Friday, December 09, 2005

Library Hours for December and January
From Monday, December 12, through Wednesday, December 21, the Library will open at 7 a.m. (thirty minutes earlier for your convenience during finals). Closing times will remain the same. The Library will close for winter break at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21.

The Library will be closed from December 22 through January 2.

During winter session, the Library will be open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. on the following days:
Tuesday, January 3, through Thursday, January 5
Monday, January 9, through Thursday, January 12 udcbljaz

The Library will be closed January 13-16 and open 1-4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17. Spring semester begins and our regular hours resume on January 18.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Friends of the Library essay contest
The Friends of the SWC Library are once again sponsoring an essay contest with up to five prizes of $100 each. Any SWC student registered for spring 2006 is eligible to enter.

This year's College Book is The Kite Runner (by Khaled Hosseini). The essay is to be written on this topic: What does the kite symbolize for Amir and his country at the beginning of the book, how does it change throughout, and what does it mean at the end?

Essays must be the student's original work, typed, double-spaced, at least one page but no more than three pages. There are two ways to submit an essay:
  • send it electronically to
  • submit it on a disk to Diane Gustafson at the Reference Desk in the Library

The student's name, student ID number, address, telephone number, and an email address (if any) must be included at the end of the essay. This information will be separated from the essay itself so the judges will not be able to identify the author. No identifiers (name, ID number, etc.) are to appear in the essay itself.

Disks and any containers will not be returned.

Prizes will be awarded at the Scholarship Awards Ceremony in May. Winning essays will be displayed in the Library and may be condensed for the scholarship program booklet.

The deadline for submitting the essays is Thursday, February 16, 2006, at 4 p.m. Late entries will not be accepted.

Please call Diane Gustafson (482-6433) if you have questions about the contest.

Note: The Library has ten copies of The Kite Runner on Reserve (call number 2811) for 7-day loans. Students checking out copies before winter break must return them on January 3.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Mannie Kugler's art on display in Library Gallery East
"Abstract Expressionism has become a passion for me. I love the feeling of painting on canvas and the process of creating. Moving the paint and allowing the image to reveal itself is my goal. When I have created a cohesive and vibrant painting, I am artistically fulfilled and excited." - Mannie Kugler

Art instructor Sheila Moran says of this exhibit, " . . .(Kugler's) playful and life affirming use of colors strikes a universal cord for all that view them."

Library Gallery East is on the top floor of the Library just steps away from the busy Computer Commons but is almost another world. Here you can study quietly, gaze out the windows at the mountains in the distance, and enjoy the beauty of these works of art.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Free access to more than 376,000 digital images!

The New York Public Library Digital Gallery provides access to images digitized from primary sources and rare items in the NYPL collection.

Would you like to see a photograph of John Wilkes Booth, the actor who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln? All you have to do is type his name in the search box.

This is another example of resources available to you even when the Library is closed.

Would you like to try this for yourself? Just click here.

Monday, October 24, 2005

10,000 Books on Your Computer!
It's 3 a.m. and you can't sleep. You could do some work, but you didn't get to the Library to check out books on your subject.

If you have a computer with Internet, you have access to more than 10,000 books. Free!

Diane Gustafson is presenting a one-hour, hands-on introduction to electronic books on Friday, October 28, 2-3 p.m., in L244. Flex, hurdle, and educational incentive credit are available for faculty and staff.

Students are welcome, too! (Ask your instructor if you can get extra credit for this.)

But you must let Staff Development know you are coming! (If no one registered, the class might be cancelled and you would be disappointed.) Call ext. 5678.

Winners of copies of Kite Runner
The following have won copies of the College Book for spring semester, Kite Runner. All who voted for any of the four finalist books were entered into a drawing.

The winners are students Alejandra Carbajal, Clarissa Salinas, Armida Noriega, Deborah Fita, and Janette Marangan and faculty/staff members Irene Plummer, Anna Banda, Fredric Ball, JoAnn Forbes, and Laura Arana.

The College Book Committee thanks Staff Development for providing the prize copies.

Monday, October 17, 2005

The College Book is Kite Runner!
Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini has been chosen as the College Book for spring semester. Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote. Those who did will be entered into a drawing for ten copies of Kite Runner (and it doesn't matter which book you voted for). The names of the winners will be announced soon.

