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The PodCast Continues

Salutations! So, I’m not sure how we managed it, but we have a third podcast for the third week of summer term. That’s us, setting new records all the time.

In this podcast we interview Adam Coleman, a Computer Technology instructor at Clark College. Adam was kind enough to chat with us about the Penguin Help Desk. What’s that? You’ve never heard of the Penguin Help Desk? Well, to find out more, why don’t you listen?

If you can’t listen right now, here’s the tl;dr:

Did you know that Clark college has its’ very own Student run help desk. The Penguin help desk (PhD) is a student staffed computer help desk run as part of the Computer Support Specialist program offered by the CTEC Department.  It is located on the Clark College main campus and provides students, faculty, and anyone in the community with the following FREE services:

  •         Installation of anti-virus/anti-malware software
  •         Virus/malware removal and system speed-up
  •         Recommend parts purchases for customers
  •         Help with application error messages
  •         Troubleshoot network/internet issues
  •         Troubleshoot hardware and software issues
  •         Re-format hard drive and re-install software
  •         Clean up your hard drive of old or temporary files
  •         Computer advice

Here is what you need to know:

  •         Open Monday – Thursday from 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
  •         Location: Building AA4, room 110
  •         There is parking just outside the door for your convenience

Here’s a link to the Penguin Help Desk flier: Flier!

Here’s the Penguin Help Desk number: 360.992.2562


PodCast #2

Can you believe it? We were true to our word and produced another Podcast. Amazing! So, what did we talk about? Is it important? There’s only one way to find out: listen. We kept it under 10 minutes again, so it won’t take too much of your time. We briefly talk about the Writing Lab at Clark, so here’s a link to information about the Tutoring and Writing Center:

Tutoring and Writing Center Information

And here’s a link to Tutoring and Writing Center schedules:

Tutoring and Writing Center Schedule


Return of the PodCast

Hello! So last summer we started a podcast, but only one episode was completed. One year later, we are trying again. Click on the play button below to listen to this podcast, or you can download if you wish.

Here is a link to the Ask A Librarian service discussed in the podcast: Ask A Librarian

Here is a link to eLearning’s main website: eLearning

Here’s a link to the library’s main website: Library

Summer Hours

Image of Sunrise

Photo/Image Source: By C. E. Price [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

July 8 – August 29, 2013

Cannell Library

Mon – Thu 8:00am – 6:00pm

Fri – Sun CLOSED

Information: 360-992-2151

iCommons @ CTC

Mon – Thu 7:00am – 6:00pm

Fri – Sun CLOSED

Information: 360-992-6138

Outside return boxes are open 24/7!


Photo/Image Source: Barbados Beach Free Stock Photo – Public Domain Pictures

Clark College Libraries are closed for the break.

Cannell Library will reopen on July 8, 2013 at 8am and the iCommons @ CTC will reopen on July 8, 2013 at 7am.

If you place requests for items when the library is closed, staff will contact you to arrange a time for pick up if your email or phone number is valid. Please cancel requests for anything you no longer need in your library record.

Please return materials in the book drops located outside the Cannell Library entrance, in front of Gaiser Hall by the parking lot, or outside the entrance at Clark College Columbia Tech Center.

To speak with someone in the library during the break, please call the Circulation Desk at 360-992-2151.

Image of Longflorm Logo, a red lighthouse

Photo/Image Source: longform.org


The end of the academic year is just around the corner. What will you do with all that free time now that you don’t have to study? I suggest checking out the website Longform.org. Longform collects and recommends narrative journalism, both old and new, from around the web. Articles cover an immense range of subjects, from sports, true crime and popular culture to history, literature and many more. The only requirements for an article to be included on Longform are that it is over 2,000 words, well written, and freely available on the internet.

Finding articles of interest on Longform can be done in several different ways. Often I just check the main page. During the work week, Longform posts several articles a day. Checking out these articles can be like finding little nuggets of gold. I’ve read articles on random subjects that I never thought would interest me, only to find a totally new perspective or part of the world I otherwise wouldn’t have seen. Additionally, you can search for articles in the Longform search box, present on every page of the site. You can also check out articles by topics, writer, publication, or through the tag index.

