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Fall Orientation Fair

Tim Cook smiles for the camera!

Tim Cook smiles for the camera! Photo/Image Source: Clark College Libraries

Everyone had a great time at the Fall Orientation Fair! The Clark College Libraries are boldly going where (few) library systems have gone before with our new “Discover” search tool and our new integrated library system. Reference librarian Julie Austad created a planet-themed mobile with the outer planets as the different members of our CLASS unit (Libraries, eLearning, Tutoring, and Faculty Development) and students as our sun. Student success is definitely the center of our solar system!

Did you attend the Fall Orientation Fair in September? The pictures are now posted on our Clark College Libraries Flickr account. Feel free to tag yourself or just enjoy the show!


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Celebrate Open Access Resources

International Open Access Week 2014 is October 20-26. Learn more about the open access movement on the Open Access Week website and join this global event to celebrate, promote, and discuss open access, the movement to make scholarly content readily and freely available to the public.

We are pleased to highlight the following databases and resources, all of which are open access. Anyone in the world can use these databases with ready accessible articles, books, and more.

  • Ad*Access – Advertisements printed from 1911 to 1955 in: radio, television, transportation, and beauty & hygiene.
  • arXiv – E-prints in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, and statistics.
  • bioRxiv – Preprints of articles in biology, sponsored by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories.
  • Digital Scriptorium – Archival images of medieval and renaissance manuscripts.
  • Directory of Open Access Books – A database indexing open access ebooks across multiple disciplines.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals – A database indexing open access journals and articles across multiple disciplines.
  • Internet Archive – An archive of the Internet including newsreels, movies, texts, and audio artifacts.
  • NCBI BookShelf – Texts in life science and healthcare from the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
  • PubMed – Provides citations and abstracts for journal articles in all areas of medical practice and research from 1953 to the present.
  • Science.gov– Features selected, authoritative science information provided by U.S. Government agencies including research and development results.
  • TIMEA – The Travelers in the Middle East Archive (TIMEA) focuses on western interactions with the Middle East, particularly travels to Egypt during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.




One of my favorite feature of our Discover Catalog  is finding full-text articles with one search.  To find articles using Discover:

1. Go to  http://discover.library.clark.edu (or from the Clark College Libraries Home Page, select “Advanced Search” in the “Discover @ Clark” tab)

2.  Select “Clark + Summit + more” search option in the Basic Search or next to “Search in” in the Advanced Search (see screenshots below) and  then type your search words into the search box.

Basic Search (from http://discover.library.clark.edu)


Advanced Search (from Clark College Libraries Home Page -> Advanced Search)


3.  Click the Search button.


4. Select “CC Online Resources” (this will narrow down your search to full-text resources)


5.  From the search options on the left side of the screen select “Articles”  under “Resource Type”. Articles_option_in_Discover_Refine

6.  You may like to refine your search results with search options on the left such as Peer Review Journals, specific dates and specific subjects (scroll down to see Subjects).

7. In order to read a specific article, select the “View It” tab and then click on one of the hyperlinks listed there to read the full-text article.  If you experience any problems, Ask a Librarian for help.ViewItTab

To learn more about Discover, attend one of the 30 Clicks Discover sessions on Wednesday, October 15, 2014:

30 Clicks features the library catalog 'Discover'.

30 Clicks features the library catalog ‘Discover’

National Information Literacy Awareness Month 2014

Photo/Image Source: NFIL

Washington State has joined NFIL! But we’re not talking about the Seahawks. Sponsored by the National Forum on Information Literacy (NFIL), National Information Literacy Awareness month is about promoting an essential skill, “the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand”(NFIL).  Learn more from the NFIL Proclamation Tutorial.

Challenge yourself with Clark Library’s  IRIS Tutorial Quiz. Earn a certificate with a perfect score!

banned books week display 2014

Photo/Image Source: Jaki King, Clark College Libraries

Banned Books Week is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read. This year the thematic focus is on graphic novels and comics. Graphic novels have had a rocky and misunderstood past, and are still not considered a valuable form of storytelling to some.  Graphic novels and comics are some of the more commonly challenged or banned types of books. Charles Brownstein, executive director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund says, “They’re [comics and graphic novels] uniquely vulnerable to challenges because of the medium’s visual nature and because comics still carry a stigma of being low-value speech. Some challenges are brought against comics because a single page or panel can be taken out of context, while others come under attack because of the mistaken notion that all comics are for children” (Flood, 2014).

To celebrate Cannell Library has created a graphic novel display complete with banned or challenged graphic novels available for check-out. These books can also be requested for pick-up at the iCommons at CTC.  The display will be available September 21st-27th .

If you’re interested in learning more about Banned Books Week or graphic novels consider this amazing handbook from Comic Book Legal Defense Fund with a cover designed by Jeff Smith, author of popular graphic novel series – and most frequently challenged title of 2013 – Bone (Melrose, 2014).

More information about Banned Books Week available here.


Work Cited:

Flood, Alison. “Bone author Jeff Smith speaks out ahead of US Banned Books Week.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited, 19 Sept. 2014. Web. 19 Sept. 2014.

Melrose, Kevin. “CBLDF debuts ‘Banned Books Week Handbook.’” CBR. Comic Book Resources, 27, June 2014. Web. 19 Sept. 2014.

Coming Soon!



Starting in September Cannell Library will have projectors that can be checked out to use in the smaller study rooms.


Stay tuned for more information.

Clark Libraries will be open regular hours during finals week but will be closed for quarter break beginning Friday, August 29.

Finals Week Hours

Cannell Library: Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Closed Friday

iCommons at CTC: Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Closed Friday

Quarter Break

Both locations are closed Friday, August 29 through Sunday, September 21. 

  • Need to request or renew a book? You can always do so online by logging in to your library account
  • To avoid fines, return borrowed items to outside collection boxes when libraries are closed.
  • At Cannell library, extended loan netbooks must be returned by  Thursday, August 28 at 5:30 p.m. or a late fine will be charged.

We reopen Monday, September 22 at 7:00 a.m.

A New Test

This year, the General Educational Development (GED) test had a makeover. Unlike the previous iteration of the GED test from 2002, the 2014 test is given on a computer and is divided into four content areas.

The four content areas are:

  • Reasoning Through Language Arts
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Science
  • Social Studies

(“A Fighting Chance”, n.d.)


Library Resources for Preparation

New GED Book Cover

Available now at Clark College Libraries

In order to prepare for this new test, the library has several resources available. In our Transitional Programs Collection, look for “New GED: strategies, practice & review” from Kaplan Publishing (Call Number: TPC Skills LB3060.33.G45 V36 2014).

We are currently ordering more resources for the updated test as they become available from the publishers, so check back often in the upcoming academic year for even more print book resources.

Another great resource that is fully updated for the 2014 version of the GED Test is Learning Express. This database offers tutorials, full-text ebooks, and practice tests for all parts of the GED. In addition, if you do not feel ready to take the practice tests, Learning Express provides pre-GED level learning material to build up your skills in the four content areas.

For a complete list of resources from the library for GED preparation, please see our Subject Guide for ABE/GED.



Work Cited

“A Fighting Chance at 4 Million Jobs.” GED Testing Service, GED Testing Service, n.d. Web. 18 Aug. 2014. <http://www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/2014test>.

There will be a Discover downtime (approx. 45 minutes) on Sunday, August 3rd, between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. due to a scheduled upgrade.  While our Discover Catalog is not available, you can search our library databases individually by selecting “Article Databases” on the Library homepage http://library.clark.edu/. Of course, you can always sleep until 6 a.m. that morning and miss the Discover downtime completely …

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