Storm Recovery COVID Update August 26 2020

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    Progress on Power Restoration

    Work continues on repairing the following main campus buildings following the storm:

  • Art & Theatre Annex & Kiln Building – The transmission lines and poles that service this location were badly damaged and are scheduled for repair by Alliant. An exact date for power restoration is still unknown but every measure is being taken to have the facility restored sometime this week.
  • The Iowa Equestrian Center – A section of the north riding arena roofing and overhead door was removed during the storm. This resulted in significant damage to the acoustical ceiling and suspected moisture to the main power switch gear. The temporary roof repair is complete and crews have started clean-up and electrical gear inspection.
  • The Kirkwood Center for Lifelong Learning – Clean-up crews are continuing to work and prepare the facility for staff and students to return on Aug. 31.
  • Main campus library – The library reopened August 24th.

    COVID-19 Updates

    Additional Safety Protocols

    Kirkwood is excited and ready to welcome students back to campus this fall. In order to provide a safe and productive learning environment for everyone attending in-person classes, there will be additional requirements for everyone to follow. For more information on new campus safety protocols, as well as what in-person classes will look and feel like, go to www.kirkwood.edu/backtocampus.

    No Food or Drink Allowed in Classrooms

    As part of the new COVID-19 safety requirements, food and drink will not be allowed in any Kirkwood classroom.

    Prepackaged Food and Drinks Available

    Prepackaged food and drink items will be available for purchase at the Linn Hall Café and the bookstore on main campus as well as the café on the Iowa City Campus.

    Recommended Minimum Computer Standards

    Students entering Kirkwood are recommended to have their own personal laptop computer. It is recommended that the laptop have an i3 processor if new or an i5 or above if purchased in the last three years. The laptop should have a webcam and be running Windows 10. A minimum of 8 GB of RAM is recommended, although higher RAM is a relatively inexpensive way to significantly increase the speed of the computer. The laptop should have at least two web browsers installed. A Chromebook is not recommended as it does not work with all applications a student may use. Students pursuing Nursing, Interior Design, Construction Management, or Architectural Technology should look to those programs for more specific computer requirements. Students considering transfer to another institution after Kirkwood should look to those institutions to determine if they have computer recommendations or requirements.

    Registration and Student Services Available by Phone or In Person

    Department offices are open for students needing assistance. Questions about enrollment, academic advising, and financial aid may be directed to Enrollment Services at two locations. Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (202 Kirkwood Hall and 114 Benton Hall). Students may also call 319-398-5411 for general information.

    Semester Start Delay Reminder

    The start of the fall semester has been delayed. Fall classes will now begin Aug. 31.

    For the latest Kirkwood storm recovery news, go to www.kirkwood.edu/stormrecovery.

Storm Recovery Update August 18 2020

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Currently what’s listed below about library services is accurate. Unfortunately we are not in the Main Campus library at this time and at this point we’re unsure when we will reopen. We’re continuing to operate online as we did while the campus was closed.

 

HOWEVER, the Iowa City Kirkwood library IS open. So if you need us in person, head to or call Iowa City. Otherwise contact us online via chat, e-mail, or call and leave a message.

Iowa City Library Entrance

STORM RECOVERY UPDATE

    Progress on Power Restoration

    The majority of Kirkwood locations and buildings are open and operational as of today. There are a few exceptions on main campus which are:

  • Art & Theatre Annex & Kiln Building – The transmission lines and poles that service this location were badly damaged and are scheduled for repair by Alliant.
  • The Iowa Equestrian Center – A section of the north riding arena roofing and overhead door was removed during the storm. This resulted in significant damage to the acoustical ceiling and suspected moisture to the main power switch gear. Teams are working to patch the roof, remove the acoustical ceiling to prevent falling debris, and dry out the switch gear to restore power.
  • The Kirkwood Center for Lifelong Learning – Power has been restored to the building but roofing damage during the storm resulted in water damage within the facility. A temporary roof has been installed and efforts are being made to repair the areas affected by water.
  • Main campus library – When power was restored, the transformer that services the main campus library failed and will need to be replaced or refurbished. Currently, the best timeline is four weeks for a new or refurbished transformer but temporary solutions are being considered to power the facility.
  • Michael J. Gould Recreation Center – The Rec Center will be reopening tomorrow. See details below.

