New Books Student Life Part 4


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Check out this collection of new books addressing the particular interests and issues of students. Check out our past lists from 2015, from 2016, and from 2017. Today we add some more titles to the list and if you hear of a book or think of a particular topic you think we should add to the collection, please let us know. 🙂

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.

“Ace” Any Test (2nd ed.) by Ron Fry, Call Number: 371.3 F947a

Attack of the Teenage Brain!: Understanding and Supporting the Weird and Wonderful Adolescent Learner by John Medina, Call Number: 370.15 M491a

Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together by Erin Lowry, Call Number: 332.024 L921b

But I Love Him: Protecting Your Teen Daughter from Controlling, Abusive Dating Relationships by Dr. Jill Murray, Call Number 306.73 M982b

College Cooking: Feed Yourself and Your Friends by Megan and Jill Carle, Call Number: 641.5 C278c

Cut College Costs by Rose Rennekamp, Call Number: 378.38 R414c

Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process by John McPhee, Call Number: 808.08 P995d

The Essential Guide to Rhetoric by William M. Keith and Christian O. Lundberg, Call Number: 808 K287e

Essential Type: An Illustrated Guide to Understanding and Using Fonts by Tony Seddon, Call Number: 686.224 S447e

The Everything College Cookbook: 300 Hassle-Free Recipes for Students on the Go by Rhonda Lauret Parkinson, Call Number: 641.5 L383e

How to Choose Your Major by Mary E. Ghilani, Call Number: 378.2 G424h

The Internet Trap: Five Costs of Living Online by Ashesh Mukherjee, Call Number: 302.23 M953i
NOTE: “Whether we are checking emails, following friends on Facebook and Twitter, catching up on gossip from TMZ, planning holidays on TripAdvisor, arranging dates on, watching videos on Youtube, or simply browsing for deals on Amazon, the internet pervades our professional and personal environments. The internet has revolutionized our lives, but at what cost? Mukherjee uses the latest research in consumer psychology to highlight five hidden costs of living online: too many temptations, too much information, too much customization, too many comparisons, and too little privacy.”

Juggling: Higher Education Study and Family Life by Louise Webber, Call Number: 378.1 W371j

The Oxford Guide to Library Research (4th ed.) by Thomas Mann, Call Number: 025.5 M282o

PowerPhrases!: The Perfect Words to Say it Right and Get the Results You Want by Meryl Runion, Call Number: 658.452 R942p

Preparing for a World That Doesn’t Exist – Yet: Framing a Second Enlightenment to Create Communities of the Future by Rick Smyre and Neil Richardson, Call Number: 303.49 S667p

Saving Beauty from the Beast: How to Protect Your Daughter From an Unhealthy Relationship by Vicki Crompton and Ellen Zelda Kessner, Call Number: 362.88 C945s

A Student Guide to Study Abroad by Stacie Nevadomski Berdan, Allan Goodman, and Sir Cyril Taylor, Call Number: 370.116 B486s

A Student Handbook for Writing in Biology (4th) by Karin Knisely, Call Number: 808 F246s

Think Before You Like: Social Media’s Effect on the Brain and the Tools You Need to Navigate Your Newsfeed by Guy P. Harrison, Call Number: 302.302 H319t

The Ultimate Guide to College Transfer: From Surviving to Thriving by Lucia D. Tyler and Susan E. Henninger, Call Number: 378.1 T982u

What Smart Students Know: Maximum Grade, Optimum Learning, Minimum Time by Adam Robinson, Call Number: 378.17R658w

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Info to Know Fall 2018



Here is a collection of information of things on the Kirkwood Community College Campuses that you should know about!


You have to learn to speak the language of college, but you don’t have to start out knowing it. Check out these tips.

Experiment with a different browser to start the school year. It’s helpful to have more than one on your computer, especially when trouble shooting.

What’s Kirkwood’s Student Body like?

Check out some words of advice from the U.S. Department of Education:

Find some books to help you find your footing as a student or graduate here:

Want some tools to hack college? Check out these websites.


Kirkwood has a new app. Find instructions on where to find it.


Learn more about it here: To add a course, if the class has not met yet, students can call One Stop.  For any class that has met, students will need to fill out a form. Get the form from the department’s office and ask them about the particular class. For the first week you just need the instructor’s signature. The following week you also need the Dean’s. For Distance Learning classes in general check this page.

Students may drop classes through Eaglenet until the last day set on the academic calendar each semester. To check for the important dates for any particular class double check here.

Add-Drop Tuition Swap

Kirkwood no longer gives a full refund to students who both drop a class and add a class in the second week of classes. This is sometimes called the second week “wash” or “tuition swap” – Kirkwood refunds 50% for all drops in the second week for 16-week classes.
Find Full Refund Policy:


Don’t know who your advisor is? Log in to EagleNet and view “My Profile” to see your advisor’s name. Set up an appointment to talk to them about your schedule and your overall path through your program. Contact the Advising and Transfer Center at 319-398-5540. Find answers to basic questions about class scheduling type issues here. NOTE that important dates listed on the PDF are NOT current.

Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol is never allowed on campus without special written permission.


There is only one ATM available on the Cedar Rapids campus. It’s located near the cafeteria by Student Life and the US Bank campus branch. On the Iowa City campus there is one available next to the One Stop Office.

Book List

There are two ways to get into your list of textbooks you need for all your classes.

To find your list of textbooks
1. Log into Eaglenet
2. Click on “My Class Schedule” under Academic Profile
3. Select term from Drop Down menu and click on Submit
4. Click on “Click here to access Booklist”
5. A second tab will pop up and ask you to log in with your k-number and password
6. This will generate a list for all your classes. They are very brief entries but will give you an abbreviated title, ISBN, and which class it’s for.

To go directly to the “second tab” (aka Step 5 above) go to

Books The Library Doesn’t Own

The library doesn’t collect textbooks (scroll to textbooks below), but for any other type of book we’ll be glad to try to help you get a copy either by buying it or by borrowing a copy from another library. This is also true for articles we don’t have in full text.

