Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Video: Library on "Campus to Community"

Fitness Center Winter Break Hours

The last day to workout in the Fitness Center for credit is Saturday, December 5th. However, our administration worked hard to extend the availability of the Fitness Center to currently registered students, staff, and faculty. The extended time is;
Tuesday, 12/8 through Friday, 12/11 from 6am~2:30pm
Monday, 12/14 through Friday, 12/18 from 6am~2:30pm

We will be closed for the remainder of December for pre-quarter maintenance. We will reopen Monday, 1/4.
Enjoy the break.

Laura Stoker; MS, ATC
HE Instructor
Head Athletic Trainer
Columbia Basin College

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Community College Times & Community College Journal

"Community College Times, the newspaper of the American Association of Community Colleges...goes exclusively online Jan. 1 (2010)...." By CCTIMES, Published November 6, 2009.
Subscribe via RSS - - to the whole publication or articles in dozens of specialized content areas.

"AACC is proud to introduce the digital Community College Journal...Free access to all AACC members..defined as all employees of a member institution. Your email address is your log-in."

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Proctored Exams

The library has posted the policy used for proctored exams, slightly revised at the 11/10/09 Library Committee meeting. It includes links to the other departments offering proctoring on campus: the Assessment Center, the Resource Center Disability Services, and the Open Computer Lab. (Updated Feb. 7 2011 y.y.)

In addition to CBC, those seeking proctoring services may wish to contact the Mid-Columbia Libraries' Kennewick (Main) and Pasco branches, Charter College, Sylvan Learning Center, and WSU-Tri-Cities.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Jobs: Library student worker

We'll have openings for student workers in the Library starting Winter 2010. If you are interested, pick up an application form at the student employment office and submit the completed application to the Library Circulation supervisor.

Applications are accepted from Nov. 5, 2009 to Nov. 19, 2009. Training will begin over Christmas break.

For more information, call 509-542-4458.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Gale Contemporary Literary Criticism - Cancelled

At the end of September 2009 our subscription to the Gale Literary Database Contemporary Literary Criticism expired. This was not renewed as it was one of our lowest use databases. Students and faculty still have access to the full Gale Literature Resource Center through the Richland Public Library, although they will need a library card from them. Further, literary criticism will continue to be available in journals in EBSCOhost and ProQuest.

The library retains numerous print volumes of the Gale literary reference series Contemporary Literary Criticism, Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography, and more. You can use the Gale Literary Index to determine which volumes have the title/author you are seeking and check our catalog to see which ones we own.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Banned Books Display

Browse the List of Books

In support of the right to choose books freely for ourselves, the American Library Association and CBC Library are sponsoring Banned Books Week, now through October 3rd, an annual celebration of our right to access books without censorship. This year's observance commemorates the most basic freedom in a democratic society—the freedom to read freely—and encourages us not to take this freedom for granted. Since its inception in 1982, Banned Books Week has reminded us that while not every book is intended for every reader, each of us has the right to decide for ourselves what to read, listen to or view. CBC Library and thousands of libraries and bookstores across the country will celebrate the freedom to read by participating in special events, exhibits, and read-outs that showcase books that have been banned or threatened. Please come by and check out the display today! Now, more than ever, celebrate the freedom to read @ your library! Read an old favorite or a new banned book this week.

For more information, visit ALA's Banned Books Week page.

Monday, September 21, 2009

MLA Style Guide Updated

Our MLA guide page for CBC Library Databases has been updated to reflect the 7th edition MLA Handbook (2009). For those required to use the 6th edition style we have retained the old page. If you compare them you will notice a number of important differences:
  • All citations include the medium of publication.
    • Print publication citations end with the word 'Print.'
    • Online publication citations end with 'Web.' followed by the date of access.