    Rec Center Reopening Wednesday

  • The Rec Center will reopen tomorrow, Aug. 19, with an enhanced safety protocol. Hours will be limited to 6 – 9 a.m., 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., and 4 – 7 p.m. Monday – Thursday and Friday afternoons from 3 – 6 p.m. The center will be closed for two-hour blocks each day for deep cleaning of the building.
  • Masks and social distancing will be required at all times while in the building. Everyone will be required to do a temperature check and building occupancy will be limited to 50 people at a time. Drinking fountains, showers, and lockers will remain off/closed at this time and check-out equipment (basketballs, weight belts, etc.) will not be available. Spray bottles and towels for cleaning will be provided when you enter and each individual is expected to clean their machine prior to and after use.
  • For more information, go to the Rec Center website or email Brett Baumgart.

    Johnson Hall Locker Rooms Open to Students and Employees

  • The Johnson Hall locker rooms have been made available for students and employees that need a hot shower. Anyone needing to use a shower can do so between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Aug. 21.

    Registration and Student Services Available by Phone or In Person

  • Department offices are open for students needing assistance. Questions about enrollment, academic advising, and financial aid may be directed to Enrollment Services at two locations. Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (202 Kirkwood Hall and 114 Benton Hall). Students may also call 319-398-5411 for general information.

    Semester Start Delay Reminder

  • The start of the fall semester has been delayed. Fall classes will now begin Aug. 31.

    For the latest Kirkwood storm recovery news, go to www.kirkwood.edu/stormrecovery.

Kirkwood Storm Response

 KIRKWOOD ANNOUNCES START OF CLASSES DELAYED TO AUGUST 31

    As a result of Monday’s devastating storm, all Kirkwood locations will remain closed through Friday, Aug. 14. Like much of the region, main campus has no power and we do not know yet when it will be restored.

    The cleanup effort is underway and necessary repairs to Kirkwood buildings and property are ongoing. To ensure that the college is ready for the beginning of the fall semester, the start of the term will be delayed one week. Fall classes will now begin on Monday, Aug. 31.

    Employees will be notified about when to return to work in the coming days. Please continue to check your email for future updates. If you have any questions, please contact your supervisor.

    We appreciate your patience and understanding as we move through this challenging time.

We’re Back!

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Both Kirkwood Community College Library Services locations are open to the public again. You can still reach us online, but during the day:

Monday – Thursday: 8am – 5pm

Friday: 8am – 12pm

We’ll still be available online to help in the evenings.

Note: Hours will change as we move into the new semester of classes.

Find us on our website, chat from the website, or phone (after hours leave a voice mail and we’ll get back to you soon). We’re glad we’re back to help you out!

Eggbert in his mask reading a book in the library

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Thanks to Our Furry Support Staff

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Opening Up Again

Both library locations have been closed due to the campus shut down for the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re going to be open again 8am-5pm M-Th, 8am-12pm F starting August 3rd!

All during the shut down we’ve been working to serve you through online options. Our online outreaches will be continuing. So far we’re going to be continuing offering our chat help from 5pm-9pm M-Th.

Our hours will continue to be flexible as issues come up. Hours will change once classes start!

Our Furry Support Staff

While we’ve been and continue to work from home we’ve been getting support from our furry friends.

Arron’s Dogs

David’s Cat

Sarah’s Dog

 

Julie’s Cat

Sarah’s Cat

Shelley’s Cat 1

Shelley’s Cat 2

Sue’s Cat

Sue’s Other Cat

Carol’s Dog

Thanks for all your help and support!

UPDATED July 31 2020: I added one more photo from our staff!

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.