Book Club

Share your love of books and reading with other student readers. Read what you like. Share your thoughts. Make and take reading recommendations. Each semester we will decide on additional activities and determine if we want to focus on any reading themes. Contact club advisor Julie Petersen,

Book Return – Library

On the Cedar Rapids campus you can return books you’ve checked out in the drop at the circulation desk, the slot right outside the library doors, and the outside bookdrop. You can find the outside bookdrop right here:

At the Iowa City branch return books at the desk and in the library book return box (a large black box) across from the library doors. There is also a book return box available in the parking lot.

You can return books at the office at any of the centers.

Bus Passes for Free

The EagleCard Office at the help desk in the Allsop lab in Neilsen Hall, Student Life, Rec Center, and both bookstores can attach free bus stickers to the EagleCards that will allow students to ride Cedar Rapids bus routes 7 and 7a for free. You MUST have the sticker attached to your EagleCard each year before you can ride free. The year runs from August to August. The stickers do not cost anything, you must simply be an enrolled Kirkwood student. Students must get an EagleCard from the Eaglecard office listed above for use to verify attendance and k number.

If you’re waiting for a Cedar Rapids bus and wonder where it’s at, simply go to Through an interactive map, click on the route number and an arrow will show exactly which street or intersection your bus is at and watch an arrow representing the bus as it moves along down the street. Remember the routes that come to Kirkwood are 7 and 7a.

Here is the map and the route schedule. The routes in use are the ones established July 1, 2017. They haven’t changed this year.


Find the calendars with important dates, which days school will be closed, and final exam schedule here:

Turn in any registration forms by Aug. 31,2018 before the Pell lock date of Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 (Labor Day). Any forms processed after Sept. 3, 2018 will not be counted as Title IV credits for financial aid purposes.

Campus Health Replacement

Mercy has a new outpost next to the Kirkwood Hotel and the Kirkwood administration is working to maintain Kirkwood’s support for student health. Find out more.

The previous campus health department is now closed. Previous services such as the food bank and other basic needs give aways are now done through security. Contact their office for more information: 319-389-1774 or email

Campus Map

In Spring 2018 they updated the campus map so it no longer uses a key and directory, but labels the buildings directly.

Car Service

For only $8 let Automotive Technology perform a full vehicle inspection. They will inspect the condition of the brakes, belts, fluids, and test the battery. It is open to anyone with a vehicle that is not European and no older than 8 years. The service is available on Mondays and Wednesdays, from October to May, by appointment only. Schedule an appointment by calling (319) 398-5479 or e-mailing

Car Troubles

For some car troubles you can ask security for help, for others they can loan you equipment and give advice. Learn more here:
Contact security by calling (319) 398-5561 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or calling (319) 389-1774 after hours and on weekends.

Career Services

The Career Services department offers a variety of job seeking skill and career decision-making workshops, as well as individual appointments that are free to Kirkwood students. Career Services assists students in career exploration and job-seeking skills. Some of the job seeking skills help includes resume building and interview coaching. For more information, including dates and times, please visit

Class Schedule Problems – Scroll to Advisor above


Kirkwood has a wide range of interests with more than 80 clubs registered with Student Life. Check out the list:

Scroll up to Book Club

Coloring Printing

Find out about color printing on all campuses in this blog post:

Scroll down to Printing and Print Quota for more printing information.

Computer Lab in Cedar Rapids— 131 Nielsen Hall

The Allsop Computer lab in 131 Nielsen Hall is the main lab on the Cedar Rapids campus. It houses 105 PCs and 4 iMacs, two copier/printers plus two scanners, a color printer and a regular printer. All programs needed for classes are offered on the Allsop computer lab computers, but not every computer has every program, ask at the help desk if you need a specific program so they can direct you to the correct computers. No classes or labs are scheduled in the quiet study areas. The walk-in lab is used for student public usage for research and homework. Students are required to swipe their Eagle card upon entering/exiting the computer labs. No food or drinks are allowed in the computer labs. Computer lab hours are subject to change during inclement weather. The same policies and guidelines apply as in the computer classrooms.

Computer Lab in Iowa City

The Iowa City computer lab is part of the library.

Confidential Counseling Services – It’s FREE

Life can be overwhelming. Roommate issues? Relationship issues? Class/test concerns? Personal issues?  You don’t have to face it alone. Help is right here on campus.  Counselors are available in 108 Iowa Hall, Mon. – Fri., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Contact us at 319-398-5540 or visit to learn more.

Cost Per Class

The cost per class is actually figured out by credit hour. Find more information:


Your permanent EagleCard is your official Kirkwood identification. Get it after you register for credit classes. Your Eaglecard is also your LIBRARY CARD. Carry it with you at all times while you are on campus and you’ll avoid a lot of headaches with different departments and you’ll get all of your student benefits. (Library Note: We have some items, such as the laptops, that we only check out if you have your physical card in hand.)

Present a government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport, etc) at one of these locations:

  • EagleCard office (Nielsen Hall – Room 131 which is within the Allsop Computer Lab) Phone 319-398-5411, ext. 5680
  • Kirkwood Rec Center (main campus)
  • Iowa City Campus Bookstore
  • Any county center office

The EagleCard Office is open the same hours as the Allsop Computer Lab. EagleCards can also be printed at the Rec Center on the Main Campus and at the Iowa City Bookstore.


EagleCash is money that you put on your EagleCard that you can use in various places around campus rather than carry cash.


EagleNet is Kirkwood’s student information services portal. Access a variety of info including class schedules, degree audits, and more.


Students can fax for free at the Cedar Rapids Kirkwood library. Ask at the Circulation desk.

Finance Department for Employees

The Finance Department manages general Kirkwood business including, but not limited to, departmental deposits, Pcard pick up, payment or reimbursement requests, and parking stickers. The Finance office is located at The Kirkwood Center, south of The Hotel at Kirkwood.

