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Welcome Tracy Gardner!

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Tracy Gardner (copyright Tracy Gardner)

Tracy Gardner is our new course reserves and equipment specialist at the library! Please make her feel welcome in her new home. To help us get to know her, she offered to answer a few questions.

Please tell us about yourself. 🙂 

I moved to Portland, Oregon from Greensboro, North Carolina in January 2017 with my family to pursue new careers. I like to read mostly non-fiction but I’ve been getting into the Game of Thrones book series lately. I love watching movies, mainly action/adventure and sci-fi. Hard pass on the romantic comedies!  My hobbies are tennis, basketball, golf, chess, and video games.

What’s your experience with libraries and higher education?

I have worked in libraries for over 10 years. I started working as a Student Librarian Assistant at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) while pursuing my B.A. in Anthropology. A few years after graduating, I went back to school and obtained a Master’s in Library Science in 2014. Soon after, I worked for 2 years as a circulation clerk at Greensboro Public Library in NC before moving to Portland which led me to Cannell Library.

What would you like the Clark College community to know about you?

I’m eager to make great connections and lasting impressions on the Clark College Community.

What’s your spirit animal or super power?

The grumpy cat – nuff said

Little known fact?

I used to be a competitive pool shooter.

Favorite quote?

“To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thank you so much and welcome Tracy!

The CTC open computer lab formerly located in CTC 203 has relocated to CTC 212!

CTC Open Computer Lab – CTC 212

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday: Closed

The lab has 10 PCs, a color printer, laser printer and free scanner


CTC iCommons Library – CTC 219

Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday-Sunday: Closed

The iCommons has 12 VDI computers and one laser printer. In addition, students can check out laptops, headphones, calculators, LED projectors, computer mice, external DVD drives, wireless keyboards, phone chargers and course reserves! There are also two study rooms available for students.

Students can request items from Clark College Libraries, Summit Libraries or worldwide libraries via Interlibrary Loan and have them delivered to the iCommons. http://library.clark.edu/


Need help with research? Clark librarians are here daily! Ask in the iCommons for availability.


CTC building exterior

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Help! It’s the weekend!

Puzzled Kitten

Don’t feel helpless, because it’s the weekend!  Assistance is available for Clark students on the weekend at the following locations on campus and online:

  • Cannell Library &  Cannell Library Student Computer Labs
    Saturday 1 pm – 5 pm
  • TechHub (Technical Help for Students)
    Saturday 1 pm – 5 pm
  • Student Computer Lab at Scarpelli Hall 135 (Main Campus)
    Saturday 10 am – 4 pm
    Sunday 10 am – 4 pm

NEW hours beginning Monday, September 25!

Cannell Library

Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

Cannell Library

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iCommons at CTC

Monday – Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday – Sunday: Closed

CTC iCommons library

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Summer Term has come to an end and the Clark College Libraries will reopen on September 25 at 8:00 am. If you are looking for something to do during your school break here is a suggestion:

Clark College Libraries have historically provided valuable resources for the Vancouver community. An esteemed education landmark, Clark College is in good company with the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. Located south of Clark College, Fort Vancouver also has a rich cultural past. Founded on the lands of Native Americans, Fort Vancouver was a fur trading post; then a military institution and aviation field. Spend time exploring the reconstructed British fur trade fort built by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1829. Next to the fort are walking trails and the Pearson Air Museum which is one of the nation’s oldest operating airfields. The area was also the site of a World War I Spruce Mill. Located just north of the old fort are the Vancouver Barracks, established in 1849, making it the first United States Army post in the Pacific Northwest. If you would like to read more about the fort, Clark College Libraries offers the following books to borrow:

Exploring Fort Vancouver Call Number: F899.V2 E96 2011

The History of Fort Vancouver and Its Physical Structure Call Number: PS3505.A7 Y6 1940

Letters of Dr. John McLoughlin: Written at Fort Vancouver 1829-1832 Call Number: F880 .M1686

If you need to borrow an item, the library staff is available by appointment. Please call the Cannell Library 360-992-2151 or CTC 360-992-6138 to make arrangements. We hope that you enjoy your break and look forward to meeting new students, faculty, and staff in the Fall.

Clark Libraries close for quarter break on Thursday, August 31 at 6:00 p.m.

Closed Friday, September 1 – Sunday, September 24

Avoid late fees! Except equipment, return borrowed items to the designated outdoor return boxes during closure. To arrange for equipment return or information about Clark Libraries, call 360-992-2151.

Opening for Fall Quarter on Monday, September 25 at 8:00 a.m

Source: Clark College Libraries

Source: Clark College Libraries

Source: Clark College Libraries

With the solar eclipse just around the corner, the Perseid Meteor Shower isn’t getting as much attention as it usually does, or in this year’s case, the wrong kind of attention. There are false reports that this year’s Perseid’s will be “the brightest in human history”, but this is simply false.

If you want to learn more about this year’s Perseid Meteor Show, navigate to the NASA feature on their web site.

Need advice about viewing this years event? NASA has a nice video from 2015 that has some good tips.

The best viewing time is probably still accurate, but don’t forget this video is from 2015, so maybe consider a time window between midnight and dawn.

Good luck!

The last time a total solar eclipse occurred, 38 years ago, people speculated how the animals would react; they wondered if chickens would return to roost and if roosters would crow as sunlight reappeared. When the solar eclipse crossed the Pacific Northwest, the view was blocked by cloudy skies but it did get very dark when the eclipse was at its peak. This August 21 residents and visitors are hoping the weather will cooperate for a full viewing experience. The 2017 event is unique because this is the first time a total solar eclipse has gone from one American coast to the other since 1918. It has also been a long time since a total solar eclipse occurred only within the United States region and will not be visible from any other country, making the August experience truly remarkable.

Most people in North America and Hawaii will be able to see at least a partial solar eclipse on August 21; we are fortunate to live in an area that will be in the total solar eclipse path. Here is a map of the states and cities within the total solar eclipse path:


If you are considering watching the total solar eclipse, be aware of the hazards of viewing and protect your eyes by wearing protective solar eclipse viewers because permanent damage can occur to unprotected eyes.  The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special viewers, such as eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewers.

For further reading, check out these books from the Clark College Libraries:

collection of career books

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CTC career and college browsing collection

Source: Clark College Libraries


If you’re interested in career or college exploration be sure and check out the on-site browsing collection of books in the iCommons at CTC!

Explore college majors, career tracks, interview techniques and more!

Students can access additional books or articles using the Clark College Libraries catalog.

Log in to the catalog using your Clark user name and password. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll find!

Items requested from the Cannell library can be delivered to the CTC iCommons the next day! Items requested from our Summit catalog usually take five business days.

New ArtSTOR interface

In the recently released new ArtSTOR interface students can locate image (folders) groups via a new tags structure. For example, students searching for ART 151 folders, should log into ArtSTOR, and from the ArtSTOR landing page or from the Browse menu select Image Groups. In the Tags column (on the left), they should locate the tag associated with their course and select it to view the image groups their professor compiled.  See screenshots below:

 ArtSTOR Image Groups navigation options  ArtSTOR tags screen

subgroup of images  Images in a browse group


Creating PowerPoint presentations is now very easy with ArtSTOR.   You can download an image group into PowerPoint format via the download function and by selecting the DOWNLOAD PPT button.

ArtSTOR download to PowerPoint option

For more information about the new ArtSTOR features, watch the “What’s New” video and consult ArtSTOR support documentation.

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