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 to the new 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:
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.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Faculty are invited to join us for an EBSCO database (full-text articles) workshop
Thursday, May 1st 2014 at 2:30 p.m. in LR 224.

Contact Adele at 3377 for additional information

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Get a jump on those research papers! 

  • Go to AccessRio and click on Library.
  • Scroll down the Database box to see the Free Trials. 
  • Call, email, or come to the Ref Desk for help

These trial databases are a great supplement to our regular subscription databases. They are available for a limited time. For additional information contact Adele at: or another librarian.


Monday, October 07, 2013

Exercise your fREADom to read!

A new library display on the topic of Banned Books has been installed and we invite you to stop by to see it.  The timing coincides with the American Library Association's annual Banned Books Week, and the ALA and we encourage you to celebrate the fREADom to read!  Learn which titles have been most frequently challenged and/or banned in the last decade (including 2012's most challenged titles, the Captain Underpants series), and see which of them you can find right here in Rio Hondo's library. Read some of the arguments used in challenges, and see what some important thinkers have written about censorship.
Above all, Be Subversive: READ!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

News Flash: (Used) Textbook Sale!

The book sale truck in the entrance foyer of the library will have used textbooks for sale until Saturday, Oct. 5. If you're lucky, you might happen on a title that is still being used in one of the current courses this semester. Selling right now are Math, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, PE, History, and many more textbooks. The selection is updated regularly so make sure you check the book sale truck often.

Once you decide on a book to purchase, bring it to the circulation desk for payment. The minimum price for a paperback is 50 cents and for a hardcover $1.00. Now that's a real bargain!

These textbooks have been donated by students and faculty, or have been removed from the library's collection. Proceeds of our year-round book sale are used to purchase new books for the library. Come on over and save at the library!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The freshmen have arrived -- Welcome to Rio Hondo College and to the Library! We hope your educational journey here at Rio will be a rewarding and enjoyable experience.

In 1998, two professors from Beloit College in Maine created the “Mindset List” describing the world view of incoming college freshmen. As a reminder to college faculty to keep their examples and references current, it proved immensely popular both in the US and around the world and has been updated every year since. Click on this link to read this year’s Mindset List for the Class of 2017, most of whom were born in 1995. If you were born that year, see how well the list describes you!
Some highlights:

·    Dean Martin, Mickey Mantle, and Jerry Garcia have always been dead.

·    They are the sharing generation, having shown tendencies to share everything, including possessions, no matter how personal.

·    Having a chat has seldom involved talking.

·    Rites of passage have more to do with having their own cellphone and Skype accounts than with getting a driver’s license and car.

·    Threatening to shut down the government during federal budget negotiations has always been an anticipated tactic.

·    Jurassic Park has always had rides and snack bars, not free-range triceratops and velociraptors.

·    Courts have always been ordering computer network wiretaps.