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Library Retirements 2015 

As Academic Year 2014/2015 ends the Library says goodbye to four retiring staff members. These Faculty and Library Media Technicians have a total of over 75 years of service to Palomar College. While we will miss their individual and collective professional contributions to our students, we are thrilled to celebrate the beginning of their next chapters in life.

Byung Kang Retires

Public Services Media Techs Kelly and Randy will probably spend additional time near the water once they no longer have to open the Library doors. Our Technical Services Media Tech Meredith is likely to continue honing her artistic skills (e,g, making miniature books, desiging library bindings, etc.). Technical Services Librarian Byung Kang (pictured above) will do some traveling and continue re-organizing to make more time for visits with grandchildren.

We have already had goodby celebrations for Randy and Kelly and hosted an event for Professor Kang May 18th. Meredith's celebration will happen in late June.

Added 5-27-2015
Library Highlights 2015 

Library Faculty Linda Morrow and Byung Kang earned Service pins at the Spring 2015 Palomar Faculty Achievement Tea. Associate Professor Morrow is the Public Services Librarian and has worked at Palomar for 10 years, the last 6 as Department Chair. Professor Kang is the Technical Services Librarian and has served students here for 25 years.

They are pictured below at a celebration for the recently completed Inventory Project which Ms. Kang spearheaded. The project results documented that our loss rate is very low, always a plus for library collection maintenance. In addition it allowed the Library to identify and replace missing and damaged materials. The entire Library Staff participated in the project, after initial testing was completed by Systems Specialist Bob Call. Hourly worker Daniel Wanta earned the Champion Scanner award for processing of 20,000 volumes! 

Added 5-13-2015
Did You Know that May is 'Get Caught Reading Month'?

Get Caught Reading is a nationwide public service campaign of the Association of American Publishers. Although May is officially ‘Get Caught Reading’ month, the initiative is celebrated throughout the year.

This year we caught students, community members, faculty and administrators with some of their 'favorite reads', including: The Last Lion, Wuthering Heights, This Is How You Lose Her, Impact Magazine, Journey of Lewis and Clark - etc. etc. etc. 

Get Caught Reading Display
Added 5-12-2015

End of the Semester Blues? Final Season Stress? We can Help!

As the semester winds down the Library has some tools to help you beat the stress that can come with meeting deadlines for projects, papers, etc. Stop by the Reference Desk and take time to "give your mind some rest and let yourself have some fun"! 

As noted on our Facebook page Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford is one of the most successful artists in this 'genre'. She describes her Secret Garden collection as " ... an inky treasure hunt" with " ... creatures and curiosities to be sought."

Adult Coloring Book Promo
Added 5-7-2015

Palomar Supports Students and Children in our Communtiy  

Palomar offers both coursework in Child Development and access to quality preschool programming. Information is currently displayed on the Library's 2nd floor detailing the Child Development (CHDV) program and the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Lab School.  Visit their department webpage to learn more about Child Development.  

Added 4-8-2015

Women's History Benefits More than Women 

For 2015 the Women's History Month Library display was again created by Palomar faculty from the Women's Studies degree program. The theme for this showcase is "The Study of Women and Social Justice". Do come to the 2nd Floor of the library to learn about women who have supported the fight for justice and equality in the United States. Those showcased include suffragates, LGBTQ advocates, Native American activists and  women prominent in others fields.  

Added 3-30-2015

Balboa Park Celebrates the Panama-California Exposition Centennial !

Last mont he Library paid tribute to the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. This San Diego 'world fair' funded Balboa Park's expansion. The Exposition's Mission style and lush landscaping established the cultural heritage of today's Balboa Park (e.g. Cabrillo Bridge, California Bell Tower and the Spreckels Organ Pavilion). 

Included in the display were posters, cutouts and various memorabilia, both original sources and commemorative replicas. Thanks to Librarian Laurie Hope and Library Technician Lisa Franson who shared their personal items ti recreate the Balboa Park signposts. Scan the QR code to the right and learn more about the centenial.

Balboa Park QR Code
Added 3-7-2015

February was Black History Month 

The celebration of Black History was originally proposed in1915 by Carter Woodson through the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). After 1976 the United States began to officially recognize the contributions of African Americans to the nation by designating the month of February as 'National African American History Month'. This year ASAALH has selected "A Century of Black Life, History, & Culture" as the theme for the 2015 celebration.

Our 2015 Black History Month display focused on the Civil Rights movement. Works detailing the sacrifices of individuals who participated in this struggle were displayed in cases on the 2nd floor. These included a printout of the cover for the ebook The Informant, about Viola Liuzzo, the dvd 4 little girls and a copy of the March 19, 1965 issue of Life magazine with an iconic cover from the Bloody Sunday Selma confrontation.

Added 2-24-2015

The Ambrose Digital Collection includes A History of Equal Rights in America.

The 8 part series A History of Equal Rights in America covers events from 1772-2011. It is available through our subscription to Ambrose videos. The link to the collection appears on the Media  section of our Databases page.

Program 8 of the series discusses " ...  feminism, political rights for American women and a recognition of equality for all women around the world..." and includes the 5 minute chapter The Third Wave of Feminism. To read the text of Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, the legislation that ended discrimination against women athletes and women's sports, follow this link.

Added 1-13-2015

Spring 2015 at the Library!

The library welcomes all students, staff and community members to the start of our Spring 2015 semester. We continue to offer access to textbooks (many through the Palomar President's Associates program), reference assistance for your research needs and learning resources  in multiple formats (print, media, digital, etc.).

What's new? - Brand new public use computers and monitors! A required sign-on policy maximizing access for student learners! [Click here to read about the policy.]

Added 1-12-2015

Dashboard - Lessons on Avoiding Plagiarism, Citing Sources and More! !

Dashboard consists of interactive, online lessons designed to help students develop their information literacy skills. The lessons address plagiarism, incorporating outside sources into one’s own work, and the concepts and mechanics of citing sources using MLA and APA documentation styles.

Dashboard Image

 Some instructors will be using the tool within their classes but students are free to independently work with the 3 modules currently available to enhance their skills.

Added 8-18-2014

New Library Catalog -- WorldCat Local

The library introduced a new public catalog, WorldCat Local (WCL), in January 2014.

The most exciting thing about the catalog is that it allows you to search our physical and virtual collections at the same time. From the Everything tab on the searchbox at the top of the page type keywords, click Go and your list of results will include everything from books or DVDs we own to articles from library subscribed databases. Stop by the Reference Desk if you need help or want to learn more about using WCL.

Some catalog options especially helpful  for researchers are: the ability to link to the catalog record for a resource (Permalink), a save search button and export of bibliographic information to EasyBib for citation use. You can even use the My library account tool to view a list of library items you've checked out, titles you've requested and any payments made/owed. Click here to learn how to sign in to My library account.

WorldCat Library Catalog
Added 8-18-2014


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