ALT Group Showcases Abstract Art at the Barber Library

March 31, 2008

An exhibition of recent original artwork by members of ALT., a Central Oregon artist’s group, will go on display at the Rotunda Gallery, Barber Library, on the Central Oregon Community College campus beginning Tuesday, April 1, 2008.  The exhibition, entitled “Beneath the Surface”, will be ongoing through May 8, 2008.  An opening reception with the contributing artists will be held in the Rotunda lobby from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2008. 

The exhibition will feature new artwork by members Pam Jersey Bird, Judy Hoiness, Barbara Hudin, Michael Kelly, Justyn Livingston, Ingrid Lustig, Amy Royce, and Ron Schultz.  The contemporary paintings and mixed media works on display reflect each member’s unique and personal working methods and philosophies, as well as incorporating the ALT. groups’ stated objective and mandate: to probe personal, material, and artistic boundaries.

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What to Read during Spring Break

March 20, 2008

Happy Spring! Happy Spring Break!

If you are looking for something to read during spring break, we have a suggestion. Every year the Deschutes Public Library Foundation sponsors a community read program to encourage everyone to read the same book at the same time. The library then sponsors events and programs to help bring the book to life.

This year’s book, in the words of Entertainment Weekly, is “nothing short of amazing.” The book is the prize-winning, The World to Come, the second book from Dara Horn. This work of fiction chronicles a real painting by Marc Chagall, as it is given, stolen, and copied throughout decades and generations. The story is beautifully told, full of intertwined stories that engage you and imagery that connects and deepens your understanding of the story. Reserve a copy with your Deschutes Public Library card.

In late April and early May the public library will host a series of events including a Jewish bread making class, art workshops for kids and adults, book discussions, art lectures, and author panels. The program culminates with a reading by Dara Horn at the Tower Theater. All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required for some, so look at the schedule and register before spaces fill up.

Whatever you choose to read this spring break (here’s some new fiction and some new non-fiction titles to browse), relax and enjoy.


Oh, the wealth of government information!

March 18, 2008

Check our newly revised Government Info link under “Research Tools,” at the bottom of the COCC Barber Library homepage! Here, you’ll find new categories and links we added just for  you: “How to Cite Government Docs,” “Statistics,” “Climate Information,” “U.S. History,” etc.  Under the category WEB SEARCH ENGINES, you’ll also see an Ask a Librarian link (Government Information Online ) which gives you a cool way to “ask government information librarians who are experts at finding information from government agencies of all levels (local, state, regional, national international) on almost any subject from aardvarks to zygomycosis!”


ALT art show coming

March 13, 2008

alt-pc.jpgAn exhibition of recent original artwork by members of ALT, a Central Oregon artist’s group, will go on display at the Rotunda Gallery, Barber Library, on the Central Oregon Community College campus beginning Tuesday, April 1, 2008. The exhibition, entitled “Beneath the Surface”, will be ongoing through May 8, 2008.  An opening reception with the contributing artists will be held in the Rotunda lobby from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2008. 

The exhibition will feature new artwork by members Pam Jersey Bird, Judy Hoiness, Barbara Hudin, Michael Kelly, Justyn Livingston, Ingrid Lustig, Amy Royce, and Ron Schultz.  The contemporary paintings and mixed media works on display reflect each member’s unique and personal working methods and philosophies, as well as incorporating the ALT groups’ stated objective and mandate: to probe personal, material, and artistic boundaries.


Alert Yourself

March 11, 2008

Ever wish you had your own private researcher who could scan hundreds of scholarly journals every day and alert you when a new article is published on a certain topic? You can use EBSCO’s RSS feature and have exactly that.

Do you already use a RSS Feed Reader (aka news aggregator of news reader) to stay up on your favorite news sources and blogs? You can use that same tool, combine it with the powerful research capabilities of EBSCO, and be alerted when there are new magazine, journal or newspaper articles on a research topic of interest. Once you’ve set this up, you will see the latest articles as soon as they are made available. And it’s a just a few clicks away.

Choose the EBSCO database of your choice, and perform the search on your topic. (Your search can be as simple or sophisticated as you want. Consult a librarian if you’d like help with this step.) Above your results list, you’ll see the RSS symbol and the words “Create alert for this search.” A pop-up screen displays with the search alert information. Copy the Syndication Feed URL into your newsreader.

You can set up a feed for an entire journal as well. Click the Publications link on the sub-toolbar. Once you have found the desired publication, click the RSS alert icon to the left of the publication name. Of course, there is more you can do. Click on Help once you are in EBSCO, look for the section on Saving Searches and Alerts and you will see even more explanation on how to set up RSS feeds and alerts.

At this time, EBSCO supports the following newsreader programs: My Yahoo!, CustomReader, FeedReader, Wizz RSS, Bloglines, Pluck, Safari 2.0, NetNewsWire, NewsGator, and Google Reader. If you’re not already using a newsreader, check out some of these. It’s a great way to stay up on your news sources without visiting every page.


Citations, citations, citations.

March 6, 2008

After the topic is chosen, the research is completed, the ideas are synthesized, and the paper is written, there is that last important detail that can slow you down – citing your sources correctly. Of course we have books that can help with that — the MLA Handbook, the Chicago Manual of Style, and the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, to name a few.

But the the library also has a page with links to some great online resources. Visit Research and Documentation Online or the University of Wisconsin’s Writing Center if you are looking for thorough explanations and exact information. To truly understand the citation process, these are great sites.

For quicker fixes, there is the Son of Citation Machine and KnightCite, two places where you pick your style, fill out their forms with your information, and they create the citation for you. Of course, both of these cites have disclaimers reminding users that though the citation creators work pretty well, YOU, the writer of the paper, are ultimately responsible for the correctness of you work. So be a little careful, but with most straightforward citations, they work great.

Remember, all these great links can be found in one convenient location, on your library’s homepage.


March 4, 2008

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Your library just got a new set of exciting e-sources for you to explore!  Here they are:

Encyclopedia Judaica, an encyclopedia of the Jewish people and their faith, Judaism.

Encyclopedia of Small Business, a source for detailed articles and overviews of all the key information needs of small business users, including financing, financial planning, business plan creation, market analysis, sales strategy, tax planning and more.

Encyclopedia of Everyday Law, a publication covering important statutes and cases, including historical background, profiles of various U.S. laws and regulations, and details of how laws and regulations vary from state to state.

How to get to them? On our library web page, under Articles & More: Databases, select Encyclopedias and other sources.  That’s it!  From there you may select any of these or other electronic encyclopedia we have available for you!  What a wealth of information!