Welcome Back to the Spring semester at Harper College!
Be sure to stop in at the Library to get an early start on your research! Access the Library website for a variety of research tools. If you are looking for books, search the Harper Library catalog. If we don’t have the particular book you are looking for, try the I-Share catalog. To order materials through I-Share you must create your own account. To find journal, magazine or newspaper articles use one of the databases such as Academic Search Complete.
Don’t forget your ID! You’ll need it to check materials out and to print.
New in the Library this semester are an additional 12 computers for your research use. All the computers are first come, first serve and all have access to the Internet and Microsoft Office applications. Laptops are also available for student checkout within the Library.
Need help getting started with your research? Can’t find a book or an article on your particular topic? Ask the Reference Librarians!
Here’s to a successful Spring semester at Harper College!
Come one, come all to the Library After Dark Open House on Thursday, April 15, 2010 from 5:30pm-8:00pm at Harper College Library. It’ll be the capstone event to our National Library Week festivities.
At Library After Dark you can:
What are you waiting for? Come on by!
Photo credit: Jeff Maysh
The library is “Going Green” with our National Library Week festivities, thinking of ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. We’re selling all of our withdrawn books and audiovisual material in the book sale next week, holding a recycled book contest for people to be creative with old and seemingly unusable books, collecting paper to be recycled and binding them into notepads, etc. We’ve also put together a Green Living research guide to help you live a greener life.
In the Green Living research guide, you’ll find information about reference books, electronic books, and regular books on sustainable living, green architecture, and the environment, among other topics. You can also see the audiovisual materials we own on green living, as well as streaming media through databases like Films on Demand (that you can use to view streaming films on your computer at home). The Green Living research guide also lists a wide variety of websites that might be of interst, and can start you on your way to thinking about ways you can live more green.
Calling all future fire fighters (and anyone else interested in Fire Science)– there’s a new Fire Science Research Guide available for your browsing pleasure. In it you’ll find print, electronic, and reference books on fire prevention, as well as audiovisual media, websites, and library databases. Make sure to check it out!
The Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected the winners of the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature. The awards promote Asian/Pacific American culture and heritage and are awarded based on literary and artistic merit.
The awards are given in four categories, with Winner and Honor books selected in each category. Here are the winners of the 2010 awards:
The Picture Book Winner is Cora Cooks Pancit, written by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore and illustrated by Kristi Valiant, published by Shens Books. Picture Book Honor was given to Tan to Tamarind, written by Malathi Michelle Iyengar and illustrated by Jamel Akib, published by Children’s Book Press.
For Youth Literature, the Winner is Sung Woo’s Everything Asian, published by Thomas Dunne Books. Tofu Quilt by Ching Yeung Russell and published by Lee & Low was selected as an Honor recipient.
The Adult Nonfiction Winner is American Chinatown: A People’s History of Five Neighborhoods, by Bonnie Tsui and published by Free Press (Simon & Schuster). The Adult Nonfiction Honor Book is Japanese American Resettlement Through the Lens, by Lane Ryo Hirabayashi and published by the University Press of Colorado.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford and published by Ballantine Books was selected as the Adult Fiction Winner. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See and published by Random House was selected as an Adult Fiction Honor title. We own both of these books at Harper College Library– make sure to check them out:
For all you science fiction lovers out there, the library has just released a new research guide for your browsing pleasure. While the Sci Fi Research Guide was originally written for students taking Pearl Ratunil’s English 102 and Literature 115 courses, anyone– even the general public– can take a look at any of the research guides and the various resources that are available to them at Harper. There’s info on finding books, media, author biographies, websites, and even MLA citation help if you so need it.
If you find something that peaks your interest and need help finding it, stop by the Reference Desk– we’re here to help.
Come join us in celebrating Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (1809-1865) at the William Rainey Harper College Library (second floor) on Thursday, February 11, 2010 at noon. There will be a Readers’ Theater evoking the spirit and legacy of the sixteenth President of the United States, presented by the Harper College Library and the Harper College Speech Team.
Refreshments will be served (including Lincoln cookies!). Also, test your knowledge of Lincoln by competing in the trivia contest (and the chance to win some amazing prizes). To help you prepare for the contest, check out our Research Guide on Lincoln.