COD Library Blog

Webinar on OER for Math April 4th!

Math instructors have unique needs, and there are two good open platforms available to meet those needs. WeBWorK and MyOpenMath enable instructors to automate practice problems that are accessible to a wide variety of learners. In this session, Alex Jordan, Portland Community College, will discuss the features of WeBWorK (example: and Carrie Kyser, Clackamas Community College, will discuss MyOpenMath (example:, username “guest,” no password).

This session is ideal for faculty who are ready to break up with their expensive copyrighted product but don’t want to lose functionality.

This webinar takes place from 12-1 Pacific time, April 4, 2018. The session will be recorded and captioned to share later. More info:
Join the session
Call-in number: 646 876 9923
Participant PIN: 796 538 589


Step Into Someone Else's Shoes with Vocational Biographies

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk in someone else’s shoes for a day? Or perhaps you’re contemplating a career change, but you’re unsure what a typical day in the field is like. Check out Vocational Biographies. This online database boasts a collection of "day in the life" stories of people in a variety of professions.

Search for specific occupations or explore career pathways. You’ll find information about what kind of education you’ll need, time commitments, and links to further your research. If you’re in the mood to browse, some notable (and very interesting) professions include Bat Remover, Dude Ranch Manager, and Jingle Writer.

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


Spring Break Hours

TulipsThe Library will be open throughout spring break with reduced hours. However, the Library will be closed Sunday, April 1, for the Easter holiday. Break hours are as follow:

Saturday, March 24: 9 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday, March 25: 12 noon - 6 pm
Monday, March 26 - Thursday, March 29: 7:30 am - 7:30 pm
Friday, March 30: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday, March 31: 9 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday, April 1: Closed

See the Library's Hours & Closings page for our complete hours and closings information.

Have a safe and restful break!

Photo credit: twitter:aidanmorgan

Woot! U.S. Congress Includes $5M for Open Textbooks in FY18 Omnibus Bill

The Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus bill just unveiled by Congress includes $5 million to support an open textbook grant program. This will be the first time Congress has invested directly in OER as a college affordability measure, and is a HUGE victory both for the OER movement and our students!
Description of the grant program:

Open Textbooks Pilot: The agreement includes $5,000,000 for a pilot, competitive grant program to support projects at institutions of higher education that create new open textbooks or expand their use in order to achieve savings for students while maintaining or improving instruction and student learning outcomes. The Secretary shall require that any open textbook created with program funds be licensed under a nonexclusive, irrevocable license to the public to exercise any of the rights under copyright conditioned only on the requirement that attribution be given as directed by the copyright owner. Further, the Secretary should give special consideration to projects at institutions of higher education that demonstrate the greatest potential to achieve the highest level of savings for students through sustainable, expanded use of open textbooks in postsecondary courses offered by the eligible entity and expand the use of open textbooks at institutions of higher education outside of the eligible entity.

Read more from SPARC and U.S. PIRG here:


Plan Spring Projects with Films on Demand

flowers-in-a-watering-can-1338831_1.jpgSpring is almost here, which means it's time to start project planning! Whether you've been dreaming about a new flower bed or planning an addition to the back deck, COD Library has resources to help you get started.

Find inspiration online through the Films on Demand--Technical & Trade Education Collection. This collection of online streaming videos includes a variety of subjects related to technology and trades, including: automotive technology, building/construction, cosmetology, computing technology, electronics, horticulture, manufacturing, technical communications, welding, and much more!

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


Extra! Extra! Read All About Proquest!

paper-clipart-boy-6.pngThis week we've had several requests for help finding old newspaper articles. While we still carry microfilm, gone are the days of searching page by page through old newspaper scans.

Proquest National Newspapers Core makes it easy to quickly find old articles, movie reviews, obituaries, and ads. You can search by subject, location, date range, document type, and more. Titles include the Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post

On Monday, we were able to find an old recipe someone remembered seeing in 2004. On Thursday, we explored book reviews for old Stephen King novels. What will you be able to find?

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


Discover New Authors During Black History Month

Were you inspired by yesterday’s annual African-American Read In here at the library? Black Thought and Culture is an excellent database for finding similar selections to keep you reading! Black Thought and Culture contains 1,297 sources with 1,098 authors, covering the non-fiction published works of leading African Americans. Where possible the complete published non-fiction works are included, as well as interviews, journal articles, speeches, essays, pamphlets, letters and other primary source material.

Still looking for more information? Check out the library's African-American History Research Guide.

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!