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Did you know…? – Career Collection

The Highline Community College Library has a Career Collection that is located on the west side of the 4th floor near the stairwell.  The collection of books and media, though small, can be very helpful in your search for a career.  The Career Collection is a source of materials that are geared to help you succeed, with titles like:
•    Me 2.0 : 4 steps to building your future / Dan Schawbel.
•    The 10 laws of career reinvention : essential survival skills for any economy / Pamela Mitchell.
•    Career wisdom for college students : insights you won’t get in class, on the Internet, or from your parents / Peter Vogt; foreword by Doug Hardy.
•    How to write powerful college student resumes & cover letters : easy tips, basic templates, sample formats, and real examples that get job interviews like magic / Quentin J. Schultze, Bethany Kim.

There is also a collection of career videos that are available in the Career Collection on the 4th floor and more career related titles on the fifth floor in periodicals, like:
•    10 steps to interviewing with confidence [videorecording] / produced by Jeanne Knight, JCTC.
•    Commendable customer service [videorecording] / produced by Grayscale, LLC.
•    Handling difficult people [videorecording] / Ash.Quarry Productions.

Another great source for career information is our Highline Community College web page.   Once there click on the Library Tab on the right side of the page, then the Find It Tab near the top, from there you can choose to look at Subject and Course Guides, like #5 titled Career and Job Research; written and created by one of our Reference Librarians, Hara Brooks.  Also under Find It, on the left side of the page is Subject Guides, this is a list of subjects that includes Career information.  Click on it and you’ll find direct links to books, media, selected periodicals, databases, reference sources, web sites and campus links.

Our web site also holds a large collection of online videos.  Choose from more than 5,500 educational titles in dozens of subject areas.  To get there from the Library web page click on the eCollection which can be found on the left side of the page, then eVideo, then Films on Demand and finally enter Career on the search line.  There are 575 titles to browse through like; Career S.E.L.F. Assessment: Finding a Career That Works for You, Business, Finance, and Government Administration, or one from the series Spotlight on Careers in; Education, Entrepreneurship. Food, Medicine and much, much more.

For help choosing a career path go to our Programs & Courses page.  You can get help planning for college, investigating majors and careers, and identifying your skills and interests, so get started on your career path today.


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Free course in braille transcription

The Washington Talking Book and Braille Library (WTBBL) is starting a new transcribing class in October, 2011!

If you are a perfectionist and love to read,

and want to help others read, you could

learn to transcribe books into braille!

WTBBL offers a

free course in braille transcription

in 30 lessons, on Wednesday evenings from

October, 2011 to June, 2012.

This is an eight-month class with weekly computer homework (PC-based software provided).

Classes meet at WTBBL,

2021 9th Avenue (at Lenora) in Seattle.

Free parking available during class.

First session on October 12, 2011

begins at 6:00p.m.

All remaining classes are held 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information, or to register, contact

David Junius, WTBBL Volunteer Services Coordinator (206) 615-0417 –

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IRIS Tutorials update

Hi everyone,

First, many, many  thanks to all of you who have provided such great feedback on the IRIS tutorials.

We  had planned to get the IRIS modules packed up and ready for downloading by the end of Fall quarter, but we’ve uncovered a few changes (and fixes) that will take a little longer, including:

· Pavel is writing a web-based interface for looking at the quiz results;

· By popular demand we’re creating a separate quiz to go specifically with the Plagiarism section (just 10 questions with its own scoring)

· We are still awaiting copyright permissions for many of the book covers and other images we used (kind of important J)

Once we finish these latest additions we’ll host a couple of Elluminate sessions to show people how to download/upload and personalize/modify the tutorials on your own hosting site.

I’ll also look into the idea of hosting the tutorials on the Angel Repository.

In the meantime, if you want to have the quiz scores sent to you (or to an instructor), please send me the name and email and I’ll add it to the list.

Again, my thanks to everyone who has sent suggestions, corrections, and ideas!


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“What’s Up: New Trends in Young Adult and Children’s Librarianship”

Seattle’s most famous librarian – Nancy Pearl – will join experts from

Seattle Public Library, King County Library System, Pierce County

Library System, and local elementary schools at iYouth’s upcoming

conference, “What’s Up: New Trends in Young Adult and Children’s

Librarianship,” from 9 a.m.-3p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 in Mary Gates Hall.

The conference offers two tracks for children’s and young adult

services.  Sessions include an early literacy workshop with entertainer

Nancy Stewart, two panels on technology trends for children and teen

services, a panel on reaching reluctant readers, teen book talks, and a

manga presentation. Cost is $15 for students and $20 for professionals.

For more information, please see the attached registration brochure or

visit iYouth’s website at

Conference sponsors include Washington Library Association’s Children

and Young Adult Services, ALISS, and the Information School Development

Office. iYouth is a student group at the University of Washington that

supports professional development for present and future children’s and

youth services librarians and celebrates children’s and young adult

literature. Current programs include a monthly book group and training


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Chronicle of Higher Education

You can access the electronic version of the Chronicle of Higher Education from anywhere on campus by clicking on the link above or via the HCC Library Helpful Links menu.  Just go to and look at the Helpful Links menu on the right side of the screen.  Click on the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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The IRIS tutorials are ready to use!


The IRIS tutorials are ready to use!

IRIS 4-2:  The Information and Research Instruction Suite for Two-Year Colleges

During Fall quarter we’re giving IRIS a shake-down cruise at Clark College. As we use it we’re working out the final bugs and refining the content and quiz. The content is generic, however,  not college-specific , so students anywhere can start using it.

A central feature of the tutorials is the Quiz: 30 questions. Anyone from anywhere can take the quiz and print their score.

The project was funded by a grant from the Distance Learning Council of Washington. Grant Coordinators are Tom Moran, Interim Dean of Library, Media, and Distance Learning at Shoreline, and Lynn Chmelir, formerly the Interim Directory at Clark College.


The site design was inspired by Clark College students of Robert Hughes’ GRCP 210 (Interface Design and Interactivity) class. For several years these students have performed usability testing on library interfaces and tutorials and provided valuable feedback about what works (and doesn’t work) for students.

Kitty Mackey managed and coordinated the project, built the site, and continues to oversee the modifications.

Content was written by Kitty Mackey (Clark College) and Meryl Geffner (Shoreline Community College). Some of the content was adapted/modified from the TILT modules.

Pavel Popov, IT Specialist at Cannell Library is entirely responsible for the programming, design, documentation and everything else associated with the quiz workings.

Tyler Chen, Secretary Senior in the Office of Instruction at Clark College, took photographs that are used throughout.

Clark College English instructors: several have provided valuable proofreading.

IRIS is built and designed completely using the box-model and style sheets, meeting current design standards.  Anyone with server space and a little know-how can adapt IRIS to a specific institution. However, Pavel and I would prefer to wait until the end of the fall-quarter shake-down to make the files officially available.

As much as IRIS 4-2 has going for it, there are many things that I had to put on the wish list of future modifications. You can see the list, plus all the other notes and documentation I kept track of, at my (very messy) wiki: IRIS42wiki .


Kitty Mackey

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Washington Reads – Summer 2008

The Washington State Librarian, Jan Walsh, has compiled her Summer 2008 list under the topic “beach reads”. Click here to see her list.

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