Category Archives: Books

Minds on Fire – Your Students Immersed in the Role

Featured Library Book – Come and Get It!

SCC Library New Book Shelves LB 2395.7 C38 2014

Minds on Fire book cover

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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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OneSearch: It’s How You Find It

This semester we launched a new version of OneSearch, which provides access to our book & media collection and most of our research databases. I could tell you all about what it does and how to use it, but our friends at the Cosumnes River College Library made a video that does a much better job, in a very short amount of time, than I could hope to do. Enjoy! And tell your friendly librarians how you’re using it.

Freshmen, Find Your Success in the Library

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:

It’s Up to You. What Will You Do?

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.

Library Display – Choose an Award-Winning Book

Pulitzer, Nobel, and Man Booker prizes; National Book Award, Hugo Award, Nebula, Edgar, Caldecott and Newbery Medal; all are on display in the Library.   Here’s a teaser list, with more below the fold:

Title & AuthorLibrary Call NumberAwardYear
Flora & Ulysses : the illuminated adventures / Kate DiCamillo ; illustrated by K.G. Campbell.PZ7.D5455 Fl 2013Newbery Medal2014
Locomotive / Brian Floca.TJ603.2 .F56 2013Caldecott Medal2014
Missing person / Patrick Modiano ; translated from the French by Daniel Weissbort.PQ2673.O3 R813 2005Nobel Prize2014
Americanah : [a novel] / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.PR9387.9.A34354 A44 2013National Book Critics Circle2013
Ancillary justice / Ann Leckie.PS3612.E3353 A83 2013Nebula Award2013
Dear life : stories / Alice Munro.PR9199.3.M8 D43 2012Nobel Prize2013
Devil in the grove : Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the dawn of a new America / Gilbert King.HV9956.G76 K56 2012Pulitzer Prize2013

Award winning books on display

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Low On Funds and Need a Textbook?

We’ve got you covered. The library has a copy of most of your required textbooks at the Circulation Desk.  (Find them in the Library Catalog.)   If your instructor approves the use of an older edition of the textbook, the library has some previous editions on the third floor of the Library. These older textbooks check out for three weeks.

Library catalog textbook search

The Library has copiers that can print a page or two or save those pages to your USB. If you need assistance searching for course materials, ask a librarian at the Research Help Desk.

Still strained financially? There are numerous sites where you can purchase a book at a discount or rent a book for the semester. The price may be half what it costs to buy the book new, and you can sometimes sell it back.

Take advantage of this list of sites to purchase and rent textbook materials:Student finding books on Library third floor

Get vacation reading while there’s still time!

The library closes for Winter Recess on Thursday, December 18 at 8 pm. Until then, if you are a continuing student or an SCC employee, you can check out books and videos and they will not be due until Wednesday, January 21, 2015.

13/365: Statler & Waldorf

So find your summer reading! Some titles of interest from the last couple years, all of which are on the shelf as I type this:

The Luminaries by Eleanor CattonThe Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth KolbertThe Teacher Wars by Dana GoldsteinBrown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline WoodsonSo We Read On by Maureen CorriganThe Goldfinch by Donna TarttThe Innovators by Walter IsaacsonCapital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty

More in the New Books section on the 2nd floor, or browse our new arrivals online!

New Arrivals at the Library: Books, DVDs, and eBooks

Supreme City by Donald L. MillerThe Book of Immortality by Adam GolinerA Chinaman's Chance by Eric LiuIt's a Jungle in There by David A. Rosenbaum

Have you checked out the newest arrivals at the library? Ranging from guides that can help you with your courses to the latest best-selling non-fiction, these new arrivals are not to be missed. Not sure where to start? You can browse the New Books List or search by title, author, or subject.

Don’t forget to visit the New Books & Videos page to find out about the latest books, DVDs, and eBooks. Each listing has a link directly to the library catalog, so you can quickly locate or request the item.

Once you’ve found what you’re looking for, you can borrow these new titles. Checking out books or DVDs is simple; all you need is your student or employee ID card and you are good to go! Using ebooks might take some figuring out—when you have questions, take a look at our ebook guide or Ask a Librarian.

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