Friday, May 22, 2009

Library Summer Hours

Southwestern College library will reopen on Monday June 8th at 8:00 am for our summer session.

Our summer session hours will be Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. till 6:30 p.m.

SWC Library Streaming Media Collection

Two new titles have been added to our Films on Demand collection of instructional videos that can be streamed and viewed from your computer desktop.

Outbreak in Asia: How a Flu Pandemic Is Born and Outbreak in America: When the Flu Pandemic Hits Home are part of a two part series that provides dramatization and researched information about influenza as a global pandemic.

Our Films on Demand collection include instructional titles exploring topics in career and job searching, child development, health, psychology and sociology.

You must be a currently enrolled student to access the Films on Demand service.

ARTstor - Contemporary Art Collection

More than 4,300 images from the Larry Qualls archive of comtemporary art are now available in the ARTstor Digital Library.

ARTstor is digitizing more than 100,000 images from Qualls' archive, documenting three decades of contemporary art exhibitions at galleries and other exhibition spaces throughout New York City and elsewhere.

To view this collection: go to the ARTstor Digital Library, browse by collection, and click "Contemporary Art from the Larry Qualls Archive"; or enter the Keyword Search: qualls.

To view ARTstor from off campus locations you need to create an ARTstor account at from any on campus computer.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

This Week in CQ Researcher

Reproductive Ethics by Marcia Clemmitt, May 15, 200
Should fertility medicine be regulated more tightly?

Nadya Suleman, an unemployed, 33-year-old, single mother from Southern California, felt her six children weren’t enough. Last January, after a fertility doctor implanted six embryos she had frozen earlier, Suleman gave birth to octuplets – and was quickly dubbed “Octomom.” Many fertility experts were shocked that a doctor would depart so far from medical guidelines – which recommend implantation of only one, or at most two, embryos for a woman of Suleman’s relatively young age.

Although multiple births often do result from in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted-reproduction technologies, the number of multiples has dropped over the past few years, they point out. Other analysts note, however, that government statistics show a large percentage of clinics frequently ignore the guidelines on embryo implantation. In response, lawmakers in several states have introduced proposals to increase regulation of fertility clinics.

  • Should fertility medicine be regulated more vigorously?
  • Should parents be allowed to choose their babies’ characteristics, such as gender?
  • Should doctors be able to refuse ART services to gay, older or single people?

To read this article and others visit our Articles and Databases webpage and click on CQ Researcher. Select the Remote Access link for information on how to access this resource from off campus locations.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Economic Stimulus Website

The website lets citizens track most of the $787 billion in economic stimulus spending authorized in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

This website was created to increase transparency and accountability by featuring “information on how the Act is working, tools to help you hold the government accountable, and up-to-date data on the expenditure of funds.”

There are going to be a few different ways to search for information. The money is being distributed by Federal agencies, and soon you'll be able to see where it's going -- to which states, to which congressional districts, even to which Federal contractors."

The website links to a video from President Obama as well as announcements, contact information, and answers to frequently asked questions concerning economic recovery plans and activities.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Extended Hours for Finals

Beginning Monday, May 11, the Library will be open extended hours for finals.

Spring Finals - Extended Hours: May 11-May 20, 2009
Monday May 11 - Thursday May 14: 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday May 15: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday May 16: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday May 17: Closed

Monday May 18 - Wednesday May 20: 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Thursday May 21: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Friday May 22: 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

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Friday, May 01, 2009

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

Stop by the third floor of the Library to take a look at our display of books related to the history, experience, and contributions of Asian-Pacific Americans.

We have many other books available - ask at the Reference Desk for assistance. Items may be checked out for 4 weeks with your current student photo ID.

For more information:

Library of Congress: Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian Nation: Celebrate APA Month

Librarians' Index to the Internet: Sites about APA Heritage Month

U.S. Census Bureau Fact Sheet: Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month