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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!

Resource of the Month: Literary Reference Center

Need to locate articles for an annotated bibliography?  Find literary criticism on a work of literature?  We have what you need!  Literary Reference Center is a comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes.  It includes literary criticism, book reviews, and biographical information.  If you are working on a literature based research paper, this is the database to go to!

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

Tuesday Tidbits#8: Natural Disasters

In light of the recent East Coast earthquake and the upcoming U.S. landfall of Hurricane Irene, today’s Tuesday Tidbit is focusing on natural disasters.  Natural disasters frequently occur without warning and can cost billions of dollars in damage and significant loss of life.  Check out some of the following links for more information on natural disasters, including tips for disaster preparedness:

National Geographic – National Geographic’s contains excellent information on a variety of natural disasters, including videos and photos, as well as explaining the science behind many natural disasters.

FEMA – The Federal Emergency Management Agency is a division of the United States government responsible for managing both man-made and natural disasters.  Their website has a number of safety tips for surviving various disasters, links to local and state emergency management agencies and current information on any ongoing emergency situations.

CDC – The Centers for Disease Control devotes a very informative portion of their site to disasters.  Information found here includes how to prepare for certain disasters, what to do in the aftermath of disasters and evacuation information.

Ready NC – Ready NC, a site maintained by the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management, provides a wealth of information of how to deal with a number of different disaster, both natural and otherwise.  It contains tips about what to do before and after certain types of events, as well as information about preparing emergency kits, dealing with insurance in an emergency situation and volunteering.

Tuesday Tidbits #7: Student Success Skills

Welcome to another school year at CPCC!  Starting the school year out right is important for both students and instructors.  Check out some of these resources to help improve your success in college.

The library provides access to Learning Express Library.  This database is an excellent resource for anyone who needs practice tests, exercises, or skill-building courses. Practice tests include immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results.

Standardized tests covered in Learning Express Library include CLEP, GED, SAT, ACT, US Citizenship and licensing tests for various careers. It also contains basic skills assessments in math and English.

Time management is an important skill to master, not only in college, but for work as well.  Dartmouth University has an excellent site on this subject that includes planners, schedule making and overcoming procrastination.

Finally, Study Guides and Strategies is a site that has a wealth of information on a variety of student success topics, including how to study, doing research and writing.

Good luck with your classes this semester!

Lincoln Events This Week

The CPCC Libraries will be hosting three events this week in connection with the ongoing exhibit, “Lincoln: The Constitution & the Civil War, A Traveling Exhibition to American Libraries”.

Film: Looking for Lincoln
August 16, 2011, 10:30 – 12:30
Central Campus Library
Pease Auditorium

Civil War Documents: A Tour of Dillon’s Personal Collection – Loyd Dillon

August 17, 2011, 2:00pm
Central Campus Library
2nd Floor Atrium

The Legacy of the Civil War – Eileen Woodward

August 18, 2011, 11:00am
Central Campus Library
2nd Floor Atrium

For more information on each of these events, check out the Lincoln exhibit site.

Tuesday Tidbits #6: Gerald Ford

Thirty-seven years ago today, Gerald Ford became the 38thpresident of the United States.  Ford’s ascendancy to the presidency made him the first president in United States history to have never been elected to either the presidency or the vice-presidency.  In late 1973, Ford had been picked to replace Vice President Spiro Agnew, who had resigned his office in the face of tax evasion charges.  At the time of his appointment to the vice-presidency, the Watergate scandal was brewing and many in Congress realized that it would most likely only be a matter of time before Ford became president.  President Richard Nixon’s resignation from the presidency on August 9, 1974 put Ford into a place that he never expected to be: the Office of the President of the United States of America.

For more information on the Watergate scandal that led to Ford becoming President, the Washington Post (the paper that initially broke news of the scandal) has an excellent timeline of events.

For more information on Gerald Ford and his presidency, check out these resources:

Credo Reference has a topic page on President Ford with biographical information.

C-Span’s American Presidents website contains a profile of Ford, including a number of video clips of events from his presidency and the 1976 presidential election campaign.

The Miller Center at the University of Virginia has a very thorough profile of Ford, including videos of many of his speeches and information on his life before and after the presidency.

Finally, the Gerald Ford Presidential Library and Museum website contains a wealth of information about President Ford and his wife, Betty.

Interesting Tidbit about Gerald Ford: To date, Ford is the only United States President who suffered two failed assassination attempts in one month…both by women.  On September 5, 1975, Lynette Fromme, a follower of Charles Manson, attempted to shoot Ford.  17 days later, in an unrelated incident, Sara Jane Moore also unsuccessfully tried to kill the president.