Stress relief

November 28, 2007

With finals almost upon us, I think we could all use a little stress relief. Thankfully, Stress Pig is here to help! Just click on the link and then on his nose. Enjoy!


New Student Art Show in our Library!

November 26, 2007

Oregon State University-Cascades Campus Art Students will open their Fall 2007 Show at the Rotunda Gallery in the Barber Library (COCC) on December 6th.

There is going to be a reception for the opening of the art show on December 6,  4-6 pm.  Light hors d’oeuvres will be served. The public is welcome.

The show will remain up until January 27th, 2008.

Give 1 Get 1

November 17, 2007

Have you heard of the  “Give 1 Get 1 initiative?  Between November 12 and November 26, through the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) program, you may donate an XO laptop to a child in a developing nation and also receive one laptop for a child in your life in recognition of your $399 contribution. While donations can be made at any time, orders for the XO laptops in the Give 1 Get 1 initiative can be placed through November 26, 2007 at

To get more information, you may watch a four minute youtube video  about the XO laptop by David Pogue of the New York Times, or you may visit to find out more about the goals of the One Laptop Per Child project.

Word Cafe’ 11

November 15, 2007


Come and participate in the Grand Slam Season opener on Thursday, November 29, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, Barber Library, Library Reading Room (2nd floor)

Readers will include winners and contestants of Bend’s Slam Contest. Ellen Waterston will welcome guests and outline her plans as scholar-in-residence. Readings will be followed by an open mike/open genre.

Light refreshments will be served. For More Information Contact 541.383.7564

Get your quick facts from FactBites!

November 13, 2007

FactBites, according to its home page, is an encyclopedia crossed with a search engine. FactBites pulls facts from web pages or online encyclopedias and presents them in your search results.  You may of course ask, which of these results are fact and which are fiction?  After I tried a number of searches, I found that FactBites actually does a pretty good job drawing results from dictionaries, encyclopedias, universities, and many .org sites. 

When you use this search tool keep in mind that it produces a maximum of 30 results.  Overall, I found FactBites to work best with simple questions that need quick answers.  For more extensive research on more complex topics, you may want to use one of our library’s Ebsco databases

Search Engines beyond Google…

November 8, 2007

Check out this comprehensive list of search engines that are out there.  There are subject-specific search engines, search engines that provide credible results (i.e., sites reliable enough to cite in a paper or project for school), search engines for opinions, search engines for specific types of media (like maps, music, images, video), search engines outside the US, and the list goes on and on…Try branching out beyond Google and let us know what you think!   

Just for fun!

November 5, 2007

You got to see this one!   Make sure you watch it all the way to the end!

Want to know more about otters?   Check our Britannica Online database under Articles & more, Encyclopedias and other sources!