  • Citations no longer include the name of the library that subscribes to the database.
  • When citing online publications the URL should be included "only when the reader probably cannot locate the source without it or when your instructor requires it" (MLA 7th, 5.6).
The citation generation features of our databases vary greatly in the quality and style of MLA citations they are producing. Some have not adopted MLA 7th edition at all, others have made odd changes. We recommend that you follow the guidance of your instructor, the Writing Center, the MLA Handbook and this guide page (in that order), and use automatic citation generators with caution.

Library Hours - Fall 2009

As part of a campus-wide effort to maintain needed services with a reduced operating budget, the CBC Library has adjusted our evening and Saturday hours for the 2009-2010 academic year. Our Pasco campus hours for Fall quarter are:
September 21 - December 10, 2009
Monday-Thursday 7:30 am - 7:30 pm
Friday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturdays 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sundays Closed
Closed November 11, Veteran's Day
November 25, 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Closed November 26-28, Thanksgiving

When the library is closed you may wish to try some of our other reference services. We would welcome your detailed, constructive comments about our new hours. You may post them here or contact us directly.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Sending Fax

Option 1:

Students can send faxes at the CBC Bookstore. It is $1.00 for first page, 25¢ for each additional page. Ask at the bookstore cash register.

CBC Bookstore
509-547-0511 ext. 2293
Option 2:

If email is an option, students can email the document(s) using library computers. If no electronic copy is available, students can scan the document(s) using our library color scanner and then email.

Option 3:

There are numerous free online fax services.

However, you should be extremely careful about sending your personal information over the internet using either email or some online services in order to avoid identity theft.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Reference Hours, Aug. 18- Aug. 21

Reference hours will be reduced during the Summer and will vary based on staff availability and service requests. Before coming in to meet with a reference librarian please check here for each week's schedule or call 509-542-4887. You can also secure reference services via email or live 24/7 web chat.

Reference hours, Pasco Library:
Tuesday 8/18 - 8:30-11:30, 12:30-4:30
Wednesday 8/19 - 8:30-11:30, 12:30-4:30
Thursday 8/20 - 8:30-11:30, 12:30-4:30
Friday 8/21 - none
Saturday and Sunday - closed

Please visit our homepage for the library's open hours.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Collaborative Study Area

The library has created a new collaborative study space in the rooms near the open computer area. Each of the two connected rooms feature a large conference area adjacent to a whiteboard. We have also moved six computers into the first room, each with enough space for groups to work together on presentations or other projects.

This effort has been taken in response to comments on our surveys. This was the only way that we could produce something like more group study rooms. The reconfiguration of our existing furniture allowed us to move all of the group study tables out of the quiet study area, which we hope results in more quiet.

There are two side benefits we hope you will enjoy. First, the collaborative study room always seemed very dimly lit before, but the white-topped tables reflect the light creating a much more appealing space. Second, moving the computers allowed us to leave more space between several of the computers in the open lab - enough for notebooks or even textbooks!

Unlike our other group study rooms we currently have no plans to sign groups up for this space - it is first come, first served. We hope that you will come in and take a look, and let us know what you think.

Guidelines - Damaged Materials

It has always been the policy of CBC Library to charge patrons who damage library materials checked out to them. This is necessarily a subjective procedure, as 'damage' ranges from a few dog-eared pages to near-total destruction. We have recently settled on guidelines to help us insure consistency.

Minor Damage — This includes a few pencil marks, bent pages, and very slight water damage.
Note in student’s account. Verbal notification to the student the damage was noted on her/ his record.

Moderate Damage — This includes highlighting, ink marks, stains, water damage, torn pages or multiple pages with pencil mark.
$5.00 fee.

Major Damage — This includes damage to book’s cover and binding requiring extensive repairs.
$10.00 fee

Severe Damage — This includes torn, cut or missing pages, severe water damage, excessive ink marks, burns, teeth marks from animals, or any other extensive damage.
$15.00 processing fee, plus full replacement cost as determined by a Librarian.

