Thursday, November 17, 2011

CBC Inclement Weather & Travel Information

College Closure or Delay – It’s that time of year again where any given morning we could wake up to winter weather conditions. Although it’s rare, if you suspect that CBC may be closed, please check one of these resources:

Information will only be posted or announced if CBC should close. Employees are expected to use reasonable judgment regarding traveling to work in inclement weather/adverse road conditions. If your cell phone and/or personal email account have been subscribed to the CBC Emergency Notification System, you will receive an alert through this system should the college close. If you have not subscribed to the ENS, this would be a good time to take that step.

Winter College Travel
Programs and departments are especially encouraged to be aware of winter road conditions and evaluate the need for large group travel, especially with students (i.e. class field trips, ASB club activities, etc). Unless absolutely necessary, it is recommended that large group travel with students be rescheduled to take place during the late spring, summer and early fall months, rather than during winter weather months

Please use the following links for more Winter Weather Driving Tips (includes mountain pass information)

Walk, Don’t Run
Even though CBC’s dedicated grounds, custodial and maintenance staff are up early during snowy or icy conditions deicing the sidewalks and roadways, it is still advised that folks take extra care driving and walking around the campus. Please wear appropriate footwear to help you avoid a slippery fall.

Personal Safety Reminders
We would like to encourage everyone to plan ahead, opt in to the campus ENS and have the Security phone number programmed into your cell phone.

Here are some personal safety reminders:

  • Be conscious of your surroundings.
  • Notice where you’re parked and what activities are going on around you.
  • Have the phone number for Security saved in your cell phone –
    531-4034 Pasco or Richland 539-8167
  • Make sure you have your keys in hand when returning to your car.
  • Call CBC Security if you feel you need assistance getting to or from your car x2219
  • Contact CBC Security, the Health & Safety Committee, or Administration if you have a security or safety concern.

Brady L. Brookes, Executive Assistant

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead

Did you get a chance to view the different Day of the Dead displays that were showcased throughout the CBC campus? If you did and know what it is about, I hope you enjoyed the displays and look for them again next year. If you did see them but don’t know their meaning continue reading this blog for more information and maybe next year you can appreciate them a little more.

What is Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead?
Day of the Dead is a ritual that started over 3,000 years ago in Mexico. It used to be celebrated for an entire month in the 9th month of the Aztec calendar, which translates to the beginning of August. When the Spaniards arrived to Mexico and saw the natives celebrating this ritual they thought it barbaric and tried to eliminate it. The Spaniards couldn’t understand why they were embracing death rather than being afraid of it. The Aztec natives believed that death was a continuation of life rather than the end of life.
The Spaniards did their best to end the ritual when they tried to convert the Aztecs to Catholicism, but it just wouldn’t die. The missionaries prohibited traditional ritual events, but the importance was so great they had to make a compromise. So in their attempt to make the ritual more Christian they moved the date to coincide with church observed All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day (November 1st & 2nd), which is when it is celebrated today. And so the two cultures merged.

Day of the Dead is still celebrated in many parts of Mexico, mostly in areas with high indigenous populations and in the United States as a more public event. The ritual has a lot of symbolism and it is meant to celebrate that life continues after death. Día de los Muertos is celebrated with an offering to family members or friends that have passed away. The offering is set up as an altar, which contains different items depending on the region. The altar can display pictures, favorite foods or items, and other personal objects of the deceased. They also have skulls made of sugar or chocolate with the names of the people that have passed away, candles, and pan de muertos, which is bread unique to the event. In some regions, people spend the day at the cemetery decorating the grave site, eating favorite foods of the deceased, and honoring their spirits. Many believe that in doing this, the soul is attracted back to them on earth.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Library Display Honoring Veterans

This month, we set up a display honoring Veterans.
Our thanks to Ryan Washburn and CBC Vet Corps for their help with this display.