Anti-Racism: Learning to Confront Bigotry

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In the days since May 25, when a white police officer killed George Floyd in Minneapolis, protests and passionate conversations have focused our attention on racial prejudice. As the following books help us to see, this bigotry has been a disease in American society since its origins. Perhaps with continued study we can understand more fully why racial injustice has remained so intractable, and our conversations could, we hope, carry us closer to a time when we might finally begin to grow past it.

The books listed below are available through the Kirkwood Library in eBook format, so our Kirkwood community of students, faculty, and staff can read these even while the campus library locations are closed due to the pandemic. This is just a small sample of the materials in our collection to aid in the study of anti-racism; we encourage you to seek out additional book titles and articles using our catalog search at www.kirkwood.edu/library. When the campus reopens, our print books will be available as well (a few important print titles in our collection are listed at the end of this post).

Because our current crisis has as its focus the oppression of African Americans, the books listed here tend to focus on the black experience in America; of course oppression takes on many forms, and additional materials are available that address discrimination against other groups and in global contexts.

We are also offering an Anti-Racism libguide (research study guide) with further recommendations for study of racial injustice from our library databases and internet sources, plus a few notes on developing news, that can be viewed at guides.kirkwood.edu/ under “Anti-Racism.”

Note: Because Kirkwood buildings, including the library locations in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, are currently closed due to the pandemic, the following are eBooks that can be read online by the Kirkwood community. The links will take you directly to those. Below it are print books in our library collection that will be available as the campus begins to open.

eBooks:

Antiracism Inc

Antiracism, Inc.: Why the Way We Talk About Racial Justice Matters by Felice Blake. Punctum Books, 2019.

Art for Equality

Art for Equality: The NAACP’s Cultural Campaign for Civil Rights by Jenny Woodley. University Press of Kentucky, 2014.

Autobiography of Malcolm X

The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley. Ballantine Books, 2015. Temporarily available via Internet Archive. Also in print format, Call Number: Iowa City Library Popular Books HAL; Main Library 320.5 L778a 2015

Behind the White

Beyond the White Negro: Empathy and Anti-Racist Reading by Kimberly Chabot Davis. University of Illinois Press, 2014.

Black Marxism

Black Marxism by Cedric J. Robinson. University of North Carolina Press, 2000.

Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. 1970; Vintage International, 2007. Temporarily available via Internet Archive. Also in print format, Call Number: Iowa City Library OR Main Library 813.54 M882b 2007

Crisis Music

Crisis Music: The Cultural Politics of Rock Against Racism by Ian Goodyear. Manchester University Press, 2009.

End of American Lynching

The End of American Lynching by Ashraf H.A. Rushdy. Rutgers University Press, 2012.

Fire Next Time

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. 1963; Vintage International, 1993. Temporarily available via Internet Archive. Also in print format, Call Number: Iowa City Library 305.896 B181f

Long Past Slavery

Long Past Slavery by Catherine A. Stewart. University of North Carolina Press, 2016. Also in print format, Call Number: Iowa City Library 305.896 S849L

New Jim Crow

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. New Press, 2011. Also in print format, Call Number: Main Library 364.973 A377n

Racism and Anti-racism

Racism and Anti-Racism in Europe by Alana Lentin. Pluto Press, 2004.

Rethinking Racism

Rethinking Racism: Emotion, Persuasion, and Literacy Education in an All-American White High School by Jennifer Seibel Trainor. Southern Illinois University Press, 2008.