DIRECTIONS: From Kirkwood Boulevard, use the parking lot south of 76th Ave. (opposite side of The Hotel). Enter the doors to The Kirkwood Center Atrium. Finance is located on the other side of the reception area. For specific questions, please contact at ext. 5555.

Full Time Student Load

You must take 12 or more credits each semester to be considered a full-time student. Anything less than 12 credit hours is considered part-time, except during the summer semester when 9 credit hours is full-time.

General Student FAQs

Find some questions the college office gets a lot here:

Get Published

Faculty, staff and students can submit both writing and artwork to the Kirkwood publication, The Cedar Divide.


Check out these cookbooks in library aimed at college students. There are two locations of the Cafe on campus, one on the 2nd floor of Iowa Hall and one in the lobby area of Linn Hall. They normally have the same hours. There are also vending machines around campus with a variety of snacks and beverages.

International Students

Find all of the information you need regarding international student support services at  Scroll to the bottom of that page to find the International Events Calendar.  Join in any of the activities or stop by the International Student Office in Linn Hall 1154 for any additional information.

Internet Guidelines

Taken from The Policy for Responsible Use of Information Technology, Kirkwood Community College

  • Accessing the internet is a privilege granted for the primary purpose of conducting research, completing class assignments, and gaining familiarity with evolving electronic communications.
  • Users shall not send offensive, threatening, abusive, obscene, or other such messages to anyone who may be using the system.
  • Users shall not use Kirkwood’s computing resources to copy, generate, or transmit obscene files publicly accessible.
  • Each user will be financially responsible for any unauthorized commitments made through Internet.
  • Users must follow the guidelines as outlined in the AA/EEO policy on Hostile Environments including the viewing and/or printing of any material considered to be offensive or obscene.
  • Users shall not engage in invasion of privacy, unauthorized access, violation of copyright laws or any other activity prohibited by these guidelines or by law.
  • Access to the Internet may be denied or revoked at any time.

Kirk Alerts

Sign up for Kirk Alerts to get the latest information about college cancellations, delays, and closures. They can be delivered to you across multiple platforms of your choice. All clears are usually not issued.

Lactation Room

Kirkwood supports new mothers with designated lactation rooms. The ones in Cedar Rapids are in The ones in Cedar Rapids are in Cedar Hall Room 225, Linn Hall Room 2104, and KLIFE Room-404. Sign-up sheets are available in the room. If you have questions, please contact Human Resources.

The lactation room in Iowa City is located by the One Stop Office, Iowa City Room – 125C. There is also one at the Linn Regional Center, Room 306.

Late Registration Policy

The last day to register on EagleNet for a class is the day before it starts. Once a class starts, you’ll need faculty and possibly dean signatures to add it. If you have any doubts or questions about your schedule, don’t wait to talk to your advisor – make an appointment today! If an instructor signs a Late Registration form to let you into their class, your next stop is not One Stop. It’s the department office staff, who will process the form. Scroll up to Add-Drop for more information.

Don’t know who your advisor is? Log in to EagleNet and view “My Profile” to see your advisor’s name.

Library Textbook Policy

The library policy is to NOT purchase textbooks. This is because given the wide range of titles used by different instructors even within a single class, the cost would be prohibitive to provide them all. If any instructor or the department wants to loan us a copy of the textbook they use, we will be glad to put it on reserve. Feel free to ask your instructor if they haven’t yet put a copy on reserve.

Lost and Found – Now in the security office, Room 132 Iowa Hall.

Map – Scroll up to campus map

Microsoft Office

Do you know that as a Kirkwood student you’re entitled to a free download of Microsoft 365? This is a stripped down version of Office, but should work for any assignment you get a Kirkwood. Follow the step by step directions. Particularly note the form they want for the e-mail.

New Student Orientation

Orientation is mandatory for all new students and is offered on several dates prior to the start of the term. During orientation, you’ll work with academic advisors, current students and professional staff members to get ready for your transition to Kirkwood Community College. At orientation students will:

  • meet with academic advisors to learn about your core classes, degree requirements in programs you’re considering and course selections for the semester
  • talk with Kirkwood faculty members about academic expectations learn about student involvement, financial aid, campus technology, community expectations, and other aspects of the social and academic environment at Kirkwood
  • meet and get to know other new students
  • receive your EagleCard (student ID)
  • register for classes.

For more information go to

New Stuff 

Want to be notified when the library gets something new? Sign up or check back at the link.


Notebook and Graph Paper

Sometimes classes will require special paper (printed with a particular design) for assignments. Notebook paper and regular graph paper are the most common of these. You can buy a package at the Bookstore or other retailer, but if you just need a page or two or something really custom you can print your own.

Notary Public 

A notary is sometimes needed for legal documents confirming you’ve proved you are who you say you are. Notaries are available at the bank branch by the cafeteria and around campus. Contact Human Resources for a current list. (Staff members can access this list under KIN.)

Old Class Descriptions

If you need an old class description to show someone whether they would be willing to accept a class or not for some purpose, find it here:

One Stop

The One Stop office manages general student business including, but not limited to, financial aid status, graduation inquiries, transcript requests, course or enrollment verification, diploma ordering or information on deferment. The One Stop office is located at Kirkwood Hall 2nd floor.

    DIRECTIONS: Driving from Kirkwood Boulevard, enter the south entrance to campus and take the first left. Drive toward the buildings and Kirkwood Hall, which is to the north of the parking lots. There is visitor parking in the Blue Permit parking lot. Walking, go to Kirkwood Hall, which is located down the skywalk from the cafeteria in Iowa Hall. Once at the end of the skywalk, the One Stop office is the first office on the right. For specific questions, please contact the One Stop office at 319-398-7600.

Parking Permits and Parking and Traffic Tickets

Students are NOT required to get parking permits to park on Kirkwood lots, but are required to follow basic parking rules such as parking in designated areas only. If you get a Kirkwood parking ticket, pay at the Cashier’s Office in One Stop.

Breaking city laws, for example parking in handicap spots without a handicap permit, can get you a regular parking ticket from the city where regular fines apply.

