January 26, 2017

Celebrate Black History Month Through Reading

OCC Libraries in partnership with The OCC Diversity Committees are proud to participate in the 28th National African American Read-In on February 1-14, 2017.

OCC Students and employees are invited to hear readings or read a brief passage aloud from books written by African American authors. The goal of this event is to celebrate Black History Month and bring awareness about the contributions African Americans have made to the literary world.

Events will be held in the OCC Libraries:
Feb. 1 at Orchard Ridge from 11am-1pm
Feb. 6 at Auburn Hills from 12pm-1:30pm
Feb. 7 at Highland Lakes from 10am-1pm
Feb. 14 at Royal Oak from 11:30am-12:30pm

For more times information, contact your campus OCC Library or check out the flier.

November 1, 2016

Human Library at the Highland Lakes Student Center

Have you ever wondered about other religions?  Or what it is like to be deaf?  Or what it is like to be transgender? At the OCC Highland Lakes Campus Human Library on Wednesday November 9, 2016, the HL Campus Diversity Committee and OCC Libraries will host our eleventh Human Library event that allows “readers” to checkout volunteer “books” who represent multiple areas of diversity.  Human Books represent a cross section of society that have been stereotyped.  “Books” are not asked to be experts, but instead asked to be themselves and tell their story in response to questions asked by the “Reader”.  This exercise allowed “Books” and “Readers” alike to meet people from other walks of life that they may not otherwise have had the opportunity to meet.

The Human Library was started in 2000 in Denmark to help break down barriers and end prejudice.  The idea is simple: if you meet people from other walks of life, people different than yourself, they become real and no longer belong to a faceless group.  Once people start talking and getting to know one another, it becomes harder to discriminate against others as we realize we are more similar than we are different.  For more information, please go to www.humanlibrary.org .

On Wednesday November 9, at the OCC Highland Lakes Campus Student Center Arena from 10am – 2pm, our Human Library will have 25 Human Book titles.  Please come and check them out.

Allison McFadden-Keesling, Library Faculty

June 30, 2016

New Streaming Video Database

The OCC Libraries now provide access to the Films On Demand Master Academic Collection database of streaming videos. Films On Demand provides access to thousands of videos across a wide range of subject areas. All the videos are licensed by OCC for academic use and most include closed captions and interactive transcripts. Visit the OCC Libraries Video Guide for more information on the database, including instructions on how to create custom segments and playlists.

This new database will replace our previous subscription to the VAST Academic Video Online database. If you have any questions about this transition or still need access to videos formerly available in VAST, please contact an OCC Campus Library Reference desk and we will try to make arrangements to fit your needs.

May 9, 2016

Free Library Success Seminars in May & June at the Auburn Hills, Orchard Ridge, and Royal Oak Libraries

Free Library Success Seminars are coming up in May & June. These sessions cover a variety of topics related to library research. Ask your instructor about extra credit for attending any of these seminars. See the Library Instruction page for more information about future seminars at all OCC campuses.

Auburn Hills Campus Library
These FREE seminars are held Tuesdays 12:30-1pm in room D206 in the Auburn Hills Library. Ask your instructors about extra credit. Call 248.232.4128 with questions.
  • Tuesday, May 17 - What Can the Library Do For Me?
    Find out why so many students say, “I wish I’d come to the library sooner.”
  • Tuesday, May 24 - Getting the Most out of the Library Catalog
    Learn how to find and renew library materials online.
  • Tuesday, May 31 - Scholarly vs. Non-scholarly: Why Should I Care?
    Learn what it means for articles & websites to be scholarly & credible – your grade might depend on it.
  • Tuesday, June 7 - So You Have a Pro-Con Assignment…
    Learn how to locate resources that offer multiple perspectives on a controversial topic.
  • Tuesday, June 14 - Evaluating websites
    Learn how to identify trustworthy websites. Not all .com websites are bad, and not all .edu websites are perfect!
If the above times don’t work for you, please contact the reference desk at 248.232.4128 to arrange for a seminar at a time convenient for you.
Orchard Ridge Campus Library
Free Library Success Seminars to help you get the most out of the OCC Libraries.  Seminars are held on Mondays 12-12:30 in the Orchard Ridge Library. Ask your instructor about getting extra credit for participating.
  • May 16 - Getting to Know Your OCC Library
    Learn about the library, our web page, how to get research help, and more.
  • May 23 - Choosing a Research Topic
    Need a research topic? The OCC Libraries have great resources to help you out.
  • June 6 - The OCC Library Catalog
    This orientation will teach you how to find library materials effectively.
  • June 13 - FREE Articles @ Your OCC Library
    Need magazine, journal, or newspaper articles? Come learn about our databases.
Royal Oak Campus Library
Free Library Success Seminars to help you get the most out of the OCC Libraries.  Seminars are held in the Royal Oak Campus Library room C202.
  • Web Search vs. Research
    Monday May 23, 5-6pm & Wednesday June 8, 5-6pm
  • Library Homepage Hunt
    Tuesday June 14, 4-5pm
  • Help Me Find Good Websites
    Monday June 27, 5:30-6:30pm
Sign up in advance in the ASC (C101) or call (248) 246-2435, (248) 246-2437 or (248)246-2465. Please arrive to the seminar 10 minutes early. Out of consideration for others, there is NO LATE admission to seminars. Ask your instructor about getting extra credit for participating.