Any damage to CDs, video tapes, or DVDs
$15.00 processing fee and full replacement cost.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Reference Hours, July 13 - 17

Reference hours will be reduced during the Summer and will vary based on staff availability and service requests. Before coming in to meet with a reference librarian please check here for each week's schedule or call 509-542-4887. You can also secure reference services via email or live 24/7 web chat.

Reference hours, Pasco Library:
Monday 7/13 - 9-5
Tuesday 7/14 - 9-5
Wednesday 7/15 - 9-5
Thursday 7/16 - 9-5
Friday 7/17 - 9-12:30
Saturday and Sunday - closed

Please visit our homepage for the library's open hours.

New York Times - Sunday Print Edition

Due to budget constraints and low use the library will not be renewing our subscription to the Sunday New York Times; July 12th will be our last issue. Note that for a variety of reasons we have not had a subscription to the daily print edition.

The text of articles from the New York Times (Late Edition, East Coast)
may be read via ProQuest, apparently sooner than the issues hit newstands in New York. Content is also available from their ad-supported site,

ProQuest also offers full color PDFs for articles from the New York Times Book Review and the New York Times Magazine, which came with our Sunday edition and will also no longer be available in print at the CBC Library.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Reference Hours, July 6-10

Reference hours will be reduced during the Summer and will vary based on staff availability and service requests. Before coming in to meet with a reference librarian please check here for each week's schedule or call 509-542-4887. You can also secure reference services via email or live 24/7 web chat.

Reference hours, Pasco Library:
Monday 7/6 - 9-5
Tuesday 7/7 - 9-5
Wednesday 7/8 - 9-5
Thursday 7/9 - 9-5
Friday 7/10 - 9-12:30
Saturday and Sunday - closed

Please visit our homepage for the library's open hours.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Oxford Art Online - Cancelled

Due to low usage the Oxford Art Online (formerly Grove Art Online) was not renewed in July 2009. The library retains the Grove Dictionary of Art in print in the Pasco branch reference collection. Oxford Reference Online holds other online art reference titles.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Reference Hours - June 29th - July 5th

Reference hours will be reduced during the Summer and will vary based on staff availability and service requests. Before coming in to meet with a reference librarian please check here for each week's schedule or call 509-542-4887. You can also secure reference services via email or live 24/7 web chat.

Reference hours, Pasco Library:
Monday 6/29 - 9-2
Tuesday 6/30 - 9-2
Wednesday 7/1 - 9-2
Thursday 7/2 - 9-2
Friday 7/3 - closed
Saturday and Sunday - closed

Please visit our homepage for the library's open hours.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Spokesman Review Drops Us

We have been informed that the Spokesman Review will discontinue our subscription as of July 15, 2009; they no longer provide mail delivery. The full text of the articles are available on ProQuest, although it appears to take several days to get loaded into the database. More recent content is available at their ad-supported homepage

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Seattle Times - Subscription Dropped

The library has decided not to renew our subscription to the Seattle Times, which we started getting when the Seattle Post-Intelligencer ceased publication in March 2009. The Seattle Times full text was removed from ProQuest in January 2009 and indexing only runs to October 1, 2008. Free, searchable full text is available at the Times ad-supported website. We will receive our last print issue June 30th 2009 and retain the June issues until the end of July.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New Gale Resources - Business

A new business subject collection has been added to our Gale databases. Titles include 14 volumes of the Business Plans Handbook, the Encyclopedia of American Industries, Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries, Encyclopedia of Management, and Ward's Business Directory. Note that while most of the titles can be searched within our main Gale Virtual Reference collection, Ward's must be searched separately.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Bookstore Summer Hours

Hours at the Bookstore:
June 22,23,24,25………… 7:30am – 3:00pm
June 26……………………… 7:30am – Noon
Summer Quarter Hours
June 29,30, July 1,2………7:30am – 7:00pm
July 3……………………… Closed
July 6 – August 21
Mon – Thurs……… 7:30am – 3:00pm
Friday ………………. 7:30 am – Noon

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Reference - June 22-26

Reference hours will be reduced during the Summer and will vary based on staff availability and service requests. Before coming in to meet with a reference librarian please check here for each week's schedule or call 509-542-4887. You can also secure reference services via email or live web chat.

