April 24, 2015

Library hours for end of the semester & Orchard Ridge Library relocation

The OCC Libraries will be open for normal service hours through the end of classes on Monday May 4 and open for limited service hours until the Summer I semester begins on Monday May 11. Please see the campus libraries page for intersession hours May 5 - May 10
Please note that the Orchard Ridge campus library will be closed between May 5-10 while we move to a temporary location in G108 & G106 due to a construction project in the library
Find out more about the project and the details of the library move.

April 22, 2015

Congratulations to the OCC Libraries award-winning library staff!

We are very proud of our four OCC Libraries staff members who have recently been honored for their exemplary work in service to the OCC community and to the library profession.

Mary Ann Sheble, the Libraries Dean of Learning Resources, has received the 2015 Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Leadership Award. She will receive the award on June 26 at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco in recognition of her contributions to the library profession. More about the award and Dean Sheble’s contributions can be found on the OCC Spirit News Blog.

Nadja Springer-Ali, a campus librarian at the Orchard Ridge King Library, has been unanimously selected as OCC’s Diversity Champion for 2015 by the College Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.  Nadja will be recognized on the Diversity Champion Honor Roll as sponsored by the Race Relations & Diversity Task Force of the Birmingham Community House in early May. More about the award and Nadja's contributions on the OCC Spirit News Blog.

Carol Benson, a campus librarian at the Royal Oak Campus Library, was selected as the winner of the Best Transcript Award at the Research Help Now Michigan Virtual Reference Service Collaborative Annual Meeting on April 17. Each year a librarian from this statewide group is recognized as having the most exemplary reference interaction in the Research Help Now collaborative, the group behind the OCC Libraries Ask a Librarian Service which provides online reference assistance to the OCC Community. Find out more about the OCC Libraries Ask A Librarian service and the Research Help Now collaborative.

Lindsay Mitchell, Learning Resources Technician at the Auburn Hills Campus Library, was selected as one of two recipients of this year’s Outstanding Employee Award for the Auburn Hills campus. Lindsay was recognized for this honor at a March 18 reception on the Auburn Hills campus.

April 16, 2015

Library instruction sessions help improve student learning

The OCC Library website is a gateway to a wide variety of credible resources that students can use to do research for their classes.  When it comes to doing research for an assignment, there is so much more available than Google and Wikipedia!   Here are some ways in which OCC faculty have introduced their students to the Library and its incredible resources & services: 
Each semester for both my U.S. and World history courses, I utilize extensively the OCC library system.  Students are required to write essays and/or papers from challenging research questions using required sources such as nonfiction books, peer-reviewed articles, and the links the library provides to their approved history web sites.  I also provide the reference librarians with the assigned questions and/or research essay topics to make their time efficient in helping my students.  By the end of the semester I have students who tell me they have learned more about a person or event and they now know how to better utilize the library's resources.  OCC has an excellent library which I not only use in my classes but for myself.
Nancy E. Shockley, M.A., History Faculty
The OCC Library staff has helped me to open the eyes of my Intro to Gerontology students and now Sociology of Aging students to all the awesome services available to them. The students are required to do a special assignment regarding aging issues by utilizing Professional Journals. The library staff has not only taken the time to help students with this specific assignment, but takes time to help them with all library issues.  Special thanks to this amazing OCC Library Team.
Midge Appel,  Adjunct Faculty
Visit the For Faculty page on the library website to find out more about how the OCC Libraries can help faculty improve student research skills, schedule a library instruction session, or go here to contact your campus librarian for more information.

Submitted by Carol Benson
Faculty Librarian
Royal Oak Campus Library

March 31, 2015

New look for Gale databases starting April 2

Beginning April 2, many of the databases provided by Gale at the OCC Libraries will introduce a new look with improved functionality. The changes bring in a more modern, responsive design optimized for any screen size and a more unified look and feel across all the Gale databases. All the previous functionality of these databases has been preserved, but some features and menus have been relocated to improve functionality.

The affected databases include:
See an overview of the enhancements.

March 25, 2015

Last chance for free Library Success Seminars in April

There are just a few more chances to attend Library Success Seminars coming up in April.  These sessions cover a variety of topics related to library research and are designed to improve your library success skills. Ask your instructor about extra credit for attending any of these seminars. See the Library Instruction page for more information about seminars at all OCC campuses.

Auburn Hills Campus Library
These free seminars are held in room D206 in the Auburn Hills Library. See full schedule here.
  • Evaluating Websites
    Learn how to identify trustworthy websites. Not all .com websites are bad, and not all .edu websites are perfect!
    Tues March 31 from 5-5:30 pm
    Weds April 1 from 12-12:30 pm
  • Michigan Libraries at Your Fingertips
    Learn how to use MeLCat to request materials from other libraries and have them delivered to an OCC campus.
    Tues April 7 from 5-5:30 pm
    Weds April 8 from 12-12:30 pm
  • Google Scholar & Google Advanced Search
    We can show you tips and tricks that will change the way you search the web.
    Tues April 21 from 5-5:30 pm
    Weds April 22 from 12-12:30 pm
Royal Oak Campus Library
Seminars are held in the Royal Oak Campus Library room C202. See full schedule here.
Southfield Campus Library 
Seminars are held in the Southfield Campus Library room A212E. See full schedule here.