Election Resources Guide Posted

Three suffragists casting a vote

I wish I could wear a cool hat to the polls, but I vote by mail. :(

There’s an election next week; have you figured out what you’re doing about Proposition 47? (Have you even heard of Prop 47?) How about Measure L?

Librarian Becky Boyd put together a list of useful election-info sites to help an ENGWR 300 class researching these topics, but they are useful for all of us. Take a look at the ones below, or for more resources visit the guide itself.

Who Banned These Books? And Why?

The top 10 challenged books for 2013:

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violenceThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
    Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
    The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
  9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
    Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
    Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

Find some of these titles and more in an exhibit on the second floor of the LRC – through October.

Read more about banned and challenged books of the 21st century.

New Databases: Psychology, Statistical Data, and Video

A few new offerings have been added to library Research Databases, based on trials we did in the Spring. Here are the details:

PsycARTICLES

This periodical database features some of the highest-impact journals in the field, such as Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. When we tried out this database in the Spring, it quickly became one of our most-used sources of full-text articles. Journals in this database have no embargo period; in other words, the most recent issues are included, which isn’t always the case in our databases.

A couple notes:

  • It turns out that the price we were given is a “first-year” price, with a significant increase next year, so it is not clear we will have the database past June 2015. We’ve put a note to that effect in the description of the database on our listings page.
  • This is not the only place to go for psychology periodicals; important journals are also found in the Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection, ScienceDirect, MEDLINE, and JSTOR. One solution is to use OneSearch for your periodicals searching; there is even an experimental feature where you can limit your searching to psychology-related material.
On the Advanced Search screen, select Psychology from the area that says "Choose a discipline to search"

Advanced Search Screen in OneSearch

Go to PsycARTICLES >>

RAND California & US

This database provides statistical information on a large number of topics. We find that students are often looking for information on topics including criminal justice (how many people are incarcerated in the California?), income (number of children in poverty in the US?), and education (what is the high school dropout rate and does it vary by race or ethnicity?). Much of this information is available via various government websites. RAND has pulled together many of the most-requested items and made them easy to find in a single database, making available tables that you can eyeball for the number you need or download to Excel or similar software for further analysis or mashups.

Populations and Capacities (CA only): number of inmates from all correctional facilities

A data query in RAND statistics

Table from Rand State Statistics showing Prison Populations and Capacities for all facilities in California. Some graphs are available; for more, download to Excel and make your own.

A data table in RAND California

This database is replacing last year’s offering of the Statistical Abstract from ProQuest, which saw little use and was not quite as user-friendly as RAND’s product.

Go to RAND California & US >>

Ambrose Video

This database includes educational videos covering history, the sciences, and the arts. All the videos are closed-captioned. While these videos should be embeddable in D2L courses, we are running into some problems with doing so, so for now please just link to the site itself.

Many of the programs include downloadable supplementary documents and lesson plans. We are also thinking of this as a one-year trial, to see how interesting it is to the campus at large. So please, let us know if this is the sort of thing you need from the library!

Go to Ambrose Video >>

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.

Landscape and Wildlife Art by Linnea Fronce

Landscape and wildlife art by Sacramento artist Linnea Fronce is featured in the Special Events room on the third floor of the Sacramento City College Library from August 23 to Sept. 27.White Tailed Kite, Linnea Fronce 2005

A public reception in the Library is scheduled for 3:00 to 5:00 pm, Sept. 13 (Second Saturday).  This is a rare opportunity to view Linnea’s work.  Directions and parking: http://bit.ly/1sJ4FCY

View the exhibit during Library hours:  Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – 8 pm; Friday 7:30 am – 5 pm; Saturday 9 am – 3 pm.

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: http://youtu.be/mgigca5lc60

Look up a textbook in the SCC Library catalog.

We’ll see you in the Library!