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Celebrating Black History Month – Conversation with the Delany Sisters

The CPCC Libraries & Student Services will be celebrating Black History Month  with a FREE presentation of the play, “A Conversation with the Delany Sisters”.  Aadapted from Emily Mann’s Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years, the play stars Lillie Ann Oden as Bessie and Corlis A. Hayes as Sadie.  A discussion,  facilitated by Calvin Walton, member of the CPCC Diversity Committee, will follow.
When: Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 11 a.m. -.12:30 p.m.
Where: Tate Hall, Overcash Building

Attention Faculty! Update Your EBSCO Library Links!

Do you link to articles from EBSCO databases in your BlackBoard or Moodle course? If so, you may need to update the URLs. Some EBSCO library databases were recently upgraded to versions that include access to additional magazine and journal content. For example, Academic Search Premier was upgraded to Academic Search Complete. Faculty linking to articles from their BlackBoard or Moodle courses to the affected EBSCO databases will need to update their URLs. Click here for a full list of affected databases and instructions on how to find the updated URLs. If you have questions contact Steve Osler at or  at ext. 6845.

Resource of the Month – Biography Reference Center

Need information about notable African-Americans for Black History Month?  Have a report on famous children’s authors due for your early childhood education class?  Want to find out more about your favorite author or celebrity?  CPCC Libraries’ Resource of the Month can help you will all of these things!

Our featured resource for February is Biography Reference Center.  This recent addition to NC Live complements Biography Reference Bank, a database that CPCC already subscribes to.  Biography Reference Center offers a comprehensive collection of more than 461,000 full-text biographies, as well as thousands of narrative biographies that are not available in other databases.

In addition to keyword searching, users can also locate biographies of interest by browsing more than 30 genre categories, including actors, authors, composers, explorers, figures relevant to U.S. & world history, inventors, musicians, Presidents of the United States, current world leaders and many

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

New Databases and Resource of the Month – Hoover’s












The CPCC Libraries now have access to a number of new online resources.  Provided by NC Live, these databases expand coverage for already familiar resources, such as the EBSCOHost databases, as well as add several entirely new information sources.  Starting this month and continuing into the coming months, we will be profiling a selection of these new databases in our Resource of the Month feature.

Our featured resource for January is Hoover’s.  Hoover’s is a comprehensive business resource.  It contains profiles of millions of public and private companies and important individuals in business, as well as hundreds of profiles of major industries.  If you are in need of any business-related information, Hoover’s is your source for the most up-to-date, reliable information.  Need help learning how to use Hoover’s?  This database provides a thorough help section that includes a number of insightful training videos.

Interested in seeing what other new databases we have?  Check out a full listing of all our new resources here.

Have questions about using this database or the research process in general?  Feel free to contact a CPCC Librarian.

Got Library Fines? Get Forgiven!

Starting Monday, November 14th through the end of November, the CPCC Libraries will be offering 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. Return overdue library materials to any CPCC library along with donations of personal care products (see list below), and your fine will be waived.
  2. This can also apply for each previously returned overdue item in order to have your unpaid fines waived.
  3. All materials must be returned in good condition. This deal excludes replacement fees for lost and damaged materials.

Donations from students, faculty and staff without current fines or overdue materials are also welcomed.  All items collected will be donated to the Shelter for Battered Women charitable organization.  Donations accepted are:

Automatic dishwasher soap

Body lotion

Bar soap

Liquid laundry/dish detergent


Quart/gallon zip-lock bags


Shower gel/body wash

Tooth pastes/brushes


Resource of the Month: Global Issues in Context

  The November Resource of the Month is Global Issues in Context.   This database focuses on broad issues, such as war, genocide, terrorism, human rights, poverty, famine, globalization, world trade, nuclear proliferation, and global warming, as well as more specific events and topics in the news that are related to these broader issues. It also includes detailed information on nations to provide a foundation for cross-cultural studies and, International periodicals and news sources that bring additional insight and currency.

Global Issues in Context includes a variety of sources and media formats:

  • Overviews summarizing background information, historical context, and contemporary stances
  • Expert perspectives analyzing an issue or event through multiple aspects
  • Reference documents providing background information on all issues and nations
  • Full-text international magazines, academic journals, and news sources
  • Primary sources
  • Statistics, including interactive graphs, tables, and charts
  • Multimedia elements
  • Links to Web sites, including government sites and organizations

Global Issues in Context may be accessed here or from the Research Databases section of the library website.

Have questions about using this database or the research process in general?  Feel free to contact a CPCC Librarian.

United Way and Library Scholarship Book Sale

The CPCC Libraries are now accepting new and gently used books, CDs, audio books and videos (DVDs) for the upcoming annual United Way & Library Scholarship Book Sale. Donations may be dropped off at any campus location during the hours the library is open now through Tuesday, Oct. 18. All items should be in good condition.
The book sale will be held on the Central Campus, Hagemeyer LRC, October 19 and 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to United Way and the library scholarship fund. For more information, please contact Lynette Kendrick at ext. 6114 or
This year, the Merancas, Cato, Levine, Harper and Harris Campuses will also be hosting book sales. Please contact your campus library for more details.
More information about the book sale will be forthcoming, so keep your eyes and ears open!

Apply for the Library Scholarship!

The Library Scholarship application deadline is approaching fast! The CPCC Library offers two $500 scholarships each semester to help support students as they pursue their educational goals at CPCC.  The deadline for submitting an application for the Spring semester scholarships is Oct. 31st. To be eligible for the CPCC Library Scholarship, applicants must:

  • be a full-time student, currently enrolled in 12 credit hours or more in an approved degree program leading to a two-year degree.
  • have a cumulative CPCC GPA of 2.5 or higher. A copy of current transcript must be submitted with application.
  • submit a completed application with supporting documents.
  • write an original 500 word essay on how the CPCC libraries have helped you achieve your educational goals thus far.
  • submit a letter of recommendation from a current CPCC instructor.

Visit for more detailed information on the application process.

QR Codes Invade the Stacks!

QR (short for quick response) codes are invading the book stacks at all CPCC campus libraries.  Originally used to help auto manufacturers to keep track of parts, QR codes are increasingly being used to promote information about products and events by a wide variety of industries.  The library is making use of these codes to help you find more information about resources in specific areas, such as art, math and English.

So, how does one make use of a QR code?  A smartphone, such as an iPhone, Android or Blackberry is needed.  There are many free apps available to decode QR codes.  Try one of these:

Look for these codes in the book stacks at your campus library.  More will be arriving in the coming months!