Password Reset

Access this self-service web page to establish or change your K-number password. For more information. You can log on to change your password from any machine that you don’t have to use your Kirkwood ID to log into on or off campus.

Prayer Room

There will be a prayer room available from 12pm – 2pm Monday – Friday, Room 3041 Cedar Hall. This is a room number change from the previous room which had only been available on Fridays. You may visit the International Programs office 1154 Linn Hall on the Cedar Rapids Main campus if you have any questions. This service is available to all students.

Printing and Student Print Quota

There are various places around campus where students can print. The two main ones are the library and the computer lab at both campuses. (In Iowa City they are now in the same room.) Both have black and white and color printers. Scroll up to Color Printing.

Registered students are given a $36 print/copy ration of play money per semester.  This is a way to ration printing and is NOT real money either from the college or from any fee students pay. It could as easily be known as points or coupons, etc. As students print or copy, 5 cents will be deducted for each black and white page, and 10 cents will be deducted for each color page. Access this page to check your current balance.

AGAIN this is NOT from any real money fee or any money payment made by either the student or the college. NO charge for $36 was added to your tuition bill. NO unused portion of the ration will be given to you as cash. You can NOT spend it anywhere on campus for anything other than copies or prints.

The balance means balance like a checkbook or savings account, not balance like a credit card. Meaning it isn’t saying that you owe money when it shows a balance, it’s what you have to use yet.

Most students don’t use their entire ration during a semester. If you haven’t used all of yours it will be carried forward to the next semester. At the end of the summer everyone’s balance is wiped out and you start again with $36, but don’t worry about that remember that it isn’t real money.

If you would use all $36 during the semester and need more, you CAN put real money on the card and that won’t disappear at the reset. However, it is not refundable.

As a student when you print documents, you will see a pop-up that will inform you of the cost of that print job and the remaining balance. Click to confirm that you want to print it. If a student sends a job to the printer that is more than 24 pages,  an additional dialogue box  pops up asking them to confirm that they want to print that much.

When as a student, you use your k# to login to the copier, you will see your name and your current balance on the display pad.

Check out this site find out your current balance, add real money to your account (which will never vanish, like the play money ration does), or to dispute a print charge. It’s easy to remember the website it’s the Kirkwood address plus print, so but not that easy to find a link to.

Recreation Center – Located on campus the recreation has exercise equipment and an indoor track for your workout. They also run exercise classes. Here’s the current list. Find out hours, location, and all they have to offer on their website. It’ open to Kirkwood employees and all for credit students.

Restrooms, Single Occupancy – There are single occupancy restrooms across campus. On the main campus in Cedar Rapids find them at Mansfield Center 3- Floor Restrooms (across from foundation office) Room 305 and 309, Benton Hall 3rd Floor  Room 325 and 326, and Bookstore 1st Floor Room 112 & 113. They are also available on the Iowa City campus- Room  125B and Linn Regional Center- South Side (next to KTOS0)  Room  803 and 805.

Resume – Scroll up to Career Services


Want to get off on the right foot with your roommate? Here are some suggestions.


Counseling services offers screenings in the fall.

  • Alcohol Screening will be on 10/4/2018
  • Depression Screening will be on 10/11/2018
  • Eating Disorder Screening will be on 10/18/2018

All screenings are from 10:00am-1:00pm in 125 Iowa Hall.

Students can also access the screenings online here:


Contact security by calling (319) 398-5561 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or calling (319) 389-1774 after hours and on weekends. Get more information on the array of services they offer.

Student Code of Conduct

Specific rules and regulations Kirkwood students are required to follow and the possible consequences for violation.

Student Email

The Kirkwood student email system is the primary tool for official communication from the college. All current Kirkwood students are expected to have a k# (college id) and a student email account. Important information from your department, as well as notifications from advising, enrollment and financial aid, will NOT be sent via postal mail or to a personal e-mail address, but will be sent to your student e-mail.

The format of your Kirkwood student email address is:

If your first and last name are being used already, a number will be added to your email address to make it unique. Upon graduation or transfer to another institution, student email accounts are deactivated (the following August 31st). Any saved documents and/or emails will not be accessible after that date.

Upon registration for at least one credit class, students will be provided a student email account. (Library Note: Although we haven’t seen this lately, sometimes students have had issues with attachments from the various free e-mail sites opening on campus – Yahoo, G-Mail, Hotmail, etc. – if an attachment absolutely, positively has to get there we recommend using your Kirkwood e-mail to send it or even better send it to both.)
Find the IT FAQs for Student email:

Student Handbook

The full set of rules to live by and other useful information is available online.

Student Help Desk (for computer questions)

The Student Help Desk is ready to help you with your login questions. Conveniently located in the Allsop Computer Lab – 131 Nielsen Hall. Call them at 319-398-7624 or 1-800-634-6581. Among the IT services are: Campus Wireless, EagleCash, EagleNet, Talon, Passwords, Print Quota, and Student e-mail. Contact them directly for questions about any of these and start with them for other basic computer issues. Find their FAQ sheet linked here:

If it’s a Talon question that isn’t related to individual page set up, they will likely refer you to the general Talon help service. Scroll to Talon information below.

Student Print Quota – Scroll up to Printing and Print Quota

Study Abroad

YOU can study Abroad.  Kirkwood offers over 15 different short-term study abroad programs each year and there are programs for everyone.  The programs and applications are found here at  You are also welcome to stop by Linn Hall 1154 to speak with a Study Abroad Advisor if you have any questions.  Scholarships for study abroad are available.


Talon is a suite of online tools that facilitate online classes. Instructors in face-to-face courses often deliver materials and extend your learning with Talon. Most online courses operate fully within Talon or at least use it as a frame or portal to get you to the materials you need and to turn in assignments.

If your instructor told you to use or find something and you don’t know where it is (a handout, an article, a place to turn something in), check your Talon page for that class first.

Often the first thing we suggest for people having Talon problems is to try a different browser, like Firefox or Chrome. You can check with the student helpdesk, but you may be directed to the help line through Talon which is available 24/7 at 1-877-478-7074. If you have questions about coursework, contact your instructor.