Reference hours, Pasco Library:
Monday 6/22 - 9-12, 1-4
Tuesday 6/23 - 9-12, 1-5
Wednesday 6/24 - 9-12, 1-5
Thursday 6/25 - 9-12, 1-5 (the librarian will offer FYI Modules at 9:10, 10:20, and 1:50 and reference service will not be available during these presentations)
Friday 6/26 - 9-130

Monday, June 8, 2009

Free Online Writing Tutoring

New! Access free online writing tutoring for registered CBC students at

Inside the eTutoring platform, students and tutors have access to:

  • eQuestions: online question submission with an archive of previously posted questions & answers.
  • eWriting: online writing lab with an archive of previously submitted papers and revisions
  • eChat: live communication tool that allows tutors and students to chat, whiteboard, share files & applications, as well as use audio & video tools.
  • Resources: vast collection of tips, techniques and additional links to help students improve their writing skills.

Tutor Center Summer Hours

TD434. FREE Drop in HELP in Math, Science & Writing

Summer Hours 2009

Monday 8:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 a.m - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m - 12:00 NOON

Monday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 pm
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon

*Private tutoring in other subjects on request, as funding permits
Visit the Tutor Center web page at
Or Contact the Tutor Center, Rm TD-434, Pasco Campus at 547-0511 x2676

Friday, May 29, 2009

Tuition and Book Loans

Peggy Buchmiller, Director of the Resource Center announced that the Center "has tuition and book loans for Summer Quarter available for students who qualify. We will begin accepting Summer tuition loan applications on Monday, June 1st. Summer book loan applications will be accepted beginning Wednesday, June 24th after book buy back is completed. Applications are available in the Resource Center Office in the HUB."

She also explained that there is no interest and no fee and no low income requirement, but students will have to show financial ability to pay back the loan by the end of the quarter. This would be helpful for some students who are working but could benefit from paying the tuition in three installments over the summer. Students who have financial aid already should not apply for the loan unless for some reason their aid payment did not arrive on time and they need help.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

HIV/AIDS Certification

Information regarding the 7 hour/4 hour "HIV/AIDS Education for Health Care Providers" DVD videos and the test available at the CBC Library.

For test takers:

  • There is no charge to take the test at the CBC Library.
  • Once you’ve completed the test, the Library sends it to the CBC Health Science Department in Richland.
  • The Health Science Department has between 3-20 days to grade your test and get your results to you.
  • To pass, you must earn a minimum of 75% correct on the test. If you pass, a certificate will be mailed to you using the address you provide on the back of the test.
  • If you do not pass, you have the opportunity to retake the test.

For Library Staff:

  • The HIV 25 page handout is now available for students to print (and pay for) or email to themselves on computer Ref 01 at the Pasco campus and MEDLIB01 in Richland. We’re no longer providing these optional, resource-intensive handouts for free. Examples of the handout (for students to refer to and decide if they want to print/ email it) are stored in the back of the HIV binder.
  • In addition, new, single-page handouts are available to give to students when they have questions (or first sign up to take the test); the handout addresses FAQ’s, tells them what to expect when they’re taking the test, and provides Library hours, phone numbers, and test result information.
  • Very clear staff instructions are located at the front of the binder in attempt to make it as easy as possible for staff members to help students sign up/ take the test.
  • Staff members will always collect the test when student is finished for the day or leaves the library, even on a break. Students are required to have picture ID to sign up or request an incomplete test. For privacy purposes, staff should write the information down on the sign-in sheet—not the student him/ herself. The information logged includes student’s full name (directly from ID), job title the student is working toward, number of hours required for that job title (a list of job titles/ video hours are included in the binder), and the date.
  • Those who do not wish to take the training at the CBC Library for free may visit for more options.

