December 12, 2014

Library Hours for End of Semester & Holiday Break

The OCC Libraries will be open normal hours through the end of classes on Monday December 15. The libraries will be open for returns & fine payments only December 16-19 and January 5-9 (except for Highland Lakes, which will be fully open on Dec. 16 & Jan. 8-9), and closed all other times until normal hours resume on January 12.

Complete hours and more details on the About the Library page. 

Happy Holidays!

December 2, 2014

Suspension of MeLCat service for the semester break

Please note that MeLCat services will be suspended for the upcoming semester break.  Monday December 8 will be the last day to request an item through MeLCat before the end of the semester.  

All MeLCat items must be returned to the library by Monday December 15 unless the due date is after January 5, 2014.

MeLCat services will resume as normal beginning January 5, 2015.

November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Break Hours

The OCC Libraries will be closed for Thanksgiving break, Thursday November 27 through Sunday November 30. All other hours are as normally posted, please see the campus library contact page if you have any questions.

November 12, 2014

OCC Librarians Working For You: See What We've Been Up To Lately.

Your OCC librarians are constantly seeking ways to improve the library and become better at what we do. Here are some highlights of our most recent professional development activities: 
Google Hangout on the topic of LibGuides September 10, 2014
sponsored by SEMLOL – the Southeast Michigan League of Libraries
  • Your OCC Librarians use web-based software called LibGuides to create research guides. Each research guide pulls together books, articles, and websites on a variety of topics such as American History, Biology Business, Careers, Government, Nursing, Sociology, and more.
  • Alphabetical list of OCC research guides:
Copyright for Educators & Librarians July 21 – August 18, 2014
sponsored by Duke University, Emory University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • A MOOC is a massive, open, online course. This particular MOOC helped your OCC Librarians “accomplish their legitimate educational goals in ways that respect copyright and reduce the fear and uncertainty that sometimes hampers creative teaching.”
Going Beyond Google June 12, 2014
sponsored by American Libraries Live
Academic Libraries 2014 Conference May 29-30, 2014
sponsored by the Michigan Library Association
  • This event “shared best practices, emerging trends, career advancements, mentorship and future goals for academic libraries of all sizes and library professionals.” Individual sessions were titled:
    • Engaging Faculty in Information Literacy
    • Coaching New Librarians in Teaching and Learning
    • Copyright and You – Building a Comprehensive Copyright Course for Students
    • Flip Your Class and Keep Flipping: Transforming Library Instruction
    • Meeting the Challenge of Community College Librarianship: Trends Ahead and Competencies Needed
Negotiation of E-Resource Licensing & Pricing Terms May 7, 2014
sponsored by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services
  • Participants in this webinar learned successful strategies for negotiating the cost and terms of electronic resources. These strategies help keep costs down and maximize the number of research databases that the OCC Libraries can subscribe to.
Michigan Virtual Reference Conference April 25, 2014
sponsored by Research Help Now & Eastern Michigan University Library
  • “Virtual reference” refers to the research help that your OCC Librarians provide via chat (aka instant message). We are part of a large network of college and university libraries that enables you to get research help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: Individual sessions were titled:
    • Texting Reference: What is Success?
    • Student Desk Assistants vs. Professional Librarians: How do Their Chat Transcripts Compare?
    • Negotiating Instruction in the Chat Environment
    • Gamestorming Virtual Reference
Securing Your Library in Troubling Times April 10, 2014
sponsored by the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services, the Library of Michigan, and the Cooperative Directors Association
  • In partnership with the Michigan State Police, participants received “training from the State Police about personal safety and developing an Active Shooter policy and procedures. There was input from librarians who have dealt with violence in their workplaces and instruction on layout and design of library space to reduce risk.”
MeLCat Users Day November 4, 2013
sponsored by the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services·
  • MeLCat is short for Michigan eLibrary Catalog, and it’s a statewide network that puts Michigan libraries at your fingertips. If OCC doesn’t have the book or article you need, your librarians will find it for you and have it delivered – for free – from another library.
Submitted by Christy Malmsten
Faculty Librarian
Auburn Hills Campus Library

November 4, 2014

Last chance to attend free Library Success Seminars this semester

The campus libraries at Auburn Hills, Royal Oak & Southfield are wrapping up their free Library Success Seminars for the fall semester. These sessions cover a variety of topics to help you more successfully use the OCC Libraries. Ask your instructor about extra credit for attending any of these seminars.

Auburn Hills Campus
(see all Fall 2014 seminars for Auburn Hills)
  • Monday November 10 - Google Scholar & Google Advanced Search Get the most out of your Google searches.
    12:00-12:30 in the Auburn Hills Library room D206
  • Monday November 17 - Locating Primary Sources Learn how to find the raw material that helps us interpret the past (letters, journals, newspapers, photographs, etc.).
    12:00-12:30 in the Auburn Hills Library room D206
  • Monday November 24 - Michigan Libraries at Your Fingertips Learn how to use MeLCat to request materials from libraries across the state.
    12:00-12:30 in the Auburn Hills Library room D206
Royal Oak Campus
(see other seminars for Royal Oak)
  • Wednesday November 5 - Help Me Use and MeLCat
    4:00-5:00 in Room C202
  • Tuesday November 11 - Help Me Find Good Websites
    10:00-11:00 in Room C202

Southfield Campus
(see all Fall 2014 seminars for Southfield)