Textbooks –Scroll up to Book List of Textbooks to find out which books you’ll need and to Library Textbook Policy for information about what’s available in the library.

Tutoring – It’s FREE!
Free tutoring is available to every student taking a class for credit. Stop by 2071 Cedar Hall or call 319-398-5425 to speak to someone in Learning Services.


Tuition cost is set per credit hour, but varies by Iowa resident, non-resident, and international categories.

Vending Machine Issues

If a vending machine takes your money or if you have another vending machine issue, in Cedar Rapids report to Student Life on the 2nd floor of Iowa Hall across from the bank by the cafeteria. In Iowa City report it at the One Stop office. Find out more about the vending machines by the Cedar Rapids Kirkwood library here and the rest of them on campus by checking with Student Life.


Be sure to check out all the resources on the Cedar Rapids campus including the Veterans Lounge.

Veterans in Iowa City are eligible for all benefits but they do not have a lounge.


Free WiFi is available inside of every Kirkwood building.

Withdrawn From Class By Instructor

If you have a  Deregistration or Administrative Withdraw from a class for non-attendence, here’s what you do.

Work Study

To get work study position around campus, start at One Stop and make sure you qualify for Work Study. Then you can apply for specific jobs currently open around campus.

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.

Let’s All Read


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This year the Kirkwood Library has chosen the book Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart as our book to get people reading and talking. We’ve purchased multiple copies of this book, so come in to the Cedar Rapids campus library and check out a copy for our normal 3-week checkout period.  The Iowa City campus library also has a copy.

Hanna Hart is a wildly popular YouTube personality and author of the New York Times bestseller My Drunk Kitchen. In this book, she processes the data of her life with this collection of heartfelt and inspiring essays about family, faith, love, sexuality, self-worth, friendship, and fame.

Hannah Hart has been named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30. She has led a discussion about millennial engagement with former president Barack Obama at the White House, and she is founder of the Have a Hart Day initiative, which encourages young leaders to volunteer in their communities.

Let us know! Have you heard of Hannah Hart? Did you read the book? What did you think of it?

New OER Search Tool!


One of the “secret menu” services Kirkwood Library Services offers to faculty is support in locating and using OER (Open Educational Resources), and one of the main challenges faculty report is in searching for these specialized resources. There are so many different ways to search for OER, and none of them involve using Google, everyone’s comfort-zone search tool! Enter Milne Library of SUNY, a leader in OER promotion, education, and adoption. Librarians at SUNY have developed a new search tool just for OER, and it promises to be just what so many faculty have been hoping for. Here’s a clip from their press release:

OASIS offers users worldwide the ability to search a range of OER materials including textbooks, courses and corresponding materials, interactive simulations, public domain books, audiobooks, modules, open access books, videos and podcasts on a variety of topics — from anthropology to zoology. OASIS also is the only tool that allows users to limit searches by creative commons licenses or by faculty review.

“One of the fundamental ideas behind OER is creating better and equal access to course materials for students,” said Rawlins. “The benefit of OASIS is that faculty can now find different types of OER all in one place using this search tool, with nearly all materials being in the public domain or openly licensed. Before, we would have to point faculty to the individual search tools from each source that are all now listed in OASIS.”

Thank you Milne Library and SUNY for investing in the people and the technology that made this tool happen! Try it out and bookmark it — we’ve just added it our Kirkwood Faculty OER Adoption Guide too.


Labor Day Weekend 2018 Hours



Library Reference Desk where you ask questions

Our Friendly Reference Staff

In honor of Labor Day Weekend Kirkwood Library Services hours at BOTH locations will be:

  • Friday, August 31st – Open Normal Hours
  • Saturday, September 1st – Open Normal Hours
  • Sunday, September 2nd – Closed
  • Monday, September 3rd – Closed
  • Tuesday, September 4th – Resume Normal Hours

Looking for Biography 2018



Are you trying to find biographies here at Kirkwood? They aren’t shelved in a single section like in some public libraries, they are filled in the regular run of non-fiction books where they belong. An athlete’s biography is shelved with the sports books, a politician is shelved with history books or social change books, a scientist with the science books, an actor with the movie and television books, etc. Enjoy some of the titles we’ve added this year. Check out our previous lists:

There are also specialized lists for example Sport Stars or Movie Stars and Directors.

Another Kind of Madness: A Journey Through the Stigma and Hope of Mental Illness by Stephen P. Hinshaw, Call Number: 616.89 H665a
NOTE: A young man realizes that his father has been hiding a mental illness – severe enough to warrant multiple hospitalizations from his own children. A powerful argument to destigmatize mental illness.

Autobiography of a Schizophrenic girl: The True Story of “Renee” by Renee, Call number 616.898 A939

Beauty in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Love, Faith, and Resilience by Allison Pataki, Call Number: PB PAT
NOTE: Five months pregnant, on a flight to their “babymoon,” Allison Pataki turned to her husband when he asked if his eye looked strange and watched him suddenly lose consciousness. After an emergency landing, she discovered that Dave—a healthy thirty-year-old athlete and surgical resident—had suffered a rare and life-threatening stroke. Next thing Allison knew, she was sitting alone in the ER in Fargo, North Dakota, waiting to hear if her husband would survive the night. When Dave woke up, he could not carry memories from hour to hour, much less from one day to the next. Allison had lost the Dave she knew and loved when he lost consciousness on the plane. Within a few months, she found herself caring for both a newborn and a sick husband, struggling with the fear of what was to come.

Believe Me: My Battle with the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease by Yolanda Hadid with Michele Bender, Call Number: 616.9 H129b

Beyond Promises by Ron Corbett, Call Number: 977.797 C789b
NOTE: The biography of the Cedar Rapids mayor now running for governor.

The Boys in the Bunkhouse: Servitude and Salvation in the Heartland by Dan Barry, Call Number: 362.3 B279b

The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying by Nina Riggs, Call Number: 362.196 R569b
NOTE: Nina Riggs was 37 and the mother of two when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, within a year she knew she was dying. This is how she lived her last year.

