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Important Semester-Ending Reminders for Students

The final week of the Fall 2011 semester has arrived, and the Library wishes good luck to all students taking finals and completing final projects this week.  The following are some important reminders of which students should be aware concerning the Library facilities in the last week of this semester:

  • The Library will be open this week, December 12-15, 2011, Monday through Thursday, from 7:45am to 8pm.  The Library will close for the Fall 2011 semester on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 8pm.
  • All materials must be returned to the Library by 8pm on Thursday, December 15, 2011, the last day of finals.
  • If borrowed materials are not returned to the Library by 8pm on  Thursday, December 15, 2011, students will be charged replacement costs.  All fines and fees must be paid before Friday, December 16th, 2011. Failure to return borrowed materials and/or pay fines will result in holds placed on students’ accounts, preventing future registrations, access to transcripts, and so on.
  • While the Library will not be open during Winter Break, a staff member will generally be available for students who need to pay fines.  Students may call 741-6755 or 741-8781 in advance to confirm that someone is available.

We wish everyone a relaxing, restful Winter Break and look forward to working with you once again in the Spring 2012 semester.  Yuba College Library will reopen for the Spring 2012 semester on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 7:45am.

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Need a Break from Studying? Refresh with a Good Movie!

As you find yourself writing term papers, completing final projects, and studying for finals during the last few weeks of the Fall semester, keep in mind that a restful, entertaining break from the rigors of school work awaits you at the Library.  Should you find the opportunity to take a breather from studying, if only for a couple of hours, check out the feature films available in the Library’s Media Collection.  Selections range from drama to comedy, romance, biographical, historical, musical, and more.

Below are titles, DVD and VHS, available at Yuba College Library that are sure to provide a refreshing break from the stress normally associated with the end of the semester. For more information on any of these films, please consult the Library’s online catalog (Polaris) or a librarian.

Title: All the President’s Men
Description: 2 videodiscs (DVD), 138 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: PG
Type: Video Material – 2 hours
Call Number: DVD 0065
Summary:  True story of the Watergate break-in that led to the political scandal of the decade.

Title: Almost Famous
Description: 1 videodisc (DVD), 124 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: R
Type: Video Material – 2 hours
Call Number: DVD 0066
Summary:  It’s the opportunity of a lifetime when teenage reporter William Miller lands an assignment from Rolling Stone magazine. Despite the objections of his protective mother, William hits the road with an up-and-coming rock band and finds there’s a lot more to write home about than the music.

Title: Carousel
Description: 1 videodisc (DVD), 128 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: N/A
Type: Video Material – 2 hours
Call Number: DVD 0004
Summary:  A carny barker falls in love with a sweet millworker, but his wayward ways don’t change enough to prevent his early death.

Title: Erin Brokovich
Description: 1 videocassette (VHS), 132 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: R
Type: Video Material – 1 day
Call Number: VT 2088 CC
Summary:  Erin Brockovich is a feisty young mother who convinces attorney Ed Masry to hire her and promptly stumbles upon a law case against a giant corporation for water pollution. Erin’s determined to take on this powerful adversary even though no law firm has dared to do it before. The two begin a legal fight that will bring a small town to its feet and a huge company to its knees.

Title: Gosford Park
Description: 1 videodisc (DVD), 138 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: R
Type: Video Material – 2 hours
Call Number: DVD 0018
Summary:  Drama set at the country estate of Sir William McCordle in 1932, showing the lives of upstairs guests and downstairs servants at a hunting party weekend when one of the group is murdered.

Title: The Insider
Description: 1 videocassette (VHS), 158 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: R
Type: Video Material – 1 day
Call Number: VT 2087 CC
Summary:  When former executive Jeffrey Wigand is fired by his employer, one of the largest tobacco companies in America, Wigand agrees to become a paid consultant for a story by veteran 60 minutes producer Lowell Bergman, regarding alleged unethical practices within the tobacco industry. But what begins as a temporary alliance leads to a lengthy battle for both men to save their reputations and more.

Title: The King and I
Description: 1 videodisc (DVD), 133 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: G
Type: Video Material – 2 hours
Call Number: DVD 0008
Summary: An English schoolteacher finds herself at odds with the King when she is the teacher at the royal court in the 1860s.

Title: Oklahoma!
Description: 1 videodisc (DVD), 145 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: G
Type: Video Material – 2 hours
Call Number: DVD 0006
Summary:  A cowboy wins his girl despite the intervention of a sinister hired hand.

Title: Primary Colors
Description: 1 videodisc (DVD), 144 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: N/A
Type: Video Material – 2 hours; Video Material – 4 hours
Call Number: DVD 0062
Summary:  N/A

Title: Romeo & Juliet
Description: 1 videodisc (DVD), 120 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: PG-13
Type: Video Material – 2 hours
Call Number: DVD 0039
Summary:  Unconventional adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic love story. Set in a futuristic urban backdrop of Verona Beach, this is a contemporary re-telling of the tragic love between youthful star-crossed lovers.

