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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

21 Day Loan Netbooks

Extended Loan Netbook

For a few years the library has been checking out 15 netbooks to students that can be taken home for 21 days. This has really made a difference for students who don’t have computers at home. We have recently added ten more. This increases your chance of being able to borrow one.

How can you get a netbook?

Come to the main campus Cannell Library during open hours. You need to be a student in good standing and show photo ID. After hours, go to our website and submit an online request. Search for “Netbook” in our catalog. The computers you can take home are called “Netbook – Extended Loan.” If one is available, we will set it aside for you for three days. Even if one isn’t available right away, you will be placed in a queue and we’ll contact you when the next one is ready.

In addition to a netbook, you will get a case and a charger. Keep these together and take good care of them! You will sign paperwork to be responsible for the duration. This is a real computer, so please make sure that your kids/dogs/parents do not cause any harm. We hope there are no problems because the replacement cost is $1000. We are also very strict about on-time returns. We will send emails and charge you $30/day for a late set. That adds up fast. Watch the due date and plan your time so you can bring it in person back to Cannell Library and complete the return paperwork.

The loan period is 21 days until the end of the quarter is near. The netbook is due no later than the last day of finals 30 minutes before we close, even if you checked it out one day before. We update our computers during the quarter break, so we must have all the netbooks back during that time.

Every year, libraries and bookstores from across the nation celebrate Banned Books Week to help bring awareness to censorship and to celebrate the freedom to read. No matter the genre, all books are subjected to great scrutiny by the community. While many of the challenges placed against books are often an attempt to protect young children from offensive works; these good intentions still hinder the voice of the writer and others’ access to the information.

Source: Clark College Libraries Photographer: Keelie Wray

Source: Clark College Libraries
Photographer: Keelie Wray

In recognition of the importance for literacy and information freedom for the younger generation, the thematic focus for this year’s Banned Books Week is Young Adult. In fact, the top 10 challenged books of 2014 were all YA titles, with The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie coming in at the top of the list.

Source: Clark College Libraries Photographer: Keelie Wray

Source: Clark College Libraries
Photographer: Keelie Wray

The iCommons at the CTC campus has a Banned Books display containing books from several genres that have been challenged or banned. The display will remain up for two weeks and will be taken down Monday, October 12th. Take a stand against censorship and support these voices by checking out a banned or challenged title today!

To learn more about Banned Books Week, try these informative pages dedicated to intellectual freedom:

-American Library Association, Banned & Challenged Books: http://www.ala.org/bbooks/banned

-Banned Books Week: http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/



Cannell 25th anniversary logo

Please join the Clark College Libraries as we celebrate

Cannell Library’s 25th Anniversary.

Tuesday, September 29

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

The event begins at 2:00 with opening remarks and student mural unveiling.

Drop by to see the mural, book dominoes and other activities!

Cannell Library under constructions

Source: Clark College Libraries

Cannell exterior at night

Source: Clark College Libraries

Library of Congress Civil War Collection Photographs

L to R: Soldier in Union uniform and family, betw. 1863 and 1865; Assault on Fort Sanders, Nov. 29, 1863. Kurz & Allison, 1891; Officers of 3d Regiment Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, 1865.


Looking for free online resources about the American Civil War?  Number of excellent websites with primary source material are highlighted in an article by Susan Birkenseer in the May 2015 issue of College and Research Libraries News.  Here is a list of featured resources.


  • Brooklyn Daily Eagle (1841-1955)


  • Chronicling America


  • Harper’s Weekly


  • Richmond Daily Dispatch (1860-1865)


  • Secession-Era Editorials


Maps and Photographs

  • Civil War Glass Negatives and Related Prints


  • Civil War Maps


  • Pictures of the Civil War


Diaries and Letters

  • Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress


  • The Civil War Archive: Letters Home from the Civil War


  • The Civil War Collection at Michigan State University


  • The Civil War Collection at Penn State


  • Civil War Diaries and Letters


  • Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict, 1855-1865


  • The Civil War: Women and the Homefront


  • First Person Narratives of the American South


  • Manuscripts of the American Civil War


  • Saint Mary’s College of California Special Collections


  • South Carolina and the Civil War


  • Valley of the Shadow


  • Virginia Military Institute Archives


  • Wisconsin Goes to War: Our Civil War Experience


Dispatches and Battles

  • Antietam on the Web


  • Making of America: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies


  • Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library


Slavery and Abolitionism

  • Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938


  • Frederick Douglass Papers


  • North American Slave Narratives


  • Slavery and Abolition in the U.S.: Select Publications of the 1800s


  • Slaves and the Courts 1740-1860



  • The Papers of Jefferson Davis



Adapted from:

Birkenseer, S. (2015). The American Civil War: A collection of free
      online primary sources.  College and Research Libraries
      News, 76(5), 269-273.


library open hours

Classes will be running on August 18 and 19 and Clark Libraries will be open.

  • Cannell Library: Tuesday and Wednesday – 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • iCommons at CTC: Tuesday and Wednesday –  8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Clark College library hours

In conjunction with the Clark College Staff Teaching and Learning Days most college offices (Advising, Financial Aid etc.) will be closed for staff trainings on these days. Please plan ahead if you need assistance.


As a librarian at Clark, I spend a lot of time searching for information. Let’s face it: we all spend a lot of time searching for information, whether it’s looking for job opportunities, or take-out Thai food, or settling a bet for what year that one movie came out.

I like to make searching as quick and easy as possible for myself and those I’m helping, though often it can turn into a complicated, hair-pulling series of frustrations.

These two shortcuts (yep, only two) for Web searching, are 1.) easy and 2.) have helped simplify my searches over and over.

They’re really my favorite.



If you want to find a specific word or phrase on a webpage in any browser (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc.), type Ctrl+F (Command+F on a Mac) and a search box will pop up in your browser. Simply start to type the word or phrase that you’re looking for and what you type will be highlighted on the page. Seriously. Do not spend more than 10 seconds skimming the page for what you want.

Here’s a super-cheesy “rap” video that nonetheless demonstrates this shortcut wonderfully:


How about when you want to find only “.edu” sites or only “.gov” sites (etc.)?

Or, what if you want to search within a website that does not have a built-in site search feature?

“Site:” to the rescue!

It’s easiest to just demo. Here’s what it looks like to search for .gov sites on the topic of “homeless youth.” You can search for whatever topic you are looking for:


Here’s how to search a site without a search bar:


Happy searching!

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