Broad Strokes: 15 Women Who Made Art and Made History (in That Order) by Bridget Quinn, Call Number: 709.2 Q73b

The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute To His White Mother by James McBride, Call Number 974.7 M119c
NOTE: A man explores his mother’s story, how she was born in Poland, raised in the South, went north, married a black man, and worked to send 12 children to college.

Coming to My Sesnes: The Making of a Countercultural Cook by Alice Waters, Call Number: 641.509 W329co
NOTE: Waters retails her life as she developed as a cook and ultimately opened a top restaurant.

The Dog Lover Unite: Lessons in Courage from the World’s K9 Cops by Rachel Rose, Call Number: 363.2 R797d
NOTE: Rachel Rose embeds with K9 units all over the world to find out how they work and shares their stories with you.

Dottie Wiltse Collins: Strikeout Queen of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League by Carolyn M. Trombe, Call Number: 796.357 C712t

Driven from Within Michael Jordan edited by Mark Vancil, Call Number: 796.322 J824d

Endurance: A Year in Space, a Life Time of Discovery by Scott Kelly, Call Number: 629.45 K298e
NOTE: An astronaut who spent over a year on the International Space Station.

George Kennan: A Writing Life by Lee Congdon, Call Number: 327.73 K34k
NOTE: A diplomat and a writer, two very diverse parts of a man successful at both.

The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After by Clemantine Wamariya and Elizabeth Weil, Call Number: 967.571 W243g
NOTE: According to Alexis Okeowo of NYT Book Review this book: “describe Wamariya’s idyllic early childhood in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, and the madness that followed with an analytic eye and, at times, a lyrical honesty…. Wamariya is piercing about her alienation in America and her effort to combat the perception that she is an exotic figure, to be pitied or dismissed…. Wamariya tells her own story with feeling, in vivid prose. She has remade herself, as she explains was necessary to do, on her own terms.”

Henry David Thoreau: A Life by Laura Dassow Walls, Call Number: 818 T488w

Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times by Kenneth Whyte, Call Number: 973.916 H789w
NOTE: The only US President born in Iowa, so far.

Human Origins: 7 Million Years and Counting (New Scientist), Call Number: 599.938 H918h

I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart, Call Number: 792.702 H325i
NOTE: Born an accident in poverty, today Hart is one of the biggest comedians in the world.

I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can: A Memoir by Barbara Gordon, Call Number: 362.29 G862i
NOTE: An extraordinary woman who has it all or thinks she does tries desperately to keep up the facade despite crippling anxiety attacks.

I’m Fine…And Other Lies by Whitney Cummings, Call Number: 792.7 C971i
NOTE: The comedian and creator of 2 Broke Girls tells stories of her life.

Is There No Place on Earth for Me? by Susan Sheehan, Call Number: 616.89 S541i
NOTE: This renowned journalist’s classic Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of schizophrenia follows a flamboyant and fiercely intelligent young woman as she struggles in the throes of mental illness.

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay, Call Number: 306.4 G285h
NOTE: Gay recounts a childhood sexual assault that led her to purposely gain weight in order to be unseen and therefore “safe.” Gay warns at the beginning of the book that if you’re looking for a triumphant weight loss memoir, this is not it.

Jackie Robinson: Breaking Baseball’s Color Barrier by Budd Bailey, Call Number: ELA 006 R662b

The Jersey Brothers: A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His Family’s Quest to Bring Him Home by Sally Mott Freeman, Call Number: 940.54 F855j
NOTE: The extraordinary, real-life adventure of three brothers at the center of the most dramatic turning points of World War II and their mad race to change history—and save one of their own.

Jeter Unfiltered by Derek Jeter, Call Number: 796.357 J587d

Katherine, It’s Time: The Incredible True Story of the Multiple Personalities of Kit Castle by Kit Castle and Stefan Bechtel, Call Number: 616.82 C353i
NOTE: Subjected to brutal physical, mental, and sexual abuse at a very early age, little Elizabeth Katherine Meyer escaped into other lives. For nearly forty years she existed as seven distinctly different people, switching personalities as often as two or three times in a single day – sometimes in a single hour.

Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night by Jason Zinoman, Call Number: 791.45 Z786L

The Measure of My Days by Florida Scott-Maxwell, Call Number: 301.43 S428m
NOTE: “We who are old know that age is more than a disability. It is an intense and varied experience….if it is a long defeat it is also a victory…”

Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age by Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, Call Number: 297.092 A316m

My Name is Caroline by Caroline Adams Miller, Call Number: 616.85 M647m
NOTE: A young pretty, popular girl was hiding bulimia.

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography, Call Number 791.45 H315n

Nelson Mandela and the End of Apartheid by Ann Graham Gaines Rodriguez, Call Number: ELA 006 G142g

Odd Girl Out: My Extraordinary Autistic Life by Laura James, Call Number: 616.85 J279o

The Only Girl in the World: A Memoir by Maude Julien, Call Number: PB JUL
NOTE: Maude Julien’s parents were fanatics who believed it was their sacred duty to turn her into the ultimate survivor–raising her in isolation, tyrannizing her childhood and subjecting her to endless drills designed to “eliminate weakness.” Maude learned to hold an electric fence for minutes without flinching, and to sit perfectly still in a rat-infested cellar all night long (her mother sewed bells onto her clothes that would give her away if she moved). She endured a life without heat, hot water, adequate food, friendship, or any kind of affectionate treatment.

Priestdaddy: A Memoir by Patricia Lockwood, Call Number: 813.6 L564p
NOTE: The story of a girl whose father became a Catholic priest.

The Promise: A Tragic Accident, A Paralyzed Bride, and the Power of Love, Loyalty, and Friendship by Rachelle Friedman, Call Number: 362.4 F911p
NOTE: A friend pushes a bride into a pool at her bridal party and she is paralyzed. She won’t name which friend. This is what happened next.