Title: Saving Private Ryan
Description: 2 videocassettes (VHS), 169 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: R
Type: Video Material – 1 day
Call Number: VT 2085 CC
Summary:  Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) must take his men behind enemy lines to find Private Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Faced with impossible odds, the men question their orders. Why are eight men risking their lives to save just one? Surrounded by the brutal realities of war each man searches for his own answer and the strength to triumph over uncertain future with honor, decency and courage.

Title: Shakespeare in Love
Description: 1 videodisc (DVD), 122 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: R
Type: Video Material – 2 hours
Call Number: DVD 0036
Summary:  When Will Shakespeare needs passionate inspiration to break a bad case of writer’s block, a secret romance with the beautiful Lady Viola starts the words flowing like never before!

Title: The Sound of Music
Description: 1 videodisc (DVD), 175 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: N/A
Type: Video Material – 2 hours
Call Number: DVD 0003
Summary:  A young novice, uncertain about becoming a nun, becomes governess to 7 children of an autocratic ex-naval captain. Her charm wins over the rebellious children and the unbending captain.

Title: South Pacific
Description: 1 videodisc (DVD), 150 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: N/A
Type: Video Material – 2 hours
Call Number: DVD 0007
Summary:  Musical about life on a Pacific island during World War II.

Title: State Fair
Description: 1 videodisc (DVD), 100 min.
Target Audience Note: MPAA rating: N/A
Type: Video Material – 2 hours
Call Number: DVD 0005
Summary:  Musical about the adventures of the Frake family at the Iowa State Fair.

Title: Wag the Dog
Description: 1 videodisc (DVD), 92 min.
Target Audience Note: UK cert 15
Type: Video Material – 2 hours; Video Material – 4 hours
Call Number: DVD 0060
Summary:  When the President is caught in a sex scandal less than 2 weeks before the election, “Mr. Fix-it” decides they need a war to distract the public’s attention and he calls on Hollywood’s top producer to create it.

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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:

Likes

  • 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!

Dislikes

  • 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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Digital Tutoring and Tech Support at the Library

The CA Connects Program has made it possible for MESA students to donate their time and provide technical support for the Yuba College Campus!  Several students from the MESA group will be donating their time during the first 2 weeks of the Fall semester to help Yuba College students register and prepare for classes and find library and other campus online resources.  The library is so excited about the wonderful partnership between our staff and the MESA group!

The MESA group will have a table set up outside of the 49er Library ConNex for the first 2 weeks of school on Monday through Thursday.  The student volunteers from MESA will have laptops available to assist Yuba College students as they gear up for a new semester!  The MESA student group will be providing help for services, including:

  • BlackBoard
  • College Portal
  • Student Email
  • Web Advisor
  • Library Resources
  • Campus Resources
  • And more!

Please visit the 49er Library ConNex and come by the MESA table during the first 2 weeks of school to receive online help and technical support!  And please remember to thank the MESA student group for generously donating their time!

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Students Speak on the “New” Library

The library continues to collect data for its Library 2.0 transformation. Recently, our librarian, Elena Heilman, placed a large white board in the library to survey students on what they liked and did not like about the current state of the library.

white board with responses

Let’s go over the responses.

  • Students liked having access to critical technology tools (computers, printers, WiFi, power outlets for laptops) and would like more, better, and updated equipment.
  • Students enjoyed the quiet space of the library for studying and wished other students took the library more seriously (i.e. refrained from loud conversations, talking on cell phones, smoking outside, eating, and using computers for non-academic purposes).
  • Students wanted better seating and more meeting spaces.
  • Students wanted the library to have extended hours, open in the evenings and on weekends.
  • Students wanted a designated area for eating, socializing, and drinking coffee.
  • Students liked library services and programming, such as the Computer Lab, the Success Center, tutoring, and art shows.
  • Students felt the staff/student workers were helpful.
  • Students wanted more resources in the library, such as books, etc.

What’s interesting to note in these responses is that, basically, students want the library to be a library. They want resources, technology access, quiet, and good places to study. This flies a little in the face of conventional Library 2.0 wisdom (as defined in a post from two weeks ago) that the library becomes a party central of sorts, a place where technology rules, socializing is a key activity, and staff is invisible. On the contrary, at Yuba College at least, students like the staff and the help that they provide and while technology is important, studying is the key activity of the library, students feel. And sometimes studying isn’t a solitary activity. Sometimes students like to gather and discuss, debate, and get in a laugh or even a smoke.

So what does this mean for Library 2.0 at Yuba College? The jury is still out, but the responses beg a couple of questions: 1) Should the library become a “mixed use space” with areas designated for socializing, quiet study, and group discussion?; and 2) Where should the library concentrate its already tight funds: On more books, extended hours, or technology equipment? These are not easy questions to answer, so the debate and analysis will continue as Yuba marches towards its vision for the library of the future. And many thanks to those students who took the time to contribute to the discussion!

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