Sister Outsider

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde. Crossing Press, 2007. Temporarily available via Internet Archive. Also in print format, Call Number: Iowa City Library 814.54 L867s

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. 1937; Perennial Classics, 1998. Temporarily available via Internet Archive. Also in print format, Call Number: Iowa City Library OR Main Library 813.52 H966t 1998

 

Print Books

links are to the Kirkwood Library catalog. We are also acquiring eBook versions of some of these titles:

Algorithms of Oppression

Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble. New York University Press, 2018. Call Number: Main Library 025.042 N752a

Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Spiegel and Grau, 2015. Call Number: Iowa City Library OR Main Library 305.896 S982b

Citizen

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine. Graywolf Press, 2014. Call Number: Main Library 811.6 R211c

How to Be an Antiracist

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. One World, 2019. Call number: Main Library 305.8 K335h

Locking Up Our Own

Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman, Jr. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017. Call Number: Main Library 364.973 F724L

Racism without Racists

Racism Without Racists by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva. 4th edition. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2014. Call Number: Main Library 305.8 B715r

So You Want to Talk about Race

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. Seal Press, 2018. Call Number: Main Library 305.8 O529s

White Fragility

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo. Beacon Press, 2018. Call Number: Main Library 305.8 D538w

CITATION GENERATORS: CHECK AND REVISE!

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Struggling with citations? One of the very helpful features, when using the library’ catalog and databases, as opposed to Google, is that they all provide help in creating your citation. You even get to choose the style you want – MLA, APA, Chicago, and various other styles peculiar to their disciplines. However, as with most things, there is always a caveat to proceed with caution. A computer generated citation will NEVER be as precise as what you can create. ALWAYS check and revise!

To complicate the accuracy of database citations, in October 2019, the American Psychological Association (APA), released an update, the 7th edition, of their citation format. This is the citation style used by nursing, allied health and the social sciences. So for the last few months, online libraries have been playing catch-up.  APA 7th edition updates have just begun.

What this means for you, as a student, is to pay close attention to the edition listed when using the catalog and database citation tools. Right now, for example, you will see EBSCOhost using 7th edition APA, while the Gale products, like Opposing Viewpoints, are still using 6th edition.

Of course, if you take your librarians’ and instructors’ advice, you, the savvy Kirkwood student, already know that when it comes to citation helpers ALWAYS – Check and Revise!

Kirkwood Community College Library Services Zoom Backgrounds

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If you’ve Zooming this week (and many, many people have) and you want to shake it up try replacing your background. There have been places offering new backgrounds for you to select to add to your system. You can select multiple photos to add. If you want to add your own, you want horizontal photos which have an image you will look the right size in. Having other people in the images really makes it look not real, so look for photos without them.

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Children’s Section

Library Classroom

Library Floor

Popular Reading

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Online Tutoring Available to Kirkwood Students During Crisis

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While the librarians are still here to give help about finding research, citation (MLA/APA), and all the other areas we normally help in, we can’t help with a lot of information covered in classes. However, Tutoring Services has lots more help online to help you with your class work.

Tutoring Services

During Kirkwood Community College’s temporary move to online classes only, in response to COVID-19, the best way to reach Tutoring Services is thru Zoom or email at Tutor.Services@kirkwood.edu with any questions and inquiries. You may also call 319-398-5425 for more information. If you call, leave a voice mail. Voice mails are checked regularly and you will be called back.

You can utilize our in-house Kirkwood Tutoring Services virtual walk-in tutoring during selective times with Zoom. To view our subjects and available time offerings go http://www.kirkwood.edu/tutoring

To use the Zoom, visit www.zoom.us to join for Virtual Walk-In online tutoring. Select “Join A Meeting” from the upper-right list of options. Then enter the Zoom number posted next to your desired walk-in tutoring program below.

Additionally we have a 24/7 tutoring option called Brainfuse. Brainfuse ensures that students can work with live tutors in virtual environment. You can access Brainfuse thru Talon by going to Welcome to Talon and click on the Online Tutoring link. Scroll down below the “Content Browser” box.

Thanks to Mike Scallon for his help with this 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.

 

New Books: Earth Day 2020

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Happy Earth Day! Although we’re not in our physical library right now, we work on keeping our collections strong all year. Check out our books when we return and for right now be sure to check our databases of articles, e-books, and videos online.

Blue Sign with WordsEvery year we like to share some good news as the bad gets a lot more press than the good when it comes to ecology.

California Condor chicks make a soaring comeback.

