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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!

Visual Stimulus

By Joan Peekema


Keeping watch over the library, sculpture Guardian by artist Joan Peekema now resides on the second floor by the southeast staircase. The large impressive stainless steel creation was kindly donated by the artist and her husband in 2003. Beyond this generous gift, the art collection of Clark College is enhanced with additional contributions from the Peekemas. Beyond these donations the couple, dedicated to helping young artists flourish at Clark College, gave a 100,000 dollar gift to the Clark College Foundation. As a result, an endowed scholarship for art students, named in Joan Peekema’s honor was established.

CTC Browsing Collection 005

Source: Clark College Libraries

Are you curious about researching a vocation, career or college program? Clark Libraries can help!

  • Staff in the iCommons at CTC or Cannell Library can assist students looking for vocational or career books or materials using the Discover catalog.
  • CTC Students can request materials from Cannell library and have those materials available for pick up at CTC the next day. Materials requested using Summit usually arrive in five to seven days.
  • The iCommons has a small collection of print books in our browsing collection. This month we are featuring books on Engineering and Mechatronics.

Students wanting to learn more about vocations and careers can also find information in the Vocational and Career Collection Database!

Harper Lee’s first novel in 55 years, Go Set a Watchman, has been all over the news this month. Quite a long gap since 1960’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

To find out more about Harper Lee (and other authors), give our Literature Resource Center database a spin. It’s chock full of literature criticism, biographies, topic and work overviews, etc.

1.  Literature Resource Center has a new look. It’s now part of Artemis Literary Sources. This means you can search the original Literature Resource Center, plus Gale Virtual Reference Library at the same time.

Artemis Literary Sources Search Box


2.  Advanced Search has options to search by Name of Work and Person-By or About … and more.
Artemis Literary Sources Advanced Search Options


3. At the list of search results, be sure to browse through the left column for a gold mine of options to refine or expand your topic.
Artemis Literary Sources list of search results, with options to refine results


  • To locate Literature Resource Center on the Clark Libraries website, select find (in the top blue bar), then articles and databases.

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

Summer Hours

July 6 – August 27, 2015

Cannell Library

Mon – Thu 8:00am – 6:00pm

Fri – Sun CLOSED

Information: 360-992-2151

iCommons @ CTC

Mon – Thu 8:00am – 6:00pm

Fri – Sun CLOSED

Information: 360-992-6138

2012 Clark College Commencement

Congratulations to our 2015 Clark College graduates! We are so happy for you and wish you the best as you embark on the next stage of your educational career.

You are welcome to continue using the Clark College Libraries resources as a General Public (Community) Borrower. Most databases are accessible to you in the library only, and you may continue to borrow our materials as long as you are living in District 14. Come on in after the libraries reopen on July 6th with a photo ID and proof of address and we’ll get you set up your new status.


Photo/Image Source: “2012 Clark College Commencement” copyright Clark College (https://flic.kr/p/ciPqCE)

field of grass

Photo/Image Source: “Peering Through The Long Grass” CC BY 2.0 A Guy Taking Pictures (https://flic.kr/p/cSbVQf)

Clark Libraries will be open regular hours during finals week but will be close for quarter break beginning Thursday, June 18th at 6:00pm. Libraries will reopen Monday, July 6th.

Finals Week 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 at CTC: Monday-Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Closed Friday

Quarter Break

Both locations are closed Friday, June 19th through Sunday, July 5th.

  • 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 June 18th at 5:30pm or a late fine will be charged.

We reopen Monday, July 6th at 8:00 a.m.

USA Freedom Act

Freedom is not free Korean War memorial

CC Photo: Freedom is not free by Jean-Etienne Minh-Duy Poirrier.


How concerned are you with privacy, especially online?

Librarians have long been opposed to and concerned about Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. Finally, Congress has acted to curtail some of the provisions that the ALA and others have said threatened civil liberties.

Pew Research Center recently released a report “Americans’ Attitudes About Privacy, Security and Surveillance” which discusses how people feel about online privacy. This seems incredibly relevant given that President Obama signed the USA Freedom Act which overhauls the bulk collection of phone data.

If you are interested in electronic privacy and want to know more, check out EPIC.org (Electronic Privacy Information Center) to learn more about the future of the internet.

Interested in Edward Snowden? Check out the documentary Citizenfour.


US flags in open field with gazebo

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

The Clark College Libraries will be closed in honor of the Memorial Day holiday.

Cannell Library will close as usual at 5pm on Saturday, May 23th and reopen on Tuesday the 26th at 7am.
The iCommons @ CTC will be closed on Monday, May 25rd, and will reopen on Tuesday the 26th at 7am.

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.

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