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Diversity in Art

We at the iCommons try to keep the display case interesting with relevant materials that reflect current classes taking place at CTC, or just something that will be eye-catching and spark some curiosity. Right before Spring Break, there was a call for artists (aspiring or otherwise) to bring us their art for display during Summer Quarter. While it is not quite Summer yet, we decided to get started a little early and exhibit the work by current ceramics student, Bruce Kelley!

Source: Clark College Libraries Photograph by: Keelie Wray

Source: Clark College Libraries
Photograph by: Keelie Wray

When asked about his piece, Kelley explained that he was influenced by the Haida tribe of the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii). Kelley went on to explain that the “Haida were traditionally a whaling culture, and have different names for the different types of whales (like Alaskans have 20 names for snow). The middle-sized whale (the humpback) together with a near cousin (the Grey Whale) were commonly harvested for food. The Orca were common predators, and the Sperm Whales were more rare (feeding mostly in deep ocean on squid).”

Kelley added that the basic idea behind the making of “Diversity Pod” was to celebrate the diversity represented by the First Nation peoples, Europeans, and others who all currently live on the islands.

Source: Clark College Libraries  Photograph by: Keelie Wray

Source: Clark College Libraries
Photograph by: Keelie Wray

Come on over and see this beautiful art piece for yourself, and, while you’re at it, check out our books about ceramics and pottery across cultures.

If you have more questions about “Diversity Pod,” you can email Bruce Kelley at brucekelley55@gmail.com.

Do you like to read? Maybe “like” is a bit of an understatement for you? Perhaps you don’t read a ton but there’s that one book that you tell everyone about? Whatever it is, we want you to give us your reading recommendations!

Beginning this quarter, we will be highlighting book picks by faculty, staff, and students. There are no limitations on the genre or type of book you suggest. We only ask that your pick be available through the Discover catalog.

If interested, please contact CTC iCommons staff at 360-992-6138 with your name, position (student, faculty, staff), book title and a brief blurb as to why you love (or like) this book.

We look forward to hearing from you!


It’s Springtime! Birds are chirping, the weather is warmer, the sun is out, and everything is feeling fresh and new!

Continuing with the theme, Cannell Library has added some new pieces that will prove to be useful AND fun.

New print station in Cannell Library! Photo by Tammy Boyer

New print station in Cannell Library!
Photo by Tammy Boyer

What’s this? A  print station?!? Well, if that doesn’t scream convenience, I don’t know what will. This station is now in an easy-to-spot location (in direct eyesight of the doors) and allows for quick access for those looking to print and go.

New paper tables in Cannell Library! Photo by Tammy Boyer

New paper tables in Cannell Library!
Photo by Tammy Boyer

You may have also seen several of these friendly paper tables. These unique pieces not only hold the much-needed double-shot espresso, but also encourage collaboration between patrons. You can write, doodle, illustrate, and calculate (in long-hand….it’s a table, not a giant calculator) with the dry erase markers available on each table. Working with a friend? These little beauties also swivel so that you and a partner can share your drawings without moving from your seat.

Pop over to Cannell today and let us know what you think of these new changes!

video_returnbox.jpgBoth library locations will be closed  starting March 18th and will reopen at 7:00 a.m. on April 4th. All books that are checked out now will be due during the break. You can renew your books online or return them during the break.

When the library is closed please return items to the outside return boxes. These boxes are checked once a day during the week.

NOTE: One return box is along the Green parking lot west entrance just north of Gaiser Hall, and two are right outside the library entrance. One of these is designated for audiovisual materials and the other for books. The CTC campus has one return box outside of the main campus doors by the parking lot.

We Want Your Art!

If you’ve been to the CTC campus, you may have noticed the iCommons` display case. Usually, it holds many amazing book selections expertly arranged in an eye-catching and creative way by *ahem* yours truly. Currently, the case is housing a collection of books inspired by the recent traveling Native Voices exhibit. However, with Winter Quarter coming to a close and the exhibit going back to whence it came on 3/16, the case will be empty and…boring (this is really the part in the story where the clock strikes midnight and everything turns back into vegetables and rodents).

Photo/Image Source: "Cinderella Pumpkin." by,Lisa Brettschneider (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/)

Photo/Image Source: “Cinderella Pumpkin.” by,Lisa Brettschneider (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/)

Now, this is where YOU come in, dear students/faculty/staff of Clark College! We want your art and we want it for Summer Quarter!


Have you made art? Do you like art? Would you like it displayed in a classy, yet hip, setting? Bring us your starving artist, your forgotten pieces, your art projects, your creative ventures into untapped mediums! We want to see it and we want to revel in your creativity. Help us make this case interesting again!


We will be focusing all Summer Quarter on this so don’t be afraid to offer up more than one item. If interested, please contact the iCommons staff at 360-992-6138.


Photo Image Source: Wild Flower Garden. CC0 Public Domain – no known copyright restrictions

Cannell Library will be open regular hours Monday thru Wednesday and will close for the quarter break on Thursday at 6pm. The Information Commons at CTC will be open regular hours during finals week and will close for quarter break beginning Friday, March 18th and reopen Monday, April 4th.

