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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.

Research in UCL Quantum labs by UCL Mathematical and Physical Sciences (2014) https://www.flickr.com/photos/uclmaps/11926928804/ Attribution (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) Photo Attribution by PhotosForClass.com

  • Do you have little or no research experience?
  • Have at least one year left in your Clark degree?
  • Do you have a desire to get research training and be mentored to research in the field of your interest?
  • Are you a full-time Clark College student, who will be transferring to Portland State University?
  • Is your cumulative GPA 2.5 or higher?
  • Are you a U.S. Citizen, permanent resident or non-citizen national?

If you answered yes to the questions above, you might consider applying to the BUILD EXITO, an undergraduate research training program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  If your application is accepted, in addition to research mentorship and transfer support from Clark faculty, you will be also introduced to paid research opportunities.

For additional information about the application process, go to the BUILD-EXITO website at https://www.pdx.edu/exito/ (click on the “Prospective Scholars” link for the application link, and associated help resources, including YouTube video tutorials).  The application is currently open, and the application deadline is Feb 28 at 5pm local time.  Letters of Recommendation are due one week later on March 7th at 5 pm. Interested Clark College students can contact Dr. Roberto Anitori or Dr. Travis Kibota with any application questions you may have.  There will also be two information and application help sessions for BUILD EXITO program for Clark students:

Friday, February 10, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in SHL 124.
Friday, February 24, from 10 a.m. to 11:50 p.m. in SHL 124

George Washington photo

Photo/Image Source: “George Washington” by History Rewound, CC BY 2.0. (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

Clark Libraries Presidents’ Day Holiday Closures

Cannell Library:

Open: Saturday, February 18 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closed: Sunday, February 19 and Monday, February 20

Reopens at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 21

iCommons at CTC:

Closed: Friday, February 17 – Monday, February 20

Reopens at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 21


Need to return something? 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.


Televisions and Equipment Available at Clark College Libraries

Thank God we’re living in a country where the sky’s the limit, the stores are open late, and you can shop in bed thanks to television. Joan Rivers

Television is chewing gum for the eyes. Frank Lloyd Wright

You have found the perfect resource for your research, but it is a VHS tape, and you no longer have a VHS player at home. Never fear, Clark College Libraries have VHS players and DVD combo units with Televisions available. Also, included for your convenience, and the courtesy of other students, is one pair of headphones. The units are housed on carts that can be wheeled into any study room. Remote controls are available at the Check Out Desk. If two people want to use headphones to listen to televised audio, a headphone jack box is available at the Cannell Library.

If it weren’t for Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of television, we’d still be eating frozen radio dinners. Johnny Carson

Television Books and Articles Available at Clark College Libraries

*Haerens, Margaret. Television. Greenhaven Press, 2011.

This book explores subjects that address television and the various issues that surround the social implications of program viewing and the broadcasting industry. Chapters in the book are written by respected professionals and include hard-to-find quality resources. Readers will be able to examine both sides of an issue to establish their own critical thinking about the subject they are researching.

*Smith, Anthony. Television: An International History. Oxford, 1995.

The history of television is covered from a global perspective and features the various genres presented on screen, such as news, sports, drama, and comedy. From the conceptualization of television to multimedia developments today, authors who are specialists in these subjects have contributed to the publication. The content is richly illustrated and each chapter provides material for discussion about the issues affecting television technology, to the social impacts that television has on society. Readers interested in the history of television beginnings and its impact on society will find the book to be a helpful resource.

*Kompare, Derek. “Filling The Box: Television in Higher Education.” Cinema Journal, vol. 50, no.4, 2011, pp. 161-166. Academic Search Premier, http://ezproxy.clark.edu:12048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=66562325&site=ehost-live&scope=site

What role does television have in higher education humanities curriculum is the question examined by Anthony Smith. Budget implications of higher education globally and the problems associated with the technology is explored in addition to the future of television studies and production in partnership with the internet and computers.

*Mitu, Bianca-Marina. “Television’s Impact on Today’s People and Culture. Economics, Management and Financial Markets, vol. 6, no. 2, 2011., pp. 916-921. ProQuest, http://ezproxy.clark.edu:12048/login?url=http://search.proquest.com/docview/884341126?accountid=1157.

This article explores the criticisms that surround the implications of television viewing and the association of societal downfalls. The benefits of television technology is also presented by the author.


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