Library Hawk Squawk: Oodles of Events, New Education Resource

New education resource! The Teacher Apprenticeship Program (TAP) grant has graciously underwritten the annual license for Education Source, a much more robust version of Ebsco’s Education Full-text, with Lots More Stuff. See it on our databases page: (also linked from our main page,

Fall 2013 Library Salon Series

Elizabeth Rosner, Speed of Light

Elizabeth Rosner, Speed of Light

We just finalized our lineup of events. We welcome suggestions for events, as well as student-led activities! Find these events, and many more, on HNU’s Public Events page,, where you can also sign up for event reminders.

The Disconnect Experiment
Thursday, October 10, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm: HNU Visiting scholar Anne E. Patrick, SNJM, Ph.D. will lead a short film showing and a discussion about a student experiment on avoiding all computers for several weeks; discussion of computer addiction, multitasking, etc. Cookies and beverages provided.

Affordable Care Act Discussion
Monday, October 14, 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm: A lunchtime brownbag discussion of “Obamacare,” led by Dr. Charles Sarno and Vishu Lalchandani. Sponsored by Latin American and Latino/a Studies and the Center for Social Justice and Civic Engagement. Light refreshments served.

Student Poetry Reading
Tuesday, October 15, 7 pm – 8:30 pm: Students of Kathy Garlick’s 201B graduate class in poetry will read from their work. Wine and cheese served.

Local Author Elizabeth Rosner
Thursday, November 7, 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm: Elizabeth Rosner, author of Blue Nude and Speed of Light and former HNU instructor, will discuss “Writing and Life.” Light refreshments served.

Art show reception for Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos
Karen J. Coates (author), Jerry Redfern (photographer)
Tuesday, November 12, 7 – 8 pm – Following a talk in the VCPA (5:30 – 7 pm), there will be a book signing with a companion photo exhibit in the Cushing Library’s Glass Lounge. Sponsored by the Asia Pacific Peace Studies Institute (APPSI). Light refreshments served.

Also watch for a new art exhibit by Robert Simons in late November, with an art talk in January 2014, and during Finals, the return of SPCA’s Therapy Dogs!


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Library Hawk Squawk: Explore the John Carlos guide and collection!

John Carlos Companion Guide: The Cushing Library offers a companion guide to The John Carlos Story that lists books, DVDs, websites, and other materials related to the themes explored in this year’s  common reading.

The guide also includes a discussion, “Black Power Movement and Global Injustice,” which places John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s protest during the the 1968 Olympics in the broader context of other social justice movements of that era. Also see the Library’s Pinterest story board about John Carlos.

Syria Discussion

Syria Discussion

Talk about Syria: We counted well over 40 students, faculty, and staff at the conversation about Syria held in the Library’s Glass Lounge this Monday by Dr. Arun Rasiah and Dr. Chris Patrinos, SNJM. Thanks for enlivening the Library with such well-informed discussion!

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Library Hawk Squawk: Laptop & iPad lending; Research help hours

Cushing Library 1960s

Cushing Library 1960s

Library closed during Convocation. Just a reminder we’ll be closed from 11:45 am – 2 pm on Wednesday, September 18, due to HNU’s annual Convocation luncheon and ceremony.  Our regular hours for Fall, 2013 are Mon – Thurs 9 am – 10 pm, Friday 9 – 5, Saturday 10 – 5, and Sunday 12 noon – 10 pm.

Laptop and iPad lending for students. We’ve expanded our laptop and iPad lending program to students! Checkout periods for students for our MacBooks, Windows laptops, and iPads are 4 hours, library use only.

Research Help Desk Hours. Starting next week, September 16, we are offering walk-up hours at our research help desk as follows. We also offer live chat and text support during those hours, or email us any time (for our online research help services see our website, ).

  • Monday: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Friday: as demand warrants


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Library Hawk Squawk: Films on Demand, Ask a Librarian

Welcome back! It gladdens our hearts to see so many students back in the library. Our fall 2013 hours are Sunday 12 to 10 pm, Monday through Thursday 9 am to 10 pm, Friday 9 am to 5 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm.  As a reminder, food and covered beverages are welcome in the library.

NEW! Films on Demand. Faculty and students alike will be pleased to hear we have this service, which offers tens of thousands of educational streaming videos across a broad range of subjects. Go to and use the “Article Databases” tab to find our alphabetical list of licensed resources, including this one.

NEW! Ask a Librarian service. We’ve expanded this service beyond email to include online chat when librarians are on duty at our research help desk, and a handy text-a-librarian service. To text, chat, or email a librarian for assistance, see the Ask a Librarian tab on our library website, . To text us directly, text 510-746-8103.

We have more new things to share, but we’ll save those announcements for the weeks ahead!

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Library Hawk Squawk: Pre-Orientation Update

Before the students arrive and we all plunge into the Orientation Vortex, we wanted to give you a heads-up on some of the latest improvements  at Cushing Library to better support student learning. Expect to hear more in the weeks ahead.

Longer Library hours: Students asked, we responded! The fall 2013 hours are Monday – Thursday 9 am – 10 pm, Friday 9 am – 5 pm, Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, and Sunday 12 pm – 10 pm.

Student laptop and iPad checkouts: Effective with the first day of class, students will be able to check out Macbooks, Windows laptops, and iPads from the Library (four-hour loans, library use only). Students will need to show ID and complete a computer use form.