Queen of Bebop: The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan by Elaine M. Hayes, Call Number: 782.421 V369h

Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat by Patricia Williams with Jeannine Amber, Call Number: 792.7 W726r

Ranger Games: a Story of Soldiers, Family, and an Inexplicable Crime by Ben Blum, Call Number: 364.15 B658r

Relentless: A Memoir by Julian Edelman with Tom E. Curran, Call Number: 796.332 E217r
NOTE: A football player tells his story.

Running From the Mirror: A Memoir by Howard Shulman, Call Number: 362.1 S562r
NOTE: Just 3 days after he was born Howard Shulman contracted an infection that destroyed his face. His parents abandoned him at the hospital and this is his story has he made himself a success.

So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley by Roger Steffens, Call Number: 782.421 M347s

Tears of Salt: A Doctor’s Story by Pietro Bartolo and Lidia Tilotta, Call Number: 610.92 B292t
NOTE: The story of the only doctor on an Italian island that bears the brunt of refugees seeking sanctuary from Africa and the Middle East.

Texas Adoption Activist Edna Gladney by Sherrie S. McLeRoy, Call Number: 361.2G542m
NOTE: The inspiration for the Greer Garson movie Blossoms in the Dust, Gladney lead the fight to stop the abandonment of illegitimate children.

To My Children’s Children by Sindiwe Magona, Call Number: 968.068 M211t

Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife by Pamela Bannos, Call Number: 770.92 M217b

The Voices of Robby Wilde by Elizabeth Kytle, Call Number: 616.89 K999v
NOTE: The story of a paranoid schizophrenic.

Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman by Jon Krakauer, Call Number: 796.33 K893w
NOTE: A professional football player volunteers for military service after 9-11, he serves heroically until he is killed by friendly fire.

Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir by Amy Tan, Call Number: PB TAN
NOTE: The author of The Joy Luck Club tells her story.

You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie, Call Number: PB Alexie

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OER at Kirkwood: Survey results & Looking ahead


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OER (open educational resources) have been gaining more and more interest and use over the past several years. These open licensed and free-to-use information resources are high quality supplements or replacements for traditional textbooks, and many faculty at Kirkwood are already using them as their required course textbooks. We at Library Services have been supporting faculty identification and adoption of OER for several years now, and this last spring we surveyed our faculty to learn more about their use of and interest in OER. Here’s what we found out:

  1. At Kirkwood, there is currently more interest in OER than actual adoption: Out of 133 faculty respondents, 4 (3%) indicated that they have already adopted OER for one or more of their courses, and 61 (46%) indicated they are interested in adopting OER as a full or partial replacement for their class textbook. The other half of respondents were either not interested in OER (21%) or not familiar with OER (30%).
  2. Faculty would like more resources and workshops on finding and adopting OER: Several faculty requested in-person workshops on OER adoption, along with ongoing support throughout the semester. In response there is a KCELT class currently being planned on both the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City campuses — please contact Kate Hess at the Iowa City Campus Library to register (kate.hess AT The date and time will be decided based upon participant availability.
  3. Some of the requested online resources for finding and adopting OER already exist on the Library’s website, within the Faculty Services LibGuide. This site, created specifically for Kirkwood faculty who want to adopt OER, links to many different sources for high quality OER, along with guides on how to evaluate these sources and use them with students.
  4. Many faculty have found that adopting OER can be a very time-consuming and complicated task. There are certainly hurdles to OER adoption: the time to locate and review the materials, transitioning to a different method of making materials available to students, not being able to depend on the material being updated by the creator, to name a few.

We would definitely like to lend a hand to faculty who want to adopt OER, and help problem solve the issues you run into. Here are some examples of solutions to common problems:

  • Problem: Some faculty are concerned about having students access an online textbook — many students may lack computer skills or lack reliable internet access from home.
    Solution: OER can actually be printed and packaged for sale at the Kirkwood Bookstores. Because of the open licensing, no permission is needed to download and make copies of the material. The Bookstore in conjunction with Kirkwood Print Services can make copies for your students, and will charge them only enough to recuperate the cost. Contact the Kirkwood Bookstore to find our more about this process.
  • Problem: Some faculty are concerned about losing the supplemental resources they get with their current textbook — things like test banks and study guides.
    Solution: You might be surprised to learn that many OER do have supplemental resources for faculty and students, and that some have a whole suite of online resources to go with their open text, all at a very low cost per student for a semester.  Lumen Learning is an outstanding example of this, with their platforms Candela, Waymaker and OHM.

If you’re a Kirkwood faculty and you’re interested in OER, please contact me to discuss the possibilities! (kate.hess AT

Welcome Week Fall 2018 Cedar Rapids Kirkwood Library



We got a lot of feedback on our surveys this spring that there were students who even at the end of spring semester didn’t have any idea where the library is located on the main Cedar Rapids campus. So we hope to remedy that by encouraging everyone to come to the library sometime during the week of August 20th. Please come, pass this on, and bring a friend!

Activity Details

Monday, August 20th – Movin’ and Shakin’ table  (11AM – 2PM)

Tuesday, August 21st – Welcome table with informational handouts, cookies, and “Win a Bookish Box” door prize. (11AM – 12:30PM)

Wednesday, August 22nd – free popcorn (1PM – 3PM)

Thursday, August 23rd – Same as Tuesday PLUS “Take a Photo with Sammy the Eagle” (11AM – 12:30PM)

Friday, August 24th – Fun and Game Day ALL DAY

All events are in Kirkwood’s Cedar Rapids library except for Movin’ and Shakin’.

The enduring question: can I use this?




Copyright- Creative Commons- Fair Use- Public Domain by Langwitches on Flickr. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Copyright and fair use questions come up very regularly for us in Library Services. The questions are usually some variation of “Can I use this?” from a faculty wanting to make online or printed copies of something for their students. Because we deal with copyright issues as part of our work with keeping and lending information materials in the library, and with providing access to online subscription content for our thousands of users, we librarians are often the de facto campus copyright and fair use experts. And we welcome that role — No, really, we do! However the questions are almost never easy or straightforward to answer. So if you ask us a copyright question you may first hear a disclaimer (“I am not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice”) then you will hear words like “probably” and phrases like “you should be okay”, or possibly “I wouldn’t recommend it, but how about ________”. So here are a few things that you may or may not realize about copyright and fair use that will help you understand these matters better, and hopefully be more at ease about using the fair use doctrine when it does apply.

