Celebrate our 10th Word Cafe’

April 26, 2007

Come and join us as we celebrate our 10th Word Café  on Tuesday, May 8th, 7:00 pm in the Campus Library Reading Room, 2nd floor. The event will feature a panel discussion, titled “You’ve Got to Read this Book!” 

Panelists will give short readings and presentations about four of the most compelling books to read this year, and why.  Panelists include Jacob Agatucci, COCC instructor of composition and literature, Neil Browne, OSU/Cascades assistant professor of English and liberal studies, Crystal McCage, COCC assistant professor of humanities, and Ellen Santasiero, writer and COCC scholar in residence, as well as students. The event is free.  Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, call Ellen Santasiero at 383-7701, ext. 2566.


Join us for a unique Author Reading!

April 26, 2007

Aaron Raz Link, coauthor of the memoir, What Becomes You, will read from his book and answer questions from the audience in the Campus Library Rotunda on Thursday, May 3 at 7:00PM. The event is free and refreshments will be served. 

Drawing on his own transsexual transformation from a woman to a man, Link will use masks and puppetry to explore the stories we tell about men, women, science, truth, mothers and daughters, and mothers and sons. Turning from female to male and from a teaching scientist to theatre performer, Link documents the extraordinary medical, social, legal, and personal process involved in a complete identity change.  The evening includes a DVD interview with Link’s mother, Nebraska poet, editor and coauthor of the book, Hilda Raz.  The reading is co-sponsored by Human Dignity Coalition in Bend.

Library 2.0 right here!

April 24, 2007

Hey–had a great “college hour” session last Friday up in Grandview in which fellow librarians Tina, David and I talked about Library 2.0/Web 2.0 applications–even using this blog as an example!  Take a look at the webpage we used for our demo.  It features a lot of great stuff–info about Library as Information commons, e-based reference services and e-based collections as well as links to background articles and easy free versions of web 2.0 applications.  

I’ve highlighted some of the applications we discussed right here in this post, too.  Enjoy!

YouTube–instructional use includes “how to demos”; student presentations; brief informal lectures.
Using the Library video
 Databases (video–slightly weird content)
 No Cookies in the Library video 
 Inside HigherEd on use of YouTube in the classroom
 YouTube How Tos
 Wikis–instructional use includes student collaborative research and writing.
We used one to help create this presentation!
 Wikis are used to co-edit and collaborate on topics.
 For example, here’s an information literacy wiki.
 Can be used for student collaboration and presentation within courses.
For example, here’s Chronicle of Higher Ed on a Bowdowin College instructor use of Wiki’s.
 7 things you should know about Wikis (Educause)

Free, make-it-in-30 seconds Wiki do-it-yourself web-based application.

 Wikis as online encyclopedias–instructional use includes exploration for preliminary information and evaluation of resources.

  Citizendium Beta


 Blogs–instructional use includes student discussion, inter-department collaboration and discussion.
 (Example: students post research on blog…librarian posts with additional research tips.)

 Educause 7 things you should know about blogs
 Free web-based blog (WordPress.com)

 Tag clouds–possible uses include online catalogs and subject analysis.
Sample Library “subject” tag cloud.
 Presidential tag cloud at http://chir.ag/phernalia/preztags/
 Tag cloud generator application at http://tagcrowd.com/

A path to riches

April 19, 2007

Just read that entrepreneurship has become THE new hot study major in the U.S.! Whether it’s through single course offerings or through whole degree programs, entrepreneurial studies seem to be on the rise from community colleges to university campuses responding to student desire to finish with a degree which they believe could actually help them become independent and rich!  Educators believe that this new trend is also attributed to the media’s heightened focus on success stories of people who manage to make a fortune for themselves by taking risks in the business world.  And, of course, who could dispute the influence of TV shows such as “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” or “Survivor” on our everyday musings about the possibilities of personal wealth!  I also can’t help thinking how easily young people may be influenced by news from the “virtual” Internet business world filled with a new generation of rich and famous who are making their fortunes in their early 20s!

So, checking this new trend, I searched the COCC course offerings to see if our college is one of those following such developments in student enrollments and interests. Unfortunately, I found no programs on entrepreneurial studies per se (although I was told that the college will ofer a course on entrepreneurship in Spring ’08).  I then checked one of our library databases, CollegeSource Online, to see which other colleges and universities in the country offer such degrees or courses on entrepreneurship (note that you may use CollegeSource Online to find any college catalog and course offerings in the U.S!). Here is information on how to locate them:

– go to the library web page (http://campuslibrary.cocc.edu/) and click on Articles & More: Databases
– click on See all COCC databases A-Z
– select CollegeSource Online
– click on “SEARCH” on the database menu (next to “HOME” on the blue menu bar)
– on the next page, “Criteria Search” will allow you to search by college degree, Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies, institution type, state and tuition range.

Who knows?  One day our college may be one of those cranking out bold entrepreneurs ready to conquer the world!