Ask-a-Librarian: We’ve added a new “Ask a Librarian” tool to so students, faculty, and staff can text, email, or (during research help coverage hours) live-chat with a librarian for research assistance.

The John Carlos Story

The John Carlos Story

John Carlos read-alongs and guide: We’ve heard a lot of buzz around John Carlos, this fall’s Connections Project reading. We have a companion guide at and a display with additional readings in the Library lobby.  Additional copies of John Carlos are available in both print and ebook.

Additional study room available: We will miss Belo Cipriani, who with his service dog Madge for two years used the “Mural Room” study room as his office, but he’ll be close by in Heafey, and this frees up one more study room to support student learning. Study rooms are available on a drop-in or reservation basis. See to reserve a study room or classroom.

More seating on the Main Level: to accommodate a steady increase in use of the library by students, we’ve added more soft seating in the Glass Lounge and the Event Lounge.

More express lending: Over the summer, the Claremont College Consortium and Cal Baptist joined the Camino network, providing many, many thousands more books for rapid-request through our library catalog (on our website, ). 

More events: Watch for book talks, art shows, brown-bag lunchtime concerts, and more!

Library commissions architectural “visuals”: The Library’s primary mission is to support student learning, which is increasingly difficult to do in a building that has not had a significant renovation since its construction in the 1950s. We have contracted with an architectural firm to take all the “visioning” work accomplished in the last three years (building inspections, focus groups, surveys, professional consulting, etc.) and produce a brochure with pictures of what a renovated Cushing Library could look like.  We will ask for input when we have drafts (by October, we think).

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Library Hawk Squawk: What should the librarians read?

Do you have book recommendations for the librarians? Several of us in the library are between books right now, and Karen is just finishing up the Overdrive edition of Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane (she says it’s wonderful). We often make recommendations for you — see these lists, for example — and we’d enjoy hearing your suggestions.

We’ll put together a list for next week’s Hawk Squawk of all the great books you recommended to us.



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Library Hawk Squawk: SPARKS! Ignition Grant, and Library Hours during Downtime

More green chairs!

More green chairs!

The Cushing Library will be open our usual summer hours during this weekend’s scheduled Internet downtime. We can do manual checkouts for books, DVDs, board games, and other items. How about a good book, or a game of Twister or Monopoly? Or curl up in one of our new armchairs with a popular magazine such as Elle, MacWorld, Sports Illustrated, Vanity Fair, etc. We’re open Friday 12-5 and Saturday 10-3, closed Sunday, and open Monday 12-6.

We are also pleased to announce that the library has been awarded a SPARKS! Ignition Grant for “Flipped Info Lit,” a proposal for creating digital learning objects (small multimedia videos created with lecture capture software) to complement and extend the reach of our library instruction. We are partnering with the Nursing program and the Athletics department on this project, with support from Campus IT. More to follow!



This project, which will be executed 8/1/13 through 7/31/14, is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Through grant making, policy development, and research, IMLS helps communities and individuals thrive through broad public access to knowledge, cultural heritage, and lifelong learning.

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Library Hawk Squawk: Upgrades Galore – Closed 7/22, 7/23

Next week, HNU’s Cushing Library will be closed Monday, July 22 and Tuesday, July 23 while we update our library management software. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we know you will be thrilled to bits to hear that this will enable our library catalog to support RDA, the first new cataloging standard in over forty years (o.k., maybe that’s not very exciting… sorry!).

Hurry in while you can to see our latest new books, our selection of Staff Picks, and our new, easy-to-browse Popular Reading section, on the wall closest to Hester. Our summer hours are Monday – Thursday 12-6, Friday 12-5, and Saturday 10-3.

Reminder: library networking upgrades are scheduled this week for Wednesday July 17 through Friday July 19. This is a major step along a path that will lead to better “wired” computers in the Glass Lounge and better wifi access throughout the library. For your safety, during this period the Glass Lounge (its computers, comfy couches and chairs, etc.) will be unavailable July 17 – 19. We have been advised this upgrade should not affect our wired and wireless access in the rest of the library, but in case it does… you have been cautioned! This work will NOT affect off-campus access to our electronic resources.


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Library Hawk Squawk: Overdrive Changes and More Overdrive Books

180x150-eBooksFor those of you in the HNU community that use Overdrive ebooks (available from our main library website,  from the “Download ebooks” tab), please note that if you haven’t used Overdrive in a while, you will be prompted to reenter your (free) Adobe username and password. This is a one-time nuisance caused by a licensing change on their end.

On the plus side, we’ve added more books to our Overdrive collection. Topics range from the practical, the scholarly, to the just plain fun. Our Overdrive collection has the highest checkout ratio of any of our book collections, paper or electronic!

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Library Hawk Squawk, 6/10/13: Summer Hours, Summer Reading

First, thanks to everyone who asked us for more hours. We hear you! We will extend our evening hours this fall to at least 10 pm Sunday through Thursday, possibly later.

Second, as a reminder, here are the Library’s summer hours through August 24 (naturally, we are closed Thursday, July 4):

Mon – Thurs: 12pm – 6pm
Fri: 12pm – 5pm
Sat: 10am – 3pm
Sun: Closed

Of course, our databases, ejournals, and ebooks are available 24/7 from .

Finally, we’re about to refresh our popular reading for the summer. What would you like to read? Email your suggestions to . If you’re stumped for a good book (or movie!), see our special reading collections at for a great selection of graphic novels, African-American literature, DVDs, and library staff picks!  We have even more titles in our tablet-friendly Overdrive collection, .

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