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?



Thank You for Sending Your Students to the Library!

January 28, 2014


WELCOME!  Start here.  Come back often.

Sac Public Library Comes to SCC!

September 26, 2013
  • Are your students interested in learning a new language or improving their English language skills?
  • Do you have students who need help with homework?
  • Do you know someone who needs help finding a job?
  • Do you need to find copies of the latest zombie books?

These are just a few of the services and programs offered by the Sacramento Public Library.

Sacramento Public Library logo

Pamela Posz (SCC Librarian) has invited Ann Owens and Jami Trawick to talk about services at Sacramento Public Library that are useful to SCC students, faculty and staff.

Please join us.  This session will be useful for faculty, students and staff.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 – 10-11am – LR 105.

Flex credit is available for this session.

What’s Missing From Those Student Essays and Exams?

December 20, 2012

This is the last Reader post of the semester.  Many of you are busy reading student essays and marking exams.  As you do, please note topic areas where your students haven’t used great resources.  Maybe – just maybe – the library doesn’t have the book or video they needed for their research.  Librarians rely on you, the instructional faculty, to help us fill these gaps in the collection.  Contact your librarian or leave a comment on this post.  Just let us know.  We want to have the best library collection your students need.

For magazine, journal and newspaper articles, the library databases can’t be beat.  Millions of quality articles at your command.  (Student access is terminated at semester-end, but staff and faculty access continues.)

And then, have a Happy Holiday!

Gift Book

National Tutor Appreciation Week is Oct. 1-5

October 1, 2012

Ten years ago, the National Tutoring Association (NTA), established National Tutor Appreciation Week.  Since then, tutoring centers in K-12, community colleges, and four-year institutions of learning have hosted events to show tutors just how much they are appreciated.

At SCC, this year’s event will be a social in the Cultural Awareness Center on Wednesday, October 3 from 11:30am-1:00pm. Tutors will meet and greet their colleagues from across the campus, enjoy pizza, and receive a gift of appreciation for the work they do with students.  In addition, special activities have been planned for tutors at the Davis and West Sacramento Outreach Centers.

We also use this occasion to remind students about the many labs on campus where they can receive one-on-one, drop-in, and small group tutoring help.  We do that by placing a Welcome Table in front of the LRC.  The Welcome Table has informational brochures about campus tutoring, staff to answer questions and get students connected to the various services, and snacks for students curious enough to stop by.

We encourage students to include tutoring as a tool in their academic success plan. If they like working with people and have developed expertise in study skills as well as specific subjects, we encourage them to consider becoming tutors.

So, Reader Fans, stop by the CAC and the Welcome Table on Wednesday, October 3, to greet the tutors and find out more about SCC tutoring.

SCC Tutors

Ruben and Vanessa Love the Library

February 22, 2011

Just ask them ~ they hang out in the periodical stacks all the time, studying and enjoying the view of the parking lot.  In the old days, we would have called them “library rats,” a high compliment back then.  Ruben and Vanessa, you’re the reason we come to work every day.  See you soon!

Ruben and Vanessa love the SCC library

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