Desiree G.
Circulation Supervisor, 509-542-4458

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Primal Pictures - Cancelled

As of 4/30/09 Primal Pictures has been removed from our database lists. This was not renewed due to high cost and low use.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Food for Fines Results

The Food for Fines food drive results are in!

In one week, 236 pounds of food was collected and donated to Tri-City Second Harvest food bank.
And $493 in overdue charges were waived from student’s library accounts.

Many thanks to all those who donated and helped make the Library’s first ever Food for Fines drive a real success!

Desiree G.
Library Circulation Supervisor

Resources on Ref 1 Computer

Here is a list of all resources on Ref1

• 3D Globe
• ALLDATA Online
• CompuCram Promissor Real Estate
• Digital Histology
• Drug Identifier
• Exploring the French Revolution
• Gilbert's Living with Art
• Google Earth
• Handbook of Chemistry & Physics
• Mitchell On Demand
• Starry Night Pro
• The Merck Index v 14.0
• The New England Journal of Medicine Research & Review Articles on Diseases & Clinical Practice
• The New Oxford Annotated Bible
• U.S. News
• Webster's Unabridged Dictionary 3.0
• HIV Handouts
• Student Timecard

Monday, April 13, 2009

Food for Fines

In celebration of National Library Week, the first annual Food for Fines Food Drive begins today!

What: For every non-perishable food item donated during the drive, the Library will waive $2.00 in overdue charges (up to a maximum of $20.00).
When: All week, beginning today and running through Saturday (April 13-18).
Bring your donations: to the circulation desk, at the Library
Donations will go to: the Second Harvest Tri-cities Food Bank.

Library Circulation Supervisor

Press Release

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Christian Science Monitor

The Christian Science Monitor announced in October that it is changing format, effective April 2009. Articles will continue to be published daily online, but the print edition will be issued weekly instead of daily.

The CBC Library received our last daily print edition on March 27th (available at Circulation) and has just received the first weekly print edition, dated April 12 2009, available on our Magazine browsing racks.

EBSCOhost appears to have ceased coverage as of 3/27/09. ProQuest continues to offer full text, but coverage is incomplete and it is not known if the weekly will be included.

Monday, March 30, 2009

ASCBC Travel Blog

ASCBC Travel Blog: UK Bridgwater Research Trip

Thursday, March 26, 2009


March 25 ….7:30am – 3:30pm
March 26 …7:30am – 12:30pm
March 29 ….7:30am – 3:30pm
March 30 ….7:30am – 3:30pm
March 31 ….7:30am – 3:30pm
April 1………7:30am – 3:30pm
April 2……..7:30am – 12:30pm

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Seattle Post-Intelligencer - ceased publication

Tuesday 3/17/2009 is the last print issue of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. It is not clear at this point whether the new digital-only PI will continue to be included in ProQuest.

Beginning Wednesday 3/18/2009 the library will instead receive the daily Seattle Times in print. This is a direct substitution from the vendor; the library will evaluate this when the subscription comes due. The Seattle Times is no longer indexed by ProQuest and all full text was removed.

Monday, March 16, 2009

ProQuest Content Update

The State Library has provided the latest ProQuest content update. There are 8 publications which have ceased and 6 name changes. They have lost full text rights for 10 publications, including Hispanic (we retain coverage in EBSCOhost) and New York.

66 new titles include Religious Studies and the Journal of Latin American Studies, both from Cambridge UP with 1 year full text delay.

Friday, March 6, 2009

New Database - ArchiveGrid

As part of our OCLC FirstSearch subscription (for no additional cost): ArchiveGrid "is an important destination for searching through historical documents, personal papers, and family histories held in archives around the world." An index to nearly a million collection descriptions from thousands of museums, historical societies, libraries and other archives. Researchers identifying potentially useful items may contact the holding institution to determine how/whether they can gain access.

