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Are you a permanent faculty or staff person at Clark College interested in eReaders but haven’t had the opportunity to try one? Now you can experiment at the main campus library!

Four eReaders (2 Nook Simple Touch and 2 original Kindle keyboard devices) were received via a Washington State Libraries grant. Now, full or part-time permanent staff may check out an eReader for 21 days plus 2 renewals, just like a book. They are not preloaded. Library staff can assist you with registering the device to your own account and finding free ebooks online from websites such as Project Gutenberg. All devices are wiped clean with a “factory restore” when they are returned. You can also request the eReaders via our online catalog.

Could this technology be useful in your classroom, or could you find it useful in your personal life such as during a conference or sabbatical? Do you know how your students are using this technology to share highlights and notes? Drop by the Cannell Library and check out an eReader today!

  • The iCommons at CTC is closed during quarter break.
  • Students can return items at any time. An outdoor metal book return box is located at the North entrance of the building. An indoor book drop is located next to the iCommons entrance door in CTC 219.
  • We open for spring quarter on April 7 at 7:00 a.m.

Have a wonderful break!

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a little boy on the beach

Tynes & Wear Archives & Museums – no known copyright restrictions

The Clark College Libraries will be closed during the Quarter Break. The Cannell Library will close at 6:00pm on Friday, March 21st and reopen at 7:00am on Monday, April 7th.

Netbooks must be returned by the closure (Friday at 6pm) or a late fine will be charged.

Although the libraries are closed, we are still checking in books and you can pick up your requests. Low staffing means we might not be available when you are, so contact us to make an appointment in advance by calling #360-992-2151.

Need to request or renew a book? You can always do so online by logging in to your library account at https://oswald.clark.edu/patroninfo.

Need expert research assistance to finish that paper? You can always contact a librarian online (at this address: http://library.clark.edu/?q=content/ask-librarian) and you can get instant assistance via chat.

Students at CTC are hard at work preparing for final exams and polishing up their final papers. With quarter break just around the corner, students are taking advantage of iCommons technology to conclude their winter term on a high note.

Students working in iCommons

Students working on iCommons computers. Photo/Image Source: Clark College LibrariesStudents working in iCommons

Reference librarians are available to help with research and citations at CTC Monday-Thursday from 11-6 and on Friday from 10am-1pm. Course reserves, netbooks, and laptops are also available for checkout.

Student working on iCommons laptop

Student working on an iCommons laptop. Photo/Image Source: Clark College Libraries

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100 metres final, London, 1948 – National Media Museum – no known copyright restrictions

Quick update on Cannell Library Hours:

We will be open normal hours Monday – Thursday.

The library will be extending our hours on Friday, March 21 until 6pm.

Good luck on finals!

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Finals Week

  • Finals week is almost here! The iCommons at CTC provides equipment such as calculators, laptops, netbooks or headphones and can direct you to any of the many services at CTC!
  • Librarians are available onsite if you have last minute research questions.
  • Need a quiet place to study? We have two student study rooms that are perfect for you or your group!

CTC Finals Week Hours

iCommons: CTC 219

M-TH  7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.   Friday 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Computer Lab: CTC 203

M-TH  8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Friday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Student Services: CTC 133

M-TH  7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Friday 7:30-3:30 p.m.

Tutoring Commons: CTC 336

Check for finals week tutoring times on the Clark Libraries website: Tutoring

Open Education Week

Open Education Week logo

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Open Education Week, March 10 – 15, is an international celebration to promote educational materials that are accessible, modifiable, and FREE! Throughout the week colleges, universities and other institutions will highlight the importance of making education available to everyone.

Clark College has contributed to the open education movement in a variety of ways. Several Clark faculty participated in designing and teaching courses for the Open Course Library. During 2013-14 five instructors received grants to redesign their courses to use Open Educational Resources (OER). The course are ENGL&101: English Composition I, PSYC&100: General Psychology, METR 101: Atmosphere and the Environment, BMED 137: Therapeutic Communications in Health Professions, and NTEC 220: Introduction to Network Services. The goal is that the instructors involved with this project will be teaching their OER courses by Fall 2014. The project was made possible through a Clark College Foundation Funds Allocation grant.