Finals Week Hours (03/14 – 03/17 )

Cannell Library:

  • Monday-Wednesday 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Closed Friday

iCommons @ CTC:

  • Monday – Wednesday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Closed Friday

Quarter Break (03/18 – 04/03 )

Both locations are closed Friday, March 18th through Sunday, April 3rd.

  • 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 March 19th at 5:30pm or a late fine will be charged.

We reopen Monday, April 4th at 7:00 a.m.

Open Education Week 2016 logo

“Open Education Week’s goal is to raise awareness about free and open educational opportunities that exist for everyone, everywhere, right now. We want to highlight how open education can help people meet their goals in education, whether that’s to develop skills and knowledge for work, supporting formal studies, learning something new for personal interest, or looking for additional teaching resources.”  – Open Education Consortium.

Open Education is alive and growing at Clark College!  Students and Faculty are interested in reducing textbook costs for students and increasing accessibility as reported in the Indy.

Community and technical colleges across Washington State are increasingly using more and more Open Educational Resources (OER) to help students reduce costs of textbooks and to give faculty more freedom to develop their course materials.  This Thursday, March 10th at 10:00 am, join the Community College Consortium for OER (CCCOER) for an online student panel:  OER Adoption- Student Voices Panel and Campus Faculty Development.


Here are a few comments from students here at Clark about the costs of textbooks….

Would like save results of a successful search in Discover (the Clark College Libraries Catalog) and return to it later?  Saving a query (a combination of specific search terms and limiting options) in your Discover account will enable you to do just that. And when you save a query, you can also set up an automatic alert emails to let you know when new library materials on your search topic are added to the library collection.

First, sign into your Discover account.  Then, after you submit your search terms and refine your search with options, such as resource types or subjects, save your query (search) by clicking the Save query link on the left side of your search results.

  • You can access your saved and session queries by clicking either the e-Shelf of My Account link and then clicking the My Queries tab.SaveQuery2


  • This Session’s Queries—this folder lists all of the queries that you have performed in the current session.
    Saved Queries & Alerts—this folder lists all of the queries and alerts that you have saved.
  • You can run a saved query yourself, or you can set it as an alert that runs automatically at scheduled times and sends you new results
    by e-mail. An alert is a process that runs your query automatically at scheduled times and sends you new results via e-mail.
  • To view the list of alerts, click the Saved Queries & Alerts menu.
  • To configure an alert for a saved query, click the Update link for that query and then specify the alert settings.


The instructions above were adapted from Primo Online Help.

Exterior of Cannell Library


Exterior of Archer Gallery and Penguin Union Building

FRIDAY, MARCH 4  5-8 pm

Exterior of Clark County Historical Museum

Cannell Library (first photo) and Archer Gallery (second photo) are located at Clark College: 1933 Fort Vancouver Way

Clark County Historical Museum (third photo): 1511 Main Street

ExploreNative Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness” at Cannell Library.
ViewWoven: The Art of Contemporary Native Basketry” in Clark College’s Archer Gallery.
ExperienceOne November Morning” which features artwork depicting the Sand Creek Massacre at the Clark County Historical Museum.

  • Cannell Library will host a reception with light appetizers and refreshments.
  • Artists featured in the Woven exhibit will speak at 6 pm in Archer Gallery–Curator Todd Clark (Wailaki) and artists Ka’ila Farrell Smith (Klamath/Modoc), Brittany Britton (Hupa), and Sara Siestreem (Hanis Coos).
  • The Clark County Historical Museum will be open until 9 pm.

This event is free and open to everyone!

“Native Voices” will be at Cannell Library until March 16.  Visit the exhibit webpage for a complete list of events.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) developed and produced Native Voices: Native People, Concepts of Health and Illness. The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office in partnership with NLM, tours the exhibition to America’s libraries.

Nation Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Library of Medicine (NLM) logo

American Library Association (ALA) Logo



Photo Credits:

Photo/Image Source: "Sand Creek Massacre." by,Jb10okie (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/j)

Photo/Image Source: “Sand Creek Massacre.” by,Jb10okie (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/j)

With the installation of the Native Voices exhibition, a couple of the associated events hosted by Clark College and the Clark County Historical Museum, bring to light the tragic Sand Creek Massacre of November 29, 1864. On this date, 150 peaceful Cheyenne and Arapaho people were horrifically attacked in an unsanctioned battle led by U.S. Army Colonel, John Chivington.

Visiting Cheyenne and Arapaho artists, Brent Learned and George Levi, bring with them their art exhibition, “One November Morning,” located at the Clark County Historical Museum, which works to honor their ancestors and encourage dialogue of the events connection to current world issues.

The Student of Color Luncheon will begin Tuesday, 2/16 and include a discussion led by Learned and Levi about their exhibit. If you miss the luncheon, there is another chance on Friday, 2/19 to take part in the discussion and learn more about the event that inspired their artwork. The Native American Culture Club of Clark County will sponsor a viewing in Foster Auditorium of the documentary “One November Morning” and both artists will lead a conversation about the massacre and their process in creating the exhibition.

If you are interested in learning more about the Sand Creek Massacre of November 29th, 1864, there are several online and print books available in our Discover catalog.

Remember to keep up to date with all of the Native Voices events by following Clark Libraries on Facebook, Twitter (@ClarkLibraries), and on our blog!

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