New Database - ProQuest eLibrary

Part of our Washington State Library ProQuest database package, eLibrary includes "more than 2,500 full-text magazines, newspapers, books, and [TV and radio] transcripts..." The database is further broadened with multimedia content. Another unique feature is the ability to limit or sort results by reading level. Visit ProQuest's website for more information about Elibrary, including a 3 minute flash video tour of the forthcoming (July 2009) version.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Close a pop up window safely

The safest way to close any potientially dangerous pop up window is by pressing the key combination “Alt” and the “F4” together. --per BD at CBC Information Services

Monday, March 2, 2009

ProQuest Search Options for locating Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

ProQuest includes two search options that would seem useful in limiting to peer-reviewed journal articles, but unfortunately remove many relevant articles.

The first is 'Document Feature - References.' This is a relatively new feature and many older articles do not include it. At some point in the future it may become useful, as ProQuest is undertaking a project to revise older holdings.

The second is 'document type.' ProQuest databases refer to the same type of article in a variety of ways, and since we search multiple databases at once it is difficult to form a comprehensive search that addresses all of the ways in which peer-reviewed journal articles are 'typed' across them.

At this point it is advised to use the 'Scholarly journals, including peer-reviewed' limiter only.

Friday, February 27, 2009

CBC Library Virtual New Books Shelf

In addition to our “What’s New” library web page, we have created a "Virtual New Books Shelf" for browsing book covers of CBC Library new books!

• The direct URL is :
• The project was started on Feb. 19 and we had 52 new books added since then;

To see call numbers and availability for check out:
1. Click on the book cover, which will open the full citation.
2. Scroll down and enter location information. The CBC record should show up.
3. Click on the link "Columbia Basin College" to see our catalog record.

More details:
• The URL links to the “Covers Only” view, but you can switch to “Details and Notes View” or “Citations View”
• The list is updated whenever a new book is added to our collection and put on the shelf
• The list shows the most recently added books first by default, but you can sort by title or published date as well
• The list links to our catalog record so you can see if the book is available
• Additional lists will be available by month at (Bookmark this!)

Thursday, February 26, 2009

New Database - CAMIO

As part of our OCLC FirstSearch subscription (for no additional cost): "CAMIO—Catalog of Art Museum Images Online —contains about 95,000 works of fine and decorative art from leading museums around the world. The scope of the collection ranges from 3000 BCE to the present, representing premiere examples of Asian, African, Latin American and Western art. Difficult-to-find contemporary art is one of its strengths. The content includes high-resolution images of photographs, paintings, sculpture, decorative and utilitarian objects, prints, drawings and watercolors, jewelry and costumes, textiles, books, installations, and architecture—plus audio-video and mixed media. Benefits of the interface include downloading high-resolution images, the ability to e-mail images and metadata for further study, and fast, powerful, Web-based searching. All content is rights-cleared for educational use." [OCLC description viewed 3/6/09]

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

UI Change to EBSCOhost

We have removed the 'References Available' limiter from the default EBSCOhost search. This feature does not limit results to any article that includes references, instead it limits to journals meeting various criteria set by EBSCOhost.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

U.S. News & World Report

As of February 2009 U.S. News & World Report is a monthly print publication; Brian Kelly elaborates "The Continuing Evolution of U.S. News" [2/1/2009, Vol. 146 Issue 1, p5]. No issues appeared in January.

Full text coverage in EBSCOhost and ProQuest continues for the monthly, but the subscriber-only digital edition is not included.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

ACLS Humanities Ebooks - 500 new titles

The Winter 2009 ACLS Newsletter announced the addition of 500 titles in history, the humanities, and the social sciences. They now comprise roughly 23% of the database. Here are some titles to illustrate the range of new offerings:

To see the rest of their 2200 titles, browse or search the ACLS database. Another noteworthy change detailed in the newsletter is the addition of a page text view (useful for locating search terms or cutting and pasting block quotes) and a pdf view (useful for printing).