The Farm Bureau share their accomplishments and plans for Ecology and Farming this year.

Amazon fires aren’t as bad as you think.

Kirkwood’s Newest Ecology Books

Earthdance by Joanne Ryder, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 577 R992e

Don’t Let Them Disappear: 12 Endangered Species Across the Globe by Chelsea Clinton, Call Number: CL Easy Reading 591.68 C641d

 

American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee, Call Number: 599.773 B637a

Antarctica: What Everyone Needs to Know by David Day, Call Number: 998 D273a

A Bright Future: How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the Rest Can Follow by Joshua S. Goldstein and Staffan A. Qvisit, Call Number: 363.738 G624b

Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution by Beth Gardiner, Call Number: 615.902 G221c

Climate and Society:Transforming the Future by Robin Leichenko and Karen O’Brien, Call Number: 304.2 L526c

Coal by Mark C. Thurber, Call Number: 333.822 T536c

Emperors of the Deep: Sharks – the Ocean’s Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians by William McKeever, Call Number: 597.3 M154e

Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline by Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson, Call Number: 304.62 B849

The End of Nature by Bill McKibben, Call Number: 304.28 M158e

Energy and Civilization: A History by Vaclav Smil, Call Number: 333.79 S641en

Everglades: America’s Wetland by Mac Stone, Call Number: 975.939 S879e

Exposure: Poisoned Water, Corporate Greed, and One Lawyer’s Twenty-Year Battle Against Dupont by Robert Bilott
NOTE: The story behind the movie Dark Waters.

Extinction: A Very Short Introduction by Paul B. Wignall, Call Number: 576.84 W661e

Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? by Bill McKibben, Call Number: 909.83 M158f

The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years by Sonia Shah, Call Number: 614.532 S525f

Giants of the Monsoon Forest: Living and Working with Elephants by Jacob Shell, Call Number: 599.67 S544g

Good Enough to Eat?: Next Generation GM Crops by Ian D. Godwin, Call Number: 631.523 G591g

Human Impact on the Natural Environment: Past, Present, and Future by Andrew S. Goudie, Call Number: 304.2 G688h

Indivisible Killer: The Rising Global Threat of Air Pollution – and How We Can Fight Back by Gary Fuller, Call Number: 363.739 F965i

The Living Forest: A Visual Journey into the Heart of the Woods by Joan Maloof, Call Number: 634.902 M257L

Losing Earth: A Recent History by Nathaniel Rich, Call Number: 363.738 R499L

Manual for Survival: A Chernobyl Guide to the Future by Kate Brown, Call Number: 323.179 B878m

The Pig: A Natural History by Richard Lutwyche, Call Number: 636.4 L974p

A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal by Kate Aronoff, Alyssa Battistoni, Daniel Aldana Cohen, and Thea Riofrancos, Call Number: 363.7 A769p

Plastic Soup: An Atlas of Ocean Pollution by Michiel Roscam Abbing, Call Number: 363.738 R791p

Sustainable Materials Without the Hot Air: Making Buildings, Vehicles and Products Efficiently and With Less New Material by Julian M. Allwood and Jonathan M. Cullen, Call Number: 620.11 S553s

The Thinking Person’s Guide to Climate Change (2nd ed.) by Robert Henson, Call Number: 363.738 H526t

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells, Call Number: 304.2 W195u

Vanishing Fish: Shifting Baseline and the Future of Global Fisheries by Daniel Pauly, Call Number: 338.372 P333v

The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life by Nick Lane, Call Number: 576.83 L266v

Wading Right In: Discovering the Nature of Wetlands by Catherine Owen Koning and Sharon M. Ashworth, Call Number: 577.68 K824w

When Everything Beyond the Walls is Wild: Being a Woman Outdoors in America by Lilace Mellin Guignard, Call Number: 796.082 G951w

The Wind Power Story: A Century of Innovation that Reshaped the Global Energy Landscape by Brandon N. Owens, Call Number: 621.45 O976w

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