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Students Speak About the Temporary Library

If you visited the 49er Library ConNeX this September you probably noticed a large white board on display posing the question:  “What do you think about our temporary facility?”   Students were invited to write comments on the white board sharing what they liked and disliked about the library’s temporary location in Building 300, which it currently shares with the cafeteria.

white board with responses

We asked, and you answered!  The following were the topics mentioned in students’ feedback:


  • Friendly, helpful library staff
    • We’re glad that students like the library staff.  We like you, too!
  • Research assistance 
    • We provide research assistance to students working on assignments. Stop by the reference desk and speak to a librarian for research assistance.  We’re here to help!
  • Free coffee
    • Who doesn’t love free coffee?
  • Quiet Cyber Lab
    • The Cyber Lab, located in a room separate from the main library area, is a quiet place to study and access computers.  If the cafeteria noise is bothering you, visit the library’s quiet Cyber Lab, containing 32 computers as well as individual desks and study carrels.
  • Longer hours
    • Because we care about our students, we have extended our hours to Monday-Thursday 7:45am-8pm and Friday 7:45am-4:30pm.  Stop in!
  • Shortened distance to the cafeteria
    • You’ve got that right!  If the library was any closer to the cafeteria, we’d be shelving bananas alongside our books.
  • Less formal setting than the previous library
    • A less formal setting is inevitable when the library is sharing the same building with the cafeteria.  Just maintain the quiet, please!


  • Smaller library size
    • Although the size of the temporary library is smaller than the main library, with about 4,000 books on display, the library’s remaining collection of about 15,000 books is accessible offsite.  If you find an item in the library catalog that is not currently located on the library’s shelves, all you need to do is request the item and we’ll retrieve it from storage for you.
  • Smelling cafeteria food while trying to study
    • We understand that the smell of cafeteria food can be distracting while trying to study.  Unfortunately, the aromas come with the location.
  • Lack of power outlets to plug in electronic devices
    • We’re pleased to announce that a whole row of power outlets have been installed on the cafeteria side of Building 300 to meet students’ needs.  Additionally, more power outlets have been installed in the courtyard.
  • Cafeteria noise
    • We know that the cafeteria noise can be distracting to students while working at the library’s study tables.  However, the library’s Cyber Lab, located in a room separate from the open-air space that the library shares with the cafeteria, is a quiet place to study and work on assignments.  The Cyber Lab contains 32 computers as well as individual desks and study carrels.  Visit the Cyber Lab for your quiet computer and studying needs.

We thank you for your patience during this two year period while the main library is being remodeled and undergoing its high-tech, Library 2.0 transformation.  The temporary inconveniences accompanying our cafeteria-based location were inevitable, but in the end it will all be worth it when in two years we move into our newly remodeled, state-of-the-art library building.   We continue to try to improve our service, and we appreciate the excellent, informative feedback written on the library’s white board this September.   The library is doing its best to meet students’ needs and always welcomes students’ feedback about how we can make your library experience better.

We’re listening, and we want to hear from you.


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The Library’s New Location: Building 300

The 49er Library ConNeX, Yuba College Library’s newly-named temporary location, is functioning in full swing this Fall semester in its new location:  Building 300 (the cafeteria).  The 49er Library ConNeX will be located in Building 300 for the next two years while the library’s original location, Building 1100, is renovated and transformed into a high-tech, 21st century library!  It is expected that the renovation of the library’s original location, Building 1100, will be completed in 2013.  Thus, for the next two years the 49er Library ConNeX, which shares Building 300 with the cafeteria, will be the temporary home of the Yuba College Library.

Although the library has been down-sized a bit to fit into its new location that it shares with the cafeteria, all of the library’s services remain the same.  The 49er Library ConNeX displays over 4,000 materials, offers to retrieve library-owned materials if they are not currently located in the temporary library, provides access to an InterLibrary Loan service, contains a Cyber Lab for student’s computing needs, and features a quiet space for student study.  In addition, students are encouraged to use the library for research assistance and are welcome to make appointments with the librarian — via phone at (530) 741-6592, SMS text at (530) 359-8220, as well as by approaching the reference desk — for research, reference sources, and citation assistance.

The 49er Library ConNeX offers new, extended hours this Fall semester at the Yuba College Campus:

  • Monday – Thursday:  7:45am – 8pm
  • Friday:  7:45am – 4:30pm

We hope that you will visit the library’s new location in Building 300 and take advantage of its collections and services.  We look forward to serving you at the library this semester!

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New Library Location

The transition of moving the library to its temporary location has been completed!  The move went exceptionally well, and we were able to bring over 4,000 books and media materials to the new 49er Library ConNex!  The 49er Library ConNex will be offering new, extended hours for the Fall in order to accommodate growing needs of Yuba College’s students.  We are so excited about providing more hours to students, and we really hope that you will take advantage of the extended schedule!  The 49er Library ConNex will be opening August 15 for the Fall Semester.

New Fall Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 7:45am – 8:00pm

Friday: 7:45am – 4:30pm

The new library location will provide thousands of resources for students, faculty, and staff.  However, if you find something in the catalog that is not located at the 49er Library ConNex, you can request that the materials be brought over to the new location.  You can request materials through the library catalog or in-person at the library – and remember, you can also request materials from other campuses as well!  We will be at this new location for two years during the major remodeling project and then reopen at the freshly remodeled library in 2013.

