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!

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).

Register for Library and Information Technology Program Classes

Pam Posz talks about the Library and Information Technology Program with the SCC Panther
Do you enjoy helping people?

Do you love books and reading?

Do you enjoy using technology?

A career working in libraries may be what you’re looking for.

Sacramento City College has a program to train paraprofessionals to work in libraries.

In about 1-2 years, you can earn either a Certificate of Achievement or Associate of Science in Library and Information Technology.

Classes start in January. Registration is open.

Here are a few classes that we’ll offer in the Spring 2015 Semester:

  • LIBT 100    Introduction to Library and Information Technology    .5 Units
  • LIBT 300    Introduction to Library Services    2 Units
  • LIBT 325    Internet Research Skills    3 Units
  • LIBT 333    Library/Media Materials and Equipment    1 Unit
  • LIBT 345    Library Operations and Management    2 Units

If you are enrolling for the first time, register in LIBT 100 and 300.

If your schedule can handle it you should also add LIBT 333 and 345.

Finally, if you can handle a heavy course load, you could also take LIBT 325.

Please contact Pamela Posz, the coordinator of the program if you have any questions.

For more information about our program—check the LIBT website.

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.

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

Supreme CityThe Books of ImmortalityA Chinaman's ChanceIt's a Jungle in There

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.

Happy reading!

eBooks – Electrify Your Reading List

Top 20 ebooks you’ve cracked open this semester:

  1. Introduction to Technical Services  (textbook!)World Music a Global History
  2. Reference and Information Services : An Introduction  (textbook!)
  3. World Music : A Global Journey  (textbook!)
  4. Is Human Nature Obsolete? : Genetics Bioengineering, and the Future of the Human Condition
  5. Nursing Diagnoses in Psychiatric Nursing : Care Plans and Psychotropic Medications
  6. Pregnancy, Birth, and the Early Months : The Thinking Woman’s Guide
  7. Ethics, Money, and Sport : This Sporting MammonA History of the Modern Middle East
  8. A History of the Modern Middle East
  9. Slavery in the United States: A Social, Political, and Historical Encyclopedia
  10. The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health
  11. Food Cultures of the World Encyclopedia
  12. Counseling Individuals With Life-threatening Illness
  13. Careers in Accounting
  14. Lukan’s Documentation for Physical Therapist Assistants
  15. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass : An American SlaveGrading Student Achievement
  16. Islam, Muslims, and America : Understanding the Basis of Their Conflict
  17. The Parenting Journey : From Conception Through the Teen Years
  18. Autism, Discrimination and the Law : A Quick Guide for Parents, Educators and Employers
  19. Grading Student Achievement in Higher Education : Signals and Shortcomings
  20. Laugh Yourself Thin : Making Happiness, Fun, and Pleasure the Keys to Permanent Weight Loss

Find these ebooks and many, many more in OneSearch, read them on your computer or other device, and download them(The guide for downloading ebooks is for those accessed through EBSCO.)

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.