Thanksgiving Break Hours 2015


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In honor of Thanksgiving, Kirkwood Library Services will be having special hours around the break. The hours in the table below are for the Cedar Rapids – Main Campus Library, the Iowa City Library hours will be the same with a few exceptions. Iowa City will be open their normal Saturday hours (11 am – 4 pm) on Saturday, November 21st and 8:00 am – 5:00pm on Monday, November 23rd and 11:00 am – 5:00pm on Tuesday, November 24th.  Iowa City will NOT be open Sunday, November 29th.

Sat., Nov. 21st

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Sun., Nov. 22nd –  Mon., Nov. 23rd


Tues., Nov. 24th

10:30 am – 5:00 pm

Wed., Nov. 25th –  Sat., Nov. 28th


Sun., Nov. 29th

3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Mon., Nov. 30th

Watch for Special Final Friendly Hours!

And remember to plan on coming to the EXAM CRAM in Cedar Rapids on December 1st .

EXAM CRAM Fall 2015


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Are you stressing out about those final exams and research papers right about now? Your Cedar Rapids Kirkwood library and tutoring services is here to help! On Tuesday, December 1st, the first floor of the Library and Tutoring Services (at 2071 Cedar Hall) will once again be hosting a special day of activities for fun, relaxation and study. Door prizes, for students, will be provided by the Cafe, Bookstore, and Student Life. AND Hot chocolate, coffee, bowls of candy and bags of popcorn will be available at the library throughout the day!

First, let’s get serious! Tutoring services will provide math and science help from 8AM – 6PM and computer skills tutoring from 8AM – 7PM. Writing tutors will be provided by the Writing Center faculty on the first floor of the Library. The schedule for writing assistance is:

9:05-11:05 Willie Barbour

11:15-1:15 Steve Wolcott

1:15-3:00 Steve Price

3:00-7:00 Jessica Lora Height-Angelo

Now for the fun! The library will have games, puzzles (look for the 252 piece one of the Cedar Rapids campus) and coloring throughout the day. Kristi Murdock, Animal Health Technology, will be bringing therapy dogs to the library during activity hour (11:15 – 12:10). AND for the very first time, the library  will be providing free 10 minute chair massages by therapist Shannon Williams in the library classroom for stressed out students from 10AM – 1PM. (A sign-up sheet will be available on the day of Exam Cram.)

If you miss the chair massages on December 1st, you will have a second chance to have a foot, hand or neck massage on December 2nd from 10:30AM – 1:30PM in the library classroom. These will be provided by Stephanie Berberich who will be using essential oils to soothe you! First come, first served. These are open to students, faculty, and staff, as is a Tai Chi class, by instructor Don Arenz, in the library classroom at 10:10AM on Monday, December 7th.

Then once finals begin, the library will be providing coffee, hot chocolate and tea to get you through those late nights! What more could a student ask for? But if you have other ideas or suggestions, email us:   We’re here to serve you!






Meaning of EBSCO


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Back in 2011, I had a student ask, “What does EBSCO stand for?” I remembered it was an acronym (taking the first letter from each word in a phrase to form a new word), but I couldn’t remember what it stood for and I couldn’t find it listed on their website or any other authoritative source. A quick check with Colleen Bossier,  our EBSCO Customer Service Representative, confirmed that EBSCO stands for:




CO (company)

I saw a web search showing up in our search statistics that directed the searcher to our blog and I realized the way they phrased their question a direct search of the blog wouldn’t bring the right post up. I also realized the title on the original post didn’t do much to help people find it (it was more general because I included some then recent information about changes that had recently rolled out in the database). I decided to repost the EBSCOhost meaning making it a little clearer with a more specific title and without the extra database information.

So to help other such seekers who would word the question the same way as the one that inspired me, the definition above may also answer the question, “what is the meaning of EBSCO? ” As long as they weren’t looking for the literal meaning this should answer their question. If they were looking for a literal meaning EBSCO means a collection of databases for research, but more information than that would be a topic for another post. :)

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

Do You Know What Librarians Can Do to Help Your Classes?


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This time we have a special guest post republished with permission. We made a few small edits mostly in formatting. Enjoy these assignment suggestions from
Mary Ann Cullen
Library – Director for Alpharetta Center and GPC Online
Perimeter College in Georgia

1.     Help Your Students Find Appropriate Topics
Librarian can give suggestions, require or instruct students how to find a good topic. Many times students get discouraged if their topic is too broad, too narrow, or too difficult to research. Our experience can help steer students away from topics impossible to research with the resources available.

2.    Come to Your Classroom
Are you sure your students really know how to research? Invite a librarian to your class.  Instruction is most effective if the assignment has already been given and the students have started to realize that they don’t know how to complete the task.  By providing the librarian with the assignment, the librarian will be able to focus the instruction so it is most relevant and helpful to the students. There is no way we can cover everything there is to know about library research in a single 45 minute session! Feel free to ask us back!

