Friday, February 5, 2016

KQED MindShift features CSM Library Makerspace

KQED MindShift features CSM Library Makerspace

woman making wall art from cardboard tubes

The College of San Mateo Library Makerspace is featured in the article "What Colleges can Gain by Adding Makerspaces to their Libraries" by Katrina Schwartz (February 5, 2016).

Read about makerspaces in three different colleges and universities in order to learn more about what makerspaces in the academic environment have to offer.

To learn more about the CSM Library Makerspace, visit our website.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Our database web addresses have changed! Make sure to update your bookmarks.

Web Address Changes for Most Subscription Databases

Hi! The CSM Library has moved to a new server for authenticating student, staff, and faculty access to subscription databases.

What does this mean for you?

If you navigate to the database you are using (for example, Academic Search Premier, or Ethnic NewsWatch) by following links from the Library website or research guide, there should be no changes for you. These links have already been updated. If you do have a problem, please let us know.

However, if you have bookmarked your favorite links or keep a list of them in WebAccess or some other webliography (a list of web resources), you will likely need to update your links so you don't encounter an error message, or otherwise have problems accessing databases from off campus.

404 error message with planet in space

How to recognize the new link

The new links will have a different "proxy" or authentication prefix. There is one exception, which is the Safari ebook collection, which will stay the same.

An example for the Access Science database
The "proxy" url is a found at the beginning of the database url as a prefix. This is what the old proxied link looks like for the Access Science database:

A proxied url, when you are off campus, will allow you to login with your library card account and PIN, so you can access the Access Science database. Notice that there are two instances of "http" in the link above. 

The first instance is for the proxy url, which ends with an equal sign. This url has changed.
OLD proxy url:
NEW proxy url:

The second instance is the database web address. The database web address will stay the same.

To update the link, just replace the the old proxy url with the new proxy url. The updated proxy link for Access Science is

What you should do

For any of your bookmarks or webliographies that include proxied links to CSM Library databases, either create the bookmarks again from scratch, using the links provided on the CSM Library database page, or update manually by replacing the old proxy url with the new proxy url. Depending on your resource type, you may be able to use the find and replace feature on your application.

Remember that the Safari ebook Collection has not been impacted by this change. Its link will stay the same.

Need help?

Need help updating your bookmarks or other web resource lists? Contact a CSM Librarian.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Stitch Africa! History of African Textiles & African American Quilting #free #event #BlackHistory 2/5/16

Join us for Stitch Africa!

Renowned Textile Artist Marion Coleman will host a trunk show and lecture on the History of African and African American textiles and quilts. A quilting workshop will follow.

All events are free, and sponsored by the College of San Mateo Library.

Quilt and head shot of Marion Coleman wearing yellow shirt plus text of event details

Date: Friday, February 5th

Lecture and Trunk Show: 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Building 5, Room 202
Quilting Workshop: 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm, Building 9, Library Classroom

About Marion Coleman
Memory, family stories, cultural change, and a world filled with color serve as her inspiration. For over thirty years Ms. Coleman worked as a counselor in youth and family services. She now combines this experience with her art to create work that explores memory, social change, and community.
headshot of Marion Coleman wearing yellow shirtMs. Coleman's work has been presented in several publications including Crafted Lives: Stories and Studies of African American QuiltersJourney of Hope: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama500 Art QuiltsCreative Quilting: The Journal Quilt Project,Textural Rhythms: Quilting the Jazz Tradition. Ms. Coleman's work has also been featured in the O, The Oprah MagazineQuilting Arts Magazine, and American Craft Magazine. The books listed above are available in the CSM Library.
Ms. Coleman received a 2009 Alameda County Arts Leadership Award and a 2007 Creative Work Fund Grant to collaborate with two other quilt artists and the Bay Area Black United Fund for a project on African American health disparities.
Ms. Coleman has served on the Boards of Directors of the African American Quilt Guild of Oakland and Textile Arts Council of the deYoung Museum in San Francisco. She has also served on the African Advisory Council of the Oakland Museum.
Learn more about Marion Coleman at:

Saturday, January 23, 2016

New York Times online accounts are now available for students, staff, and faculty!


New York Times

College of San Mateo Library now offers online New York Times accounts for all students, staff, and faculty. This includes unlimited access via mobile apps on tablets and smart phones. accounts are good for one year for eligible CSM community members only (current students, staff, and faculty), after which accounts must be renewed from on campus.

Faculty are eligible for a New York Times in Education account. New York Times inEducation provides curated content for a range of disciplines on how to incorporate news content from the New York Times into your curricula.

Highlights & Features:

Only Registered Users Can:

  • Save articles for later. Retrieve your Times content from any device.
  • Receive custom newsletters. Sign up and get news sent right to your in-box.
  • Access content tailored to you. Enjoy personalized articles, videos and slide shows.
  • Comment on articles. Spark conversations with other readers.
  • Email stories, videos, and multimedia. Share your favorite content with your favorite people.


  1. Click
    (You must be on campus to create the account. Once created you can access your account anywhere.)
  2. Click on Create Account.
  3. Sign up by typing in your email address and any password.
  4. Access on any computer. Log in using the account you created.
  5. Visit on your tablet or mobile device to download your free NYT apps. Log in using the account you created.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Join us every Thursday 2pm-3pm for Hour of Code

Hour of Code

Dates: Every Thursday 8/27 – End of semester
Time: 2pm-3pm
Hosted byCSM Library Makerspace
Location: Library, Building 9

Learn or sharpen your coding skills during these self guided sessions. All experience levels welcome.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Beep, boop, beep...we're having technical difficulties with SIRS database -- RESOLVED

SIRS Issues Researcher database -- RESOLVED

Access from off campus is down--we have submitted a support ticket with their IT department. You can still use this database from on campus. 

Other similar databases such as Opposing Viewpoints in Context and CQ Researcher are good alternatives.

You also can connect with a librarian by phone, text, email, chat, or in person for other research recommendations.

Sorry for the inconvenience! We'll let you know when it is up and running again.

Maker Tuesdays comes to CSM Library Makerspace

Maker Tuesdays

Dates: Every Tuesday 9/29 – End of semester
Time: 2pm-4pm
Hosted byCSM Library Makerspace
LocationLibrary, Building 9

Collaborate, learn, & make! 3–D printing, wearable electronics & more at these drop-in maker sessions. All experience levels welcome.