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“…urban street fiction [can] build bridges between sanctioned and out-of-school texts … in efforts to further include, motivate, and facilitate meaningful instances of self-efficacy for all students…” (Marshall)

“Graphic novels … foster critical thinking by requiring students to simultaneously evaluate the interaction between multiple modes of communication. (Cook)

“teachers can use Science Fiction to provide catalysts for discussion in a variety of subjects; teach students how to question intelligently; and stimulate their imaginations…”  (Ontell)

SCC students are clamoring to read urban fiction, science fiction, mysteries, and graphic novels.  Can you donate some you’ve enjoyed?  Contact SCC Librarian, Judy Howe

Works Cited – and more!

Cook, Michael. “The Big Picture.” Literacy Today (2411-7862) 33.3 (2015): 30-32. Professional Development Collection. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.

Botzakis, Stergios. “Why I Teach Comics In Higher Education.” Knowledge Quest 41.3 (2013): 68-70. Library & Information Science Source. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.

Gibson, Simone. “Critical Readings: African American Girls And Urban Fiction.” Journal Of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 53.7 (2010): 565-574. Professional Development Collection. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.

Marshall, Elizabeth, Jeanine Staples, and Simone Gibson. “Ghetto Fabulous: Reading Black Adolescent Femininity In Contemporary Urban Street Fiction.” Journal Of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 53.1 (2009): 28-36. Professional Development Collection. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.

Ontell, Val. “Imagine That! Science Fiction As A Learning Motivation.” Community & Junior College Libraries 12.1 (2003): 57-70. Library & Information Science Source. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.

Watts, Pam. “Graphic Novels Offer Diverse Perspectives, Narratives.” Education Digest 81.2 (2015): 38-41. Professional Development Collection. Web. 25 Apr. 2016.

Welcome International Students!

We invite you to take a tour of the Library and Learning Resource Center (LRC) with Antonio López, the new librarian at SCC.

Library 3rd floor study space

Learn how to reserve a study room and how to find books, textbooks, DVDs, magazines, and online materials through the Library home page.

Meet Antonio in the lobby of the Learning Resource Center at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, October 6th.

Take a tour of the Library and invite a friend to discover what we have for you at the LRC!

Featured Library Book – Come and Get It!

SCC Library New Book Shelves LB 2395.7 C38 2014

Minds on Fire book cover

Review from ChoiceEmphases added!

This book by Carnes (Barnard College, Columbia Univ.) examines perpetual intellectual disengagement of students in higher education, dating back to Plato and moving through European/American higher education, and asks the question, “Why are we so bored with higher education?”  Desperate to bring life to his courses, Carnes took a bold chance and created role-immersion games through which his students could enter the worlds and times of the subjects being studied.  When students’ investigative role-playing learning caused them to forget to leave at the end of class periods and they began to meet on Saturdays and Sundays to continue their experiences, Carnes and his fellow faculty and administration knew something revolutionary was happening.

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For students new to SCC, and for all students hoping to make the most of college opportunities, the SCC Library offers these services:

Ask a Librarian Chat Service.  Chat, phone, email, read FAQs, or come on in and talk to a friendly Librarian.

Grace and Judy at the Research Help Desk

Textbooks.  The Library has copies of many required textbooks for short term loan.  Ask for help at the Research Help Desk on the second floor of the Learning Resource Center.

Computers, Wi-Fi Connection, and Study Space.  Tables, study carrels, and study rooms on the 2nd floor and super quiet study space on the 3rd floor.

Library Workshops.  50-minute face-to-face workshops introduce you to library skills.  Sign up at the Research Help Desk or call to reserve your spot: 916-558-2461.  PILOT online tutorial, too.

Library Books and Videos You Can Borrow.  Check out a few of these to jump start your college life:

Antonio López joins SCC this Fall semester as our newest Reference Librarian.  Antonio has worked as a Librarian at Humboldt State University, Occidental College, and the Chiapas campus of Tecnológico de Monterrey.

We asked Antonio to list “Three things you don’t know about me.”

  1. I grew up in Los Angeles and have lived in Arcata, Berkeley, Chiapas, the Czech Republic, and Germany. I love Sacramento!
  2. I play guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmonica and violin (in order from “okay” to “please practice your violin somewhere else”).
  3. Dungeons & Dragons: I’ve been playing for more than thirty-five years, and I am proud to be a geek.

Now you know!

Please drop by the Library and welcome Antonio to SCC.

Antonio 2007

SCC students have lots of ideas about how to keep their planet happy.  Visit the Library display for April and add your thought bubble to the tree.  Plenty of good reading on the subject, too, both on the second floor display shelves and in the general collection.  Search OneSearch for Climate, Conservation, Environment and more.  Ask a Librarian.

Students' thoughts about living greener.

Librarians are here to help with your course assignments, class projects, speeches, debates, and research papers.

Contact us – call, chat, email, or come on  in.

When in doubt, visit your library.

Library hours including Spring Break.

We can also help you get on a computer, print your research paper, find your textbook, make copies, and more.  Just ask.

Want to know more?  Sign up for a library workshop, or do the online PILOT library activities on your own.

We are looking out for you.

Who knew old fashioned jigsaw puzzles would provide such a compelling study break?

Student doing jigsaw puzzle.

Peter Park recharges for his next study session.

Research suggests that relaxation exercises can help de-clutter the brain.1

Young woman doing jigsaw puzzle

Library puzzle captivates a future student.

Library staff set up puzzles

Karen and Stephanie love puzzles, too.

1Concordia University. “Spring-cleaning the mind? Study shows a cluttered brain doesn’t remember.” (accessed December 8, 2014).