Rescued Reads

Out with the old and in with the new…at least sometimes. Last month, many of our less-popular Recreational Reading books were pulled from the shelves to be “voted off the island,” so to speak. There is only so much room on those little shelves!  However, Library staff were given the opportunity to advocate for holding onto volumes of their choosing.

Among those saved is In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje, reviewed by our Director, Sarah Leadley:
Michael Ondaatjea gifted poet and novelist—tells the story of working-class immigrants living in Toronto in the early 20th century. The writing is truly astonishing, lyric, and inventive. It’s about history, love, loss, and work. There are extraordinary descriptions of labor conditions in the 1920’s—sometimes tragic, sometimes beautiful, always heroic. The main character, Patrick Lewis, is introduced as a child, living in rural Canada with his logger/dynamiter father. Patrick leaves for Toronto, where he works as a laborer, becomes a searcher for a missing billionaire, and falls in love. The Novel’s title is taken from the Epic of Gilgamesh: “The joyful will stoop to sorrow, and when you have gone to the earth I will let my hair grow long for your sake, I will wander through the wilderness in the skin of a lion.

Now that the rest are back home on the shelves, you can see for yourself which ones were rescued! For the next month, these books will have green slips in them to indicate they were saved by staff—and possibly you!

So Long, and Thanks For All The Fish by Douglas Adams (“the fourth in the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhiker’s Trilogy”)
Mostly Harmless by Douglas Adams (the fifth)
Imajica by Clive Barker (which, although I haven’t read it yet, was my personal choice)
England, England by Julian Barnes
Jane and the Unpleasantness of Scargrave Manor by Stephanie Barron (being the first Jane Austen Mystery)
The Complete Stories of Truman Capote
The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
Memory Wall by Anthony Doerr
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg (adapted into the award-winning movie Fried Green Tomatoes)
All Together Dead by Charlaine Harris (the seventh in The Southern Vampire Mysteries, the series hit HBO show True Blood is based on)
Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris (the ninth)
Dead in the Family by Charlaine Harris (the tenth)
Island by Aldous Huxley
Crooked Little Heart by Anne Lamott
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
Cities of the Plain by Cormac McCarthy
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi (sequel to Old Man’s War)
The Last Colony by John Scalzi (sequel to The Ghost Brigades)
Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton (adapted into a movie)
Otherland by Tad Williams
Old School by Tobias Wolff

Cash by Johnny Cash with Patrick Carr
How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Women Who Eat: A New Generation on the Glory of Food edited by Leslie Miller
The Beluga Cafe: My Strange Adventure with Art, Music, and Whales in the Far North by Jim Nollman
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
Olympic Peninsula: The Grace & Grandeur by Mike Sedam
Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man’s Miraculous Survival by Joe Simpson (also a documentary)

Of the saved ones, some are to be relocated in the stacks, but are still being processed (look for these in the online catalog):
The Darling by Russell Banks
Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon
Shiloh and Other Stories by Bobbie Ann Mason
Harriet and Isabella by Patricia O’Brien
Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth

Feel free to browse around, see what catches your eye!

12 Ways to Use the Study Room Collaboration Monitors

Have you noticed a change in the Campus Library study rooms?

Most rooms are now equipped with monitors that can be used to enhance your study experience! Just think of how productive your group will be when you can all collaborate on the same screen. All you need is a laptop, so bring your own or check one out at the Campus Library front desk. The monitors are HDMI, VGA, and a few are DVI compatible. Here are some examples of what you can do with this great technology:

Hook up your laptop and…

  1. Watch a documentary for your Women, Culture and Development class.
  2. Skype with an absent group member.
  3. Browse the UW Library’s catalog.
  4. Pull up a relaxing slideshow of nature pictures for your study session.
  5. Open a word document for your whole group to view.
  6. Search for articles for your project in the library databases.
  7. Lead a tutorial for your group on how to use Google Docs.
  8. Practice your PowerPoint presentation, or if you’re feeling bold, use Prezi.
  9. View materials from Electronic Reserves as a group.
  10. Collaborate with fellow students on building a resume or application for scholarships and jobs.
  11. Schedule phone or Skype interviews.
  12. Record your narration for an audio or video project.

Blind Dating is Better Dating!

Looking for a little romance this February the 14th? Why not let a book knock you off your feet?

Blind date with a book 2014

It’s Valentine’s Day again this Friday, which means it is time to decide whether you would prefer a date with a human or a book. If you would like to buy unreasonably large boxes of chocolate and wait an hour to be seated in a nice restaurant, then you should date a human.

