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OCT/NOV 2009

NEWSLETTER New @ the Library A River of Books in LS 2PAC We love our new Library Catalog! It’s called LS 2PAC, and has a very graphic look and more interactive webtype capabilities! Besides easily locating a book – over 24,000 print or 19,000 electronic books – you can quickly identify best sellers and new books in our collection. It’s easy to identify ebooks, videos, newsfeeds, and more search options. You can write a book review and post it for others to see (just like and add “tags” to books you find to help locate them more easily. For example, I tagged all our “graphic novels” and some young adult non-fiction books so we could find them. Also, you can move directly from the Catalog to search our EBSCO and Britannica databases to find articles – without having to leave the catalog and reenter search terms!

For those who prefer the “old” catalog – it’s still there. Just choose the “Classic Search” option.

Note to Faculty: give extra credit for writing book reviews in our catalog

440+ NEW ELECTRONIC REFERENCES ADDED TO YOUR LIBRARY! The Library has a fabulous CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC new research tool You can continue your search in our Library called Credo Reference. This CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC new subscription catalog and other Library databases from this portal service gives us access to over CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC – making it a great place to start 440 electronic reference books CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC your research! from over 70 publishers. It CCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCC Try out the “gadgets” to define includes encyclopedias, or pronounce a word, locate a dictionaries, biographies, quotations, conversions, person, holiday, quotation, or image, or even create and lots more! A subject search quickly finds crossword puzzles! Give it a try and let us know relevant titles, and makes it easy to move to related what you think! entries and biographies of major people.



OCT/NOV 2009

Banned Book Week YOUNG ADULT FICTION by Kristin Quintanilla


The internet has wonderful free resources, but it’s not always easy finding the best information in such “information overload”. Your college librarians are here to help! I have recently updated our listings of some of the best free online reference sites available. They can be accessed from our librar y catalog tab “Online Resources” or from this link npcc/readyref.asp There, you will find many fascinating and useful websites arranged by topic. I used broad categories that cover our NPCC program area s and student interests. I invite you to take a little time to explore those areas of interest to you. I think you might find some real gems. If you have suggestions to add, or need assistance, please let us know. Happy surfing!

Did I ever have a fun summer of reading! I volunteered to be a reader for the Arkansa s Library Association as they institute a new literature award to honor young adult works. The M. Boswell Arkansas Teen Book Award will recognize books in two age divisions 7th-9th grade and 10th-12th grade. I read books in the SciFi/Action or Adrenaline Genre on the 7th -9th level. After we, the readers, compile a list of “the best of the best” at the ARLA convention in October, young adults will vote on the chosen titles and the first award will be given in 2010. Here at the library we have used my experience as we continue to build our young a d u l t c o l l e c t i o n . We ’ v e recently added Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, The Dark is Rising sequence by Susan Cooper, several titles by Newberr y award-winner Karen Hesse, and I Hadn’t Meant to Te# You This by Jacqueline Woodsen, to name a few. There are so many great books out there for young people, and believe me they can be enjoyed no matter what your a ge. To s e e o u r g r o w i n g collection of young adult titles, browse the PZ section of our shelves.

by Kristin Quintanilla Your campus Library celebrated Banned Book Week September 26-October 3. The theme this year was Speak your mind, Read banned books, Know the first amendment. Every year in America many books are challenged for content and both individuals and groups attempt to keep these books off of library shelves. Banned Book Week seeks to draw attention to the danger of restricting availability of books and information in a free society. Your NPCC library display included many titles that have been challenged or banned from other libraries in previous years. For lists of challenged titles visit your library or go to the American Library Association website at

FEATURED BOOK: Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay. If you liked the Diary of Anne Frank, you will love this book. The author intertwines two stories -- one of a modern French family, and the story of a young girl in Paris in 1942. The intersection of these stories is compelling, and keeps you up at night wanting to see where things are going. The book describes the true story of the French complicity in sending French Jews to their deaths at Auschwitz. A wonderful, fastpaced story. You won’t be able to put it down or soon forget. ------ Reviewed by Sara Seaman



OCT/NOV 2009

LIBRARY STAFF NEWS The Arkansas Librar y Association (ARLA) Conference will be in Hot Springs on October 25-27. Three of our librarians, Sara Seaman, Brenda Van Dusen, and Kristin Quintanilla will attend. Sara will participate as a panelist on the Reference and Instruction Services Division (RISD) program on reference ser vices. Brenda is active with the Paraprofessional division, and will lead an awards ceremony. Kristin is busy with the Arkansas Teen Book Award. The many informative workshops and opportunities to visit with publishers and library vendors help us keep up with the many new technologies and resources available. We want National Park Community College to offer the finest library resources available for our college students and faculty.

Book Sale Success!

Our used book sale in September saved 920 withdrawn library books from the land fill! We sold every book we had, and enjoyed the great fall weather and music from the garden! Students and staff loved the 25 cent book price.

RESORT CHANNEL 14 SURVEY RESULTS Thank you to the 273 people who responded to our Channel 14 S u r v e y i n S e p te m b e r. T h e majority of responses came from NPCC students (55.31%) and employees (37.73%). The survey revealed that only 13.54% of respondents use Channel 14 for information about NPCC. Most people use our website or get information directly from the school. We also learned that 42.49 % of respondents do not have home access to Resort Cable Television.  Those who do watch seem to be satisfied with the content, but would like to see

more video – an option that is not currently possible. The largest categor y of responses favored popular music (30.92%), with classical next (19.85%) and jazz third(17.56%). We will var y our selections b e t w e e n t h e s e c a t e g o r i e s .  Some thought the slides too fast, an equal number said too slow.  We will try to vary the length depending on how much content is displayed. There were some great suggestions in the comments! Thanks again to all who took the time to give an opinion.

Chet Morphew, our Library Media Specialist, did an outstanding job insuring that all A-V systems worked without a hitch for the opening celebration of the new Fred Diercks Building. Chet has many talents -- he is also the artist of Mr. Diercks’ picture that hangs in the building lobby.


NPCC Library Newsletter Oct/Nov 2009  

National Park Community College Library Newsletter Oct/Nov 2009

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