Sorry for the lack of posts lately. It was a busy summer in the library! Now that we are starting a new year, its time to update our followers. This summer we received many donations which may be of interest. Come by to take a look or search our online catalog for some of your favorite topics. Also this summer, we moved quite a few materials over to our storage unit. If you’re looking for something and can’t find it, that may be why. Please ask our staff about finding materials in storage. Its easier than you think.
Orientation this year was amazing. The updated schedule included both a library informational session, and a tour. We were so pleased to get this precious time with incoming students and better acquaint them with library resources. Do you need a refresher on library resources? If so please come by. We are happy to give tours and go over everything from books to databases and more!!
Last Wednesday was Constitution day. Our librarian Elsa Loftis made an awesome “cosmo quiz” with a twist. Which founding father would you have voted for? If you took a current citizenship test, would you get deported? These quizzes added a fun element to our yearly celebration and we hope to have more people in next year! This week starts off banned books week, a national holiday celebrating the freedom to read without censorship. What are some of your favorite banned books? Elsa likes Of Human Bondage by W. Somerset Maugham and Ash enjoys the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Other notable banned books include: The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lolita, The Color Purple, The Harry Potter series and much much more. To learn more about banned books, and to see a list of things that have been banned, you can visit http://www.bannedbooksweek.org !!!
-Ash Ward (Your friendly OCAC library worker)
Last week our Librarian Elsa went to the library of Congress!!! She brought us back some near pictures from her visit. Take a look.
Elsa in the card catalog
Library of Congress card catalog
Last week we spoke a bit about the amazing donation of John Gray’s estate. This week, we’d like to give you the list to browse. While it is always better to hold the books in your hands, you can at least get a sneak peek of the titles here on our Library Thing donations catalog. If you aren’t familiar with Library Thing, prepare to be wowed!
The collection is a great addition to our ceramics section, featuring Native American works with a focus of earth, heritage, and tradition.
Just a few of our amazing title additions:
Indian Stories and Storytellers
From This Earth
OCAC library has long been the proud recipient of book donations. Artists and fond members of the art community have graciously bestowed the library with many of the treasures it has today. We have received quite the collection covering all of the realms of craft the college offers. This year alone we have been gifted numerous books in fantastic condition, including 42 generously donated volumes from John Gray’s estate.
John Gray (1919-2012) was known for developing some of the state’s most prominent resorts, including Sunriver, and Salishan, as well as redeveloping the John’s Landing district in Southwest Portland. He was also a major force in founding the Skamania Lodge in the Columbia River Gorge area. Later in life, he became known regionally for his philanthropic efforts. Gray was born in Ontario and raised in Monroe.
Gray had a passion for Native American artwork, and the works that were bequeathed to the library focus heavily on the pottery of Southwestern American tribes, including Pueblo figurative pottery, Northwestern tribes’ totem poles, and much more.
Please come to the library to use these wonderful resources and appreciate the generosity of an important member of our Oregon community.
Each year the senior class works hard on their thesis work and paper. Going on now in the Hoffman Gallery are the thesis orals , the most rigorous test our students go through. Each week a new group of the student class will have their work up for display in the gallery. Come by each week so that you do not miss out on all the amazing exhibitions. Week two’s exhibition showing now!
As more and more of our world becomes digital, the world of hacking becomes a much larger threat. Many people are worried about the newest bug on the internet, Heartbleed.
While there is a lot of technical explanation out there, the important information to know is that Heartbleed is not affecting your home computer. The bug affects primarily software that provides online services. So be aware, things such as facebook, online banking, turbo tax etc. may have been compromised. It is suggested that all users change their online passwords AFTER a site has been cleared for Heartbleed. You can check which sites have been cleared here.
It is recommended that you change all passwords, even for sites like facebook, where you might have even the slightest personal information stored.
For a comprehensive look at what Heartbleed is you may read up in the news or check out C|NET’s article.
*Update*If you use the following common sites, it is now safe to change your passwords: