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Finals Week

  • Finals week is almost here! The iCommons at CTC provides equipment such as calculators, laptops, netbooks or headphones and can direct you to any of the many services at CTC!
  • Librarians are available onsite if you have last minute research questions.
  • Need a quiet place to study? We have two student study rooms that are perfect for you or your group!

CTC Finals Week Hours

iCommons: CTC 219

M-TH  7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.   Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Computer Lab: CTC 203

M-TH  8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Friday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Student Services: CTC 133

M-TH  7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Friday 7:30-3:30 p.m.

Tutoring Commons: CTC 336

Check for finals week tutoring times on the Clark Libraries website: Tutoring

Open Education Week

Open Education Week logo

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Open Education Week, March 10 – 15, is an international celebration to promote educational materials that are accessible, modifiable, and FREE! Throughout the week colleges, universities and other institutions will highlight the importance of making education available to everyone.

Clark College has contributed to the open education movement in a variety of ways. Several Clark faculty participated in designing and teaching courses for the Open Course Library. During 2013-14 five instructors received grants to redesign their courses to use Open Educational Resources (OER). The course are ENGL&101: English Composition I, PSYC&100: General Psychology, METR 101: Atmosphere and the Environment, BMED 137: Therapeutic Communications in Health Professions, and NTEC 220: Introduction to Network Services. The goal is that the instructors involved with this project will be teaching their OER courses by Fall 2014. The project was made possible through a Clark College Foundation Funds Allocation grant.

Celebrate Open Education Week by participating in two free webinars on Tuesday, March 11 at 9 and 11 a.m. Pacific Time. Expanding access for learners is a core value of the open education movement but if instructional materials are not designed with accessibility in mind, the opposite effect can result. Hear from experts in teaching and learning with accessibility from The Open University, National Federation of the Blind, California State University System, MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching), and the OpenCourseWare Consortium.

Accessibility of OERs for Diverse Learners and Guidelines for Dyslexia in Modern Language Learning
Time: Tuesday, March 11, 9:00 am (PDT)
Login: http://goo.gl/93cwSr

Join us for this webinar discussion on issues relating to accessibility of OERs for learners with diverse abilities. The discussion will focus on a number of questions such as: Is accessibility support in OERs ‘required’ or just ‘nice to have’? How can we achieve full inclusion of OERs without stifling openness and innovation? This will be set in the wider environment such as legal context, pedagogic agendas, and technical issues.

Results from the Dyslexia in Modern Language Distance Learning staff development project will also be shared. Highlights include publishing the Guide to Good Practice as an OER and the project’s impact on tutor’s engagement with open educational practices and online collaboration.

Challenges and Strategies for Promoting Awareness of Open and Accessible Educational Resources
Time: Tuesday, March 11, 11:00 am (PDT)
Login: http://goo.gl/YeBNEz

This webinar focuses on creating awareness of the need for open and accessible educational resources to improve learning outcomes for all students regardless of disabilities. Sharing the struggles that college students with disabilities face, efforts by the National Federation of the Blind, MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching), the California State University system, and the OpenCourseWare Consortium to enhance educational experiences for all learners will be highlighted.

Learn about the range of accessibility issues that need to be addressed and the open educational services that can enable the OER community to provide more accessible educational resources and services. Presenters will invite the audience to join in an online community for sharing accessibility expertise and the discovery and delivery of open educational resources.

Photo/Image Source: Clark College Libraries

Photo/Image Source: Clark College Libraries

Now on the quiet second floor of Cannell Library, relax with a tranquil view of the southeast corner of campus on our new built-in counters.

Fully wired with electrical outlets for charging laptops and more, these two counters are enclosed on three sides by clear windows, giving the impression of a much more isolated study space. Directly outside the windows, evergreens filter out sunlight and window tinting softens the sunset so it remains cooler than the rest of the floor.

The counters are cleaned every day along with other tables by dedicated library staff in addition to the regular, thorough cleanings by college janitorial staff.

Before, tables used to occupy the space. However, they were not electrified and their shape limited their use. Changing to built-in counters was designed to help students study in the most natural, peaceful environment. Let us know how they work for you!

The librarians surveyed the faculty about how their students perceive the library. This pie chart represents what they said. Would you please give us your point of view? Fill out this 3 question survey. Thank you.

Purdue OWL website with thumbs up

This resource is librarian approved! Photo/Image Credit: Clark College Libraries

Some of the most common questions we get here at the reference desk at the Cannell Library have to do with citations for research papers. Some of these questions are: How do you cite an online journal article in MLA? How is APA different from Chicago Style? How do I format my works cited page?

Here at the reference desk, we have several tools to help you. These tools include copies of the different style manuals available at the desk that you can use in-library, and worksheets that give you a basic outline of how to cite using different styles. We even have a web page full of links to different sources on the web.

One more source that we often recommend is the Purdue OWL website: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/. Maintained and offered for free by the writing lab at Purdue University, the OWL offers helpful instruction and tutoring on a variety of different types of writing. In addition, clicking on the “Research and Citation” link on the left sidebar will lead you to some helpful, clear, and concisely written pages that will help you with questions regarding the APA, MLA, and Chicago Styles of citation and writing. These pages include examples of good citation in each style. They can also help you with formatting your paper according to that style’s guidelines.

Knowing the citation and style rules that your instructor wants you to follow is important, both academically and in terms of your grade. The Purdue OWL site is just one fantastic resource you can use to make sure you’re doing it right. Visit the site today and check it out, and as always, come talk to one of your friendly neighborhood librarians at any time if you need more assistance.

stapler plus

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Did you know that the Clark College Libraries have some office tools that can help you put the finishing touches on your reports, papers, and projects? In case you get stuck printing your paper on campus at the last minute, the library has a table with the following free supplies:

  • Paper Slicer ( to cut your project into neat portions)
  • Stapler
  • High-Capacity Stapler (20+ pages only please!)
  • 3-Hole Punch
  • Scotch Tape

We also have golf pencils, a yardstick, and you can check out calculators for 3 hours at the Check Out Desk. These supplies are designed for emergencies, especially in the case of the high-capacity stapler – someone tries to staple only a few pages so it jams at least once a week! Anything that’s broken or that we don’t have, like glue or presentation folders, you can always buy at the Bookstore for very reasonable prices.

We hope these tools help make your projects shine!

The CTC iCommons browsing collection has updated their holdings with new books to reflect the unique programs and classes offered at Columbia Tech Center! In this post, you’ll find information about books to expand upon and explore popular CTC subject areas like BMED, CAP, ESL, Mechatronics, and NAC. If you see an interesting title in the cover images below, come on in to CTC and check it out! Click on a title cluster to open a larger image. Loan periods for these books are consistent with main campus general checkouts – 21 days.

Books of interest to BMED students

BMED books
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Books of interest to CAP students

CAP books
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Books of interest to ESL students

ESL books
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Books of interest to Mechatronics students

Mechatronics books
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Books of interest to NAC students

NAC books
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U.S. National Archives - no known copyright restrictions

U.S. National Archives – no known copyright restrictions

The Clark College Libraries will be closed in celebration of the President’s Day holiday. The Cannell Library will close as usual at 5pm on Saturday, February 15th and reopen on Tuesday the usual hour of 7am.

Our outside return boxes are always open to return books, movies, etc. Don’t get a late fine!

Need to request or renew a book? You can always do so online by logging in to your library account at https://oswald.clark.edu/patroninfo.

Need expert research assistance to finish that paper? You can always contact a librarian online (at this address: http://library.clark.edu/?q=content/ask-librarian) and you can get instant assistance via chat.

World's Strongest Librarian

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Clark College is currently selecting a book for everyone to read together from Fall 2014-2016. Like other “big read” or “community read” projects, there will be a variety of activities related to the book that is chosen. Plus, when meeting someone, you’ll always have something in common to talk about!

Since the college is in the selection process now, they have made books available in the library for 3-day check out. It’s limited, so you have to read fast! And since it’s a short time, there should be at least one book available so please drop by and check them out.

These are the six books you can read:

After you’ve read the books, submit your feedback to the Common Read Selections Survey: http://webapps.clark.edu/snapwebhost/s.asp?k=138980171764. The survey will close at 5:00pm on Friday, April 18, 2014.

Find out if the book you want is available at CTC or Cannell: http://oswald.clark.edu/search/r?SEARCH=first+year+experience.

These are all supposed to be excellent books. One is even about a librarian! Come on in, check them out, and help choose the one that Clark will be talking about.

Photo of a Winding Road from Flickr user Geee Kay

“A Long and Winding Road” by Geee Kay is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

If you use the student wireless network called Clark_Student, you will notice that starting today, you are required to provide a password. A password is required once every academic year on each of your wireless devices (smart phone, laptop, tablet).

The password for this academic year is: windingroad

For more information, read this notice and FAQs page from the Computing Resources for Clark College:
February 3, 2014: Important change to Clark College Student Wireless Network!

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