Other Resources:y.y.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Open Courses and Free Online Courses

  1. Open Course Library (OCL provides complete courses that include syllabi, course activities, readings, textbooks(free or low cost), and assessments. Faculty can "explore, copy, customize, translate and adopt any and all course materials" as long as credit is given to OCL.)
  2. OCW Consortium Open Courses
  3. Carnegie Mellon’s Open Learning Initiative (Open & Free Courses)

  4. Academic Earth (A nonprofit organization collecting more than 1500 free lecture videos for viewing from MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale.)
  5. Open Culture: Free Courses (400 free courses from Top Universities)
  6. MIT Open Courseware(OCW) (2000 courses with some free contents by department.)
  7. U-M Open Educational Resources
  8. berkley.webcast (free videos, audios)
  9. Harvard Open Courses (8 free courses in audio and video)
  10. Stanford Open Courses (scroll down to see the list of free complete online courses)
  11. Open Yale Courses

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

New Resources On Campus

From: Donna Starr
Information Services
Subject: New resources available to current students

Welcome back!

Since the Tech Fee Open Computer Lab is gone, I wanted to let you know of some new resources available to current students. We have added to the Tech Fee funded student laptop checkout program in the library and we now have 100 laptops available. The Library has increased the checkout time from three days to one week. A big thank you to the library staff that have worked so hard at providing this service.

We are also adding some wireless printing stations around the campus. There will be 7 on the Pasco Campus and 1 on the Richland campus. Students can log in with their laptops and then send documents to the NetPrint website and specify which printer they want their document sent to.

There will be a minimal cost for this printing, but students will start out each quarter with a $12.00 credit. Black and white printing is two-sided and will cost $.03 each side. Color prints will be one-sided and cost $.25 per sheet. For more information go to

If you have any questions please call the helpdesk at Ext 2353.

(P.S. We welcome you to come to the library to get help too. Y.Y. )

Friday, September 9, 2011

Sheila Tobias - Inservice Speaker Fall 2011

Courtesy of Cody Conrad Photography



EBSCOhost: By or About Sheila Tobias

ProQuest: By or About Sheila Tobias

Tuesday, September 13, 2011.

9:00-11:00 a.m. (Theatre) - Professors as College Students: What Can They Teach Us?
A research project conducted all over the country, using faculty from different disciplines as “stand-ins” for undergraduates; what we can learn from their responses when we eliminate all barriers to learning except one; newness to the field.

1:00-2:00 p.m. (L-102) - Math Anxiety Workshop
This workshop is predominantly for counselors and math faculty, but open to anyone who wants to learn how to help students who experience math anxiety.

3:30-4:30 p.m. (L-102) - Meeting the Needs of Women, Minorities, and Diverse Learners; Matching In-Class Examinations to Students’ Learning Preferences
Without positing that women, minorities and non-traditional learners have either different learning needs or learning styles, this session will provide an opportunity for faculty to explore a wider range of content, style, “setting” and grading practices of in-class examinations.

7:00 - 8:00 PM (Theatre) - Workshop with Sheila Tobias
Participants will view and discuss Tobias' film "Math Anxiety: We Beat it and So Can You" which documents the successes of her Math Anxiety Clinic. This session is open to the public with a special invitation to teachers and would-be teachers.

Books in the CBC Library Catalog
Search: Author - Tobias, Sheila, or view them on display in the library through September 16th:

Thursday, September 8, 2011

More Computers in the Collaborative Study Rooms

Collab Rm #1
Our Collaborative Study Rooms have become very popular since we opened them two years ago. This summer, we added 10 more computers to a total of 18 in the two rooms in response to the W building computer labs' closure due to budget cuts. We made sure that the layout is still conducive to collaborations. We hope the two rooms will become even more popular with more computers, of which four have dual monitors, 3 new scanners, and new software. Below is a list of new software installed in addition to MS Office and OpenOffice:

1. Visual Studio(Computer Programming) on all 18 computers;
2. Converge(Math) on 9 computers;
3. Creative Suite (Photoshop etc. for Graphics & photo) on 3 computers;
4. Quickbooks Pro (Accounting) on 5 computers;
5. Derive (Math)on all computers (work in process).
6. Primavera Enterprise for Project Management students (added 10/2012)

• First come, first serve
• Students only
• Active Learning
• Normal Conversations
• Turn Cell Phone Ringers Off
• No Cell Phone Calls
• No food and drinks

Collab Rm #2


Friday, June 10, 2011

Survey Q & A - Hours

Q: Why isn't the Pasco library open more hours/days?

