Web Tutorials Available Now!

One of the biggest complaints we receive here at OCAC library is that people wish they had known about the online databases sooner. A lot of students, especially seniors, find these valuable resources after they have already completed a major project!


Your librarian Elsa, has made several video tutorials so that you can easily search the online databases from home. Whether you’re needing text or images, working within art or science, you can find everything you need and find tutorials to help guide your searches. All you need to get started is your library card.

From the OCAC main page (ocac.edu) you can go to the campus life tab, and find the library in the drop down menu. This will take you to an info page on the library. From there you can click Library Website which will take you to the library hub. Everything you need is here. You can get started right away by clicking on the databases tab, or you can click the web tutorials tab to get some better information on specific databases like Art Grove, ARTStor, other databases. Here you can even watch a brief tutorial on how to use the online catalog. You can also come into the library for further information or to learn some advanced searching tips.

HERE’S A DIRECT LINK!!!  https://sites.google.com/a/ocac.edu/library/web-tutorials



OCAC’s Alum Published in this Month’s Modern Painters

OCAC Alum: Larissa Hammond was just published in the December issue of Modern Painters Magazine as one of the 25 artists to watch in the upcoming year. This year’s picks, including Larissa, were nominated by artists already established in the art sphere. Chosen by a peer, she was selected to submit a piece and a short bio which you may read any time this month in the Library. Come see how she uses philosophy and mathematics in her creative process, or simply come by to leave her a message of congratulations. Please join us in recognizing Larissa, a talented artists and friend of OCAC Library, in her major publication achievement. 

Yarn Bombing In Portland

Thank you to all those who came to the library’s first knitting circle yesterday! It was so much fun to have sit ‘n knit with some of the students and get to know the members of our OCAC community a bit more.


In honor of knitting, this week we would like to delve into the young world of knit graffiti. Knit graffiti or yarn bombing is the act of reclaiming the public sphere with knitting. Often swooping in on statues, telephone poles, bicycle racks and more, knitters world wide leave their mark. Below some local knitters yarn bombed Portland’s very own Kvinneakt statue downtown. They covered the statue in a snowflake shawl and leg warmers to keep her warm this holiday season.


Seward Johnson’s Allow Me statue downtown is often graffitied with knit as well. Check out this cool sweater.


To learn more about knit graffiti and the yarn bombing movement come into the library or check out the library databases.