Category Archives: Library

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

Sometimes it’s the little things, like school supplies!  We know you need them, and as always your library staff wants to help.

Here’s what we have for you:

  • At the Research Help Desk, help yourself to the use of staplers, staple removers, three-hole punches, tape, and a paper-cutter.  Ask for scissors, rulers, and paperclips, too.
  • Punch a free handout on MLA or APA and stash it in your binder to ease your late-night citation blues.desk supplies
  • Need an index card?  We have a few of those, too, for you.
  • At the Circulation Desk, buy pens, pencils, green exam books, and transparencies.
  • Roll out a portable whiteboard and markers for an instant study session anywhere on the 2nd floor – no reservation required.
  • Get help using the printers and copiers – and now you can get change, too.
  • You can send faxes (for a fee) at the College Store as well as at FedEx across Sutterville Road.

And don’t forget the big things:  Librarians are here to help you find your textbook, understand your assignment, choose a topic, find books and articles, choose research-worthy sources, and much more.

Come and see us, call, chat, email, or read the FAQs.  We’re here for you!

Did you know that studying in different locations may help you retain information? If you always study on the 2nd floor of the library, try the 3rd floor occasionally.

Test-taking tips printed on slips of paper

You’ll do better on your exams if you get enough to eat before you start each test.

Find educational games to make learning more entertaining.

Research has shown that if you alternate what you study, you will retain more information. This means that if you have several classes, don’t spend 8 hours studying one subject. Change it up a bit. Spend one hour on algebra and then one hour on history.

When you’re taking a test, skim the entire test first to best plan your time and then start with the easiest questions.

There are many other study and test taking tips available at the Library Research Help Desk and in the Learning Skills and Tutoring Center.  Stop by.

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).

1. 3rd-Floor Silence

3rd floor of LRC

The 3rd floor is a quiet study area, perfect for prepping for finals.

2. Help from Librarians

Reference Librarian at Research Help DeskLibrarians are well-prepared for any research question you have.

Ask for help.

3. The Library Lounge Area

Lounge area on 2nd floor of LRCTake breaks.

Your brain accepts information better with plenty of rest. Relax between study sessions in the lounge area on the 2nd floor.