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OER Logo” by Unknown – Unknown. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.

Textbook costs are one of the unwelcome surprises students face after registering for classes. Required textbooks can cost hundreds of dollars, and it’s so frustrating when the texts aren’t even used much in class.

Open Education Resources are free “open source” textbooks and resources written by professors and industry experts on all sorts of topics. Currently a number of Clark College professors are looking at their books to see if they can be switched over to Open Education Resources. In Summer and Fall Quarter of this year, some CAP classes used the College of the Redwood’s freely released Prealgebra textbook. Biology 160 is using Concepts in Biology from OpenStax, which can be printed for $29 on Amazon or $23.50 from the Clark College Bookstore. In comparison, the Biology 100 textbook costs over $90 new.

An Open Textbook bill was introduced to the US Senate in October to fund pilot programs at colleges and universities to develop more Open Education Resources. Read the Campus Technology announcement for more details.


Feeling Artistic?

The cold, rainy, winter months are now upon us and making outdoor field trips harder and harder. If you’re feeling like exercising your artistic side but wanting to stay cozy and warm inside, try going on a virtual museum jaunt!

Photo/Image Source: "Edinburgh National Museum of Scotland" by, Barnyz (https://www.flickr.com/photos/75487768@N04/17099924583/in/photolist-s44zPV-p2sSbU-5Ua6Vb-5zwA8M-qjsPMK-9sGA4m-2kmqHa-bh1vqP-3gL8kV-9sqzqy-5Vrw7F-rjRGg1-zt3LRZ-pKNxqh-owaoP-rmVRmH-8X42gy-pGiuk6-9aoWFc-a5yKYU-8zFANj-nybmTQ-ttbovo-zWuKtK-pteA87-rbBUCy-z4PHXq-5GLCfZ-ajMEUS-dN6hQM-87AdiH-c2mfDQ-9shW8v-q1g7Nx-nGcvy4-9sofiv-8ypYMW-i9BGNn-9om9gG-auwSwb-gBEX5D-7m52kZ-aPzBTK-doupyg-6rXnk6-aBwRMb-dfa6AY-qDZmjv-bv2JSy-8wVW2p)

Photo/Image Source: “Edinburgh National Museum of Scotland” by, Barnyz (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/)

Through Google Cultural Institute, you can explore thousands of art collections, historic moments, and performing arts videos from all over the world. This amazing database allows you to get up close and personal to some of history’s greatest treasures, like Van Gogh’s The Starry Night. If you’re feeling more up to learning about pivotal moments in history, such as the Women’s Suffragette movement in England, then feel free to turn your attention to the online exhibitions featured in this vast museum.

To add to your online field trip experience, check out the dense collection of Art History resources available through our Discover catalog! Many of these titles are accessible online, thus providing you with immediate artistic gratification.

Need help with researching?  Check out Ask-A-Librarian and receive prompt and personal assistance.

penguins standing on snow

“Emperor Penguins” by Christopher Michel, CC BY-NC 2.0.

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, December 11th and reopen Monday, January 4th.

Finals Week ( 12/7 – 12/10 ) Hours

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 – Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • CLOSED Friday

Quarter Break (12/11 – 01/3 )

Both locations are closed Friday, December 11th until Monday, January 4th.

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

Have you met our catalog, Discover? If not, let me introduce you!

We’ve added a “5 Facts about Discover” video to our website. In it, you can learn how to sign in, find materials and set up your own personal e-Shelf.

If you haven’t had a chance to explore our new catalog this would be a perfect opportunity to go check it out and see what fascinating information is just a few mouse clicks away!

5 Facts about Discover

5 Facts about discover video

5 Facts about discover video



Happy Thanksgiving!

This is a time for being with your loved ones and celebrating everything that you are thankful for. Please take note of the following hours and days of closure for both Cannell Library and the iCommons.

Remember, if you need to request or renew a book, you can always do so online by logging in to your library account. Also, to avoid fines, return borrowed items to outside collection boxes when libraries are closed.

Have a wonderful holiday and safe travels!


Cannell Library:

– closes at 4:30 pm on Wednesday 11/25

– CLOSED Thursday 11/26 – Saturday 11/28

– opens at 1:00 pm Sunday 11/29

iCommons @ CTC:

– closes at 4:30 pm on Wednesday 11/25

– CLOSED Thursday 11/26 – Sunday 11/29

– open at 7:00 am Monday 11/30

US flags in open field with gazebo

Photo/Image source: Flags by DennyCraig. CC0 Public Domain – no known copyright restrictions

The United States Census Bureau’s American Factfinder has compiled a series of Veterans statistics on its Facts for Features site. The site covers a wide variety of topics including demographics  of the U.S. veteran population, when veterans served, where veterans live, and more.


Clark College International Programs 2015 International Photo Contest Display in the Cannell LIbrary

Clark College International Programs 2015 International Photo Contest Display

Contest photos are now on display at Cannell Library. They will be moving on Tuesday, November 10th around 4:30. Come in to take a look and vote.

You can also vote on the Clark College International Programs Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ClarkInternationalPrograms/



Have you been out to the iCommons at CTC and noticed the gated barrier blocking you from our beautiful browsing and reference collection just beyond the Circulation desk?

Well, as of October 28th, the gate has been removed and your path is now free to wander the small, but mighty, collection lining our back wall.

Source: Clark College Libraries Photographer: Keelie Wray

Source: Clark College Libraries
Photographer: Keelie Wray

Our Browsing Books are meant to aid in learning while encouraging reading for pleasure. In fact, according to the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, a recent study by the Reading Agency suggests that reading can increase your overall health and well-being. With mid-terms and finals just around the corner, taking a small reading break may help to reduce your stress and get your brain back on track. In addition, we have officially arrived in the cold, rainy season. Snuggling up with a good book may be the key to keeping yourself healthy and happy.


So, get prepared and come check out a book!


Winter is coming…

Many new books were added to our collection and we want to highlight three of them for you.

Playing at the World

Playing at the World by Jon Peterson


Playing at the World by Jon Peterson is one of the most detailed and well written histories of war games and role playing games to date. Wonder how your 5th edition of Dungeon & Dragons first started out in 1974? Are you curious to learn what influence war gaming had on role playing games? Want to learn more about the people involved in role playing and war gaming production and design? Then Playing at the World is the book for you.

Gost Fleet

Ghost Fleet by P.W. Singer & August Cole

Ghost Fleet by P.W. Singer and August Cole is a fascinating look at the possible future of warfare. Singer and Cole have not only written a brilliant story about a possible conflict between China and the United States, they provide end notes with sources to the technology and ideas presented in their story. This book is not only a fun read, but if you’re not careful, you’ll learn a few things about the world around you as well.

Lovelace and Babbage

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua. What if Ada Lovelace didn’t die at the very young age of 36? What if Charles Babbage actually built the Analytical Engine? What if they teamed up and fought crime? Well, it all happens here in Sydney Padua’s version of history. The artwork is amazing and the complementing foot notes are even amazing-er, uh…. more amazing!

We have more books we’ll bring to your attention, so return to our blog soon to find out what’s in store next.

Time Management

Are you running out of time to research your assignments?
Learn to research efficiently with DISCOVER!

Discover Research Time Savers
(Clark College Student Success Workshop)

WHERE: Cannell Library – LIB 103
WHEN: Friday, October 23, 2015, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

You will learn how to:

  • find variety of sources (books, e-books, articles, and more) efficiently with one global search
  • store and organize your research materials and notes quickly with e-shelf
  • format citations automatically


Image:  Ryan Hyde – Time Management

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