However, if you think you would rather curl up next to a roaring fire with a mug of hot chocolate and delve into worlds you have never known, I would suggest you spend Single Awareness Day with a book. It is not S.A.D., but is possibly the most adventurous date you’ll ever go on!

The Campus Library would like to help match you with that special read. On the first floor lobby, you will find a display with ample books from our Recreational Reading collection to keep you busy on Friday. We didn’t want anyone judging by the covers, so we covered them up. Short blurbs written by our staff will help guide you in your choice.

Here are a few examples:

“I’ll take you on dark walks on entangled Spanish streets, telling stories of romance, mystery, and intrigue.”

“I’m a vulgar and disenchanted young woman who can see how you will die.  Buy me a drink and I’ll tell you a tale.”

This adds a great deal of mystery and romance to your relationship with your book.

When you have enjoyed your date with your book, let us know how we did by filling out a “Rate your Date” card, also located on the display.

Happy reading!

Finals Stretch Week

Finals Stretch Week is here! 

There are many exciting things happening this week, such as extended library hours on Sunday June 9th and Monday June 10th when the Campus Library will be open until midnight.

Also, Campus Canines are back! At last quarter’s cram nights the de-stress doggies were a huge hit so they are back, softer and cuter than ever!

Reference Librarians  will be available in the library from noon to 8pm on Sunday and Monday from 8am to 8pm. While they will not be available in person until midnight on both nights, students can always use the 24/7 online chat service! To access the online chat service, go to and click on the box labeled “Chat Live With a UW Librarian” in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.

Finals Stretch Week activities include:

  • Monday June 3

    • Free massages, 5-7pm Library Lobby
  • Tuesday June 4

  • Wednesday June 5

    • Zumba, 12-1pm Basketball court
  • Thursday June 6

    • Spa Day and free massages, 11-1pm in Food for Thought
  • Friday, June 7
    • Rock Climbing 4:30-7pm Vertical World Redmond (Contact

Two of Elliott’s favorite library website resources

I have been working at the library for a few years. I’d like to share a few research tools on the library website I’ve learned to use that have come in handy for me, and will hopefully be useful for you.

Tool #1: LexisNexis academic database (UW Restricted – requires NetID!)

“Extensive array of full-text news (newspapers, wire services, transcripts and newsletters), business literature, industry and company information, legal, biographical, and reference resources.”

LexisNexis is a great resource for information on an event, person, company, or general topic. For example, if I was writing a paper on the CIA and US military’s targeted killing program, and I wanted to look at news coverage, LexisNexis returns 999 hits from dozens of news sources. (To repeat the search, use keyword “CIA targeted killing” in the “Search the News” box located at the top left of the screen and select “Major World Publications” under Source Type.)

Or, if I wanted to research a public figure, I could use the “Research People” option to search recent news stories mentioning that person as well as biographical information.

LexisNexis is also an invaluable tool for conducting news analysis. Say you want to investigate the biases of a particular news source by comparing the way that news source covered particular events compared with other news sources. LexisNexis lets you do that quickly. So as an example, we can compare how the death of Hugo Chavez was covered by major world publications. I would use the “Search the News” feature, pick “Major World Publications” under “By Source Type.”

To compare two specific publications to each other, I would use the “By Source Title” box.

Here’s a shortcut to the library webpage with a link to LexisNexis on it. Before you click the link to LexisNexis, make sure you are signed in to off-campus access. (To sign in, click on the red box at the top right corner of the webpage and sign in with your UW NetID.)

Tool #2: Media search by artist

Search our collection of films and music by actor, director, composer, etc.

As a student you have access to the media collections of all UW libraries. There are a lot of great films and music available, especially foreign films.

One thing that has come in pretty handy for me is the ability to search the media collection by artist – e.g. director, performer, or composer. Example: you enjoyed one of Samira Makhmalbaf’s films and you want to see what else we have that she directed (or was involved in making one way or another). Using the media search tool (found here:, you would select “Director” from the drop-down menu and then enter Samira Makhmalbaf’s name into the search box. We have four films she directed and/or wrote.

That’s all, folks. If you have further questions about these and other research resources available to you, don’t hesitate to contact one of our librarians who can be found at the north end of the Information Commons Desk on the first floor of the Campus Library. The number for the Reference Desk is 425.352.3146.

Groovy Study Rooms

The study rooms at the library are very popular with Cascadia and UWB students. With spectacular views of campus and great quiet  spaces for groups to collaborate, the study rooms are an increasingly valuable resource. Rooms fill up faster as the quarter winds down, so this is a DIY guide to reserving a room. Students are now able to do this from a computer or mobile device.