A: In Fall 2009 we reduced our hours in response to the previous round of budget cuts. The hours selected were based on months of library usage surveys; we are again counting the numbers of users when we are open on Saturdays to determine whether 11 AM - 4 PM is the best match. We hope to be able to maintain our total number of open hours in the face of forthcoming cuts.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Survey Q & A - Quiet v.s. Group Areas

Can you keep people quiet in the main computer area?

(Background) Providing both quiet and collaborative study areas for our students is an important goal of our library. This balancing act has been challenging due to our limited space. We are glad to see from the result of our online survey that overall the "Space for quiet study" was rated 4.53 (the 3rd highest rated resource) and "Space for collaborative study" was rated 4.49 (the 4th highest rated resource) on a 5 point scale.

We attribute the high ratings to our Library Zones system that has been in place for two years. The main computer area is in the Green Zone where normal talking and collaborations are allowed. The Epicenter computer lab is in the Yellow Zone where students can walk in and use computers quietly. We keep the Epicenter open whenever there isn't a class in there. Another option is to use a laptop in our Red Silent Zone in the back. If you need to avoid other distractions, you may request a study room for individual study, although you will be asked to give up the room if a group needs it.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Survey Q & A - Printing

Q: Why doesn't the Pasco library provide free printing like the other labs?

A: The other labs support printing with the student technology fee. Also, unlike the other labs, the library is open to students and faculty from other schools as well as members of the public. With our current technological and staff resources it isn't possible for us to sort free CBC student from paid non-student printing, even if we did receive tech fee funds to support it.

Survey Q & A - Computers

We received a number of questions and comments on the library survey (May 16 - 22 2011); this is the first in a series of responses.

Q: Why don't you add more computers?

A: In December 2010 Information Services and the student technology fee allowed us to begin checking out 61 laptops to students for use within the library and beyond. Last month (May 2011) we checked them out to students a total of 371 times!

While the library's budget does not provide for additional computers, Information Services continues to evaluate student needs and explore options for expanding computer access in the future. Students should be aware of our computer access policy and let us know if they cannot find a computer for their primary purpose: CBC classwork and other academic needs. We can often find a computer for you in the Epicenter, and (as some of you pointed out) there are usually students using our computers for non-academic purposes who the librarians can ask to vacate the lab.

Update (12/7/2011): We now have 150 laptops that check out for 1 week (7 days) at a time. All of the open computing and collaborative study room computers were replaced during the past quarter and 10 units were added.

Library Survey 2011 Results

We would like to thank everyone who took our library survey between May 16 and May 22. While we are still compiling the results of the paper surveys, we'd like to share with you the initial results of the online version. View Slides.

We are very happy to see that the highest rating goes to our "Quality of customer service" and "Quality of research help" in Question #4. We are also honored to read the 142 positive comments on "The Library's greatest strength". At the same time, we received 88 questions and comments on "Areas for future improvement".

We greatly appreciate your time for taking the survey and giving us the feedback. We'd like to take this opportunity to offer what we hope will be some interesting and helpful responses to the most frequently commented issues. View responses here and join the discussion on our Facebook page.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Audiobooks Online - Cancelled

This subscription was not renewed due to low usage and technical issues. Our students and faculty have access to downloadable audiobooks through Mid-Columbia and Richland public libraries. May 2012.

The library has added our first collection of audiobooks, an ‘academic’ subscription collection from Recorded Books with several hundred titles. They are available now to Search in OneClickDigital. To be able to ‘check out’ books you will have to create a free account, either on campus or after logging in with our quarterly password.

You will then be able to download titles to your computer and/or Mp3 player.

May 2011.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Find Your Zones in the Library

Collaborative Zone
• Active Learning
• Normal Conversations
• No Cell Phone Calls
• Turn Cell Phone Ringers Off

Quiet Study Zone
• Occasional talking
• Low speaking voice
• No cell phone calls
• Set cell phone to silent

Silent Study Zone
• Strictly for silent study
• No talking
• No cell phone calls
• Set cell phone to silent

When, why, & how did we start the library zones program?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Choose Privacy Week 2011

Choose Privacy Week May 2-8, 2010May 1-7, 2011 is the second annual Choose Privacy Week, an ongoing program by American Library Association.

Library Display:
View the list of books on display at the CBC Library.

Have you ever "googled" your name? Were you surprised by what you found online? Take some time to watch the following thought-provoking video.

Choose Privacy Week Video from 20K Films on Vimeo.

