Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Chinese Brush Painting Display in the Library

According to the Chinese Brush Painting Society of San Diego, "As artists, Chinese brush painters compare better with Western musicians than with Western painters" because of constant practice, virtuosity and interpretation establishing the artistry, and the necessity to be in complete command.

"You do not see a Chinese brush painter with brushes, paints and paper in front of a landscape scene. . . .Having absorbed the scene, (he) goes to the studio and paints from his mind."

Southwestern College Library is honored to host a display of this art, including the delicate pottery masterpieces of Amy Liu, from February 22 through April 23.

Monday, February 06, 2006

New databases!
Southwestern College Library now offers access to Daily Life through History & World Cultures Today. This online electronic database provides information regarding the daily lives of people from civilizations and cultures of the past and the present.

Daily Life through History is an interwoven collection of primary documents, reference works, monographs, images, maps, illustrations, and time lines depicting essential activities of daily life across the globe and throughout history. This monumental product comprises fascinating yet simple detail.

For questions on dating customs in Indonesia to leisure time in Kenya, World Cultures Today provides the answers. Thematic organization makes studying a wealth of topics - arts, food, clothing, lifestyle, religion, holidays, language, worldview - simple and effective.

To access this database and other electronic resources visit the library webpage

Do you need to practice your basic skills in Math, Reading or Writing? Looking for test preparation materials for nursing, paramedic, EMT, real estate or a civil service position? Southwestern College library can provide you with access to Learning Express Online Library database.

The Learning Express Library is an online collection of practice tests and study aides on a variety of topics. Just some of the many practice tests available include: ASVAB, GED, SAT & ACT preparation, law enforcement practice tests, TOEFL , and U.S. citizenship practice review.
The Learning Express Library also includes basic reading, writing, and math skills improvement for adults along with resume and interviewing success materials. A "skills improvement" section is also included with Spanish language instruction.

For access to all the practice tests, tutorials and other materials visit the library webpage http://www.swc.cc.ca.us/~library/articles.htm and select the Learning Express Online Practice Tests. The first time you use Learning Express, you will need to sign in as a “New User”. Enter in the account number ID 10258 and create you own username and password that will allow you use Learning Express from both on and off campus.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

The deadline for the essay contest is near!!

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 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