On the Campus Library homepage, click on the link for Study Room Reservations circled in red.homepage

You will arrive at a page where the room types, policies, and steps to reserve a room are explained in more detail. A complete list of study room policies can be found here.

study room

The bright green tab labeled “Reserve a space” (circled in red) will take you to a sign-in page, so don’t forget your UW Net ID and password! Once signed it, you can view the study room schedule. (At the bottom of this page is a “Switch to Mobile View” tab for those who prefer the convenience of reserving a room via their phone.)  Beige squares show available rooms, so find one that is open at the time you want and click on it. In the popup, fill in the amount of time you want the study room (up to 2 hours), the number of people in your group, and a public name for the reservation.

A few things to know about the groovy study rooms:

  • Rooms can be reserved up to 2 weeks in advance.
  • Make sure to be on time! If your group does not show up within 15 minutes, someone else can reserve the room.
  • Rooms can be reserved for up to 2 hours and you cannot have more than one room reservations at a time.
  • Study rooms are not soundproof: be cautious of your volume.
  • Before you leave, make sure everything is clean and tidy, and turn off equipment and lights.
  • Several rooms have boxes filled with scratch paper for your convenience.
  • Each room should have 2 Expo pens. If your room does not, feel free to come to the front desk on the first floor to get some. FYI: pens dry out fast, so press the cap firmly until you hear the “click” to ensure it is on tight!

How to be sustainable in the Campus Library

Here on the UWB/CCC campus, one of our strongest initiatives is towards environmental responsibility and sustainability. We implement some of the most modern technology to keep our ecological footprint as low as possible. Solar panels, automatic temperature control, weather-monitoring sprinkler systems, composting, and push-to-flush toilets are just a few examples. However, sustainability starts with student participation. Without our active involvement, efforts to be eco-efficient lose their strength. To help, here are some sustainable services of the Library that you may not have known about.

E-Media Disposal:

ImageDo you have old non-rechargeable or rechargeable batteries, CDs, tapes or disks, inkjet cartridges, or non-UW issued electronics?  Facilities’ e-media recycling bins are a great place to take these items in order to dispose of them in a way that is safe for the environment. Some of these items, when dumped in a landfill, can emit dangerous chemicals into the air or groundwater. By disposing of them in the proper receptacles, we prevent this from happening. Typically, you would have to drive to an office supply store or to a Waste Management facility to get rid of batteries and other small electronics, and it’s not always free. The Library is much more convenient and saves gas!

ImageOur e-media recycling bin is on the first floor, just to the left of the entrance to the Library. The slots are clearly marked for what items go where, as seen in the picture to the right.  If the bin is ever full, let the Library staff at the front Circulation Desk know.

Printing vs. Scanning



We get lots of questions at the front desk about how to make copies. Copies are 12 cents per page for UWB and Cascadia students. You can pay using your Husky card (CCC students and public patrons have to purchase a copy card). However, if you want to avoid the cost of printing, there is an easy and fast way to do so. In the Information Commons, there are four computers connected to scanners. First priority is given to students who want to use the scanners, so they are usually available. Scans can be made of notes, worksheets, book pages, whatever you need, and IT’S FREE! Simply save the files to your USB drive or email them to yourself. This saves a lot of paper in the long run. For example, if in one day 100 students make 5 copies each for 12 cents a page; that equals 500 pages of paper totaling 60 dollars! Over a week, that is a lot of waste. Something to think about the next time you hit the copy button…

Blue is the new green in recycling:


One thing that continues to boggle students is what kinds of waste materials go in the recycling bins! The Library alone has over 50 recycling bins spread across all three floors, located in the halls, classrooms, and study rooms. With the exception of the larger curb-sized bins located on each floor, these bins can dispose of any recyclable materials: tin cans, clean paper, cardboard, juice cartons, glass bottles, newspaper, clean paper cups, magazines, and cap-less plastic bottles (cap-less because the caps of plastic bottles are actually a different kind of plastic made up of different chemical compounds that cannot be recycled the same way as typical plastic). These all-in-one bins are located in every study room in the Library. Still, garbage continues to end up in the recycling bins and vice versa. Starting very soon, there will be instructional posters put up above each set of recycling and garbage bins in the study rooms. These posters will make it very clear what materials can go in which bins. In order to promote sustainability on our campus, please note these signs and separate your trash/recyclables accordingly. The pictured items are examples of things that CANNOT go in the recycling bins. Food-contaminated plates or paper, food wrappings, plastic bottle caps, general trash, Subway, and, of course, library books do not belong in the recycling!

Common examples of non-recyclables in the library: