The Reader

In January, OneSearch, our main tool for finding library materials, will be updated to a new platform. We are still configuring the new version, but we’ve made a “beta” version available.

Try the new OneSearch now. You’ll find a feedback form there—let us know what you think!

As with the current OneSearch, keyword searches will bring up print books and DVDs from all Los Rios libraries, along with ebooks, online articles and other formats held at a variety of full-text and audio-visual databases.

Search results page for keywords "social and emotional learning"

Note, when using the beta version you will not be able to request items or view your library record, and item status (such as whether or not a book is checked out) might be inaccurate; that’s all because we’re still using the current system. But you can search and access articles and ebooks, and generally get a sense of how things will be working starting in Spring 2020.

The underlying platform, Primo, is in use at colleges and universities across the U.S. and internationally, including the entire CSU system.

If you’re curious about why and how this change is happening, please see our Library System Migration page.

We’re glad to say that we are now offering unlimited access to the Sacramento Bee via NewsBank. NewsBank allows us to search and read Bee content without online ads, auto-playing videos and other distractions.

To find it, visit the Research Databases page and look for the Sacramento Bee Collection. NewsBank divides the Bee into a few different categories that can be searched together or individually:

Sacramento bee E-edition from June 10, 2019

If you’d like to, say, get an email with links to new content as it’s loaded, NewsBank will let you do that—look for create alert links. We hope this resource helps students researching local events and issues.

Looking for something to read or watch between the end of the semester and beginning of Summer session?

If you are continuing in Fall, you can check out up to 2 circulating books and DVDs to keep over the break when the library is closed. Items will not be due until Wednesday, June 12.

Looking for inspiration? Cruise the New Book section on the 2nd floor of the LRC, or take a look at the New Books & Videos pages of our website.

The Library will close on Wednesday, May 22 at 9:30 pm, and reopen Monday, June 10 at 8:00 am. Happy summer!
person in hat reading book on grass, shown from above

In April, the display area of the Library was given over to stories and info about libraries.

Featured were portraits of people currently working in libraries or hoping to in the future.
Woman holding sign reading, "I love working in libraries because every day is a new adventure!" Woman holding sign reading, "I love working in a library because books are my favorite place to get lost in!" Woman holding tablet with screen reading, "I love working in libraries because I get to empower creatives in manifesting their brilliance!" Man kneeling near Library Cycle Kiosk in front of Learning Resource Center, holding sign reading, "In the Library we are all students and we can study any topic. No grades attached."
Library visitors were also encouraged to write messages the topic, “What do you like about the SCC Library?”
"What do you like about the SCC Library?" "Thank God for the staff and a brick and mortar building to come and relax, learn, and study in a quiet atmosphere! Eli "What do you like about the SCC Library?" "Helpful staff; Laptops; Quiet 3rd Floor; snacks are allowed!" "What do you like about the SCC Library?" "It's literally my second home. I spend at least everyday studying in the library right after class." "What do you like about the SCC Library?" "I can relax & focus on what I need to get done."

The SCC Library actually provides a program that trains people to work in libraries: the Library and Information Technology (LIBT) Program. As you can see, working in libraries is a tremendously rewarding career path; if you like being in the library, working to connect people with resources and information and contributing to your community, you should check it out!

Below are some of the books and videos that were included in the display. Explore the possibilities!
Continue reading

For the month of April you can feast upon news content from NewsBank: thousands of news sources from the US and abroad via Access World News.

NewsBank is also showing us the Sacramento Bee Collection, which brings us our local paper all the way back to 1857.

We’re also taking a look at AM Explorer, which provides primary source collections: letters, diaries, photos, audio recordings, newspaper clippings, and all sorts of incredible whiffs of the past. Try a search from the landing page or, better yet, click the Collections link and explore titles such as African American Communities, American Indian Histories and Cultures, and Gender: Identity and Social Change.

Find these and, of course, many others, at the Research Databases page.

And let us know your thoughts! We might be able to subscribe to one or more of them in the future.

The Library is currently providing trial access to the US Major Dailies database, which carries full-text articles from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. If you are working on a project involving social issues, politics, current events, communication or any number of other issues, you may find this useful! It will be available until March 13.

Find this and many others at the Research Databases page.

Guess the winners and you could win a Black Panther DVD!

All ties will be broken by a random drawing. Winners will be contacted by email.

Pick up a ballot at the DVD display near the top of the stairs on the 2nd floor of the LRC, fill it out, and drop it off at the Research Help Desk. One entry per person.
Display of DVDs on the 2nd floor of the LRC

Flyer explains how to find DVDs from the SCC Library home page

The Academy Awards ceremony will be broadcast on February 24, 2019.

Spring Library courses (LIBR) will help you master the skills and concepts you need to succeed in a wide range of courses at SCC and beyond, and also give you a perspective on information; when people speak of “fake news” and “credible sources,” you’ll be the expert in the room.

  • LIBR 325, Internet Research Skills, is a wide-ranging 3-unit course where you will master search strategies and grapple with the complexities of online communication.
  • LIBR 318, Library Research and Information Literacy, is a 1-unit, second-8-week course, great for getting started on how to approach research projects.
  • LIBR 307, Medical Information Resources, is a 1-unit, second-8-week course perfect for students planning a career in medical or Allied Health fields.

All three courses are taught online; neither requires a textbook purchase.

Note: if you register and then receive word that the course is ineligible for financial aid, please consult the Make Your Courses Count page and contact a counselor. The course may be eligible for financial aid even if you initially receive notice that it is not.

Interested in a career in libraries? Check out our Library and Information Technology Program.