Longform posts a couple weekly specials. Every week it offers “The Longform Guide to…,” a curated collection of the best articles on a particular topic. A sample of collections includes The Longform Guide to Cocainethe Guide to “Anonymous”, the Guide to Sad Retired Athletes and the Guide to Cold Cases. The site also offers weekly pod-casts interviewing an article writer and linking to a number of articles they’ve written.

Finally, if you see an article you want to read, but don’t have time, don’t despair! Longform allows you to save articles to read later through Readability, Instapaper, Pocket or a Kindle device. Longform also has a good ipad app that will do the same. So, if you find yourself with 10 to 20 minutes to spare, check out Longform. I promise you’ll never be bored.

It’s that time again … finals! 2013 or 1931 … it’s still the same, as this June 13, 1931 Saturday Evening Post cover shows.

"Cramming," an image from the Saturday Evening Post

Photo/Image Source: saturdayeveningpost.com



What else was happening on June 13, 1931? Paparazzi, 1930s style! … “It is the photographer’s job to catch them unawares on the street.” ["A Venture in Tabloidia." Saturday Evening Post, p. 21]

Interested in more historical digging into popular magazines? Want to know what magazines Clark Libraries have?  Here’s how:

1.  At the library website, library.clark.edu, select quick links (in the top blue bar), then periodical titles A to Z:


2.  At the Periodical Titles A to Z page, you can:

  • type a magazine/periodical title to search
  • browse by magazine/periodical title
  • browse by subject


3.  Listed for each magazine are the library databases it’s in and the years in each database.  Click a database link to search directly within the magazine or browse tables of content by date.  Happy hunting!


CTC Spring 2013 Finals Week Hours:

iCommons-Room 219

Monday-Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday: Closed

Tutoring Commons-Room 336

Monday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Friday: Closed

Computer Lab -Room 203

Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday: Closed

Good luck on finals!


Woman using netbook

Photo/Image Source: Nicole Arnold, Clark College Libraries

The library has computers that students can check out and take home?

Yes! Courtesy of a Technology Fee Grant, the library is now checking out 15 netbooks to students that can be taken home for 21 days just like a book. This is really going to make a difference for students who don’t have computers at home. You will no longer be limited by library hours – you have the freedom to complete your assignments anywhere, any time.

How can you get a netbook?

Come to the main campus Cannell Library during open hours. You need to be a student in good standing and show photo ID. After hours, go to our website and submit an online request. Search for “Netbook” in our catalog. The computers you can take home are called “Netbook – Extended Loan.” If one is available, we will set it aside for you for three days. Even if one isn’t available right away, you will be placed in a queue and we’ll contact you when the next one is ready.

In addition to a netbook, you will get a case and a charger. Keep these together and take good care of them! You will sign paperwork to be responsible for the duration. This is a real computer, so please make sure that your kids/dogs/parents do not cause any harm. We hope there are no problems because the replacement cost is $1000. We are also very strict about on-time returns. We will send emails and charge you $20/day for a late set. That adds up fast. Watch the due date and plan your time so you can bring it in person back to Cannell Library and complete the return paperwork.

The netbook is absolutely due the last day of finals 30 minutes before we close, even if you checked it out one day before. We update our computers during the quarter break, so we must have all the netbooks back during that time. Requesting starts over for the next quarter, so get ready for day one of Summer Quarter to request it again.

Did you miss your chance with the extended loan netbooks? We also have 30 in-library-use laptops and netbooks at Cannell Library and at the iCommons at CTC.

Check one out!


Photo courtesy of Nicole Arnold.

Student input

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Please take a few minutes (about 5) to answer some questions about Clark’s instructional resources and services. This includes the Libraries, eLearning, and Tutoring.  The information you provide is used to develop the annual operational plan and decide where to focus our efforts.

We appreciate the time you take to complete this survey and work hard to improve our services and address concerns you may have.

Please use this link:

Clark College Library Survey Spring 2012

Or type/copy


Thank You!

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