Coming soon will be suggested classroom activities for faculty and a list of events in conjunction with the book, including film showings and an essay contest sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Help for instructors of online, hybrid, and web-enhanced classes

Faculty, invest just one hour and discover a wealth of resources for you and your students! Karen Smith will show you e-books, databases and Internet subject guides -- all available from off-campus. You'll learn how to create a web page or electronic link (and post it or e-mail to it), links to Library pages, linking to actual books or articles, etc. Both you and your students will benefit!

Class # 106.3 will be offered on Wednesday, October 19, 2-3 p.m. in L-244. Register by calling ext. 5678. Flex, hurdle, and educational incentive credit is available.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Don't forget to vote for the College Book!
The last day to vote is Friday, October 14 (note the extension to the deadline). The following week, we'll announce the winning book as well as the names of the ten people who will each get a free copy of that book. (It doesn't matter which of the four titles you voted for; your name will be put into the drawing.)

Scroll down to read about the four books which have been nominated. Students, please vote by paper ballot in the Library, Bookstore, or Academic Success Center. Faculty and staff can vote electronically through Outlook.

The winning book will be used across the curriculum in spring semester. We'll have films, an essay contest, and other activities related to the winning title.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Finalists for College Book
Each fall the entire campus has the opportunity to vote for the College Book, a book which can be used across the curriculum in spring semester and about which activities such as film showings and an essay contest are held.

A campus-wide committee has read the nominated books over the summer and now is announcing the four finalists.

The four finalists, copies of which are on Reserve in the Library and for sale in the Bookstore are:

Kite Runner (a novel) is the story of two boys, son of a wealthy family and son of their servant, in 1970s Afghanistan. Years later the former returns from refuge in America to his homeland, now ruled by the Taliban, where he must face his earlier betrayal of his best friend.

The Poisonwood Bible (a novel) starts out in 1959 when a Baptist missionary takes his wife and four daughters to a remote African village where they encounter poisonous snakes, wild animals, hostile villagers, rebels, and war.

The Unwanted: a memoir of childhood is a true story written by the son of an American man and a Vietnamese woman. When Saigon fell to the Viet Cong, the family endured hardships because of their previous wealth and the boys were scorned for being biracial.

Warriors Don't Cry is the true story of the integration of Little Rock's Central High in 1957 by nine black students, one of whom is the author. The students suffered physical, mental, and emotional abuse from not only other students but parents as well.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Internet Archive – Wayback Machine

As the number of new dot com failures has risen, previously existing Web sites have ceased operations and their information content has vanished into the Web's past. Web pages were created, changed, and died, with no record of those pages being retained.

The Internet Archive has been storing Web pages , including graphics files, since 1996 from publicly accessible Web sites. With the October 2001 launch of the Wayback Machine, this huge archive is now freely available to the Web public.

The Wayback Machine is a front end to the Internet Archive's collection of public Web pages. It includes more than 100 terabytes of date. The Wayback Machine provides access to this wealth of data by URLs. It is not text searchable—a user needs to know the exact URL of a particular Web page, or at least the Web site, to be able to enter the archive.

There are many uses for the archive from the Wayback Machine. It is a great source to find the information on pages when the page or host itself is unavailable. When you come across a "404 not found" or similar message on the Web, just check on the Wayback Machine to find a copy of the page as it used to look.

Historical researchers can now view significant portions of the Web as it existed at various times from 1996 to the present. Sources lost because of complex URL shifting can be found by their old URL on the Wayback Machine. To checkout this Internet archive of vanished web pages visit

Friday, August 26, 2005

An exciting new database
The Library now offers access to In the First Person, an index to letters, diaries, oral histories, and personal narratives. It includes more than 2500 collections of oral histories in English from around the world. By the end of this year, there will be 350,000 pages of full-text material available to you.

For example, if you were writing a research paper on Crazy Horse, a prominent Sioux leader from the nineteenth century, you could search for his name in In the First Person and find a 1930 interview of Red Feather, his contemporary.

This interview would offer a different perspective from a book written much later by someone who had never met Crazy Horse. It would help you to write a better research paper.

In the First Person can be accessed from theLibrary's Articles and Databases page. Try it out, and let the librarians know what you think of it.

