October 29, 2014

Human Library Returns to Highland Lakes November 5

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Have you ever wondered what it is like to be deaf?  What it is like to live with a mental illness?  What it is like to have survived cancer three times?  On Wednesday November 5 from 1pm – 7pm, the Highland Lakes Campus Diversity Committee and OCC Libraries will host our seventh Human Library. A Human Library is a collection of individuals who have been unfairly or negatively labeled and are available for “check out,” creating a cross section of “books” that represents the diversity of our population.  This allows “books” and “readers” to interact with people from all walks of life and hopefully break down barriers that are cornerstones of prejudice. For more information, please go to www.humanlibrary.org .
On Wednesday November 5, at the OCC Highland Lakes Campus Student Center from 1pm-7pm, our Human Library will have 13 Human Book titles.  Please come and check them out.

The Human Library was started several years ago in Denmark to help break down barriers and end prejudice.  The idea was 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.


Submitted by Allison McFadden-Keesling
Faculty Librarian
Highland Lakes Campus Library


October 15, 2014

Raider One Card Update: Now Three Ways To Get Your Card

Did you know you that you need your Raider One Card to use certain library services, such as borrowing library materials, renewing or requesting OCC Library books online, or using MeLCat to request materials from other libraries?  You can also use it to print & copy in the library.

If you haven't got your Raider One Card yet, there are now three ways you can get it done:
  • Visit a Raider One Mobile Carding unit, available on-campus the first two weeks of each semester.  See dates & times for the mobile unit.
  • Order your card online & submit your own photo.
  • New - Stop by a Raider One Card Photo Station at any OCC Raiders Store to have your photo taken.  Make sure you bring your OCC student ID number and a photo ID.

See the flyer for more information, or visit the Raider One Card website.

October 1, 2014

Free Library Success Seminars in October at Auburn Hills, Orchard Ridge, Royal Oak & Southfield campus libraries.

The campus libraries at Auburn Hills, Orchard Ridge & Southfield are all offering free Library Success Seminars in October. 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 October 6 - Evaluating Websites Learn how to identify credible, trustworthy websites.
    12:00-12:30 in the Auburn Hills Library room D206
  • Monday October 20 - Scholarly vs. Non-Scholarly: Why Should I Care? Learn what it means for articles & websites to be scholarly & credible – and why you should care.
    12:00-12:30 in the Auburn Hills Library room D206
  • Monday October 27 - So You Have a Pro/Con Assignment
    Learn how to locate resources that offer multiple perspectives on a controversial topic.
    12:00-12:30 in the Auburn Hills Library room D206

Orchard Ridge Campus
(see all Fall 2014 seminars for Orchard Ridge)
  • Monday October 6 - US Government Resources @ Your Library
    Discover how to enhance your research papers using Government resources.
    12:00-12:30 in the King Library
  • Monday October 13 - Google Tricks & Tips
    Improve your search results using Google Advanced Search.
    12:00-12:30 in the King Library
  • Monday October 20 - Evaluating Web Pages
    Learn techniques to determine if a web site has reliable information.
    12:00-12:30 in the King Library
  • Monday October 27 - Special Seminar: Choosing a Research Topic
    Need a research topic? OCC Libraries have great resources to help you out.
    12:00-12:30 in the King Library
Royal Oak Campus
(see all October 2014 seminars for Southfield)

Southfield Campus
(see all Fall 2014 seminars for Southfield)

September 19, 2014

New ebooks available now

There are lots of new ebooks available through the OCC Libraries. Check out the details below on how our three main ebook collections continue to grow, or find out more about how to use ebooks at the OCC Libraries.

eBooks on EBSCOhost
The eBooks on EBSCOhost database contains the full-text of thousand of ebooks on just about any topic.  We added 169 new titles this summer. Visit our New Books guide to see the new ebooks, which are listed when available under each of the subject areas on the left side of the screen.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
The Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) provides searchable ebook versions of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources on a wide range of subjects, including arts & humanities, biography, business, health sciences, history, social sciences, and natural sciences.  This is a great resource for finding high quality reliable sources when beginning a research project.
Find out more about GVRL and see a list of the latest additions.

Books 24x7 ITPro Collection
The ITpro Collection at Books24x7 provides full-text ebooks and desktop videos on a wide variety of technology topics including networking, programming languages, desktop and office applications, the Web, computer hardware and software, databases and more. New titles are being added all the time. Find out more about the ITpro collection and see the latest titles.

September 10, 2014

Wednesday September 17th is Constitution Day!

The Orchard Ridge Campus King Library is a Federal Depository Library and provides free access to print and electronic documents created by the United States Government. While supplies last, the Orchard Ridge Library will be giving out free pencils and sticky note pads in honor of Constitution Day. Be sure to check out our display table featuring government publications and books about the United States Constitution.

Want to learn more?
Use the OCC Libraries Search Everything to locate books or articles related to U.S. Constitution, or take a look at the resources on the OCC Libraries Government Research Guide. For more information about accessing the Government Documents collection, visit the reference desk at any OCC campus library for assistance.

Finally, you might be interested in the Student Life sponsored Patriot Week events going on at the OCC campuses September 11-17.  See the flyer for more information.