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Tuesday Tidbits #3: Pakistan

Pakistan, the second most populous Islamic country in the world,  has been a United States ally in the War on Terror since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  Originally part of India, Pakistan was formed in 1947 to provide Muslim Indians with a separate state.  It has been in the news recently since the killing of Osama bin Laden  by U.S. troops  occurred there in the town of Abbottabad.

Want to learn more about Pakistan?  Check out the following free resources:

The Library of Congress has a Country Study on Pakistan.

The U.S. Department of State provides a Background Note on Pakistan.

The CIA World Fact Book provides an overview of Pakistan.

BBC News has a very detailed Country Profile of Pakistan, including links to the latest news stories involving the country.

Resource of the Month: CAMIO

Marilyn by Andy Warhol from CAMIO

Do you need high-quality pictures of African masks for a presentation?  Interested in learning more about the works of the masters of the Renaissance?  Our Resource of the Month for May is CAMIO and it can help you research all of these areas…and more!.  This database offers access to a wide selection of reproductions of the art collections of a number of major museums.  From prehistoric to contemporary times, the collection covers a broad number of cultures and a complete range of expressive art forms.  All images contained in CAMIO are licensed for use by students, faculty and staff for educational and research uses.

CAMIO may be accessed here or from the Research Databases section of the library website.

Tuesday Tidbits #2: Chernobyl

25 years ago today, reactor number 4 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukrainian Republic of  the Soviet Union experienced a catastrophic explosion.  The resulting catastrophe proved to be the worst nuclear disaster in history.  It spread radioactive contamination across much of Europe and western Russia and resulted in the resettlement of thousands of people away from the contaminated areas.  Additionally, the safety of nuclear power was called into question as a result of the accident and development of new nuclear power plants slowed considerably as a result.

To find out more about the Chernobyl disaster, have a look at some of the following sources:

Credo Reference has an excellent topic page on Chernobyl. (CPCC Login may be required.)

Need to Know on has a brief feature on the accident.

NPR has a story on life in the Chernobyl area today.

Got Library Fines?

Starting Monday, April 25 through Thursday, May 26, 2011, the CPCC Libraries will be offering a “1-for-1 deal” as part of “fine free forgiveness days”. During this period, fines accrued from overdue items will be forgiven at all campus libraries.

How does this deal work?

  1. Bring in a canned good or other non-perishable food item for any library fines, new or old.   For each can of food, one fine will be waived.
  2. All materials must be returned in good condition. This deal excludes replacement fees for lost and damaged materials.

Food contributions from students, faculty and staff without current fines or overdue materials are also welcomed.  All food items collected will be donated to the local Loaves & Fishes charitable organization.  Their food priority needs list is available here.

Tuesday Tidbits #1: Daisies

Welcome to the first edition of the CPCC Libraries Blog new feature, Tuesday Tidbits!  Tuesday Tidbits will be your weekly dose of random facts and information about various people, places and things.  Today, in honor of the season, Tuesday Tidbits will be profiling a spring favorite: the daisy.

Daisy: “A perennial native to Europe and W Asia (Bellis perennis), with a basal rosette of oval or spoon-shaped leaves; leafless flowering stems up to 20 cm/8 in, each bearing a solitary flower-head; outer ray florets white often tinged red, inner disc florets yellow. It grows in short grassland and garden lawns where regular mowing prevents it from being smothered by taller vegetation. It spreads by short rhizomes, often becoming a pernicious weed. Forms with double flowers are grown for ornament. (Family: Compositae.)”

“Daisy.” The Crystal Reference Encyclopedia. West Chiltington: Crystal Semantics, 2005. Credo Reference. 29 Mar. 2006. Web. 19 Apr. 2011. <>.

Want to learn more about Daisies? Or another common Spring flower? Take a look at the CPCC Library’s Credo Reference Database on the Research Databases page.

Resource of the Month: Biography Reference Bank Select

Need in-depth, credible information about a well-known person, either living or dead?  Why not check out our April Resource of the Month, Biography Reference Bank Select?  This database contains comprehensive biographical information for approximately 246,000 people from antiquity to the present.  Additionally, it also contains thousands of images and hundreds of thousands of full-text articles.

Biography Reference Bank Select may be accessed here or from the Research Databases section of the library website.

Origami for Japan

The Library is putting up a display (at the Victory Coffee side) to express our thoughts and good wishes for the disaster-ravished Japanese people.  The theme of the display is “A Thousand Origami Cranes” (see full story about that in Wikipedia).  Cranes are mythical birds for the Japanese people, and an ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury.

Nita Leslie and her Japanese students will come to the Central campus library at lunch time (12noon) on Friday, April 1st to teach people how to do the paper cranes to be added to our display (we have close to 100 so far).  Origami paper will be provided.  CPCC students and employees are invited to learn and join our “wish parade”.  Bring your lunch, and hope to see you on Friday!


PBS Film Showing – Pushing the Elephant

Don’t miss the new PBS film showing of “Pushing the Elephant”, a powerful film about the 1990’s civil war that came to Rose Mapendo’s Congolese village.  Her husband was mercilessly killed and she was separated from her 5 yr old daughter.  With her remaining 9 children, she eventually resettled in Phoenix, AZ.  Find out how she reunited with her lost daughter a decade later, pieced together her shattered family and found forgiveness while devoting her life to helping other victims.  It will be a life-changing experience for the viewers.

CPCC employees will get one professional development credit hour for attending this event sponsored by your Library, Student Life, Family Resources Center, and The Diversity Committee.

Date & Time:  Tuesday, March 22, 11:00am

Place:  Pease Auditorium

Resource of the Month: Associates Programs Source Plus

CPCC Libraries featured resource of the month for March is Associates Programs Source Plus.  This database is designed specifically with the two year college student in mind.  It covers a wide range of subjects, including: alcohol & drug abuse counseling, biotechnology, computer & data processing, CAD, electrical technology, graphic arts, health information technology, interior design, law enforcement & criminal justice, paralegal studies, and travel & tourism.

Associates Programs Source Plus may be accessed here or from the Research Databases section of the library website.

Want to Learn a New Language?

CPCC Libraries now offers Mango Languages for free, easy and fun foreign language learning.

Mango is free of charge to all CPCC students, faculty and staff and is the easiest and most effective way to learn to speak a foreign language.  Mango is available in two versions:

Mango Basic:

Perfect for a foreign language beginner, Mango Basic teaches everyday greetings, gratitudes, goodbyes and helpful phrases in a short period of time.  The courses, which require only two to five hours of time to complete, are currently available in 34 foreign languages and 15 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

Mango Complete:

Mango Complete offers a 100-lesson course that digs much deeper and is designed to provide a more complete understanding of the entire language and culture. It is available in 31 foreign language and 14 ESL courses. Foreign language courses include Chinese, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.  ESL courses include Polish, Spanish and Portuguese.

To learn more about Mango and get a short preview of what the program has to offer, you can visit the company’s website at  Even better, you can access Mango directly by clicking here!

You can view all the supported Mango Basic languages and ESL courses here:

Please note that all first time users will have to create an account with Mango by providing a valid email address and a password of your choosing.