LibGuides and New Catalog2

3.      Test Your Assignment
Test your assignment yourself, especially if you’ve given the students a fairly focused topic.  Kirkwood Libraries have a terrific collection of print and electronic resources, but we do not have the same types of resources as a large research institution.  Sometimes needed materials don’t exist – period. You won’t find a research paper over a topic that’s local. Pick a sample topic the students are likely to choose and try using the library resources to complete the assignment. If you can’t do it, neither can they!

4.      Be Specific About What Resources They Can Use
Tell the students what kinds of resources are acceptable very specifically.   Will you allow documents from the open web?  What about if the students limit their web resources to .gov sites – especially if they need statistics?  Are you
counting information or article databases as web resources? What do you mean by scholarly article, anything from a scholarly publication or only research studies? Do you only want research studies or would qualitative or summative articles work?  Without such guidance, students are likely to do all their research on Wikipedia or go to the opposite extreme and refuse to use electronic resources at all.  With more and more scholarly sources and government statistics published in electronic-only format, it is no longer practical to limit students to print resources, but neither is Wikipedia an acceptable source in scholarly research.  Depending on the topic and the seriousness of the scholarship required, students need guidance understanding what sources are appropriate and why.

5.      Make Plagiarism Hard To Do
Make your assignment plagiarism-resistant by requiring a particular combination of resources or by asking “what if” questions that are not likely to be found written about elsewhere.

6.      Stress That Research Comes Before Writing Papers
Make sure students understand that research comes before writing the paper.  Many students come to the library reference desk and announce they’re done writing the paper, now they just need some resources.  While this may be better than the opposite extreme of just writing a report with no thoughts of their own, it defeats the point of doing research before reaching a

7.      Consider Grading the Process
Grading the process and not just the product.  Students are more likely to actively engage in the research process (and less likely to plagiarize!) if you require them to turn in intermediate steps, such as their topics, a preliminary list of resources (along with the first page or abstracts of the resources), a rough draft, etc.

New Books: Clothing and Fashion History


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Library Services regularly updates sections of the collection and will often get bursts of new books on a particular subject. Our latest burst is on Clothing and Fashion.  There are more books on these topics available in the circulating collection at the same call numbers. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Call Number: 306.461 F794c Title: Calories and Corsets: A History of Dieting Over 2,000 Years Author: Louise Foxcroft

Call Number: 391.009 T712s Title: Survey of Historic Costume (6th Edition) Authors: Phyllis G. Tortora and Sara B. Marcketti

Call Number: 391.413 S537s Title: Shoes: An Illustrated History Author: Rebecca Shawcross

Call Number: 391.63 W181f Title: The Finishing Touch: Cosmetics  Through the Ages Author: Julian Walker

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

New Books: Odds and Ends 20


From time to time, when we get a collection of related books into the library we like to share a list on a particular topic, but lately we’ve had some books  come in that are too good not to share, even if they don’t fit with a particular theme. These titles are housed in Cedar Rapids, but you can request them to be delivered to any of the other centers at any time.

Call Number: 020.285 P159b Title: Biblio Tech:Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google Author: John Palfrey

Call Number: 151.8 R896b Title: Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives Author: Gretchen Rubin (Self-Improvement)

Call Number: 302.222 D111p Title: Peoplewatching: The Desmond Morris Guide to Body Language Author: Desmond Morris

Call Number: 305.6 M147p Title: Parish Boundaries: The Catholic Encounter With Race in the Twentieth-Century Urban North Author: John T. McGreevy

Call Number: 332.49 S456c Title: Coined: The Rich Life of Money and How Its History Has Shaped Us Author: Kabir Sehgal

Call Number: 333.109 W752a Title: America’s Public Lands: From Yellowstone to Smokey Bear and Beyond Author: Randall K. Wilson

Call Number: 378.198 R632p 2004 Title: Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities Author: Alexandra Robbins

Call Number: 420.76 T759i Title: Institutionalizing Literacy: The Historical Role of College Entrance Examinations in English Author: Mary Trachsel

Call Number: 614.42 K765c Title: Cartographies of Disease: Maps, Mapping, and Medicine Author: Tom Koch

Call Number: 616.86 H466t Title: The Thirteenth Step: Addiction in the Age of Brain Science Author: Markus Heileg

Call Number: 650.1 C592s Title: Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It Author: Dorie Clark

Call Number: 613.25 M282s Title: Secrets From the Eating Lab: The Science of Weight Loss, the Myth of Willpower, and Why You Should Never Diet Again Author: Traci Mann, PhD

Call Number: 618.92 M953d Title: A Disease Called Childhood: Why ADHD Became an American Epidemic Author: Marilyn Wedge

Call Number: 658.3 B787te Title: The Ten-Minute Trainer: 150 Ways to Teach It Quick and Make It Stick! Author: Sharon L. Bowman

Call Number: 658.4 C554i Title: The Innovator’s Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth Authors: Clayton M. Christensen and Michael E. Raynor

