Monday, December 3, 2012

Finals & Holiday Hours

Library Hours for Finals

The Main Library building will have extended hours this Monday - Wednesday, December 3rd - 5th. 

Main Library
M - W 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM
TH 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
FRI 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
SAT-SUN 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

The Library Commons will maintain regular hours.

Library Commons
M - TH 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
FRI 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Library & Commons Holiday Hours
December 17th - January 13th 

Main Library
M - TH 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
FRI 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
SAT-SUN 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Library Commons
M - TH 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
FRI 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM


If you have any questions, please call the circulation desk at 768-1730.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Welcome to the Fall 2012 Semester

Welcome Students!

The Library is happy to announce a new college supply vending machine. Students will be able to purchase packs of scantron test sheets from this machine, located in the Library Commons. Other items that will be available in the machine include:  a variety of pens & pencils, erasers, remedies, wite out, headphones, batteries, hi-liters, and more...


Lunch at the Library returns this semester with a great line-up of trucks. This service is provied to give students an on-campus lunch option. Check the Library webpage twitter widget or twitter page (LibraryLunch) for up to the minute updates. Trucks scheduled for this semester include: Taco de Paco, Curbside, Bon Repas, Garcia's Taco & Grill, Dolce Vita Pizza, Chicken Shack Express and possibly others. Come support this great service!

The wonderful SGA is providing free coffee for students (2 boxes/month). The coffee is located in the back break room of the Library Commons. Condiments are not provided.

Don't miss out on all the FREE welcome week activities, August 20 - 24th! Free food & games will be at the Library Commons & Main Library parking lots. Also, come check out the display in the Main Library lobby!

Wishing you a great semester,

Your Library Staff

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Library Week After Action Report

Thanks to everyone who participated for helping make Library Week last week such a great success!  The pizza and snowball day had an excellent turn out and there certainly wasn't any leftovers.  Many people also took us up on the offer of fine free book returns to their great advantage.  :)

On Friday the library had a drawing for the Library Week Raffle, and the winner of the Kindle e-book reader was Anita Gautreaux.  Congratulations Anita!
raffle prize presentation

Thanks again to all who enjoyed the Library Week events.  Hope you all had an excellent time!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Celebrate Library Week - April 16 - 20

The Library is celebrating this week. Come join us! For our raffle, look for the Library flyers. Each flyer displays a quote from a book in the Library. Decipher the quote by searching our online catalog with the call number (located at the bottom of the flyer) or scan the QR code (also at the bottom of the flyer) with your smart phone. If you don't have a code scanner, there are a few great free apps: Red Laser Barcode Scanner, AT&T Code Scanner and ScanLife Barcode Reader are just a few. Good luck to everyone who enters!
Also, don't miss the pizza and snowballs on Wednesday, 12-2 in the Library Commons parking lot. Details of Library Week are below.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Database Access Change

As of March 30th, the electronic resources - specifically the databases for finding academic journal articles - are now only available through the Portal.

To access the databases, log in through the Portal (same as you do for Moodle) and you'll see an area to the left called the dashboard.  In this icon clump there will be an icon with mouseover text that reads: “Connect to Library Databases.”  The icon looks like three blue stacked disks.  Click there to gain access to the library databases.  It no longer matters if you are on or off campus for database access, the way to get on is the same.

If you are having trouble accessing your Portal account for any reason, please contact IT by emailing or by calling 225-768-1720.

Good luck on exams!  And have a great spring break next week. :)

Friday, March 30, 2012

The College Library is on Pinterest

If you haven't heard about Pinterest yet, you probably will soon. Wanna know what it is?

Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard. Click to learn more.

Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.

Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.

The Library has begun "pinning" on Pinterest. Check us out for book recommendations, cool technology and gadgets and other cool library stuff.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Flying Books Spotted on the Internet!

Moonbot Studios, based in Shreveport, LA, has produced a short film, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, which has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Animated Short Film category.  The fantastic story of a love for books also draws inspiration from the events of Hurricane Katrina, "The Wizard of Oz," Buster Keaton, and silent film.  The animation, created by the illustrator, William Joyce and co-director, Brandon Oldenburg uses a hybrid style of computer and traditional 2-d animation and minitures.

More information is available on the film's website, on IMDB, and in the news.  The film itself can be watched on iTunes, Vimeo, and also this page.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Nursing Education in Video Now Available

Nursing Education in Video is now available on a trial basis from computers on campus. It would be extra helpful if students and faculty could take a peek at these video offerings and let the library know what you think about them.

From the Nursing Education in Video website:
Nursing Education in Video is a unique online collection of videos created specifically for the education and training of nurses, nursing assistants, and other healthcare workers. All of the videos in the collection have been created with the guidance of the Medcom-Trainex advisory board, and are regularly reviewed for accuracy, currency, and compliance with US Federal regulations from agencies such as OSHA and CMS.
This trial of the new resource will expire on March 9th, 2012, so be sure to give it a look before then.  Remember, these videos will only be available on campus computers, so you'll have to visit campus to access the trial.

The videos can also be viewed on a mobile device such as a smartphone, but you still have to come to campus to access the site to get the video link.  More information about viewing the videos on a mobile device is available here:

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Welcome to a fresh new semester

Hello blog readers, and welcome to the start of the Spring 2012 semester.  We've made some changes around here so both new and returning students will all find some things unfamiliar at the library this semester.

First off, the most obvious change: our general hours are different starting this semester.  The Library Commons will no longer be open on weekends.  The main library's weekend hours have not changed, and it does have all of the same resources.  As a reminder, those hours are: 10am to 6pm on Saturday and 1pm to 9pm on Sunday.

The next most obvious change at the library is not actually here on campus.  When you need to log in to the library databases from off campus (or from the campus wireless internet) you'll now do so through the Portal.  The icon for the databases looks a bit like three blue disks stacked on top of each other in the Portal launchpad.  The library website log in will no longer work from off campus, but when using our computers does still provide a faster way to get to the databases without having to log in anywhere.

New students will find it handy to know that copies of most course textbooks are available on reserve behind the desk in the main library.  To check out a book that's held on reserve talk to the staff member at the desk.  You'll need to leave your keys or your college id to sign out a book, which then can not leave the library.  It can go next door to the Commons, as that is still part of the library, but can not go with you to class or anywhere off campus.

Study space, computer labs, and printers are available in both library buildings.  Study space can not be reserved in advance or by leaving items in rooms when leaving the building.  When using the library computers to print, select "studentprinters" from the drop down menu to print to the server.  Your print job will be sent to the server from which all printers pull jobs when you log in with your Equitrax PIN.  You ought to have your Equitrax PIN in your email, but if not just ask and we'll help you track down the number.

During all of our open hours you can get library assistance through the online Meebo chat box on our main library page.  It is staffed by library employees who can answer most of your library related questions.  Should you need help and there is no immediate answer, we're just busy at the moment and will get back to you as soon as we can.  If you leave your name and a way to contact you, we'll get back to you even if you step away from the computer.  If you find yourself in need of one-on-one research assistance, you can also make an appointment to speak with a librarian by calling  768-1730 or by emailing

Food trucks are continuing to serve at the library during lunch.  Today we had the wonderful Nice Dog Hot Dogs in the Commons parking lot from 11am to 1:30pm.  Other food trucks will be serving lunch on different days throughout the semester, offering a range of food options.  You can find up to the minute information about which food truck will be around and when on the library's Twitter account.

Good luck with all your classes!  May this be an excellent semester for every one of you.