Monday, April 27, 2015

Database of the Week

Career Guidance Center

Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center Database

Are you interested in knowing some key facts and educational requirements for a particular career? Do you wonder about future job prospects and how much you might be paid to do the job?

Find this and more in the Library’s Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center Database. The database will help you choose your college major, guide you in getting financial aid, and may even help you get work with its job search engine.

Learn how to write a resume and learn why cover letters are important. Or just for fun, take an exam to see what kinds of careers match up with your current interests, likes and dislikes. Are you in the job you should be now? Give this database a look/see! You won’t regret it.

Access to Library databases is free for SWC students and staff. Visit the Library's Articles and Databases page for a complete list.

Review by Ann Willard, SWC Librarian

Saturday, April 25, 2015

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Friday, April 24, 2015

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National Poetry Month is here!

Did you know in the Library’s glass display case there's a great title honoring this theme to check out? It's called, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology. It's edited by Paul Hoover and the second edition was published in 2013.

It is located in the upper floor of the library in the glass case on the left/south side of the room with the call number: PS615.P669 2013. This book, and all books on display, are available for check out. It can be found through the Southwestern College Library’s Search the Library Catalog page. Just type in the title in the search box and you can find it in the results list.

This book is a great collection of various poets’ works. Poems in the collection were written during the 20th and 21st centuries, with a sensibility towards the postmodern.

Come to the Library to see more National Poetry-related titles on display this month.


Review by Arnold Josafat, SWC Librarian

Thursday, April 23, 2015

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The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap 
By Matt Taibbi
New York: Spiegel and Grau, 2014.
New Book Shelf: HM671 .T35 2014

“United we stand; divided we fall.” If this is true, than the atrocities outlined by Matt Taibbi in The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap are possibly foreshadowing the demise of the United States. This book discusses the growing gap in income between the wealthy and the poor. Anecdotes about the wealthy committing crimes with impunity and the poor being stripped of their rights are balanced with statistics about class, poverty, and crime.

“There are also more black men in jail right now than there were in slavery at its peak.” In The Divide, we learn about the intersection of racism and classism, which Taibbi explores with respect to new immigrants in a chapter entitled Border Trouble. What makes this book interesting is the juxtaposition of elite crimes that go unpunished with the everyday person struggling to survive. Taibbi examines the injustice in the justice system from every level.

The Divide offers a startling look at how income plays a role in every aspect of our lives. The Wealth Gap is real, and the injustices that accompany it are horrifying.

Review by Lauren McFall, SWC Librarian

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Otay Mesa Library Open House

Yesterday, the Otay Mesa Library staff welcomed students and visitors to the Otay Mesa Open House.

Students discover information about the year they were born.

The Open House featured local author (and former SWC librarian) Diane Gustafson. She provided insight about the process of writing a book, and she answered questions from attendees.

Author Diane Gustafson speaks with students at the OM Library

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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Saturday, May 16 - Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Finish up that research paper and study for your finals!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Reference Book of the Week

World Cultural Leaders of the 20th and 21st Centuries 
By Jennifer Durham Bass
Call number: Reference NX 456 D885 2007

Students seeking a concise, easy-to-read, biographical reference source will find the World Cultural Leaders of the 20th and 21st Century a useful option. In addition to offering information about world cultural leaders, this resource includes two volumes of user-friendly entries, arranged alphabetically by last name.

The volumes include 550 culturally influential icons throughout the world in a plethora of areas of achievement to include: Television personalities, actors, playwrights, dancers and choreographers, film directors and producers, writers, composers and conductors, painters, poets, and musicians to name a few. Many entries include illustrations and cover the individual’s works and contributions, achievements, career path, and various other interesting facts.

Review by Tanya Carr, SWC Librarian