Here is another video that explores how technology has influenced our concept of privacy.

More Videos

More Websites:

What They Know. A Series of articles on digital privacy from The Wall Street Journal.

Privacy in Peril.

The Paranoid's Guide to Facebook

Please Rob Me: Raising awareness about over-sharing and locational privacy.

Annette Cary. "Protecting ID easy as A-b-C. " Tri - City Herald 5 May 2011,Washington State Newsstand, ProQuest. Web. 5 May. 2011.

updated 5/5/2011 yy

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

New Subscription Titles available in Ebrary

Ebrary added over 1000 more titles to our College Complete subscription near the end of April. Here are just a few of the wide variety of titles offered:

In The pleasures and sorrows of work [Vintage, 2009] Alain de Botton muses on whether someone with the job title ‘Brand Supervision Coordinator, Sweet Biscuits’ can find meaning in his work and visits with the founding member of the Pylon Appreciation Society as part of an idiosyncratic journey through the world of work. Includes lots of great black and white photos by Richard Baker.

Those looking for something more practical might appreciate
Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2010 by Carole Boggs Matthews, an entry in the QuickSteps series of “recipe books for computer users” from McGraw-Hill.  Step-by-step instructions are accompanied by lots of illustrations and helpful tips. Word 2010 and Excel 2010 are covered in separate titles.

Reference titles include Bud Hannings' American Revolutionary War Leaders : A Biographical Dictionary [McFarland 2010], Webster's new world medical dictionary [Wiley, 2008], and the 5th edition of The dictionary of human geography [Blackwell, 2009].

Finally, Curtis J. Bonk’s The world is open : how Web technology is revolutionizing education; Ebooks, E-Learning, Open Source software, OpenCourseWare, Learning Object Repositories, and Electronic Collaboration are only a few of the topics covered in this wide ranging discussion of the ‘Open Learning World.’

You will need an internet connection and the quarterly library database password in order to read these.

Friday, April 22, 2011

New to Ebrary

April 2011 - 53 single-user titles:

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

April is National Poetry Month

Update (May 5, 2011): View "favorite lines of poetry" submitted by CBC Library users. 

The CBC Library is featuring a National Poetry Month display of books of poetry, about poetry and poets, and recordings of poets reading their work.  We've included books of poetry from Katrina Roberts who will be here tomorrow, April 7th at 7 PM (HUB Main Stage), along with works from LitFest poets who came in previous years.  We are also featuring ebooks of/about poetry in our catalog; you'll need the 'Library Research' password for the quarter to read them off campus.

We would also like to invite poetry fans to share one of their favorite lines of poetry with us, either here in the library or on our Facebook page.

National Poetry Month is a program of the Academy of American Poets, which offers 30 Ways to Celebrate, as well as many poems and information about poetry on their website.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Library Facebook Page

Find CBC Library Facebook page at!

"Like" us and get our updates on your wall! Just click on the "Like" button. Let your friends know too. we'd really appreciate it.

Updates include links to new books, fun technologies, new services, campus events, and more.

Please leave a comment and let us know what kind of updates you would like to see.


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Database Trial - Sharpe Online Reference

We currently have a trial running of Sharpe Online Reference. These are highly praised scholarly reference titles available online as a onetime purchase. The majority of the titles currently available are useful for U.S. History. Titles that are potentially useful for other history courses include:
· Latino History and Culture
· Global History: Cultural Encounters
· World Trade: From Ancient Times to the Present
· Conflicts Since World War II

The title Social Issues in America covers the sort of topics that are of interest in Philosophy and Sociology, as well as for issue-oriented composition research papers.

This trial runs until February 10th 2011. Please contact with your feedback. If you recommend purchase please indicate which individual titles and what courses/projects they would support, as the library is not likely to purchase the whole database at this time.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Oxford English Dictionary updated

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has 'relaunched' with enhanced search functionality and the addition of the Historical Thesaurus to the OED - and a new URL. For more information:
English language fans may wish to subscribe to the OED RSS so they never miss new words or articles on English in Use, English in time, Shapers of English, and Word Stories.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Encyclopedia Database Changes

We have cancelled our subscription to the Encyclopedia of Life Sciences due to low use. [12/31/10]

The Encyclopedia Britannica Online has changed its URL to