant from the Clark College Foundation, will be a welcome improvement to the library's instructional program. Librarian Roxanne Dimyan snapped this photo of Rick Bartz (Media Maintenance Technician) and Scott Root (Media Production) attaching the ceiling-mounted unit.

And Speaking of Media Services... The Equipment Booking/Scheduling Form ( is now available online, in pdf format. Faculty and staff can print out the form and send it to Jennifer Wheeler, Media Equipment Dispatch, via an email attachment or campus mail -- or just drop it off at the library.

Display YOUR Stuff!

Study Abroad Summer 2002 is the theme of the current display in the library, set up by the French Department. Thao Schmidt in Circulation/Interlibrary Loan, is always on the lookout for display ideas, so if you know of a club project or theme that you'd like to share, please contact Thao (x2299).

Heads Up for Weeding!

The appropriate term in library-ese is deselection, but the analogy to weeding is more appropriate (and less pretentious!). Like a garden that must be tended and nurtured, a library collection is a living entity that must be groomed and tended in order to thrive.

During the coming year, library faculty will be focusing efforts on weeding materials that are out-of-date or no longer of use to members of the Clark community. Of course, this project cannot be successful without input from classroom faculty, so don't be surprised when you receive a call, an email, or a visit from your friendly librarian -- or if you already have suggestions, stop on by and visit the library liaison for your subject area.


Project Vote Smart

Project Vote Smart is an organization whose goal is to provide voter awareness and education materials to more than 5000 libraries nationwide. Library patrons quickly scooped up one whole shipment of the free pamphlets and brochures provided, but more are on the way! Encourage your students to stop by and learn about this year's issues. Or, take a look at the web site,

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