Monday, August 22, 2005

New Database for Controversial Topics!
Are you planning to give a speech or write a paper on a controversial topic? The Library has a new database that will help you choose a topic and understand the arguments on both sides of the issue.The Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center gives you online access to the Opposing Viewpoints book series published by Greenhaven Press. In addition to the pro/con chapters from these books, the database also includes statistics, primary documents, links to websites, and full-text periodical articles. The database is an excellent place to choose a topic or start your research.You may access the database at the library or you may use it from anywhere off-campus with the current password. Contact us for more information.
Off-campus access to databases:
Each semester the passwords for off-campus access to our databases change. Faculty, staff, and currently-enrolled students may have the new ones. To get the new passwords from the Reference Desk in the Library, a student must have a current semester sticker (available at the One-Stop Center or at the Student Activities Office in the Student Center) and a SWC photo ID card (available at the Student Activities Office).

Students, faculty, and staff may request the passwords online and have them sent to the requester's email address. The Library staff will first verify current enrollment for a student request.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

When will the Library be open between the end of summer session (August 11) and the start of fall semester (August 22)?

Closed from Friday, August 12, through Tuesday, August 16.

Open 1 - 4 p.m. from Wednesday, August 17, through Friday, August 19, and closed the weekend of August 20-21.

The Library will open at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, August 22, the first day of fall semester.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

"Vibrant use of color defining the landscape of the face"

That is how our latest display has been described. Sheila Moran's Art 100 class has generously loaned us approximately fifteen self-studies until the beginning of fall semester. Come into the Library and see these beautiful pieces on the main floor near Circulation and Reference.

Monday, July 18, 2005

Are you looking for books in Spanish?

Unlike public libraries, which have books in a particular foreign language shelved together, the Southwestern College Library shelves by subject. Therefore, a Spanish-language book about Mexican history would be found with Mexican history books in English.

Fiction (novels, poetry) in Spanish have call numbers beginning with PQ, and most are on the third floor. So, Isabel Allende's Hija de la Fortuna will be found next to Daughter of Fortune.

And speaking of Allende, her latest novel, Zorro, is available in our library in both Spanish and English. However, they are in the New Book Shelf section on the main floor near the entrance.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

E-books are convenient, easy to use, and (best of all) free!

Electronic books (e-books) are available to all SWC students, faculty, and staff. E-books are just like regular books -- the only difference is that they've been scanned into the computer. The SWC e-book collection is like having a library of 10,000 books in your own home.

To start using e-books, you must first create an account from on campus. This takes about a minute or two. From any SWC computer, go to and click on "create a free account." Once you've set up an account, you will be able to access the e-book collection from any Internet-accessible computer.

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Closed July 4th

The Library will be closed on Monday, July 4th, in observance of Independence Day. We will resume our regular hours Tuesday, July 5th.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

New Database for Controversial Topics!

Are you planning to give a speech or write a paper on a controversial topic? The library has a new database that will help you choose a topic and understand the arguments on both sides of the issue.

The Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center gives you online access to the Opposing Viewpoints book series published by Greenhaven Press. In addition to the pro/con chapters from these books, the database also includes statistics, primary documents, links to websites, and full-text periodical articles. The database is an excellent place to choose a topic or start your research.

You may access the database at the library or you may use it from anywhere off-campus with the current password. Contact us for more information.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Welcome to Summer Session!

The library is a great place to sit down, cool off, and get a head start on your work.

In addition to our 150+ computers, we have more than 20 group study rooms and lots of quiet study areas. The campus is wireless -- so you can bring along your laptop and work without disruption in one of the third floor study carrels.

We're open from 7:30 in the morning until 8 pm, Monday through Thursday. Librarians, computer commons staff, and library technical assistants are here and ready to help!

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Memorial Day Observance

The Library will be closed Monday, May 30th, in observance of Memorial Day.

We will be open for limited hours during the intersession:
  • Tuesday, May 31: CLOSED
  • Wednesday, June 1: Open 1-4 pm
  • Thursday, June 2: Open 1-4 pm
  • Friday, June 3: Open 1-4 pm
  • Saturday & Sunday, June 4-5: CLOSED

Regular summer hours begin Monday, June 6.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Improve your grades and impress your friends... learn to be a research virtuoso!

Sign up for CIS 151/LIB 151 - Research Using the Internet. This one unit class is offered online this summer (6/13/05 - 8/11/05), so you won't have to worry about fighting traffic or finding a parking place.

You will learn strategies for finding information from a wide range of sources on the Internet. You wll also learn about evaluating the information you find, as well as how to cite it. Skills you gain in this class should give you the tools to excel in other classes, especially the next time you are asked to write a paper or prepare a speech.

For more information about taking an online class, visit the Online Learning section of the SWC website. Find out if an online class is for you.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Get ready for summer!