Things to put you at ease:

Remember that fair use is a doctrine of the U.S. Copyright Law, and it provides a defense for use of copyrighted works that would otherwise be infringement. This means a few things:

  1. You only need to invoke the fair use doctrine on works that are under copyright. Works that are open licensed (such as Creative Commons licensing) may be freely copied as long as you follow the rules of the license (e.g. you might be required to credit the original author, or you might not be able to may any changes to the work). Likewise works in the Public Domain may be copied and edited without restriction. But Public Domain typically only includes works older than 1923, or works published by a U.S. government department or agency. (And don’t get me started with works published outside the U.S.)
  2. You only need to invoke fair use if you make a copy of a work. Copying means a paper copy or a digital copy, so downloading a digital copy of a work to your computer and posting it on Talon means you have made a copy. However, making a link to an existing online copy of a work (such as linking to an article or ebook within a library database using a permalink) does not constitute making a copy, so you don’t need to make the fair use determination in that case. Link away!
  3. Do invoke the fair use doctrine once you’ve made a determination that it applies to your situation. On the one hand, just because your use is educational does not mean all copying you do is fair use — educational purpose is only one of the four fair use factors. On the other hand, once you’ve made your best determination that your use falls under fair use, you should feel at ease about making your copies. Section 504 (c)3 of the copyright law states that employees are not subject to statutory damages if we make “good faith” decisions — this means having a process of evaluating fair use on a case by case basis. For this reason we recommend faculty download the fair use checklist, fill it out and save a copy each time you make a fair use determination for copying you do. The checklist is designed to help you make the decision on whether your use tends to favor fair use or not. Ask a librarian if you’d like a second opinion on your fair use.
  4. If fair use doesn’t seem to apply, maybe there’s another way to provide the material to students. Ask a librarian for help, we can often find ways for you to link to content we have already licensed for student use, or can help you find similar content from an open licensed source.

I hope this guide was helpful! If you haven’t already, bookmark the library’s copyright help guide for quick reference.

Do You Know About Saving on Kirkwood Computers?


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This is a shock to many students, but there isn’t a way for a student to directly save on the Kirkwood system. Unfortunately a folder icon with their name does show up in the top left hand corner when they log in. It is not clear to the uninitiated that this doesn’t mean they have a folder.

Whenever you log out of a student use computer it wipes clean anything that was saved to the computer while you were logged in. So anything saved on the desktop or documents folder is gone!

If you’re using a Kirkwood machine as a student please e-mail it to yourself, save it on a flashdrive, or save on an online web based service such as OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.

Faculty PLEASE remind students of this fact. We get students who can’t believe they’ve lost papers on a regular basis.


We have a few of extra things to mention this month.

First, we’d like to remind everyone if you’re planning on having a library instruction session please let us know so we can get it on our schedule to make sure you get your first choice of date and time.

Second, another reminder, the library puts copies of textbooks on reserve, but ONLY the ones that faculty and departments give us. If you have an extra copy of a book you use in your class, please bring it by or drop it in campus mail.

Third, we didn’t get a report put out about the faculty survey we took this spring. We’ve got a report ready, but want to give everyone a little time to get back and into the semester before we give you something else to think about. We will be doing another Info to Know post the first week of school so be sure to point it out to your classes.

Fourth, watch for more information later, but we’ve added a database of modules to use for flip teaching Information Literacy with your class. You can choose which modules to use and skip the others. Quizzes are set up as Talon objects so they can add scores directly to your gradebook.

Welcome to Our New President

President Lori Sundburg introduces herself to Kirkwood.

Chronicle of Higher Education Articles

5 Things Community Colleges Can Do To Help With Student Success

2 Year and 4 Year College Partnerships

A-Non Chronicle of Higher Education Article with some interesting (even if not brand new) suggestions. Click to get to tweet and again to open image file so you can read it.

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

Amazon Best Books of 2017

Books for Veterans

Movies and Directors

Nature Books

Six Words to Tell Your Life Story

Sport Biographies

Odds and Ends 47

Odds and Ends 48

Odds and Ends 49

YALSA Best Books 2017

Our Special Display This Month

We’re going to do several posts this fall sharing the information that was part of our display for Kirkwood’s 50th Anniversary. This month check out our statistics.

Our Database of the Month

Our database of the month is very unique this time. Over the summer we have added Credo Info Lit. This set of modules can be dropped into any Talon class. You can do them all or just the modules you want. Quizzes are available as Talon objects and when added that way you can tell them to feed results directly into your grade book. This is an experiment this year to see if they get use and how faculty and students like them. Please give at least one module a try and let us know. For a quick introduction and for detailed instructions on how to use it.


The Cedar Rapids library is going to be on reduced hours the week of August 13 – 17. On Wed., Aug. 15th we’ll be opening at 9:30am and will otherwise be on 8am to 5pm hours all week. The Iowa City library will be open normal summers hours that week.

For the very first time the Cedar Rapids library is going to be celebrating Welcome Week. We’ll be having a special event each day to try and encourage students to figure out where the library is located during that first week. We’re doing Movin’ and Shakin’ having food during the week, offering a photo op with Sammy the Eagle on Thursday, and games on Friday. So please come by and encourage students to come too.


We now have a special children’s area in the library.

Research Tips

We’ve Added New Videos to the Library YouTube Page

Study Says Millennials Like Books

Tech Tips

Clean out your computer to start your new school year right!

Want a Specialized LibGuide for an assignment to help your students find stuff?

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Want to schedule time in the library or for us to come into your class?

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What if the library doesn’t have a book you want?

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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! Look for the next issue of our newsletter. 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! Look for the next issue of our newsletter.