The Reader is Moving! But Only a Few Doors Down.

April 3, 2014

Dear Reader Subscribers and Followers,

Along with the rest of the SCC community of web pages, The Reader is relocating to the new SCC web pages on the all new, just-released Sacramento City College Website.

Follow us for the further adventures in Library Land!

woman reading library books

Will your subscription continue?  Arrgh!  Not automatically. 

To continue your subscription, go to the new Reader and resubscribe.  It’s an easy couple of steps.  We’ll remind you later, but do it now and you won’t miss an article.


Paying it Forward – Again!

March 26, 2014

Be happy – your students are good people.

Look at this outpouring of help for each other.

Students leave copier cash for each other

Paying it Forward in the Library

March 26, 2014

A kind student left change on the copier for someone else to use, with this note:  “Pass on a good deed big or small.”

We’re passing on the good feeling it generated with staff and students when we saw it.

Student leaves spare change on the copier for someone else to use.

Open Education Week is Now! March 10-15

March 12, 2014

We’re right in the middle of it!  Are you on board?

What is open education and why is it important?  “Open Education is, at its core, about free and open sharing. Free, meaning no cost, and open, which refers to the use of legal tools (open licenses) that allow everyone to reuse and modify educational resources.”  Read more.

Open Education Week raises awareness about Open Education and its impact on teaching and learning.


March Madness Book Tournament

March 4, 2014

Why should basketball fans have all of the fun?

Come to the second floor of the LRC and vote for your favorite book. 

Vote each week in March to help your book become champion!

March madness book display

And the winner will be?

March_Madness ballot

Recommendation Letters – Tips for Students and Faculty

February 26, 2014

Students’ requests for letters of recommendation peak in spring semester.  Whether you’re a prof who’s written hundreds or a student requesting your first letter, here’s help for you:

In The Art of the College Recommendation Letter, Andrew Simmons encourages instructors to move past formulaic expressions and summaries of academic performance to produce letters that capture the students’ “real vibrant selves.”

Purdue’s OWL delivers extensive advice for faculty and counselors on accepting or refusing a request for a letter, formatting letters, avoiding clichés, and more.

‘Tis the Season for Letters of Recommendation by Librarian Pam Posz presents a thorough guide for students who are requesting letters of recommendation from instructors, employers, or mentors.

Pam also offers these Sample Letters of Recommendation.  Thank you, Pam!

Recommended stamp

Open Textbooks = Student Success

February 21, 2014

New college textbook prices have risen 82% from 2002 to 2012 (GAO, 2013).  Textbook costs reduce student success when students take fewer courses, earn a lower grade or fail a course, or drop a course because they can’t afford the book.

College faculty are stepping up to reduce textbook barriers with high-quality open textbook publishing initiatives, described in this slideshare presentation.  Follow progress at SUNY, Rice, and University of Minnesota.

Have you considered or adopted an open access textbook at SCC?


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