Monday, September 22, 2014

Hispanic Heritage Month - Banned Books Week

They wanted to ban what?!

Stop by and visit our display in the Reference Area of the Library.

Celebrate the Right to Read!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Banned Books Week

Celebrate the Right to Read!
September 21-27, 2014

Visit our display of banned books in the Reference Area.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Salary Surfer

Want to know more about the earnings of recent graduates from California community colleges? The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office created the Salary Surfer to help provide this information to you.

The Salary Surfer uses the collected earnings of graduates from a five year period to estimate the potential wages one may earn two years and five years after receiving a certificate or degree in certain disciplines. This tool also provides information on which colleges offer programs in those specific disciplines.

While it is useful to know the potential earnings after receiving a certificate or degree, other important considerations, such as personal interest and skill, should be used in selecting an educational program.

Information about the data and the methodology used to develop the Salary Surfer is available in the documentation on the website. Contact if you have additional questions.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Check It Out

Fixing and Flipping Real Estate: Strategies for the Post-Boom Era 
By Marty Boardman
New Book Area: Call Number HD 255 B63 2013
New York: Apress, 2013!209334~!3100001~!3100002&aspect=subtab13&menu=search&ri=1&source=~!horizon&term=Fixing+and+flipping+real+estate+%3A+strategies+for+the+post-boom+era+%2F&index=ALLTITL

In this highly entertaining and informative book, Marty Boardman explains the four components of the fix-and-flip real estate business: acquisition, sales, rehab and capital acquisition.

Boardman uses specific, real world examples from his career to illustrate concepts and processes for successfully (and unsuccessfully!) flipping real estate. The book is essentially Boardman's own story: from company creation in 2002, to domination in 2006, to crisis/chaos/crash in 2008 (where he lost everything), to comeback in 2010.

The "mystery" of Boardman's "Biggest Loser" example is absolutely hilarious! Boardman received an immediate offer of $575,500 on a gorgeous flipped property ("Cosmos") in Scottsdale AZ but he decided to hold out for more money. The property had 55 showings over the next 45 days but zero offers. Stumped, Boardman contacted several of the agents who showed "Cosmos" and learned that, as one agent put it, the next door neighbor's "f-ing [non-stop barking] dog is costing you a till because the house shows great!" Boardman eventually sold the a $35,00 loss.

Whether you are interested in being a real estate investor, or simply want to know more about buying or selling a house, you will find the book highly informative and amazingly entertaining!

Books in the New Book Area are available for check out for four weeks with your SWC photo ID card.

Review by Rachael Smithey, SWC Librarian

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Website of the Week

Internet Archive Book Images

The Flickr Commons is a collection of images with no known copyright restrictions, and it is always growing. In this latest addition, it is in the process of adding, “over 14 million images from 2 million Internet Archive public domain eBooks that span over 5 centuries of content, … spanning nearly every topic imaginable. Each image includes detailed descriptions, including the subject tags of the book it came from and the text immediately surrounding it on the page. Perhaps what is most remarkable about this collection is that […] we are suddenly able to view the world’s books not as merely piles of text, but as individualized galleries of one of the richest and most diverse museums of imagery in the world.” (flickr blog, 8/29/14)

Here are some fun search examples from the blog announcement.

“Searching for love yields a myriad images of cherubs and courtship, while mortis (death) offers a glimpse into the early modern period’s fascination with the subject. A search for bird offers a vividly colorful showcase of the world’s bird species, while searching for telephone traces the invention’s history from its introduction as an electric novelty to its widespread adoption.”

Monday, September 15, 2014

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

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