Saturday, November 22, 2014

Libraries close at 4 pm this Wednesday

SWC Libraries at Main Campus, San Ysidro, and Otay Mesa will close early, at 4 pm, on Wednesday, November 26. There will be no evening hours at the National City campus library.

SWC Libraries will be closed Thursday, November 27 - Sunday, November 30 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Regular hours resume on Monday, December 1, 2014.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!


Photo courtesy Lawrence OP, Flickr

Friday, November 21, 2014

We are open Saturday!

Time to catch up on your work before the holidays? Stop by the library this Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm. We have quiet study spaces and free wireless!

Have a question? Ask a librarian!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Holiday

SWC Libraries at Main Campus, San Ysidro, and Otay Mesa will close early, at 4 pm, on Wednesday, November 26. There will be no evening hours at the National City campus library.

SWC Libraries will be closed Thursday, November 27 - Sunday, November 30 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Regular hours resume on Monday, December 1, 2014.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!


Photo courtesy Lawrence OP, Flickr

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Website of the Week

Find the Best


  • Trying to decide what SmartPhone to buy?
  • Want to find the best hospital near you?
  • Need to feed your new puppy?
  • Choosing fantasy football players?
  • Going on a trip and need travel tips?
  • Comparing wars and death casualties?
  • Looking for scholarships?
  • Conducting genealogy research? 
This site has something for everybody! The best part is that you are able to compare each item against the rest. This site offers a Smart Rating system (which tells you what is the best, when appropriate), and it’s easy to find out how that Smart Rating system actually determined what is the best.

You can search, or you can browse. And, you are certain to discover something interesting.

FindTheBest is particularly useful when comparing a product or service that isn’t typically available on the same site – take a cell phone plan, for instance. You’ll want to know total cost (including activiation fees, how much data you get, different varieties of plans (e.g. individual, family), and contract types. This site can break it all down for you as if you exhaustively went to each service provider’s site. It allows you to find the service that fits your needs quickly and easily.

http://cell-plans.findthebest.com/


While FindTheBest claims you’ll know everything, you won’t find it all here. There are obvious limits. For instance, I wanted to look at the incomes of individual state employees, but they are limited to certain states. The data is compiled by groups of people, which is why it would be impossible to find it all.

But, when you can find something, you can also create interesting graphs, compare specific products or services of interest side-by-side, and get photos of the items you’re researching. Overall, it’s a research tool that helps visualize the data in a more simplistic and holistic manner.

Review by Lauren McFall, SWC Librarian

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Native American Heritage Month


Visit the Library's display on the third floor highlighting Native American Heritage Month -- November 2014.

Notable Books Include: 

  • Voice of the Turtle: American Indian Literature

  • Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison


  • Earth Song, Sky Spirit: Short Stories of the Contemporary Native American Experience
  • Song of the Turtle: American Indian Literature, 1974-1994
  • Reservation Blues

  • Native Americans

  • American Indians and the Fight for Equal Voting Rights


  • American Indian Removal and the Trail to Wounded Knee

  • American Indian Nations from Termination to Restoration, 1953-2006

  • The Last Indian War: the Nez Perce Story

Friday, November 14, 2014

Check It Out

Native American Heritage Month is here!

Did you know in the library’s collection there's a great title honoring this theme to check out?

It's called, American Indian removal and the trail to Wounded Knee. It's written by Kevin Hillstrom and published in 2010. It is located in the library’s upper floor glass case display with the call number: E98.R4 H55 2010.



It is available for check out. Stop by the Circulation Desk to ask for assistance checking out books on display.

Books like this one can be found by searching the SWC Library Catalog. Just type in the title in the search box and you can find it in the results list.

This book is an interesting resource that focuses on the early development of the U.S. government policies towards removing Native American tribes, the events at Wounded Knee, and U.S. Calvary’s massacre of American Indians in 1890. American Indian removal and the trail to Wounded Knee offers new insight into the Native American experience.

Come to the library to see more Native American Heritage-related titles on display this month.

Cheers!

Review by Arnold Josafat, SWC Librarian