Thursday, April 16, 2015

They're Baaaack! (Research Workshops in April & May)

Drop-in research workshops are back! These 50-minute workshops cover seven research-related topics: narrowing your research topic, using the library catalog to find books, searching for articles in online databases, evaluating websites, advanced Google search techniques, how to avoid plagiarizing your sources, and citation formats (MLA/APA/ASA).

Find the schedule of workshops here and make plans to attend!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Borrowing Course Textbooks? Activate Your Library Privileges First

Welcome to the Spring 2015 semester! The library’s busiest place at this time of the year is most likely the circulation desk (“Circ”) – the front desk as you enter the library – where you can activate your library privileges and check out textbooks kept in course reserves.

Activating your library privileges:
Bring in your current Rio Hondo College ID to the circulation desk to be verified in the library system. Once your status is updated for Spring 2015, you can check out circulating books and use in-house materials such as course reserves, videos, CDs, laptops and headphones.

Check out textbooks from course reserves:
Many (not all) instructors loan us a copy of their textbook for use by their students. These textbooks are kept in course reserves behind the Circ desk. If you know your textbook is in the course reserve collection or want the Circ staff to do a quick check, you can present your activated student ID at the circulation desk and tell the Circ staff the course number and book title and, even more helpful, your instructor’s name. All textbooks are 2-hour use inside the library only.

Alternatively, you can check whether the library has a copy of your textbook by using the online catalog. Start by clicking on “Reserve Desk” in the left column of the catalog and then search by one of three methods: by Course Name (e.g., College Composition), Course Number (e.g., ENGL 101), or Instructor Name (e.g., Reilly). The catalog will give you a list of the textbooks the library has for that course or instructor. You can also ask a reference librarian for help or call the reference desk at 562-908-3484.



                                                               

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Get Personalized Research Help Dec. 1-4 in LR-230


Monday, November 03, 2014

Drop-In Research Workshops in November

Just in time for you to meet your research paper deadlines, the library is offering seven drop-in workshops on topics ranging from choosing and refining a research topic to advance Google searching, and even MLA citation formats. The 50-minute workshops will include a hands-on component.

Take a look at the schedule and attend one or more! (Make sure you also scroll down to the second calendar to see what's offered when.) If you want to arrange for a time and topic that's not on the schedule, you must have at least four people in your group. Please contact the reference desk at 562-908-3484, email librarian@riohondo.edu, or talk to a librarian at the reference desk for more information or to set up a workshop for your group.



 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

A New Face at Reference


We are delighted to welcome our newest full-time librarian! Irene Truong joined the RHC librarian faculty at the start of the new school year. She earned her master's degree in information and library science from UCLA and has worked previously at the libraries in East Los Angeles College (ELAC), Pasadena City College (PCC), 20th Century Fox Research Library, and most recently in Marymount California University. Her undergraduate degree is from CSU-Long Beach where she majored in English  with a concentration in creative writing.

She has hit the ground running, already teaching several library instruction sessions in the first four weeks of the semester. Drop by the reference desk and say hello to Irene and the rest of your friendly reference librarians!



Thursday, May 22, 2014

Farewell, Spring Semester ... Welcome, Summer!

Spring 2014 may be over but newer, better things are taking shape in the College library.

Coming up first is the impending revamp of the Rio Hondo College website and with it a new look to the library’s webpage. The rollout date is still to be announced but the library’s URL will subsequently change from the current http://library.riohondo.edu to the new http://www.riohondo.edu/library. The library team led by librarian Adele Enright has been working hard to create a library website that will be consistent with the College’s look and format while keeping the same information now available to students and adding enhancements to the website’s functionalities.

Look for new library furniture later in the summer, thanks to a Verizon grant to purchase popular reading materials.  A variety of seating styles – all comfortable and conducive to reading – will be placed in the foyer area where the paperbacks are now kept as well as in the Tree House.

Also look for limited editions of bookmarks featuring the four winners of the Six Words Contest (“Love Your Library in Six Words”) who wrote pithy expressions of what the College library means to them. Christina Bitterman, Ignacio Gonzalez, Justine Reyes, and Jessica Vasquez each won a package of gift cards to a book store, coffee shop, and fast food restaurant for turning in the most descriptive entries out of more than 200 submissions from Reading students. They received their prizes during April’s Writes of Spring celebration. Congratulations on your great work!

If you haven’t yet made their acquaintance, drop by the reference desk to welcome our new adjunct librarians: Jennifer Bidwell, Sally Ellis, Mellanie Reeve, and Claudia Rivas. They have just completed their first semester in the Rio library where they have hit the ground running, bringing their concurrent experience in university, community college, and high school libraries to play at the reference desk and classroom instruction. They join our fine group of adjunct librarians who help enrich our students’ academic and research experience, namely Vivian Arenas-Vellanoweth, Benjamin Barba, Gabriel Beeler, Karen Bourgaize, William Enright, Carolyn Oldham, Tod Shacklett, and Gina Singh.

And as we officially end the Spring 2014 semester today, the library congratulates all graduating students and wish you all the best as you continue on to university or to your new careers. Come visit us again to let us know how you’re doing – we’d love to hear from you.




Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Librarians and staff are hard at work working on the new library website.  Want to check it out before it goes live?  Go to:  webdev1.riohondo.edu
We have been updating our library website as part of a College wide website redesign.  The College website is tentatively going live in the next few weeks.