COD Library Blog

The Winter Watchathon is On!

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Has your Netflix queue been reduced to a short list after binge-watching your way through winter break? Check out some of our free online databases. Stream movies directly to your browser using your COD staff or student library card.

The Kanopy video collection includes a variety of subjects across many disciplines but its strength is feature films, indie titles, and documentaries.

The PBS Video Collection includes documentary films and series from the history of the Public Broadcasting Service covering many educational disciplines, including history, science and technology, diversity studies, business, and current events. It includes Frontline, NOVA, American Experience, Odyssey, and many films by Ken Burns and Michael Wood.

Remember, you'll need a COD library card to access databases from off campus. If you'd like to learn more you can always Ask A Librarian!

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Curl Up With a New E-Book

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Are you looking for something new to read over winter break? Our e-book collections make it easy to read or listen to a variety of popular books. OverDrive has the latest titles in popular fiction and non-fiction. The OverDrive app is available for Android, Chromebook, iOS, Kindle and more. OverDrive also has a desktop app for Windows and Mac. For more information, see the Getting Started guides on our website.

Remember, you'll need a COD library card to access databases from off campus. If you'd like to learn more you can always Ask A Librarian!

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Winter Break Hours & Closings

Winter in DuPage county sceneThe Library will be closed and have reduced hours over COD's Winter Break between Dec. 16 and Jan. 21.

The full list of closings and reduced hours is as follows:

  • Saturday, Dec. 16, and Sunday, Dec. 17: Closed
  • Monday, Dec. 18 - Friday, Dec. 22: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 23, through Tuesday, Jan. 2: Closed
  • Wednesday, Jan. 3 - Friday, Jan. 5: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Jan. 6, and Sunday, Jan. 7: Closed
  • Monday, Jan. 8 - Friday, Jan. 12: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Jan. 13, and Sunday, Jan. 14: Closed
  • Monday, Jan. 15: Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
  • Tuesday, Jan. 16: Closed for In-Service Activities
  • Wednesday, Jan. 17 - Friday, Jan. 19: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday, Jan. 20: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sunday, Jan. 21: 12 noon - 6:00 pm
  • Monday, Jan. 22: Regular Spring hours begin

In addition to the closings listed above, the Media Lab will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 3, through Friday, Jan. 5, and the Archives will be closed from Dec. 16 through Jan. 7.

For more details, see the Library's Hours & Closings page.

Have a safe and restful break!

Photo credit: Tom Gill (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Silent Computer Lab

Need a quiet space to work on a paper, or do research? The Library has opened room 2030 as a silent computer lab for the last two weeks of normal classes. The lab will be open Monday through Friday, from 9 am until 3 pm, from now until Dec. 15.

To get to the computer lab, head to the second floor of the SRC. The lab is just behind the stairs to the third level. You'll be able to print to the normal Library printers as well.

Struggling to find sources for your projects or to figure out how to narrow your topic, or just have a general question? Head to the Library reference desks on each floor of the Library, email us, or chat.

Good luck with your finals!

Learn a New Skill in 2018

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It's time to start thinking about your New Year's Resolutions! Why not learn a new skill in 2018? College of DuPage Library can give you a head start with our online databases.

Check out LearningExpress Library to brush up on reading, writing, and math skills. Prepare for certification tests or placement exams using their video guides and tutorials. There are also opportunities to take practice exams so you'll know what to expect on the day of the test. You'll need to create a free account to take the practice tests.

Add to your resume (or just impress your friends) using Lynda.com. Become an expert in thousands of topics like Photoshop or coding. Lynda allows you to design your own course of study and work at your own pace. Create a free account to keep track of your progress.

Remember, you'll need a COD staff or student library card to access databases from off campus. If you'd like to learn more you can always Ask A Librarian!

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Join us for Hour of Code!

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Celebrate Computer Science Education Week by participating in an Hour of Code at the COD Library!

CSEdWeek (December 4-10, 2017) is an annual event dedicated to raise awareness about Computer Science education and the critical role of computing in all careers.

The Hour of Code is a global movement introducing millions of people worldwide to Computer Science, inspiring you to learn more, break stereotypes, and feel empowered.

Join us for an hour of hands-on coding. No experience needed! There will be two sessions this Friday, December 8th. The first session will be from 10:00AM to 11:00AM. The second session will run from 1:00PM to 2:00PM. We hope to see you there!

Extended Study Hours

Extended study hoursTo help you prepare for the end of the Fall semester, the Library will have extended hours from Dec. 3 through Dec. 15. Here is a list of daily hours:

  • Sunday, Dec. 3: 12 noon - 11 pm
  • Monday, Dec. 4: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 5: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Wednesday, Dec. 6: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Thursday, Dec. 7: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Friday, Dec. 8: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm (Normal hours)
  • Saturday, Dec. 9: 9 am - 4:30 pm (Normal hours)
  • Sunday, Dec. 10:12 noon - 11 pm
  • Monday, Dec. 11: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Tuesday, Dec. 12: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Wednesday, Dec. 13: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Thursday, Dec. 14: 7:30 am - 11 pm
  • Friday, Dec. 15: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm (Normal hours)

See the Library hours page for more details.

Good luck on your finals!

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Webinar Recording: Adjunct Faculty & OER

Recorded Dec 6, 2017
Faculty involvement is critical to the sustainability of OER adoption and degree pathways. More than half of courses at community colleges taught by adjunct faculty and institutional reliance on this faculty pool growing. It is essential to devise scalable strategies for integrating adjuncts into this transformative work to improve student success. This webinar explored how adjunct faculty can participate and be acknowledged for the essential role that they are playing in developing OER degree pathways at many colleges. Findings and emerging strategies from the Achieving the Dream’s Engaging Adjunct Faculty program were discussed. The Dean of Information Technology and an adjunct faculty member at Broward College, an OER Degree Initiative grantee, shared how adjunct faculty have been involved in the development and teaching of their Business Administration OER degree pathway.

Featured Speakers:
Jon Iuzzini: Associate Director, Adjunct Faculty Initiative, Achieving the Dream
Tom Ayers: Dean of Information Technology, Broward College
Claudine Dulaney: Adjunct Business Faculty, Broward College

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We'll See You at the Pop Up Library!

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Are you looking for help dealing with anxiety and stress? College of DuPage Library's Pop Up Library will be available before and after tomorrow's workshop, Test Anxiety & Mindfulness. We'll be outside the Student Services Center, room 3247, between 8:30AM and 10:30AM tomorrow, Tuesday November 21st. We hope to see you there!

Keeping up with Culturegrams

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If you’re doing research about other countries or if you are preparing for the inevitable discussion about other cultures with your annoying old uncle this holiday season: Culturegrams can help! Use this tool to learn about socio-economic conditions, religions, and customs of other countries. There are options to use comparative country data to build your own graphs and charts. Also check out the video gallery to learn more about cultures around the world.

Remember, you'll need a COD staff or student library card to access databases from off campus. If you'd like to learn more you can always Ask A Librarian!

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