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)

October 29, 2014

Human Library Returns to Highland Lakes November 5

Click the image to see the flyer
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 .
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

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.