…not your ordinary avid reader!

September 27, 2007

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The mudflap girl has become the centerpiece in the Wyoming Libraries Campaign!  The picture of the reading beauty advertises Wyoming’s new statewide ChiltonLibrary.com auto repair manual database and the plan is to put it into autopart stores all around the state to let male non-library users know about the new database.

What a brilliant idea, a great example of a marketing strategy targeting a specific demographic for a specific service!  Business majors, take note!  Although edited to make it more politically correct and anatomically a bit more conservative, the ad has already attracted lots of attention as well as lots of flack from people nationwide who consider it sexist and offensive. 

One thing is for sure…. people are now talking about the previously little known Wyoming’s libraries!  And if you like their campaining ad, you can now buy your own mudflap girl bumper sticker, t-shirt, or mug by visiting the Wyoming Libraries online store at: http://www.cafepress.com/wyominglibrary/ 


For the movie lovers out there!

September 25, 2007

Are you a flick lover like me?  Since I subscribed to NetFlix, I am so completely addicted to films of all eras and all genres!  Can anybody imagine a world without movies?  Impossible!

The web is filled with wonderful film resources for the selection of movies you may want to see.  Here are two of my favorites:

The Greatest Films -This is one of the best and most extensive web resources on films.  The main feature of this site is the author’s (Tim Dirck’s) list of 100, 200, and 300 greatest films.

The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made New York Times is responsible for this web site which includes brief plot descriptions of each movie along with the original reviews written by the Times’ reviewers at the time of release (users must register to view the reviews. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Next time you are looking for flick suggestions, give these two web sites a try!


Yaaarrr!!! Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

September 19, 2007

International Talk Like a Pirate Day (ITLAPD) is a holiday I couldn’t allow to pass without mention. Though some may burst with pirattatude year-round, September 19th is the official day on which to celebrate your inner pirate.

Though ITLAPD is about talking like pirates, the creators are careful to point out they do not condone acting like pirates. Real pirates do still exist, though undoubtedly unadorned with the “traditional” Jolly Roger and parrot. This month’s National Geographic Magazine has an article about pirates in the Malacca Strait, a passage in Southeast Asia. If you don’t want to read it online you can also stop by and take a look at the paper copy in the library’s new periodicals section.

Happy Int’l Talk Like a Pirate Day original from tomeppy//www.flickr.com/photos/tomeppy/

More link booty:
The official International Talk Like a Pirate Day website
How to be Speakin’ Pirate-like” from the Official British Headquarters of ITLAPD
The Flickr photosharing group for ITLAPD
…and, of course, I cannot fail to mention our library contains a few books about pirates, privateering, and buccaneers–check them out!


New library databases for YOU!

September 18, 2007

Our library recently purchased a list of new e-sources to help students access reliable information from the comfort of their home! These electronic titles are listed through our library homepage, under “Articles & More: Databases,” “Encyclopedias and other sources.

My favorite? Try Opposing Viewpoints, a great database to use for controversial social issues. Offers viewpoint articles, topic overviews, full-text magazine, academic journal and newspaper articles, primary source documents, statistics, podcasts, and more! Just take the time to dig into this amazing wealth of information!


We are back! Join us for a celebration of The Spirit of our Northwest Forests!

September 13, 2007

Welcome back dear students, faculty and staff!   Our library blog is back from a relaxing vacation and hopes to bring you lots of exciting news this coming year!   So here is the first one for our new academic year!

A new, impressive exhibit, The Spirit of our Northwest Forests, will open at the COCC Library Rotunda Gallery on September 17 and run until October 25. It will display the selected work of over 40 talented artists, many of them local but also others from Eugene, Springfield, and Seattle. The exhibit will include art in stone, oil, watercolor, pastels, wood, bronze and more. The show was juried by local painter, Ken Roth, whose paintings reflect his interest in nature, light and color. Ken studied under master Sebastian Capella and his work is represented in galleries throughout the west. Ken chose the poster piece for the show “Evening Aura,” oil on panel, by Lisa Copenhagen Wachs.  It was inspired by old growth ponderosa and juniper on her property in Tumalo.  

COCC students, staff, and community are invited to join the artists in an Opening Reception on Thursday, September 20, 2007 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the COCC Library Rotunda Gallery. Free.