Meet our staff…and meet Flickr!

April 17, 2007

Unless you took our post about feed readers to heart and are reading this blog through another interface you have probably noticed the Flickr photos on the right. Maybe you’ve even clicked the “more photos” link that leads to the campus library’s Flickr photo pool.

Flickr describes itself as an “online photo management and sharing application” designed to “help people make their photos available to the people who matter to them” and “enable new ways of organizing photos.” It could be described as an online photo album, but it’s much more than that. Not only can you use Flickr to share and organize your own photos, you can use it to find other people who share your interests. Find a Flickr group. Leave a comment for a friend or ask a total stranger a question. Find a picture available under a Creative Commons license to illustrate a PowerPoint or blog post. Browse the Flickr world map for photos of a place you’ve never been.

So, if you haven’t already, meet the folks who work in the library. Join the Campus Library Flickr group and post your own photos of the library, or just check out all the photos tagged “campuslibrary” for inspiration. We’d love to see the library through your eyes.

Kurt Vonnegut, R.I.P.

April 13, 2007

Thursday’s news about Kurt Vonnegut’s death left me with the sad feeling that another great author and mind has left the world. I still remember how impressed I was with his unique style of writing when I first read Slaughterhouse Five as a college student in the 1980s. Vonnegut revolutionized science fiction, reinventing it as a more respected literary genre through which readers can actually find meaningful, thought-provoking messages. His anti-war stance and pessimistic view of human nature, a product in part of his own WWII experiences, will always remain relevant for as long as people in this world refuse to get along. So it goes…

Want to know more about Kurt Vonnegut and his writing? Check Gale’s Literature Resource Center, a huge database our library subscribes to for biographical and critical information on literary authors. To find this database:

– go to the library web page (http://campuslibrary.cocc.edu)
– click on Articles & More: Databases
– select by subject “Humanities,” or click on See all COCC databases A-Z.

Some of the Vonnegut books in the Campus LibraryAlso,

Books in the Campus Library by Kurt Vonnegut
Books in the Campus Library about Kurt Vonnegut
New York Times obituary

Finding e-journals at the Campus Library

April 10, 2007

So, let’s say you want to find a particular journal in the Campus Library…and you really want to see if it is available in full text electronic format.  There’s a bunch of ways to do this, but the fastest way might be to use the E-Journals link on the Campus Library webpage.

Once you are at the E-Journals page, you’ll see two links:

    COCC Library electronic journal collection :  browse or search this list for e-journals available to current COCC students, faculty and staff as well as to OSU Cascades students and other patrons from within the Campus Library.

    OSU Libraries electronic journal collection : browse or search this list for e-journals available to current OSU Cascades students, faculty and staff as well as to local (COCC students and others) patrons from within the Campus Library. 

OK…any patron (including folks from the community) can use either link from within the Campus Library building. 

Additionally, if you’re a COCC staff or student, you may access the COCC electronic journal collection from home. 

If you’re a OSU-Cascades staff or student, you may access the OSU electronic journal collection from home.

Now, here’s two fabulous things:

1) Each library’s e-journal link lists every full text electronic journal contained in ALL the databases and e-journal collections owned by that library.  COCC’s e-journal link will lead you to ALL of the full text electronic journals appearing in any of the databases and electronic journal collections owned by COCC.  Ditto for OSU. 

Isn’t that neat-o?  You don’t have to search a zillion different databases for that one full text electronic journal!

2) Once you get to the full text electronic journal, you can search by specific volume, issue and date (if you have a particular citation) OR search by subject term or keyword WITHIN that particular electronic journal.

So, let’s try it.  I need to find an article in Journal of Mammology.  I’m doing this from home as a COCC staff person, so I am hoping to find this journal in a full text, electronic format.  I go to the Library homepage and look for that link E-Journals.  I click on the link.  Since I am a COCC person, I then click on  COCC Library electronic journal collection.

I get a basic search form and type in my JOURNAL title:
Journal of Mammology.

I retrieve these results:

Journal of mammalogy  (0022-2372)

from 11/01/1919 to 11/30/2001 in JSTOR
from 2000 to present in BioOne and BioOne.1
from 02/01/2004 to 6 months ago in Academic Search Premier

Isn’t that cool?  The results tell me which database or collection has the Journal of Mammalogy full text and for which dates. 

I click on the link that gives me the dates that I need…that leads me to a list of links for each volume/issue of the journal.  I either check tables of contents of each issue (if I’m just browsing) or I click on the particular volume/issue that matches my citation (if I’m looking for a specific article).  Each article in the table of contents has a link for full text. 

If the journal is listed for an Ebsco database or a JSTOR collection, you can do some keyword searching within that particular journal as well–just look for a link that says something like search within this publication.

Go ahead–try it out!  Oh, and remember, if you don’t have a particular journal title in mind, and just need to find journal articles from any journal on a topic…you go to the Articles & more: Databases link from the Campus Library webpage, right?