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Did you know that the Clark College Libraries have some office tools that can help you put the finishing touches on your reports, papers, and projects? In case you get stuck printing your paper on campus at the last minute, the library has a table with the following free supplies:

  • Paper Slicer ( to cut your project into neat portions)
  • Stapler
  • High-Capacity Stapler (20+ pages only please!)
  • 3-Hole Punch
  • Scotch Tape

We also have golf pencils, a yardstick, and you can check out calculators for 3 hours at the Check Out Desk. These supplies are designed for emergencies, especially in the case of the high-capacity stapler – someone tries to staple only a few pages so it jams at least once a week! Anything that’s broken or that we don’t have, like glue or presentation folders, you can always buy at the Bookstore for very reasonable prices.

We hope these tools help make your projects shine!

The CTC iCommons browsing collection has updated their holdings with new books to reflect the unique programs and classes offered at Columbia Tech Center! In this post, you’ll find information about books to expand upon and explore popular CTC subject areas like BMED, CAP, ESL, Mechatronics, and NAC. If you see an interesting title in the cover images below, come on in to CTC and check it out! Click on a title cluster to open a larger image. Loan periods for these books are consistent with main campus general checkouts – 21 days.

Books of interest to BMED students

BMED books
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Books of interest to CAP students

CAP books
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Books of interest to ESL students

ESL books
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Books of interest to Mechatronics students

Mechatronics books
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Books of interest to NAC students

NAC books
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U.S. National Archives – no known copyright restrictions

The Clark College Libraries will be closed in celebration of the President’s Day holiday. The Cannell Library will close as usual at 5pm on Saturday, February 15th and reopen on Tuesday the usual hour of 7am.

Our outside return boxes are always open to return books, movies, etc. Don’t get a late fine!

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.

World's Strongest Librarian

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Clark College is currently selecting a book for everyone to read together from Fall 2014-2016. Like other “big read” or “community read” projects, there will be a variety of activities related to the book that is chosen. Plus, when meeting someone, you’ll always have something in common to talk about!

Since the college is in the selection process now, they have made books available in the library for 3-day check out. It’s limited, so you have to read fast! And since it’s a short time, there should be at least one book available so please drop by and check them out.

These are the six books you can read:

After you’ve read the books, submit your feedback to the Common Read Selections Survey: http://webapps.clark.edu/snapwebhost/s.asp?k=138980171764. The survey will close at 5:00pm on Friday, April 18, 2014.

Find out if the book you want is available at CTC or Cannell: http://oswald.clark.edu/search/r?SEARCH=first+year+experience.

These are all supposed to be excellent books. One is even about a librarian! Come on in, check them out, and help choose the one that Clark will be talking about.

Photo of a Winding Road from Flickr user Geee Kay

“A Long and Winding Road” by Geee Kay is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

If you use the student wireless network called Clark_Student, you will notice that starting today, you are required to provide a password. A password is required once every academic year on each of your wireless devices (smart phone, laptop, tablet).

The password for this academic year is: windingroad

For more information, read this notice and FAQs page from the Computing Resources for Clark College:
February 3, 2014: Important change to Clark College Student Wireless Network!

Seymore the Happy Pothos

Seymore at the Check Out Desk

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We are often asked about the amazing plant that lives behind the Check Out Desk. Did you know that it has a name? Meet Seymore!

Seymore is a 10+ years old pothos plant. Pothos, scientifically known as Epipremnum aureum, are popular indoor plants in the Pacific Northwest because they are easy to care for and they remove pollutants from the air.

We water Seymore twice a week with a little bit of plant fertilizer to keep him happy. Usually twice a year, Seymore goes on a crazy growth spurt and has to be taken down for untangling. Also at least twice a year, entire sections of Seymore die off and have to be removed to keep him looking performance-ready.


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These days, Seymore is not alone. He had to be repotted last year, and in the process of fitting him into the new pot(s), he split up into several pieces. These baby Seymores are thriving and contributing to the green environment at the library.

Pothos are popular plants and are often available from your nearest garden supply store. Adopt a pothos today!

Phone Chargers Available!

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Have you ever gotten to college and suddenly realized your battery is about to die? The Cannell Library gets tons of requests for iPhone and other types of phone chargers. Now for the first time ever we have them available for check out!

The chargers check out for 3 hours, library use only. Please hand them to a person at the Check Out Desk when you return them.

Each bag contains 2 cables: 1 USB to Apple “Lighting” charger/data cable; 1 USB to multi-phone charger only for original Apple charger, micro USB, mini USB, Nokia (2 types), LG, PSP, Sony Ericsson, Samsung (2 types). These cords plug into a computer. You can’t transfer data via the multi-phone cord, only power.


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See if they’re available in our catalog by searching for “phone charger”.

This is a pilot program to see how long the chargers last and whether they are popular. If it is successful, it may be expanded to our branch library at CTC.

Come on in and try them out!

Find time to READ

As a college student it can be challenging at times to balance school, work and home. Here are seven tips for effective reading as a college student:

  • College Reading Tip #1 – Start Reading Early
  • College Reading Tip #2 – Skim
  • College Reading Tip #3 – Understand Vocabulary
  • College Reading Tip #4 – Take Notes
  • College Reading Tip #5 – Know When to Stop
  • College Reading Tip #6 – Have a Discussion Buddy
  • College Reading Tip #7 – Read for Pleasure
    Source: Moneyworth, Steven. Seven Tips for Effective Reading as a College Student. Yahoo Voices, 21 July 2009. Web. 13 Jan. 2014
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In April 2013 Clark Libraries promoted reading by featuring one student and 11 faculty and staff members in READ posters. Cannell Library and the iCommons at Columbia Tech Center are focusing on reading again. Stop by either location to view the READ posters, check out a book, get help from a librarian and get acquainted with Clark Libraries.


Photo/Image Source: Clark College Libraries


Photo/Image Source: Clark College Libraries

Finals Week Hours

Cannell Library

Monday, December 9 – Wednesday, December 11

7:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 12

7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday, December 13


Information Commons at CTC

Monday, December 9 – Thursday, December 12

7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday, December 13


Quarter Break Hours

Cannell Library and the Information Commons at CTC are closed beginning Friday, December 13. Please return borrowed items to designated outdoor return boxes during closure. Staff will be checking in returned items over the break.

We open again on Monday, January 6 at 7:00 a.m.

Have a wonderful quarter break!

ProQuest is one of Clark College Libraries’ largest and most widely used article databases.

If you plan on doing any research while at college, you should know about ProQuest.

You can find ProQuest by starting at the library homepage (library.clark.edu), locating the “find” menu, and selecting “articles and databases.” ProQuest is listed alphabetically (we are a library, after all) in the list of databases, and is also one of the “Popular Databases” listed at the top-right of the page.

For more information about ProQuest, including how to access ProQuest on and off campus and tips for how to search, visit our ProQuest Databases Search Tips page.

Here is a basic search video from ProQuest’s YouTube Channel to get you started:

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