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Add Mailbox in Outlook

Note: This instruction is for library staff only.

1. From the Tools menu, select Accounts Settings..The Email Accounts wizard opens.
2. In the Email section, select Change … and click Next.
3. Click More Settings... in the next E-mail Accounts window.
4. Click Advanced tab and click Add... The Add Mailbox dialog box appears
5. In the Add Mailbox text box, type library.
6. Click OK.
7. Double click the Library account.
8. Click Apply/OK/Next then Finish in the E-Mail Accounts window.The new mailbox should appear in yourFolder List, identified by name.If you don't see any folders, click the plus (+) sign next to the mailbox.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

PC Magazine

January 2009 is the last print edition of PC Magazine. Content will now be available exclusively online. The library will not subscribe to the digital edition, which repackages the free online content.


The most recent five years of JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association, are available in print at the Richland campus and online at the Pasco campus on one computer, Reference 1, located in the alcove between the computer assistance and senior secretary's desks. This is a reduction in online availability due to more restrictive licensing from the publisher. Older issues continue to be available for free online.

Ebrary - New Interface

"For a list of key features and additional information, please view our fact sheet...view our Flash video...Additionally, we offer live, web-based training...Additional support and training materials are available at" Email to customers Wed 1/21/2009 1:19 AM

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

WSU Tri-Cities reduced hours

Fall and Spring Semesters

Monday - Thursday, 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM, Fridays 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Saturdays 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Summer Semester Sessions

Monday - Thursday, 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM and on Fridays 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. No weekend hours.

Between Semesters

Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM only. No weekend hours.

~Melissa Mon 1/12/2009 3:22 PM
Note: not reflected on their web page as of 1/14/09

Friday, January 9, 2009


The student's WebCT ID will (mostly) be in the format firstname.mi.lastname, e.g. john.q.public, as detailed in the WebCT Login Info page
  • The ID must be entered in all lowercase. Any capitalization will cause the logon to fail
  • If the student has more than one middle name, there will be additional middle initials, e.g. george.h.w.bush
  • If there is already a student with the same WebCT ID, ".2" is added to their ID, e.g. john.smith.2
  • If a name has a suffix, such as JR, SR, I, II, III or IV (not absolutely sure about the last one), those will be discarded and not used. so PUBLIC JOHN Q SR and PUBLIC JOHN Q JR will result in the same ID, and if they are both enrolled, one will have ".2" as a suffix
  • A problem mainly with last names separated by spaces - it takes the first 'word' as the last name:. So VAN DAMME JEAN CLAUDE would become damme.j.c.van - VAN, the second 'word' as the first name: DAMME and any additional 'words' as middle names or initials.

per J. Lewis, January 09, 2009 2:06 PM

Blog Backup

Library blogs are routinely backed up to the local library network data drive using the Blogger export tool, Settings / Basic / Blog Tools / Export Blog.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

ProQuest - Expanded Newspaper Coverage

The Washington State Library has renegotiated our ProQuest contract so that *at no additional cost* our ProQuest Newspapers database has been expanded from roughly a dozen Washington State and 9 national newspapers to over 350 full text newspapers from around the world. Browse the list of publications and you will see papers from London, Tokyo, Belfast, Kuala Lumpur, Madrid, Cairo, Jerusalem, Seoul and hundreds of other cities. As a bonus, there are now well over a million articles in Spanish from papers in Spain, Mexico, and the United States, and thousands of articles in German from Berlin’s Die Tageszeitung.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Public Libraries - Non-resident borrowers

Here are the policies for non-residents at Mid-Columbia (students and instructors with proof of current enrollment/employment) and Richland (students and CBC identified instructors with proof of current enrollment/employment). While both have application forms online, they will not issue patron IDs online, only in person.