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PodCast #4

Hello! It is near the end of week four, which means it is time for our fourth podcast. We have a special guest this week, Connie Anderson at the iCommons at the CTC. Never heard of the CTC? Not sure what an iCommons is? Well, the answers to these and many other questions are waiting for you in the podcast.

Connie talks about tutoring at the CTC, so we thought it would be a good idea to link to the tutoring calendar. The link is right here: Tutoring Calendar. You’ll need to scroll down a tiny bit to find the calendars for the CTC, but they are there.

Can Brendan and Zachary make it five in a row? What might they talk about? Do you even care? Tune in next week, same podcast time, same podcast blog to find out!

What database usage increased by 1087.5% during Spring quarter 2013?

New York Times Historical!

The library marketing committee featured three databases during spring quarter. The experiment was successful!

  • New York Times Historical was featured in April on the homepage of the library website and showed a huge increase in page views compared to April 2012.
  • ARTstor was featured in May and had a 265.38% increase in viewing.
  • IT Pro Collection (aka Books 24/7) was featured in June and viewings were up by 246.21%.

Try them for yourself! To learn more about these databases click on these links:


New York Times Historical (1851-2009):

New York Times logo


ARTstor logo


IT Pro Collection (aka Books 24×7): 

Books 24x7 icon


Look for “database of the month” to return in the fall!



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!


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