Thursday, September 28, 2017

Welcome to Our New Library Dean!

Dr. Jose Aguiñaga became the Dean of the Library and Instructional Support last July. He comes to Rio from Glendale Community College in Glendale, Arizona, where he headed the North campus’ Library Computer Center. Previously he was a librarian in Cal State Long Beach and the University of San Diego.

Dr. Aguiñaga serves on various committees of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a  division of the American Library Association (ALA). He is also a member of the ALA affiliate REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. He has authored articles in library journals, contributed chapters to books on the library profession, and presented at national conferences. Outside the academe, though, he wears the hat of the San Diego Padres, of which he is an avid fan.

We are delighted to welcome him to the Rio family and to the library. Say hello to him when you see him around campus!

Paperback Sale -- Oct. 2-9, 2017

The library will offer paperbacks for sale in the library lobby from Monday, Oct. 2nd, 8:30am, through Monday, Oct. 9th at 5:00pm. Books will cost 25 cents each or 5 books for $1.00. Both fiction and nonfiction will be available.

We have limited quantities of paperbacks, so when they’re gone, they’re gone! All proceeds go to the purchase of new library books.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Schedule of April-May Research Workshops Now Out

Announcing the start of the 2017 April-May library research workshops! You can find the full schedule of workshops here that run Monday through Thursday from April 24th until May 18th.

All workshops are on a drop-in basis, meaning no prior registration is required, and will be held in LR-224. Each 50-minute workshop includes a short lecture, demonstrations, and a hands-on activity. You may request a certificate of attendance after you complete the workshop.

You and your group of at least four students can always request a workshop at times and dates outside of this schedule by calling the reference desk at (562) 908-3484.

See you at the workshops!

Monday, May 16, 2016

It's the Week Before Finals: De-Stress!

When you need to relax between study sessions or take a break from research, drop by the library lobby and play one of our board games, available May 17, Tuesday, through May 26, Thursday.

Good luck on your finals and congratulations to the Class of 2016!

And don't forget during finals week: Free light breakfast available in A-102, May 23-26 (Monday through Thursday).

Monday, May 02, 2016

Need More Whiteboard Space? You've Got It!

If you're looking for more whiteboard space in the library's group study rooms, come to the reference desk and we'll help you wheel one (or more) whiteboards into your study room. Whiteboards are double-sided and come in two sizes: large (4' x 6') and small (3' x 4'). The surfaces are magnetic so you can easily post your materials on the whiteboard. The reference librarians can provide you with dry erase markers and erasers if needed.

See how these students made full use of their group study room's whiteboard space!

P.S. When using the group study rooms, please make sure to erase your work on the whiteboards before you leave. The next group will thank you for the courtesy!

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Updated MLA Formats Coming Soon

Just when you thought you'd mastered the MLA style for citing sources, a new edition is coming out soon!

The eighth edition of the MLA Handbook will be released this spring and will recommend  one set of citation guidelines that will apply to whatever source you're using - books (in paper format), e-books, audiobooks, articles, various types of Web sources, and so on. The Modern Language Association promises that this redesigned edition will be shorter and much simpler to use.

Because  we are into the fifth week of the spring semester, instructors who are using the seventh edition (2009) might choose to continue using that older edition until the fall semester.

Copies of the new edition will be ordered for the library bookshelves.The library will also be revising its MLA handouts as soon as the new handbook is released. The updated handout should be ready for distribution at the start of the fall semester in late August.  Watch for it!

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Welcome back! We're starting the 2016 Spring semester with exciting news: You now have two new databases available for you to use for your course assignments -- Films on Demand and Oxford Art Online.

 From your AccessRio account, click on the Library tab and look in the center column under Library Online Databases.
1. With Films on Demand, you can choose from thousands of films, from Anthropology to Health & Medicine, from Physical Sciences to World Languages. By creating a MyFilms account you can create film clips for your English, Speech, Sociology, or any other course presentation and save the clips in folders that you set up. You can also create Playlists of selected video and audio content to share with others. Available films and clips range from a couple of minutes to two hours long.

The Films on Demand database contains acclaimed documentaries, prize-winning educational films, and helpful instructional videos. Its films come from productions of more than 40 multi-awarded institutions, including PBS, CNBC, TED, BBC, MacNeil/Lehrer, Ken Burns, California Newsreels, National Geographic, Nova, and others.

2.  Not just for Art majors, the Oxford Art Online database from the Oxford University Press contains access to online encyclopedias such as The Oxford Companion to Western Art and the Grove Encyclopedia of Classical Art and Architecture. Oxford Art Online complements our existing ArtStor database by providing links to images from the British Museum, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and numerous international art galleries and artists.
Explore your two new databases and discover how to use them to earn your papers and presentations an "A" grade!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Just in Time: Library Research Workshops!

The Fall 2015 round of workshops started Monday, Oct. 19. Pick up your copy of the October and November schedules in the library today. Workshops are offered Monday through Thursday, at 1:00-1:50pm and/or 5:30-6:30pm. Other times are by appointment only, for groups of 4 or more.

These drop-in workshops consist of a brief  overview of the topic, followed by hands-on work. For example, you must bring in the sources (articles, books, URLs) that you're using for your assignment to the workshop on MLA citations so that you can work on formatting them correctly with the librarian's help. You will receive a certificate of attendance for each workshop you attend.

Library research workshops cover seven different topic areas:
  1. Developing a research topic into a research question
  2. Tips for using the library's online catalog to find books
  3. How to use online databases to find articles
  4. Evaluating a web site's credibility
  5. Advanced Google search techniques
  6. Using correct MLA citation formats (APA and ASA formats by appointment only)
  7. How to avoid plagiarism when you write up your paper
Remember: To arrange for a workshop for your group of 4 or more students at a more convenient time, contact a librarian. Call (562) 908-3484 or stop by the reference desk.