Category Archives: Library

Welcome Antonio – SCC’s Newest Librarian

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

Stapled, Taped, and Punched @ Your Library

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!

Study and Test Taking Tips

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.

Puzzled? So Are We!

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).

3 More Things You Don’t Know About Your Library

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.

Two New Group Study Rooms

Over the summer, two rooms for group study were added to the 2nd floor of the Learning Resource Center.
study room 4
These rooms, made from portable office materials, are bigger than the permanent rooms, so feel free to take a larger group in there. Sign up for a room at the Research Help desk on the second floor of the Library.

The purpose of all Library study rooms is for group study among current students, and demand has been very strong.  Tutors, please ask your sponsor if they can provide an alternative space for SCC tutoring.

New Librarian!

Welcome Karen Tercho, SCC’s newest librarian.  Karen brings experience as an adjunct librarian at the CRC Library as well as full-time work as solo librarian at Bryan University. We asked Karen to list “Five Things You Don’t Know about Me.”  Now you know!

Karen Tercho

  1. I grew up in Massachusetts and have lived in Montreal (B.A. in cultural anthropology from McGill), Rhode Island (MLIS), and Brooklyn (life lessons). Since then I have sworn off cold winters. Viva California!
  2. I have big interest in the social sciences, especially ethnic and cultural studies, and I enjoy learning about technology, science, history, and baseball.
  3. In my free time I practice and teach yoga and am studying to become a certified Iyengar yoga teacher.
  4. I play the drums and used to play in bands. Being in a band means being in a relationship with multiple creative people, so I’m currently on hiatus.
  5. My travel bug:  India and Italy are my favorites so far, and the U.K. and Cambodia are next on my list.

Borrow Your Required Textbooks at the Library!

Please share this brief animation with your students and colleagues.  Access to required textbooks is a major factor in student success, and the SCC Library can help.

Share this link to the YouTube video with your students:

Look up a textbook in the SCC Library catalog.

We’ll see you in the Library!