“Most Students Don’t Know When News Is Fake, Stanford Study Finds”

According to a new Stanford study, students are having a difficult time differentiating fact from fiction as they are constantly barraged with media from varying sources, The Wall Street Journal reports here.  Furthermore, the Media Insight Group reveals in their 2015 study that by the age of 18, as many as 88% of their survey respondents regularly get new from Facebook and other social media sources.

So, there is a lot of misinformation out there, as we all know. And being “information literate” or “media literate” requires us to be vigilant in fact checking and vetting our sources.

Luckily, there are some resources you can consult to give you a hand. For example, Melissa Zimdar, Ph.D., an assistant professor of communication and media at Merrimack College is compiling a list of “False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and Satirical “News” Sources” that you can review here (it’s a work in progress). This page also includes some tips for analyzing news sources which is very helpful.

For more reading on this topic, check out this list compiled by a group of librarians: fake-news-bad-news-evaluation-resources of articles about the issue.  And as ever, feel free to talk to your librarian, Elsa, who is always happy to commiserate and help you navigate the sometimes treacherous waters of the news.

Below is a link to a video put out by a Swedish fact-checking organization called Viral Examiner, or Viralgranskaren about a false news article about the reason for a Christmas light ban. It’s an example of viral outrage in response to misinformation.




Summer’s coming…

Isn’t that great?! Although many people in our community are incredibly busy right now, the end of the semester is upon us and the glorious summer is right around the corner. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for a wonderful Spring semester, and to wish you all a happy break.

A couple reminders:

The library is open during the summer break! Please take advantage of that! Our hours are reduced, however, so please plan accordingly.

Monday-Thursday 12:00-4:00 pm

If you’re not going to be in the area during the break, please remember to return your library materials before you wander off.

Let me know if you have questions, and hope to see you this summer!




BFA Thesis Oral Exhibitions

Join us in the Hoffman Gallery today as we honor the fourth week of thesis exhibitions!

We’ve already seen some outstanding work from our graduating artists, so come check out the next batch this afternoon.

Here’s the schedule in its entirety:


Students in the college’s BFA, Certificate and Post-baccalaureate Programs spend their final year perfecting their craft in the creation of an original body of work that reflects their personal and conceptual ideas, and finely tuned craftsmanship. This entire learning experience culminates in the exhibition of their work.

Week 1 April 6-10
* Opening Reception Wednesday, April 6, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Week 2 April 13-17
* Opening Reception Wednesday, April 13, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Week 3 April 20-24
* Opening Reception Wednesday, April 20, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Week 4 April 27-May1
* Opening Reception Wednesday, April 27, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Week 5 May 4-8
Post -Baccalaureate & Certificate Exhibition
* Opening Reception Wednesday, May 4, 4:00 – 6:00pm

Happy Winter Break!

Hello OCAC!

This is to let you know that the library will be closing from December 23-January 3rd, 2016. We will reopen with regular hours on the 4th of January. In the meantime,  I hope everyone enjoys a well-deserved break after a busy and productive Fall Semester!

When the library re-opens, we will have a new interim library director, Darla Garcia! She will be at the helm of the library while I am on maternity leave until after Spring Break. Darla comes to us with a great deal of academic library experience, and she’ll be a great addition to the community at OCAC, so come and say hello!

Take care, and have a safe and happy break!


Glass Mosaic Workshop at the Tualatin Public Library

Hi everyone!

Our colleague at WCCLS (our library consortium) wanted me to spread the word about the Glass Mosaic Workshop taking place at the Tualatin Public Library

When: July 22nd, 23rd & 24th (10am-4pm)
Where: Brown’s Ferry Community Center (18880 SW Martinazzi Ave., Tualatin OR 97062   503.692.2000)
Cost: $165

In this three day workshop, broken mosaic pieces will be attached to a piece of glass that is ready to hang. Teacher Mark Brody is the author of the new book, Mosaic Garden Projects. All materials are provided in the price of the class. Registration is required. Call 503.691.3069 to sign up or visit http://www.tualatinlibrary.gov\library.

OCAC Library Summer Hours Adjustment

For the remainder of the summer, the library will be open from 12-5:00pm Monday-Thursday.

We’ll be back to our regular schedule of Monday-Friday 9-5 once Fall Semester commences August 31.
Seriously, though, when we’re open, you should come down! It’s air conditioned! Get your summer reading going!