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Those Textbooks…

It’s pretty much the last week of July. Fall semester starts up August 14th, and, if you’ve ever seen the movie Grease, this is the part where Danny Zuko and Sandy are running in the surf, holding hands, and looking at each other, longingly, wondering, will they ever see each other again?

Well, if you’re imagining the same scene with your Calculus textbook from this summer (not), then fret not: you CAN see it again! Thanks to the wonders of the Circulation Department, the Textbook Lending Library will be available to you again for your textbooks this fall semester! Yay! No awkward reunions!

The procedure is a little different this time around, so read THIS. And then do a little karaoke of “Summer Nights”…



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Vanity Projects?

Maybe it was a trick instead of a treat?

On 31 October, 2016, Greta Von Susteren sent out the following tweet on Twitter:

Considering the legion of librarians and library patrons on Twitter, this tweet provoked quite a response. Some responded that the digital divide (in which some people have ready access to computers and technology, while others have little access to technology, due to finances, and the only computers they have access to, besides those in the library, are their smartphones) makes libraries indispensable. Others noted that the changes in teaching modes and tools could require a new building, as that picturesque library building built in 1910 doesn’t have the wiring, much less the outlets, for 65 new desktop computers. The president of the American Library Association noted that librarians are trained to be able to discern information from knowledge, something which Google cannot. And, of course, there were comments on the fact that not everything is online, that libraries were less “vanity projects” and more “centers for collaboration, study, and research.”

Von Susteren feels that the increase in college tuition and student debt is due to the construction on buildings such as libraries. Yet some pointed out that the culprits were more likely administrative bloat and athletics. (Interested in seeing the highest-paid public employees in each state? I can guarantee you that they aren’t librarians.)

While it’s laudable that Von Susteren is concerned about the high price of college, she is chasing after the wrong culprit. Libraries, and libraries that are well-equipped and meet recommended standards play a great role in helping to create the kind of citizens that everyone can be proud of. It’s a little hard to do that on an IBM386 with a 1200 baud modem buzzing in the background while students read encyclopedias from the 1950’s or, worse, gather information from a Wikipedia entry that was just “edited” by a spiteful ex-spouse.

Back to the drawing board, Ms. Von Susteren.

(Credit to for many of the details)

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New Resources for You to Use

We’ve been busy in the library, adding some new resources to help you with using databases and other library resources:

These sources provide different ways of obtaining information about how to use our many resources. We will be adding to them as we go along. So keep an eye on them!

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New Database: Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center

The Library gained several new databases this summer. One of them is geared towards those looking for career and education information.

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center provides information on careers and industries; it also includes job-hunting information, college planning tools, career interest assessments, and links to job listings. Also available are videos, interviews, and advice columns. It can help you cite the items that you find, which is a handy little feature.

You can access this database from the Databases A-Z page as well as the Databases by Subject page. Good hunting!

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Cultural Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys Events

Hello! A few months ago, the Library received a collection of books and videos called the Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. The intent of this collection is to increase understanding of the peoples, cultures, histories, and religion of Muslim people here in the United States and around the world.

The Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, conducted in cooperation with the American Library Association. Support was provided by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Additional support for the arts and media components was provided by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

These books are available for checkout; the videos can be viewed on any computer within the library.

To support this collection, the Library is hosting a series of events:

  • On September 25, the Library is hosting a food tasting at 5:30pm.
  • On October 15, Chris Cryer, author of Tolstoy in Riyadh, will talk about The Arabian Nights.
  • On October 29, Nooshie Motaref, author of Iran: A Persian Tapestry, will do a presentation on Sufism and Islam.

We hope you will join us!


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New databases!

Over the summer, the library subscribed to a few new databases. These might prove to be really useful to you in your research:

  • EBSCO Points of View: Similar to Opposing Viewpoints. Each issue is presented with a point (pro) and counterpoint (con), as well as a topic overview. Links to magazine and newspaper articles, as well as radio transcripts and primary sources and academic journal articles.
  • EBSCO ebooks Academic : Almost 120,000 e-books. You can view individual sections or chapters of books, as well as print or email them. Citation assistance is available.
  • EBSCO ebooks Community College: This is a collection of over 48,000 e-books geared specifically to community colleges. This database will also help you with citations.
  • Credo Reference: This database provides online access to over 500 general as well as specialized full-text reference books, searchable by subject. There are also topic pages with more in-depth information.
  • Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center: Provides information on careers and industries, job-hunting information, college planning tools, career interest assessments, and links to job listings.

You can access all of these databases from our Databases A-Z page. If you’re off campus, you’ll be prompted for your user name and password by the portal.

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Lending Library is Back!

Hello! Hope you’ve had a wonderful summer!

By now, you’ve probably realized that school starts soon, on the 19th. You may be worried about textbooks and where to get them and how to afford them. Fortunately, the Library has a Textbook Lending Library. Here, you can check out up to three textbooks for the entire semester.

The system is a little different this year. On Monday the 13th from 8am-3pm,  and Tuesday the 14th from 8-9am, lottery tickets will be issued, telling you what number you will be in line. The order of ticket numbers has already been determined, and is up on the Textbook Lending Library website. This will determine the order you will stand in line. The library will be opened Tuesday, August 14th starting at 9:30, and numbers will come in groups to get their books.

On August 15th, the library will be open from 2pm-6pm, and Textbook Lending Library books will be available first come, first served. On this day, the Santa Paula site will also be open from 1pm-5pm with their Lending Library, on a first come, first served basis (with no lottery).

If you have any questions about the Textbook Lending Library, there is a FAQ available. Also check out the website carefully. And make sure to print out your schedule and booklist in advance. If you aren’t sure what books the library has available, you can always check the library’s online catalog in advance.

And remember, the Lending Library is always available to you throughout the semester; if you don’t find a book this week, you can always return through the semester. It is always wise to check to see if people have dropped classes or gotten their financial aid and have returned the books.

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