Thursday, January 18, 2018

Patient No More: People with Disabilities Securing Civil Rights

The Southwestern College Library is proud to present: Patient No More: People with Disabilities Securing Civil Rights.

The exhibit is located in the west wing of the second (main) floor of the Library and will be available to view from January 16 - March 15, 2018.

Patient No More: People with Disabilities Securing Civil Rights is presented by the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University, made possible with support from California Humanities, the Southwest San Diego County Lions Club, the SWC Foundation, SWC Library, and traveled by Exhibit Envoy. Learn more about the exhibit and the history of the 504 protests at

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Beyond the Meme: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yesterday, as the nation remembered and celebrated the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., you may have seen many inspiring memes with quotes by Dr. King posted in your social media.

Did the memes make you curious to know more about the Civil Rights Movement leader?

The SWC Library owns many books, e-books, and videos about King and the Civil Rights Movement. The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement by Taylor Branch is just one of the many books you can check out for four weeks with your SWC photo ID card.

Another great source to learn more about Dr. King is the SWC Library's database called Biography in Context. In one place, you can find primary sources, speeches, videos, images, sermons, academic journal articles, and more about Dr. King.

Did you see memes like the one above quoting Dr. King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail? Check out a copy of this work in its entirety from the Library and read more.

"I am in Birmingham because injustice is here," declared Martin Luther King, Jr. He had come to that city of racist terror convinced that massive protest could topple Jim Crow. But the insurgency faltered. To revive it, King made a sacrificial act on Good Friday, April 12, 1963: he was arrested. Alone in his cell, reading a newspaper, he found a statement from eight "moderate" clergymen who branded the protests extremist and "untimely." King drafted a furious rebuttal that emerged as the "Letter from Birmingham Jail"--A work that would take its place among the masterpieces of American moral argument alongside those of Thoreau and Lincoln. His insistence on the urgency of "Freedom Now" would inspire not just the marchers of Birmingham and Selma, but peaceful insurgents from Tiananmen to Tahrir Squares. Scholar Jonathan Rieder delves deeper than anyone before into the Letter-illuminating both its timeless message and its crucial position in the history of civil rights. Rieder has interviewed King's surviving colleagues, and located rare audiotapes of King speaking in the mass meetings of 1963. Gospel of Freedom gives us a startling perspective on the Letter and the man who wrote it: an angry prophet who chastised American whites, found solace in the faith and resilience of the slaves, and knew that moral appeal without struggle never brings justice--Publisher description.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Online student? Join us for a free orientation!

Free orientations for online students begin on January 25!

These orientations are designed for students who may be new to online learning or to the Canvas interface.

We are offering both face-to-face and online Zoom sessions -- please click on the schedule below to view the dates, times, and locations.

No need to sign up -- just be on time!

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Get out of the rain!

The SWC Library is open 8 am - 6 pm today.

Stop by the Library to dry off and take home a fun book to read!

Image from page 131 of "Journeys through Bookland : a new and original plan for reading applied to the world's best literature for children" (1922)

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Welcome Back!

The SWC Chula Vista Campus Library is open!

SWC Chula Vista Campus Library
January Intersession Hours 
(Jan 2 - Jan 26, 2018)
Monday - Thursday: 8 am - 6 pm
Friday: 8 am - 2 pm
Saturday - Sunday: Closed

Consult our website for detailed January Intersession open hours for Chula Vista, San Ysidro, and Otay Mesa libraries.

Friday, December 08, 2017

SWC Libraries Are Closed

SWC Libraries are closed from Saturday, December 9, 2017 to January 1, 2018.

The Library will be open for Intersession beginning January 2, 2018. 

Have a safe and happy winter break!

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

What are ballot measures? What do they mean for you?

Ballot Measures Database

The Ballot Measure Database is part of the much larger National Conference of State Legislatures website. This database "includes all statewide ballot measures, starting over a century ago" from all types of state elections: General, Primary, and Special.

New ballot measures are added to the database when they qualify to be listed on a state's ballot. They are marked "Pass" or "Fail" as soon as election results are available. Browse by State and/or Topic and limit by date. This is a very useful site for anyone interested in locating state issues that have appeared on a state ballot in the last 100 plus years.

Here is an example of recent ballot measures in California in the areas of drugs/alcohol/ and tobacco policy (Source: NCSL):

Cigarette Tax Increase Amendment
Proposition 56
Election: General - 2016
Type: Initiative
Status: Pass (Yes votes: 62.9% unofficial)
Topic Areas: Drug/Alcohol/Tobacco Policy | Health | Tax & Revenue
Summary: Click for Summary
Increases cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack, with equivalent increase on other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes containing nicotine. Allocates revenues primarily to increase funding for existing healthcare programs; also for tobacco use prevention/control programs, tobacco-related disease research and law enforcement, University of California physician training, dental disease prevention programs, and administration. Excludes these revenues from Proposition 98 funding requirements. If tax causes decreased tobacco consumption, transfers tax revenues to offset decreases to existing tobacco-funded programs and sales tax revenues. Requires biennial audit.

Legalization of Marijuana for Adults Over 21
Proposition 64
Election: General - 2016
Type: Initiative
Status: Pass (Yes votes: 55.8% unofficial)
Topic Areas: Business & Commerce | Drug/Alcohol/Tobacco Policy | Tax & Revenue
Summary: Click for Summary
Legalizes marijuana and hemp under state law. Designates state agencies to license and regulate marijuana industry. Imposes state excise tax on retail sales of marijuana equal to 15% of sales price, and state cultivation taxes on marijuana of $9.25 per ounce of flowers and $2.75 per ounce of leaves. Exempts medical marijuana from some taxation. Establishes packaging, labeling, advertising, and marketing standards and restrictions for marijuana products. Allows local regulation and taxation of marijuana. Prohibits marketing and advertising marijuana to minors. Authorizes resentencing and destruction of records for prior marijuana convictions