Big changes coming soon!

November 25, 2008

Monday, Dec 1, you’ll all be looking at a new Summit catalog!  For those of you unfamiliar with Summit, this is a resource that provides access to library holdings throughout Oregon and Washington combining materials from regional academic libraries into a single catalog.  In other words, Summit is a very powerful tool that allows you to search and request from a huge combined collection owned by 36 academic libraries throughout the Northwest!  

The new Summit interface will include a significantly improved search function that will make it even easier for you to find and request the books, videos, etc. that you need.  With one search, the Summit catalog will present results from the region’s member libraries, followed by results from libraries around the world. In all, the Summit catalog will provide access to over 107 million library records.  Can you believe this!?

You may find a link to the Summit catalog via our library’s main page, under “Books & More: Library Catalogs.

Oh, and by the way… Happy Thanksgiving!  Check this cute video by clicking on the link below:



Paul Bennett Tapestries – Reception December 4th

November 24, 2008

Now showing in the Rotunda Gallery,  Pendleton Tapestries by Paul Bennett.   The opening reception will be held in the Gallery on December 4th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.  The exhibit is running from November until January 22, 2009. 

Paul Alan Bennett is a nationally recognized, award-winning painter.  Drawing inspiration from familiar landscapes and personal experiences, Paul’s art showcases his truly unique style and warm sense of humor. Paul has excelled in the field of watercolor and most recently in the release of a select group of Limited Edition Fine Art Giclee Prints and worked closely with Pendleton Woolen Mills to release limited edition tapestry blankets.  Paul’s work has been reproduced for two Sisters Folk Festival Posters and the 2008 Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show poster. 

For more information about the exhibit call 541.383.7564.   Find out more about the artist visit

We’ll be there for you!

November 20, 2008


Getting stressed out about exams and final projects? Our library hopes to give you a helping hand by extending its business hours the weekend before finals:

Fri., Dec. 5, 8 AM – 9 PM
Sat., Dec. 6, 9 AM – 9 PM
Sun., Dec. 7, 9 AM – 9 PM

Study with us! Besides friendly help from our wonderful staff, we’ll have coffee, massages, and tutoring available for you in the evening hours!

Exploring majors or careers? This is for you!

November 19, 2008

(this post was written by Vickery Viles, COCC Careers, Advising, Personal counseling)


Do you find yourself undecided about your major?   Are you interested in connecting your education to a career path?   Looking for scholarship money?  Do you want to know which schools offer your program?  This web site can help!


An excellent resource in the area of career exploration is the Oregon Career Information System (OCIS). COCC licenses this tool for use by its faculty and students. This is a national database tool that allows you to take the CAREER EXPLORATION steps below with quick and easy access to regional information like:

– tests that show your career strengths;
direct links to the schools that offer your programs; 
information about how much education or training is involved;
links to scholarships for your field or background.


Here is the simple getting started information for the OCIS.


Stop by or call (383-7200) the CAP Center for the username and password
Log into OCIS either through, select Career Services, then Oregon Career Information System.  Select “Sign In for CIS Internet.” 
Once in, you can set up your personal account so you can save resources as you discover them. To do this, click  Create “My Career Planning Portfolio” in the upper right corner of the page.
Inside your portfolio, in the main body of the page, you will see options to    “Explore You”; “Explore Careers”; “Search for Schools”;  or “Explore Majors and Careers.”


Exploring careers:  Here are the basic steps to a structured career exploration process.

Step 1.
Understand yourself

The first step to exploring careers is to evaluate yourself. There are many effective assessment tools to help you clarify and understand your values, interests, style, and preferences. You can access these assessments on your own, in a class or workshop, with a career facilitator, through the Online CIS program, or through other avenues.


Step 2. Understand careers

There is lots of great information about occupations and careers and much of it is available free, online. What jobs are growing?  How much is the starting salary? What are the common work requirements? The CAP Center/Career Services web site has links to web sites that can help you connect with accurate regional occupation information:


Step 3. Evaluate your research, make a preliminary decision

Combine your preferences with occupational information, access to training and education to set your preliminary career goal.


Step 4.   Plan for your goal, revisit your decision

As your planning becomes more defined towards your career destination, continue to gather information about yourself and your direction. You may need to revise your goal or adjust your plan as you progress.  Remember that your advisor or a trusted teacher may have insights for you. 

Gaming — with language?

November 11, 2008

Do you ever find yourself feeling obtuse, gauche, or purblind? Think that “obtuse” is just a mathematical term; “gauche” only a French word for “left”; “purblind” meaning only near-blind? Has anyone ever asked you if you knew you were Insolent or indolent, and you shook your head in agreement to pretend you understood?

Remember the language usage tests like the SAT, ACT, GRE, or placement tests that asked for definitions of words you had never heard? Regrettably for many college students, learning vocabulary words was either avoided or not assigned by teachers in favor of assuming students would learn words within the context, or in the course of reading, stories and essays.

Thank goodness yet one more time for the Internet! If you have a few extra minutes, a little extra time – not too long, two Internet resources teach vocabulary in interesting, fun, visually-oriented, and even philanthropic ways. (Now, there’s a word to look up!)  In fact, interacting on these sites is a form of gaming, only your brain is stimulated at the same time.

So, two of my favorite Internet locales to frequent follow:

1st,  try,” a site that is entertaining, informative, and “for each answer you get right,” 20 grains of rice are donated to the United Nations World Food Program:


Next, even though several, perhaps countless, dictionaries and thesauri appear online, this one, Visuwords, moves and delights the viewer with multiple colors and depth of information for those who want to dig deeper:


Thank you for your time – and the opportunity to regale you with new information. I hope you enjoy these sites.  Viva vocabulary!

A celebration of voting history

November 4, 2008


Big day today, Elections Day!  I know that a whole lot of people are anxious to see voting results not only at the federal and state level but also at the local level.  Celebrating the historical importance of this day, I would like to share with you a new web site, Voting America, which presents the evolution of politics and voting in the United States across the span of American history. Created by the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond, Voting America  provides cinematic and interactive maps for and analysis of the U.S. Presidential elections from 1840-2004, as well as election data to the county level (note that the loading of its interactive maps may slow down your computer  – apparently they still need some work on this feature).  The “Analysis and Commentary” section offers a series of wonderful videos from experts and historians for a view of political trends and developments throughout time.  

How cool to think that today’s 2008 election results will soon be part of this historical record!