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Happy National Poetry Month!

Washington State Poet Laureate 2016-2018, Tod Marshall, will visit Clark College during his Southwest Washington Tour.  Marshall will read poetry in the Cannell Library on April 26, 2017 at 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. As an author of poetry, Marshall’s diverse subjects include containment, extraction, and transformation. Serving as the Washington State Poet Laureate, Marshall will develop an awareness and appreciation of poetry through public readings, workshops, lectures, and presentations in Washington State. Marshall is also a professor at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.

Tod Marshall books available at Clark College Libraries.


Tod Marshall book available through Summit Libraries.

Learn more about Tod Marshall’s visit to Clark County: http://library.clark.edu/featured/426-wa-state-poet-laureate-visit-clark-college 



We all loved Hidden Figures here at the iCommons, and so we decided to put together a themed display. Except for information freedom, there’s nothing librarians love more than a themed display, so this will be the first of many.

A row of books about women in science, math, and engineering, with small profiles of female astronauts.

Source: Clark College Libraries

The Clark library system has about 67,000 books, which sounds like a lot until you have an idea like “Women of NASA.” It turned out that we have only four books on women at NASA, and one of them is the one Hidden Figures is based on; since that’s a brand-new book, it had to stay at Cannell. So we broadened the idea to “Women in Science, Math, and Engineering.”

In the process, we recognized some hidden figures of our own: the library had relatively little material on women of color in science. So we bought a general history (Black Women Scientists in the United States by Wini Warren) and a book of contemporary interviews (Sisters in Science by Diann Jordan), which will be added to the collection over the next few months.

The library may look static, but it’s in a continuous state of renewal. For every outdated engineering text that we remove, we buy a new book carefully selected by the staff for its quality, its relevance to the curriculum, and other considerations. As the Clark reference intern, these two books were my first purchase, but the reference librarians have years of experience with book buying. They make sure that the library stays in step with our school, our city, and our society. Our collection may never be huge, but it’ll always be just right for our needs (supplemented, of course, by ebooks and databases!).

We also included a “Summit Spotlight” in the display to highlight books that aren’t at Clark, but are only a click away. Sign in to the Cannell system with your computer lab login and you’ll have access to the Summit library system, which lets you order books from libraries all over Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. If you liked Hidden Figures, for example, you might want to read Martha Ackerman’s The Mercury 13 or Stephanie Nolen’s Promised the Moon, both about the female 1960s aviators who underwent the same testing as the male astronauts, trying to prove their worth to a NASA that wasn’t ready to listen. (Cannell does have one book on the Mercury 13, Margaret A. Weitekamp’s Right Stuff, Wrong Sex.) There’s also Lynn Sherr’s biography of Sally Ride, or Mae Jemison’s autobiography, Find Where the Wind Goes.

A collection of books about women at NASA available on Summit.

Source: Clark College Libraries

We hope you enjoy the capsule collection here at Clark’s satellite campus. (All puns are intended, always.)

Welcome to Spring Quarter! Did you know it’s National Library Week? Stop by Cannell Library or the iCommons at CTC and check out our new Libraries Are For Everyone posters.

Libraries Are For Everyone posters in iCommons Libraries Are For Everyone posters


Creating a new vision for the Clark College Libraries has been a cumulative process involving extensive planning and research. The library was closed to the public during Spring Break, but the staff were busy making the most recent improvements. You will notice new carpet and furniture. The new changes were implemented to combine function with the needs of today’s scholars. Among the goals of the new improvements were improving study spaces. We are here to assist with your library and research needs and look forward to welcoming you back.

Out with the Old

In with the New


Panoramic View of the Cannell Library Collaborative Commons

New Furniture in the Cannell Library Collaborative Commons


Photo/Image Source: "Justice Legg of America." by, JD Hancock (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

Photo/Image Source: “Justice Legg of America.” by, JD Hancock (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

The Clark College Libraries will be closed during Easter Sunday. The Cannell Library will close at 5:00pm on Saturday, April 15th, and reopen at 7:00am on Monday, April 17th.

iCommons at CTC will, as per regular hours, be closed Friday April 14th thru Sunday April 16th. They will reopen at 7:00am Monday, April 17th.

Our outside return boxes are always open to return books, movies, etc. Don’t get a late fine!

Need to request or renew a book? You can always do so online by logging in to your library account at http://bit.ly/2o0sV7b

Need expert research assistance to finish that paper? You can always contact a librarian online (at this address: http://library.clark.edu/content/ask-librarian and you can get instant assistance via chat.


Cannell Library will be open regular hours Monday thru Wednesday and will close for the quarter break on Thursday at 6pm. The Information Commons at CTC will be open regular hours during finals week and will close for quarter break beginning Friday, March 24th and reopen Monday, April 10th.

Finals Week Hours (03/20 – 03/23 )

Cannell Library:

  • Monday-Wednesday 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Closed Friday

iCommons @ CTC:

  • Monday – Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Closed Friday

Quarter Break (03/24 – 04/9 )

Both locations are closed Friday, March 24th through Sunday, April 9th.

  • Need to request or renew a book? You can always do so online by logging in to your library account.
  • To avoid fines, return borrowed items to outside collection boxes when libraries are closed.
  • At Cannell Library, extended loan netbooks must be returned by Thursday, March 23rd at 5:30pm or a late fine will be charged.

