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Friday, December 5, 2014

Books to Read, December 2014

Did you know that even though the majority of our book collection is in storage, any new books the library has purchased over the past 6 months ARE available for checkout?  And we've been working hard to support CCC's Year of Water and sustainability with our selections!  As you enter the home stretch of research for this semester, start considering research topics for next term, or just want something thought-provoking to read over break, consider one of the following titles:

  1. Nature's Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature
    "... covers a broad spectrum of environmental needs and challenges (water usage and consumption, preventing overfishing, reef restoration, climate change, urban conservation, population growth), as well as companies that have an ideal mix of environmental footprint and global brand. The authors convincingly argue that corporate responsibility is not only the right ethical tactic, but the right business move; making an investment in the environment now will help companies obtain the necessary resources in the future, and it will also have a positive effect on their bottom lines." (Publisher's Weekly, 1/28/2013)
  2. The Price of Thirst: Global Water Inequality and the Coming Chaos
    "The author presents an alarming account of the state of water on a global scale by traveling to six continents and a dozen countries to investigate what happens to vast populations when water is treated as a commodity, not a human right." (Library Journal, 10/1/2014)
  3. The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food
    "Using the example of Hormel Foods and Quality Pork Processors, investigative journalist Genoways provides readers with an exhaustive examination of [the meatpacking] industry, shedding light on how it has evolved and expanded to embrace change, demand, and innovation."  (Library Journal, 10/1/2014)
  4. The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World
    "The book doesn't take a strong stand on this controversial issue but serves as a valuable introduction to the benefits and drawbacks of fracking." (Library Journal, 7/1/2014)
  5. Deep: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us About Ourselves
    "...brimming with vivid portraits, lucid scientific explanations, gripping (and funny) first-person accounts, and urgent facts about the ocean's endangerment,  Deep is galvanizing, enlightening, and invaluable." (Booklist, 5/15/2014)
  6. The Wastewater Gardener: Preserving the Planet One Flush at a Time!
    "... this book is a humorous look at innovative ways for dealing with human waste that respect the water cycle—a wastewater garden is a trademarked method for using water-tolerant plants to process sewage as part of a septic system.  The author went on to create wastewater gardens in Mexico, Australia, Indonesia, and other regions with ecosystems affected by sewage treatment problems. His greater point throughout is that in the developed world we are profligate in our use of potable water to flush away waste, and this is unsustainable. His approaches to problems are pragmatic, and his stories are honest about the efficacy of given practices.  This is not an instruction manual but an enlightening take on sustainable sewage treatment for readers interested in sustainability and public health."  (Library Journal, 7/1/2014)
  7. Zero Waste Solution: Untrashing the Planet One Community at a Time
    "This text has three parts: an overview of zero waste's history, philosophy, and practical steps; examples of initiatives worldwide; and essays by prominent activists. The author offers plenty of paths to zero waste, from donkeys providing recycling transport in Italian hill towns to econometric analysis in Seattle." (Library Journal, 12/1/2013)
Stop by and check one of these titles out!!  And if there is a topic you're interested in that you think we should add to our collection, let us know.  Happy reading!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

September 10, 2014 - "Internet Slowdown" Day

Discussions of  "Net Neutrality" can be overwhelming...but it is soooo important!

If you have seen "page loading" icons on your favorite sites today (9/10/2014), the links below can explain why.  Basically, many Net neutrality advocates say that "without strong Net neutrality rules, the Internet could be divided into slow and fast lanes. Earlier this year, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed new Net neutrality rules that would allow broadband providers to engage in "commercially reasonable" traffic management, and many Net neutrality advocates suggested his rules would lead to a slower Internet for many websites." (InfoWorld, 9/8/2014)



http://www.ala.org/advocacy/telecom/netneutrality (a longer read, but explains why the open internet is of heightened importance to libraries)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Take Our Survey!

Look to the right...and check out our fun new survey tool, run through the Pew Research Center! It asks several questions about your use of public libraries (unfortunately, we couldn't customize the quiz to ask about our library, or even college libraries in general). Once we have at least 5 respondents in our group (and if you fill out the survey by clicking on the button to the right, you will be recognized as a member - no need to register or create any passwords or usernames) we can share a community snapshot and other fun statistics. It is all anonymous, so don't worry that anyone is collecting any personal information about you.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

We're Still Here!

As construction projects occur across the Spencer Hill campus, the Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. Library IS still available - although in a slightly different form than before!  We are currently located in the Classroom building, rooms C205 and 206.  During June and July, our hours will be 8 am- 4 pm, Monday - Friday.  By the time classes start in August, we should be in the Fitness Center, with offices and quiet study areas in the suite to the right when you enter the Wellness Center and computers available in classrooms G120 and 121 (on the left).  The remodeled and renovated library is scheduled to reopen in January of 2015.

In the meantime, you can check in on the construction progress on our other blog, Turning the Page, and you can follow us on Facebook!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

March Contest in the Library!

We know you're all tired of winter, but we want to help you be prepared for next year....or the April blizzard?!?  Enter the contest below and win a brand new shovel!

Fill out an entry form to predict the amount of precipitation in inches for the month of March. The actual precipitation data will come from www.weather.com monthly data for Corning, NY.  Entries must be submitted by March 17, 2014.

Entry forms are available at the Main Desk. One entry per person, and, in the event of more than one submission with the same total, the first entry submitted will be declared the winner.
Open to the entire campus!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Celebrating 50 Years of Library Service at CCC!

February 3, 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. Library building! In celebration, the CCC community is invited to gather to enjoy cake and drawings for students and staff to win new books.

Monday, February 3, 2014
Library Gallery

This is an historic moment for the Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. Library, as the building is about to undergo an expansion and renovation, slated to begin in March. Come get a "before" view of the Library prior to its exciting transformation, which will be unveiled in January 2015. You can also get a preview of the plans for the renovation.

Join us!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Spring 2014 Library Hours & News

Welcome back!  As the Spring 2014 semester begins at CCC, the Arthur A. Houghton, Jr. Library is here to support your academic goals.
By this point you may have heard about the extensive renovation project that will begin in the library this spring - rest assured that the Library WILL BE OPEN, staffed, and available to you until the end of the semester.  In March our main entrance will close as construction begins, but the lower level entrance will remain open and all of the computers and resources upstairs will still be available.  Please ask a staff member if you have any questions or concerns!

Our hours during the spring semester are:

  • 7:30 am - 8:00 pm Monday - Thursday
  • 7:30 am - 4:00 pm Friday 
  • 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm Sunday (No Sunday hours if no Monday classes)
Finally, don't forget about the Library Research Award.  Entries for the 2013 award are due by January 31, 2014!