Take advantage of these free image collections!

February 26, 2008

Whether you are a web designer or wish to spice up your own personal web page, you may want  to check out “10 Places to Find Free Images Online and Make Your Content More Linkable,” by Loren Baker in Search Engine Journal.  In this web site, Baker offers a great list of sources for free or royalty-free images you can upload and/or edit for your website.  I don’t know about you, but this has been a list I have been waiting for for a long time!


Star gazing

February 20, 2008

scorpius-constellation.jpgDo you love to gaze at the stars in the night sky?  Want to experience some of the beauty of the Universe? I spent more than an hour with my child last night exploring Sky-Map, a web site which presents a detailed map of the sky and a huge collection of images of all objects outside our solar system.  When you are in this web site, use “Show stars above you now” (click on the time icon next to the search box) to enter your location and find all constellations viewable in your area, right above your head!  Want to search for a specific object in the sky?  Just do a search by typing its name in the search box, “Find Object”.  I addition, you’ll find so much more to explore in what’s featured under “Attractive Spots of the Universe”!  And for the real astronomer inside you, this web site is also filled with all kinds of hard-core information to satisfy your whole scientific appetite! 

Word Cafe 13 – Thursday February 21st at 7:00 pm

February 18, 2008

The thirteenth Word Café at the Barber Library will feature Brad Hills’ Innovation Theatre Works’ performance of “Yellow Cake”, a short story by former Bend resident Josh Beddingfield. Brad Hills will direct the short play, which stars Vicki Pennock and Rod Dahl.  The short story performance will be followed by a reading by local author and poet Suzanne Burns, at which point the mic will be turned over to COCC faculty, students and others for an open mic session. Waterston asks open mic participants to limit their reading to three minutes.

What’s on your bookshelf?

February 14, 2008

There are (at least) a couple fun sites for sharing your books and socializing with other readers. There’s the relatively new Goodreads where you can see what your friends are reading, find good books to read and keep track of what you have read and want to read. It’s free and fun and worth a look if you enjoy reading, discussing and discovering new books.

I See Dead People(‘s Books)

Also there’s LibraryThing, which has been around for a bit longer. Here you can do the same kinds of things, plus you can find people with similar reading interests.

Not quite as morbid as it sounds, at LibraryThing, there’s a group devoted to cataloging the collections of dead people. Wanna see what was on Tupac‘s bookshelf? Wanna know what Sylvia Plath was reading? Now you can. For a complete list of cataloged authors, including libraries in progress, visit the group I See Dead People(‘s Books) over at LibraryThing.

Sharpen up those study skills!

February 12, 2008

We are almost beyond mid-term, but new tips on study skills are never too late to learn! So, if you need some advice by finals week, check out the web site, How to study. Here you’ll find all kinds of helpful tips from strategies to reading textbooks, to steps you can take in dealing with test anxiety or in overcoming procastrination(!). Note that through the main web page you can even submit your own tips on improving study skills! Although the purpose of this web site is also commercial trying to promote other study skills programs and books you can buy, there might really be something valuable for you to discover to improve your college performance and grades!

So you’re ready to “library” it…

February 8, 2008

The library is a great jumping off point for your personal and academic information needs. So where’s the diving board, you ask? Here’s some ways to get the process going. Contact us in whatever way best suits your needs.

Chat with Us

When the library is open, we are usually available to assist you instantly via chat. Just go to the library’s page, find the green box that says “Live Library Help” and click for live library assistance. If COCC staff is unable to chat, you will be referred to a librarian who can help.

E-mail Us

Have a more in-depth question that needs more explaining? Directly below the chat box is a link to email us. We will answer your question within 24 hours, often sooner.

Call Us

Feeling confused? Overwhelmed? Not even sure what the first step in the research process is? Sometimes you need a conversation with a real live person to help you get unstuck, to help you figure out what you’re looking for or to help you formulate a plan. We are here during these hours to do just that. Give us a call at 383-7567.

Come On In

When you are on campus, come on in to the library for a good old-fashioned face-to-face conversation. It can be a great chance for us to show you how to access our databases, improve your search skills, request items from other libraries, or maybe even check out a book. Here are the hours we are open and here’s a campus map.

Contact us through chat, email, phone or in-person. We will help you with with your information needs!

Library It!

February 5, 2008

A couple of weeks ago Cat blogged about the Library’s newest online resource, the Oxford English Dictionary.  Here’s a great chance for you to try it out:  look up the word Google. 


Well, surprised at the results?  It’s true.  The word “Google” has made it into the OED as a verb, meaning, “To search for information about (a person or thing) using the Google search engine.


Google’s great.  You can find a lot of information there and I use it all the time.  But, you don’t always find everything you need or the best information, especially when you’re doing academic research.  So, I propose a new way of thinking about the library.   

That trusted resource, the OED, tells us that “library” is a noun meaning, “A place set apart to contain books for reading, study, or reference…”  I’m suggesting that you start to think of “library” as an action verb, like Google:

Library, v., “To search for information about anything
using the Library.”

It’d work something like this:  “I libraried my Writing 121 paper topic and found all sorts of useful stuff.”

The resources at the library (we’re not just talking about books, people!  Take a look at our extensive list of e-Journals, Article Databases, and other online resources.) are for much more than reading, study, and reference.  These resources provide you with the raw materials for your research and papers, the know-how for new hobbies & activities, and the knowledge needed to make informed opinions about issues of critical importance.  Most importantly, the raw materials, know-how, and knowledge obtained from the library enable you to take action in everyday life.  Even better, the library comes with professionals trained in the art of helping you find the information you need. 

So, the next time you’ve run into a dead end with Google, or you just aren’t sure you’re getting the best information out there, library your question, and see what you find!