Come visit the Cyber Lab!  We will have all types of technology and equipment to meet your needs, including: computers, printers, WiFi, copiers, resources for DE testing, and more!  We will also provide a quiet study area for students who need to complete studies and research in a quiet environment.

We are so excited about the innovative changes being made to the Yuba College Library and hope that you are too!  We understand that the temporary location is smaller in size and has a new atmosphere due to the close proximity of the cafeteria.  We greatly appreciate the flexibility of our students as we work to create a newly remodeled library!

So, stop by the 49er Library ConNex to see our technologically advanced Cyber Lab, take advantage of our extended hours schedule, and find a quiet place to complete your studies.  We are here to help!

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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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It’s Official: The Library is Moving This Summer

The library is moving! We know, we mentioned it a few weeks ago, but now we can provide you with the exciting details!

This summer the library (Building 1100) will close for a week to facilitate the move to its new location – the cafeteria (Building 300). We will then re-open in our new digs – dates are still TBD.
Map of New Library Location
We are expected to be there for 1 ½ to 2 years, while our permanent home in Building 1100 undergoes a renovation to transform it into a 21st century information center. All of the data we’ve been collecting over the past several months, from the Survey Monkey questionnaires to the white board student surveys, as well as other data collection efforts coming in the near future, will help influence the types of materials, technology tools, services, and space layout that will comprise the new library.

In the meantime, the cafeteria will be partitioned in half, with the library on one side and the cafeteria on the other (in some respect that could prove to be extremely convenient!).  The cafeteria will continue full food service, but less seating will be available.

The library is also going a little leaner to accommodate the smaller space. While we will still offer all of our popular services, they will be scaled back a bit. Some services will, however, remain in tact as follows:

Downsized                                                                            Full Service
-4 to 5 thousand books from stacks                          -Wi-Fi
-100 current periodicals                                                -Copying & printing
-A selection of textbook and media resources     -Research assistance
-Some tables/seating for studying                             -Circulation desk
-Smaller reference section

The Media Lab and the Computer Lab will move to Building 300 as well and will be located to a room adjacent to the cafeteria, which is the former staff lounge. The College Success Center will remain in Building 1100.

The Social Science and English/Journalism faculty offices will also move from their current location in the Fall.

New information about the move is continuously being updated, so please check in with YCLibrarynews for the latest, including moving dates, the library closure, and new summer hours!

We’ll see you at our new location soon!

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Weeding Happens in Libraries Too!

Last week I mentioned that the library is preparing for a move to temporary quarters in order to begin renovation on a brand new 21st century library space. One of the ways the library is preparing is by weeding its current holdings in an effort to pare down to the necessities, both for space and for efficiency.

Weeding sounds like something gardeners do to rid their petunias of harmful invaders. But the actual dictionary definition of weeding is “to remove as being undesirable, inefficient, or superfluous.” That goes for anything, including books and it’s something that librarians do all the time, whether they are moving or not.

What? Books become “superfluous” after a while? Yes, yes they do. Librarians hate getting rid of their precious books and the public might even see it as wasteful, but librarians know they must if they want to stay current for their patrons.

This is a tricky endeavor. It’s not just about tossing out “old” books. It’s about strategically determining which books hold value to the patron and to the community and to ensure that only materials that are needed, wanted, and used stay on the shelves. Another way to think about it is the approach stores take when clearing out their inventory – if something ain’t moving, it ain’t making profit and it becomes desirable to no one. As such, the following are the main reasons why librarians weed:

  • To remove clutter from the shelves and make material more accessible
  • To remove material that is so outdated, it ceases to hold value from an information perspective
  • To remove material that may cause harm to others due to outdated information
  • To remove material that nobody wants or uses or that hasn’t been checked out in a long time
  • To remove unsightly material that is physically deteriorating and difficult to use

Last summer, I was interning at a small public library in Southern California, and I was given the task of weeding some of the shelves. I was originally told to set aside anything that hadn’t been checked out in three years and to leave them in a pile to go over with the librarian. I soon found that what she ultimately decided to keep, yes, had something to do with its lack of relevance (sewing books on bell-bottom pants and satin shirts), but it also had to do with its status as a “classic” (copies of Catcher in the Rye), and her own personal attachment to the book (stuff from the 60’s I wasn’t sure anyone still cared about). I learned that weeding was part- science and part-gut reaction. I also saw that what guided the philosophy of weeding was what would ultimately serve the community good and that meant knowing one’s material and the community need thoroughly.

At Yuba College our Librarian, Elena Heilman, is greatly aided in weeding by the expert faculty. Right, who else knows their subject best and what is current and what is not? Recently, some biology faculty got together for a weeding party. Check out the photos.

Bio Faculty Weeding P2










After books are selected and weeded out, they are officially withdrawn from the library catalog (so they won’t show up in a search) and then shipped off to Better World Books, which sells them and donates the proceeds to the National Center for Family Literacy.

BWBooks photo 2311The library also receives a percentage, which is re-invested into new book purchases.

Alas, libraries are in the information business. Not in the same way as Barnes & Noble, mind you. Libraries don’t make money and give away their product for free (some business savvy, eh?). Nevertheless, the product is still expected to hold value, be useful, and serve a current need. What good is a library if it has nothing you want? Libraries, like botanic gardens, need to be weed-free so that you can enjoy the beauty of what they have to offer and that is where the process of weeding comes in. Your petunias and your research books greatly thank you when you weed.


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