Now that you've registered for your summer classes, get a jumpstart on planning and take note of the Library's summer hours. We're here to help with all of your research and studying needs.

Intersession Hours (June 1, 2, 3 only)
Special hours: 1 - 4 pm

Summer Hours (June 6 - August 11, 2005)
Monday - Thursday: 7:30 am - 8:00 pm
(closed Fri, Sat, Sun)

Don't forget, the Library is open special extended hours right now for spring semester finals. The extended hours will continue May 16 - May 27, 2005.

Friday, May 06, 2005

60th Anniversary of Nazi Defeat

This weekend, President Bush will join Tony Blair, Gerhard Schroeder, Vladimir Putin, and other world leaders in Russia to commemorate the 6oth anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis and the end of World War II. Last month, ceremonies were held to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany.

To find out more about this important chapter in world history, stop by the library or visit a few of these websites:

Books in the SWC Library:

Monday, May 02, 2005

Extended Hours for Finals!

Putting the finishing touches on your paper? Studying for that important final exam? Good news! The Library will have extended hours during the last two weeks of Spring semester.

  • Extended Hours (May 16-27, 2005):
    Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    Friday: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    Sunday: Closed

Remember, extended hours will be for the final two weeks of the semester only -- May 16-27, 2005.

The Library will be closed May 28-31. It will reopen for special limited hours June 1-3.

For more information about our hours of operation, please visit the library website.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Yokohama Photo Exhibit

The Yokohama Photo Exhibit is on display until May 30th in the Library.

Come see original photos and artwork that trace the lives of settlers in Yokohama in the 1860s. This exhibit is co-sponsored by the Japan Society of San Diego and Tijuana and the SWC School of Languages and Humanities.

Monday, April 18, 2005

New! Historical Newspaper Articles Available Online

The New York Times and Los Angeles Times Historical Newspaper databases are unique full-image archives that include the entire historical run of the New York Times, the definitive voice of American journalism since 1851. It offers complete coverage from 1851-2001.

The Los Angeles Times archive offers a window on the history of Western expansion and immigration and chronicles the development of Los Angeles, California, and the Pacific Rim, as well as the West's major industries, including film and entertainment. Coverage dates begin with the newspaper’s founding in 1881 through 1984.

As part of the ProQuest Historical Newspapers program, the database delivers every page of every issue from cover to cover, with full-page and article images in downloadable PDF files. Researchers can search every issue to locate information or they can browse through issues page by page, as one would browse a printed edition.

ProQuest Historical New York Times & Los Angeles Times Newspapers: Try them both out in the library or from any Internet accessible computer on campus.

The Historical New York Times and Los Angeles Times newspapers gives researchers quick, accurate Web access to history as it was reported by the nation’s leading newspapers with:

  • Complete coverage of the NY Times from 1851-2001
  • Complete coverage of the LA Times from 1881-1984
  • Photos, maps, graphics, etc.
  • Display and classified ads
  • Comics and cartoons
  • Editorials and commentary

For off campus access visit our remote access webpage and relive America’s past .

Friday, April 15, 2005

New Library Employee

Please welcome aboard our new library assistant, Debbie Peckenpaugh, next time you’re in visiting the library. Debbie has worked as media specialist at Lemon Grove Middle School.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Open House and Library Tours - Saturday, April 16, 2005

Southwestern College is hosting an Open House this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come to the campus to tour new buildings, including the Library building (which opened in Jan, 2003). There will also be information about SWC's programs and services, as well as entertainment provided by student performance groups. We hope to see you there!

Monday, April 11, 2005

Biographies: Treats from the New Book Shelf

When we receive new books, they’re shelved on the New Book Shelf (by the entrance). The next time you’re browsing these shelves for something new to read, don’t forget to look at the biographies. We’ve received several good ones lately… here are just a few!

Kiss Me Like a Stranger by Gene Wilder (New Book Shelf PN2287.W458 A2 2005)
Most people have seen Gene Wilder’s unforgettable performance as Willy Wonka in the movie adaptation of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. In this autobiography, Wilder writes about that role, as well as the rest of his repertoire of movies. He also writes about his marriage to Gilda Radner and her struggle with ovarian cancer. His accessible writing style is engaging and funny. After finishing the book, you might find yourself renting some of his old movies, starting with Young Frankenstein.