Call Number: 728.809 B636a Title: Abandoned Mansions of Ireland Author: Tarquin Blake (photographer collection)

Call Number: 791.43 F162b Title: Black Hollywood: From Butlers to Superheroes, the Changing Role of African American Men in the Movies Author: Kimberly Fain

Call Number: 792.7 R721a Title: Angry Optimist: The Life and Times of Jon Stewart Author: Lisa Rogak

Call Number: 810.8 S884 Title: Stories from Where We Live: The Great Lakes Editor: Sara St. Antoine

Call Number: 810.9 L345c Title: A Common Life: Four Generations of American Literary Friendship and Influence, Melville and Hawthorne, James and Wharton, Porter and Welty and Bishop and Lowell Author: David Laskin

Call Number: 813.6 L478g Title: Go Set A Watchman Author: Harper Lee

Call Number: 910.285 C772f Title: Fun With GPS Author: Donald Cooke

Call Number: 937.725 B368f Title: The Fires of Vesuvius: Pompeii Lost and Found Author: Mary Beard

Call Number: 973.932 T911t Title: That Used To Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back Authors: Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum

Call Number: 974.02 C947c Title: Changes in the Land: Indians, Colonists, and the Ecology of New England Author: William Cronon

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

Information Literacy Post Roundup 2015



We’ve wrapped up another National Information Literacy Awareness Month, but let’s take a minute and look back on our previous posts. It’s never too late to think about information literacy. NILAM

What is Information Literacy?

Things to Think and Know About

Keep calm, think it through and we’ll be back with more helpful tips next year!

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

New Books: Zombies


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It’s Halloween time again and in honor of the Holiday here is our collection of Zombie related books. Remember you can check these out at the main campus library or have them delivered to any of the centers at any time.


NOTE: The books that have a 741.5 call number are shelved by the Popular Books in the Graphic Novels section.

Call Number: 741.5 A933p Title: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Authors: Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith

Call Number: 741.5 N566z Title: The Zombie Rule Book: A Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide Author: Tony Newton

Call Number: 741.5 P133z Title: Zombie Survival: From the Dawn of Time Onwards Author: Sean T. Page

Call Number: 741.5 S119z Title: Zombie Handbook: How to Identify the Living Dead and Survive the Coming Zombie Apocalypse Author: Rob Sacchetto

Call Number: 741.5 Z869 Title: Zombie Tales (Vol. 1)

Call Number: 741.5 T448 Title: Zombie Tales – This Bites (Vol. 2)

Call Number: 741.5 M585z Title: Zombie Tales – Good Eatin’ (Vol. 3)

Call Number: 818.607 A936s Title: So Now You’re a Zombie: A Handbook for the Newly Undead Author: John Austin

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.

Do You Know About Lost Flashdrives?


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By far the most common thing in our lost and found is lost flashdrives. It’s all too easy to be printing something out and then be so concentrated on the paper copy that you forget to grab your flashdrive and in some cases even to log off of the computer. We get roughly half a dozen flashdrives/memory sticks/thumb drives every day. Ninety percent of them are either Kirkwood designed or, more commonly, black. Flashdrives

We urge you to take a minute right now and create a word document called This Belongs To, put in your contact information, and save it to your flashdrive. In order to speed its return if someone finds it. Adding something unique like a wrist band also speeds identification.

If a flashdrive is turned into the library we turn it over to the library lost and found located at the Circulation Desk. Students return to the library asking for these more than any other lost item so we hold them here a week. After that we turn them over to the main campus lost and found located at 230 Iowa Hall, phone number 398-5578 (they answer as student life, just ask for lost and found).

Links to Some of The Books Recently Added to the Collection:

Our Special Display This Month

From last month Banned Books Month

Check out Halloween themed books until the end of the month.

Event – Exam Cram

Save the day for special events in the library to help you relax and blow off steam before Finals Week begins. Hold December 1st to come visit us at the Cedar Rapids campus.

EVENT – National Information Literacy Awareness Month

This month we urge people to stop and think about how they receive, use, evaluate, and apply information. Learn more from the national organization.

Event – Misc.

The Library also celebrated Back to the Future Day (the day when, according to the movies, Marty McFly came to the future).

Research Tips

Do you know you can check out books from the University of Iowa?

And remember you contact us at the library any time by phone, e-mail, chat, or stop on by! We’re always glad to see you!

Information Literacy: Online Privacy and Job Hunting


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Here’s a little secret about the Internet, what you do online everybody can see.  That doesn’t sound like a secret, but you’d be surprised how many people act like it is. That everybody isn’t limited to your friends or  to your social group, it includes future potential employers, loan officers, etc.  It’s important to be aware of that when you’re posting online. Go through this presentation from SlideShare for a lot of good advice at your own pace. Highlights include have separate accounts for work and play and periodically check to see what you’ve put online because you might not remember and what other people have put online about you. Have you searched for yourself lately?

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.


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