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The 49er Library ConNex!

Thanks to all of the students who participated in the ‘Name the Library’ Contest!  We received all types of clever and interesting submissions, including: “Inbetweenary,” “The Literary Buffet,” and “Where Dewey Study?”  We had a tough time deciding on the name for the library because of the wealth of fantastic submissions!

The new library name for the temporary location will be The 49er Library ConNeX.  The winning contributors who helped us decide on the new name are: Mario Maldonado, Iris Rodriguez, Lisa, and Amandeep Momi.

The Yuba College mascot received several mentions among the contest submissions, so we knew we had to include 49er in the name of our new library!  We also chose to include ConNeX because the library wants to focus on the great connection between staff and students at the new location.  The temporary library facility will center on the needs of students and present opportunities for library staff and Yuba College students to work together for educational achievement.  We hope that the new library name will remind all library patrons of the importance of collaboration, as well as the great resources and services the Yuba College Library has to provide (no matter the location)!

Thank you again to all of the students who submitted names for the ‘Name the Library’ Contest and we look forward to seeing you at the 49er Library ConNeX!


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“Name the Library” Contest!

Yuba College Library needs a new name for our temporary facility in the cafeteria and we want help from Yuba College students!  The library, open media lab, and quiet study area will be located in the cafeteria for the next 2 years while the 1100 facility is undergoing renovation — for more information, see our last post!

The library is centered on student learning through collaboration, web 2.0 tools, and other online resources. The library will provide current computing technology for students, staff and faculty in order to facilitate research.  We are working diligently to provide a library space that students love, and want to offer you the opportunity to contribute the library’s new name!

Please complete the survey below and enter to win a chance to name the library. All entries are due by Monday, June 20th. The winner will receive a $50.00 Amazon Gift Card. We look forward to your submissions!


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Why Math and Poetry Matter

Coming in April, the library will host the annual Math Poetry Contest. Students are invited to craft an original poem with a mathematics theme and submit it to the library for prizes and awards. The deadline for submissions is March 17.

Math and poetry might seem like an odd pairing. In school, they are often treated as separate entities, requiring different mechanisms in the brain that are either present or not. Math is seen as logical, straightforward, numerically oriented, and clearly defined. Poetry, on the other hand, seems irrational, relies heavily on symbolism to extract meaning, and produces no clear answers. But in this apparent contradiction, math and poetry are actually close allies, inspiring the same levels of frustration, yet a strong desire to be figured out.

According to Joel Cohen’s piece in The American Scholar, which examined the commonality of the two subjects, poetry and math have an apples and oranges type of relationship. True, they are different but they also fundamentally share the fact that they are both pieces of fruit and perform essentially the same function. Says Cohen, “poetry and applied mathematics, with mysterious success, both use symbols for beautiful, economical pointing and patterning. Pointing establishes a relation between symbols and a world beyond the domain of symbols. Patterning establishes a relation between symbols and other symbols in the same domain. Poetry and applied mathematics fall along a continuum between pointing and patterning.”

In other words, whether you are telling a story or solving a calculus problem, you are relying on symbols to express ideas and the patterns between those symbols to assign meaning to your work. The answer might be different (apple v. orange), but how you arrive there is similar.

Math is a timely subject to be championing. President Obama has repeatedly called on students to focus their studies on math and science, in order to have access to steady job opportunities and the ability to contribute to American innovation.

However, this contest is not just a celebration of math, but also a celebration of self-expression in the poetic form. So students, whether of math or literature or somewhere in between, let us have an opportunity to read your beautiful, economic patterns of symbolic glory!

Good luck to all of the entrants! (And take a look at last year’s poems).

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