I Feel Good by James Brown (New Book Shelf ML420.B818 A3 2005)
In his second memoir, Brown discusses the cultural impact his music had on Black America. One reviewer states, “Brown’s music both reflected and help create the Black Power era” (Werner, Craig. “Say it Loud.” The Washington Post. Jan 9, 2005: p. T.09). The Library also has his first memoir, James Brown, the Godfather of Soul (ML420 .B818 A3), which was published in 1986.

Other highlights:

  • Juiced: Wild times, Rampant ‘Roids, Smash Hits, and How Baseball Got Big by Jose Conseco (New Book Shelf GV865 .C313 A3 2005)
  • Celia: Mi Vida by Celia Cruz (New Book Shelf ML420 .C964 A318 2004)
  • Celia: My Life by Celia Cruz (New Book Shelf ML420 .C957 A2 2004)
  • Every Second Counts by Lance Armstrong (New Book Shelf GV1051.A77 A3 2003)

Monday, April 04, 2005

April is National Poetry Month!

Celebrate National Poetry Month by sharing a favorite poem or by discovering a new one. Find poetry books, both in print and online, using the Library Catalog. Online books are available via netLibrary ( To access online books from off-campus, create a user account.

Grouse (by Dan Gerber)

Grouse moving through the field this morning.
I can't really see them, still nothing else
parts the indolent grass this way.

Often, we know the world by what it isn't.
The physician on the trail of the disease.

Still, what we don't know
is subscribed by what we do. I think
this morning I'll walk the dog through that field.

[Available from: Southwestern College E-Book Collection ( Gerber, Dan. Trying to Catch the Horses: poems. East Lansing : Michigan State University Press, 1999.]

Friday, March 18, 2005

The Library will be closed on Thursday, March 31, for the Cesar Chavez holiday.

Thursday, March 17, 2005

The essay contest winners are (in alphabetical order by last name): Christina Browning, John Farrell, Abril Ibarra, Danny Kelleher, and Jason Lastrella. Each will receive a check for $100 at the Student Awards Ceremony on May 18. Thanks to all who entered the contest.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

The Library will be closed for spring break from 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, until 7:30 a.m. on Monday, March 28. Plan ahead! Check out books for class work or for leisure. Ask for passwords to the databases. Register for a free account to access e-books from off-campus.

Friday, February 25, 2005

We hope to notify the winners of the Friends of the Library essay contest before spring break, i.e. around March 18.

Thursday, February 17, 2005

The Library will be closed for the Presidents' Day weekend from 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 17, until 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 22.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

You can still use our resources when the Library is closed.

What if you need to do research at midnight or on Sunday afternoon? Go to Articles and Databases on our web page and see the variety of resources we have for you. You can find not only current magazines, newspapers, and professional journals, but you can read articles from nineteenth-century newspapers, check the meaning of a word in the Oxford English Dictionary, get background information from an encyclopedia, read a legal case, find literary criticism, and much, much more! However, you need passwords for off-campus access. Ask at the Reference Desk or click on Online Library on the web page, then Remote Access, and we'll send them to you via e-mail.

We also have approximately 11,000 electronic books (e-books) which can be accessed on your computer day or night. You must set up a free account on campus first, though, so next time you are in the Library, ask a librarian to help you. It will take just a few minutes.

Monday, February 14, 2005

The deadline for the Friends of the Library essay contest is this Thursday, February 17, at 4 p.m. No late entries will be accepted!

A student has asked if two references are required as for other scholarships, and the answer is "no". See the January 12 posting for all of the rules, or come to the Reference Desk for a copy.

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Expanded Library Hours!
The Library is now open earlier and later to better serve you. Our new hours are:
Monday through Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Saturday (no change) 10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Friends of the Library Essay Contest

The Friends of the Library sponsor an essay contest each year in support of the college book. This year's college book is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

Southwestern College students may enter by submitting an essay on this topic:

In the novel Christopher has several coping mechanisms, strategies that he uses to help him deal with disturbing situations. For example, he put his hands over his ears, closed his eyes, and rolled forward until he was hunched up with his forehead on the grass (page 4). Identify a couple more of his coping mechanisms and how he used them. Then write about one or two of your own and how they help you cope.

Essays must be typed, double-spaced, at least one page but no more than three pages, submitted on a floppy disk plus one copy in paper. A separate sheet must contain the student’s name, student ID number, address, telephone number, and an e-mail address if the student has one. This sheet will be separated from the essay itself so that the judges will not be able to identify the author.

Deadline is Thursday, February 17, 2005 at 4 p.m. Essays must be submitted to Diane Gustafson (482-6433) in the Library.

There will be up to five prizes of $100 each.