Celebrate Open Education Week by participating in two free webinars on Tuesday, March 11 at 9 and 11 a.m. Pacific Time. Expanding access for learners is a core value of the open education movement but if instructional materials are not designed with accessibility in mind, the opposite effect can result. Hear from experts in teaching and learning with accessibility from The Open University, National Federation of the Blind, California State University System, MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching), and the OpenCourseWare Consortium.

Accessibility of OERs for Diverse Learners and Guidelines for Dyslexia in Modern Language Learning
Time: Tuesday, March 11, 9:00 am (PDT)
Login: http://goo.gl/93cwSr

Join us for this webinar discussion on issues relating to accessibility of OERs for learners with diverse abilities. The discussion will focus on a number of questions such as: Is accessibility support in OERs ‘required’ or just ‘nice to have’? How can we achieve full inclusion of OERs without stifling openness and innovation? This will be set in the wider environment such as legal context, pedagogic agendas, and technical issues.

Results from the Dyslexia in Modern Language Distance Learning staff development project will also be shared. Highlights include publishing the Guide to Good Practice as an OER and the project’s impact on tutor’s engagement with open educational practices and online collaboration.

Challenges and Strategies for Promoting Awareness of Open and Accessible Educational Resources
Time: Tuesday, March 11, 11:00 am (PDT)
Login: http://goo.gl/YeBNEz

This webinar focuses on creating awareness of the need for open and accessible educational resources to improve learning outcomes for all students regardless of disabilities. Sharing the struggles that college students with disabilities face, efforts by the National Federation of the Blind, MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching), the California State University system, and the OpenCourseWare Consortium to enhance educational experiences for all learners will be highlighted.

Learn about the range of accessibility issues that need to be addressed and the open educational services that can enable the OER community to provide more accessible educational resources and services. Presenters will invite the audience to join in an online community for sharing accessibility expertise and the discovery and delivery of open educational resources.

Photo/Image Source: Clark College Libraries

Photo/Image Source: Clark College Libraries

Now on the quiet second floor of Cannell Library, relax with a tranquil view of the southeast corner of campus on our new built-in counters.

Fully wired with electrical outlets for charging laptops and more, these two counters are enclosed on three sides by clear windows, giving the impression of a much more isolated study space. Directly outside the windows, evergreens filter out sunlight and window tinting softens the sunset so it remains cooler than the rest of the floor.

The counters are cleaned every day along with other tables by dedicated library staff in addition to the regular, thorough cleanings by college janitorial staff.

Before, tables used to occupy the space. However, they were not electrified and their shape limited their use. Changing to built-in counters was designed to help students study in the most natural, peaceful environment. Let us know how they work for you!

The librarians surveyed the faculty about how their students perceive the library. This pie chart represents what they said. Would you please give us your point of view? Fill out this 3 question survey. Thank you.

Purdue OWL website with thumbs up

This resource is librarian approved! Photo/Image Credit: Clark College Libraries

Some of the most common questions we get here at the reference desk at the Cannell Library have to do with citations for research papers. Some of these questions are: How do you cite an online journal article in MLA? How is APA different from Chicago Style? How do I format my works cited page?

Here at the reference desk, we have several tools to help you. These tools include copies of the different style manuals available at the desk that you can use in-library, and worksheets that give you a basic outline of how to cite using different styles. We even have a web page full of links to different sources on the web.

One more source that we often recommend is the Purdue OWL website: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/. Maintained and offered for free by the writing lab at Purdue University, the OWL offers helpful instruction and tutoring on a variety of different types of writing. In addition, clicking on the “Research and Citation” link on the left sidebar will lead you to some helpful, clear, and concisely written pages that will help you with questions regarding the APA, MLA, and Chicago Styles of citation and writing. These pages include examples of good citation in each style. They can also help you with formatting your paper according to that style’s guidelines.

Knowing the citation and style rules that your instructor wants you to follow is important, both academically and in terms of your grade. The Purdue OWL site is just one fantastic resource you can use to make sure you’re doing it right. Visit the site today and check it out, and as always, come talk to one of your friendly neighborhood librarians at any time if you need more assistance.

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