New Library Web site launched
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We'll give YOU credit!
Plans are afoot!
Students may have already noticed the gradual introduction of matching chairs in the Library. We are having our existing chairs re-upholstered, and hope to eventually provide a visually pleasant as well as functionally superior library
Cabling in the library is also scheduled to occur before next semester. This project, long overdue, will bring the cabling requirements up to date and provide increased network connections to all floors of the building.
The funding behind a good deal of our planning is a program instituted by the State of California last year called the Telecommunications and Technology Infrastructure Program (TTIP). Along with our sister community colleges, Rio Hondo has received funds to upgrade many aspects of technology from new computers to new online databases to video conferencing to the statewide 4CNet data network service.
The irony is, even though the money is available to improve access to technology and to provide greater service points for students and faculty, the building itself is our greatest obstacle.
We endorse the efforts to upgrade the campus facilities they are long overdue!
Rio Hondo students, staff and faculty now have on-campus and off-campus access to our newest databases:
This is a fantastic compilation of major Gale publications such as Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Contemporary Literary Criticism and others. You can search for critical analyses of individual works or authors. You can search by genre or time period. You can even search by theme.
AOL users -- are you having trouble with WebCat?
If you attempt to access the librarys catalog on the Web using AOLs native browser, you have probably wondered why
it has not been successful. There is a technical explanation for this at Santa Monica Public Librarys site (http://www.smpl.org/library/).
To work around the problem you need to launch Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator after you have connected to your AOL account. You should have the AOL software running minimized on your desktop, but you cannot use the browser
library Web site
It was a case of here today, gone the next! On April 14, we pulled the plug on the old library
Web site and launched the newly designed Web site that has been in the works for months. We want to give special thanks to Jim Hipolito of the Virtual College and Van Vuong of Technology & Information Services. The new site has been completely re-furbished and features "Rio colors" as well as a new navigation system.
Librarian Adele Enright planned the site with help from Librarian
Jan Coe and the part-time librarians. Much of the old content had to be re-formatted to make the change and Mary Walker in the Library did the bulk of that work.
The navigation bar on the left allows easy jumping to the major parts of the site. Check out our Online Databases, Guides and Tutorials, and Web Search Tools, to name just a few.
The Library Web site is dynamic and will feature new content and links on an on-going basis. Use it to start your research or just to learn more about the library. See the Library FAQs for answers to common questions about our library and services.
(Guides and Tutorials > Subject Guides) are now staples in most academic
library Web sites. These guides provide a wealth of evaluated sites on many of the topics that students are assigned and can be a tremendous time-saver.
Book Sale a Success
If you missed this years book sale, dont despair this is an annual event at Rio Hondo. The sale this year was part of the festivities honoring National Library Week. The book sale helps keep the librarys collection current due to regular weeding (or "de-selection" as it is
rather pompously known in the library world!).
Our other main event, the Library Readfest, was also a great success. Librarians Ron Rodriguez and Judy Sevilla-Marzona gathered together a spectacular lineup of readers from across the campus. The selections ranged from poems to excerpts from novels, short stories, childrens books, plays, and speeches.
We appreciate and salute those students, faculty, staff, and managers who took the time to participate.
...that we have upgraded our HP 9000 to the latest operating system and it is now Y2K compliant.
..that you can expect a re-designed Reference floor when the cabling, painting, and carpeting is done. The Library staff is mulling over different configurations for the room. We want to make the best use of the space we have.
Emma Guerrero, Terrance Butcher and Louise Huizar. We will profile them in the next issue of the Library Newsletter.