We reopen Monday, April 10th at 7:00 a.m.

We all have choices and beliefs that will be influenced by our experiences and all books have the potential to inspire the reader. Three new books acquired by the Clark College Libraries examine the development of creative thinking, explore what it is like to live as a wild animal, and question our relationship with stuff. Perhaps, one of these new books will shape your thinking, awareness, and interests. Check them out.

The Art of Creative Thinking by Rod Judkins

Judkins examines the habits of successful creative thinkers, such as the Beatles, J.K. Rowling, Tolkien, Sondheim, and Picasso, the reader then can understand and apply the principles to their work and lives. The theme of his book is to transform individuals, businesses, universities and organizations with a deeper understanding of human creativity. Author Rod Judkins encourages readers to think beyond the normative. Rod Judkins is an artist and writer who lectures on creative thinking techniques at the Central St Martins College of Art and is a visiting lecturer throughout the United Kingdom and internationally.

Being A Beast: Adventures Across the Species Divide by Charles Foster

Foster closely examines the lives of five different species, the badger, red deer, urban red fox, otter, and swift by living in their environment and impersonating their lifestyles. The memoir is a radical approach that examines the human experience, neuroscience, and psychology and scrutinizes the differences that separate humans and animals. However, Foster is cautious not to attribute human traits, emotions, and intentions to his subjects.  Foster recounts his experiences with a sense of humor. Charles Foster is a veterinarian, professor, and research fellow at Oxford University.

Junk: Digging Through America’s Love Affair with Stuff by Alison Steward

Sparked by the task of cleaning her late parent’s residence, Stewart began a three-year investigation about the American obsession with junk. Steward also examines alternative thinking toward stuff by presenting cases of people that give away their things or repair items verses throwing them away. The author further explores the popularity of tiny houses which promotes minimal living. A graduate of Brown University, Steward is an award-winning journalist with a twenty-year career with prominent networks.

The art display case is one of our favorite parts of the iCommons, and once again, we’re looking for student work to exhibit. In the past, we’ve displayed work in many formats, from Brad Brehe’s welded Cuban sculptures to Bruce Kelley’s “Diversity Pod” ceramics to the current display of oil paintings from Joe Macca’s class:

Two oil paintings of landscapes in a display case.

Source: Clark College Libraries

If you’re interested in displaying your work for the spring quarter, please call us at (360) 992-6138 or drop by in person. We’re open to any format that can fit in the case. If you’re inspired by the massive sculptures of Rodin or Richard Serra, we’d probably just have to display your models or sketches; otherwise, we’d love to show off your paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, or mixed media. We’re also interested in work that’s traditionally defined as “craft” or “style” rather than “fine art.” This is an arbitrary distinction, and it shouldn’t keep CTC students from enjoying your dolls, your knitted monsters, fashion designs, quilting, and lace.

For inspiration, the iCommons has a small collection of art books (in the N section). Just to get a little more meta, here are some trompe l’oeil paintings of art displays from Sybille Ebert-Schifferer’s Still Life: A History:

An open book displaying two paintings, one of a cabinet full of miscellaneous items and one of painting-within-a-painting tacked up over a shelf.

Source: Clark College Libraries

Cannell has a much larger collection, with over 1,200 books. Any of these can be requested or even made a part of the iCommons’ rotating collection. If you’re browsing at Cannell, don’t overlook the reference section, which has some of the best material. Or if you’re off campus, sign in to the library home page and browse the magnificent Artstor database.

We’re looking forward to hearing from the artists of Clark!


Due to problems with Amazon Cloud, the following Library links are temporarily not working:  “articles and databases”, “citing sources”, “class guides”, “subject guides” and “tutorials”.  Some of our databases, such as Science Direct Health Sciences, are experiencing issues with downloading PDF articles at this time.
Here are some backup links that will help you with your research and other essential services while the repair is in progress:

Clark College Libraries Essential Resources

Request Forms

If you need more help, please contact us via one of the following options:

Ask a Librarian

Chat with a librarian 24/7 using a nation-wide network.
Email a Clark College librarian who will respond as soon as possible.
Call the Reference Desk during open hours
Cannell: 360-992-2375
iCommons @ CTC: 360-992-6138

Contact Library Staff

Call Cannell Library (360-992-2151) or the Information Commons @ CTC (360-992-6138)

Transformation Penguins

The Clark College Theme, Transformation, “represents a common idea that the entire college, and the community that we serve, can gather around” (Clark College 2017).

Different groups on campus participated in a College Theme Contest to create a display of what Transformation means to them. View all contest entries, including the winning entry from Career Services, on the contest page.

Please enjoy the video and stills of Cannell Library’s entry below:

origami penguins at various stages of learning at Clark origami penguins gather around an ASCC welcome desk near a sign reading "Connect"origami penguins gather around an ASCC table origami penguins visit a student life table with popcorn and coffee near a sign reading "Engage."
origami penguins with backpacks and messenger bags line up for coffee and popcornorigami penguins representing a variety of instruction departments near a sign reading "Learn." origami penguins in art smocks, working on robots and wearing business attireorigami penguins stand with graduation caps near a sign reading "Succeed." origami penguins in graduation caps that are decorated with "2017" and "Thanks Mom!" and bedazzled with jewels.

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