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.



One-On-One Appointments with an SCC Librarian

October 17, 2012

The librarians are again offering individual appointments to students who need in-depth assistance with their academic research.

student and books

Appointments are offered from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday through Friday.

Sign up at the Reference Desk on the 2d floor of the Learning Resource Center.

We are pleased to announce the return of 1-on-1 reference appointments in time to assist students with their research papers.  Please encourage your students to come to the reference desk to sign up for this service.  We require that students  have a specific assignment and ideally an explicit topic, although we can help them refine a topic.

Library Workshops ~ Sign up Now!

October 12, 2012

There are plenty of face-to-face Drop-in Library Workshops left this semester!   Encourage your students to “drop-in” on their own time for a 50-minute overview of the library’s book and media catalog and the online databases.  It’s a good introduction to the library and we provide students with a proof of attendance slip.

Student with books

You can also schedule a customized library orientation for your class, geared toward a particular assignment.

PILOT library instruction modules are online 24/7 and are a good alternative for students who can’t come to campus for a workshop.  Pilot contains six modules, but students may take one or all.  Each module contains a quiz and students can email their scores to you.

Come see us in the Library!

Help! is Available. Ask a Librarian!

August 31, 2012

Just so you know, you and your students can get all kinds of library help in all kinds of ways.  Hit the Library Help button on the SCC library home page to IM, text, chat, email, or phone us.  Ask questions on the Q&A link or follow the library Twitter feed.  We’re here to help during all library open hours.


Why Library Instruction?

February 1, 2012

Because you can!

Direct your students to the library reference desk to sign up for a drop-in library workshop.  Give them extra credit or require it.  (We love it when you require it.)  Send them soon – these workshops do fill up, and once they’re full, your students may miss your deadline for getting credit.

When the 50 minute class is over, we give students a yellow “Proof of Completion” slip that verifies their attendance and successful completion of a quiz.


Schedule a customized orientation and bring your class to the library during your scheduled meeting time.  We’ll show your students how to catalog and databases their way to an A. 

See you!

PILOT ~ A Tool for Student Success

December 1, 2011

Do you remember your first college research paper?  The anxiety?  The elusive topic that refused to be pinned down?  The endless hours you spent in the library hunting for relevant information? 

Anxious students

Your students are in the thick of it.  And the world of information that surrounds your students is much more complex than when you were in college.  That’s why the SCC library created PILOT.

PILOT (Path to Information Literacy Online Tutorial) is an online library tutorial that helps students learn the information literacy skills critical to their success.  Topics include:

  • choosing research topics
  • identifying information sources
  • searching the library catalog (LOIS)
  • using periodical databases to find articles
  • searching the Web
  • citing
  • avoiding plagiarism

Come to the Spring 2012 Flex Workshop on PILOT to learn how to use this tool in your class. 

For more information, contact Sue Chen at 650-2760.  (See Flex Schedule for time and location.)

Happy students

Library Snapshot Day 2011

October 14, 2011

On Tuesday, October 4th the SCC library participated in the nationwide Library Snapshot Day sponsored by the American Library Association and the California Library Association.  This year we counted library usage in several categories .

In just one day:

  • 3706 students walked through the LRC doors
  • 425 students visited the library home page
  • 578 books checked out
  • 83 E-Reserves retrieved via the library catalog, LOIS
  • 295 research database searchers downloaded 601 full text articles
  • 206 questions answered at the Reference Desk
  • 4 questions answered via Instant Message
  • 1008 students logged in to library computers
  • 715 students used their own laptop or tablet
  • 73 students studied in 4 library study rooms

If you are interested in the California state wide results from 2010 visit the California State Snapshot Flyer.

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