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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

Source: Clark College Libraries

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.

With the Fourth of July behind us and Summer Quarter just beginning, we wanted to remind you of some of the awesome resources you have access to through the library…and maybe learn a little something about early America in the process!

Cover of 1776: Excerpts from the Acclaimed History, with Letters, Maps, and Seminal Artwork

Our Reference Collection has a wide variety of materials that can give you the background information you need, including subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, maps, and primary sources. 1776: Excerpts from the Acclaimed History, with Letters, Maps, and Seminal Artwork contains copies of eighteenth-century paintings, and 37 removable replicas of letters, maps, and historic documents in 10 envelopes secured with the congressional seal. How cool is that?! While you’re in the library, take a look at The American History Cookbook, from which you can replicate early colonial dishes and patriotic cakes.

If you’re looking for a brief overview of pretty much anything, the books in our Very Short Introduction series are perfect. For example, you might want to learn more about The American Revolution, The Founding Fathers, or Decolonization.

Our main collection has even more sources, like A People’s History of the American Revolution: How Common People Shaped the Fight for Independencewhich uses diaries, letters, and memoirs to recount the events of the American Revolution from the perspective of African Americans, Native Americans, women, and others.

And don’t forget all our databases!

You can learn more about patriotic music in Oxford Music Online, read the eyewitness account of a cobbler who participated in the Boston Tea Party in History Study Center, or find colonial statistics in Historical Statistics of the United States. Did you know that “on the eve of the American Revolution, real per capita gross domestic product in the Thirteen Continental Colonies was higher than that of any other nation in the world at the time” (McCusker)?

As always, if your research topics or personal interests happen to not be the American Revolution, feel free to ask a librarian to find the best sources for what you want to learn about!

Star Spangled Banner

“The Star Spangled Banner,” by Francis Scott Key, printed on silk to commemorate the bombardment of Fort McHenry, 1814. Library of Congress, Rare Book and Special Collections Division.


This quarter, the Clark College Libraries UX Team carried out another collaboration with Robert Hughes’ CGT 105 class to do usability testing of the library website. Read about the findings in Librarian Julie Austad’s presentation Clark Libraries Website Usability Feedback. It is also published on the class guide where you can see some highlights from previous years: CGT 105 – User Experience Design (Hughes) – 2012-2017             
CGT 105 Spring 2017 Students                                             Photo by Julie Austad

The long term collaboration between Clark College Libraries and students of Professor Robert Hughes’ CGT 105, User Interface Design class, started in 2002, thanks to Professor Hughes and Reference and Instruction Librarian Kitty Mackey. In the past fifteen years, students in this class had conducted numerous usability testing and created new design proposals for the library website and related research applications. Implementing their feedback, Clark College Libraries had improved user experience for the library website and other information literacy tools.

Thank you, CGT 105 students and Professor Hughes, for yet another successful collaboration!

iCommons window

Photo/Image Source: Clark College Libraries

The iCommons at CTC will be closed on Thursday, June 22.

Due to the CTC iCommons closure on Thursday, June 22 students must make arrangements to return quarter loan graphing calculators earlier to CTC.

If you are done with your finals in advance of that date, please return the calculator to the iCommons circulation desk in CTC 219. If you need the calculator through June 22, please return the calculator to the book drop either outside of the CTC 219 door or to the metal book return outside of the CTC main entrance door.

To avoid fines, please return all library items on time.

iCommons Finals Week Hours

Monday-Wednesday (June 19-21), 7:30-5:30 and closed Thursday, June 22.

Questions? Please call the CTC iCommons at 360-992-6138.


Photo Image Source: Wild Flower Garden. CC0 Public Domain – no known copyright restrictions

Finals Week Hours

Cannell Library:

Monday-Wednesday 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

iCommons at CTC:

Monday-Wednesday 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 22 Closed

Quarter Break Closure

Cannell Library: Friday, June 23th through Sunday, July 9th

iCommons at CTC: Thursday, June 22 through Sunday, July 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 and quarter loan graphing calculators must be returned by June 22th at 5:30 p.m. or a late fine will be charged. Questions? Please call Cannell Library at 360-992-2151.
  • Due to the CTC iCommons closure on Thursday, June 22 students must make arrangements to return quarter loan graphing calculators earlier to CTC. Questions? Please call the CTC iCommons at 360-992-6138.

We reopen Monday, July 10th at 8:00 a.m.

Spring Semester is coming to a close; but you still have time to Request Library Materials for your final projects. Your assignments will transition into completed works through the multitude of available resources.

Current Clark students may request items from the Clark College Libraries, Summit Libraries, and additional libraries via Interlibrary Loan. Most Summit items arrive within 3-5 business days and Interlibrary Loan request may take more than 10 days to obtain. When items arrive, patrons will be notified by e-mail.

A step-by-step guide on how to request Clark College Libraries, Summit Libraries, and Interlibrary Loans items is available on the Clark College Libraries website under the Services Tab and Request Items.

Remember, please, return all borrowed items on time to avoid late fines.

Pride Day Book Display

Clark College Libraries celebrates the 2nd Annual Pride Day at Clark College with a display of related titles on the library’s new display stand.  You’ll have a lot of titles to choose from, including:

  • Love Unites Us: Winning the Freedom to Marry in America (Kevin M. Cathcart and Leslie J. Gabel-Brett, editors)
  • Stand By Me: The Forgotten History of Gay Liberation (Jim Downs)
  • My Brother, My Sister: Story of a Transformation (Molly Haskell)
  • George (Alex Gino)
  • Just Queer Folks: Gender and Sexuality in Rural America (Colin R. Johnson)

The 2nd Annual Pride Day takes place Thursday, June 8th, 2017, kicking off with the Queer Students Luncheon from 11:30 – 1:00 in the PUB Fireside Lounge (PUB 161). For more information please contact the Office of Diversity and Equity, diversity@clark.edu, (360) 992-2292.

book display for pride day

The library’s new display stand features LGBTQ+ books.


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