Southwestern Library News

Spring 2015

Faculty: DVD Class on Keeping Students Honest

Tools & Techniques for Promoting Academic Integrity is a training DVD on ways to identify and reduce cheating and plagiarism. It's kept behind the desk at the library for faculty, part-time faculty and staff use only.

Book and Database Use is Up

The number of log ons to Southwestern Library's electronic databases is growing, and now exceeds the checkout of physical items.
The number of log ons to databases now tops 11,000 during a school year.
That doesn't mean books or DVDs are declining. Here are our number of checkouts of physical items in recent years:
2011-2012 = 9,007
2012-2013 = 9,011
2013-2014 = 9,278
It looks as if 2014-2015 is on track toward a similar number of checkouts.
Thanks to everyone who uses the Southwestern Library!

Poetry, Environmentalism, Oregon Pioneer Fiction at Coos County libraries

  • Hear Oregon's Poet Laureate Peter Sears read at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 4 at North Bend Public Library.
  • Watch documentaries on environmental issues at 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays between April 6 and 22 at Coos Bay Public Library.
  • Meet Oregon author Jane Kirkpatrick at 6 p.m. May 21 at Dora Public Library or at 7 p.m. May 22 at Coos Bay Public Library. Jane Kirkpatrick is a writer of historical fiction, including this year's Title Wave book, A Light in the Wilderness, available at all Coos County libraries and for a discount at Books by the Bay in North Bend.

Insights on Reading

"One of the common metaphors we use when describing the immersive drift of reading is that of floating on a river: we are carried along by a narrative, as if we were in an oarless boat. This metaphor implies a passivity that belies the vested involvement of our reading minds. Sometimes we must row hard against the current, or steer around a jutting rock. And even when we are coasting, the boat that is carrying us is: our own minds."

-- Peter Mendelsund in What We See When We Read, available at the Southwestern Library.

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