Friday, October 30, 2009

New research guides available @ CSM Library

As you may have noticed, the Library launched a new website this Summer. It is a work in progress as we are still trying to update some of the features from the previous site. One of the major pieces that we are still working on is updating the research guides and putting them into a more accessible and interactive format online. Take a look at the Research Guides on the Library website and see that we now have 2 published guides, with more to come very soon.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Renew and get hold notices via SMS

Just a quick reminder that you can renew, get hold notices, and late fine notices on library materials via text messaging. Get info @ and sign up with a quick text. This service that launched last year is a great way to manage a few key features of your library account through a simple text.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Check before you drive

Before driving you might consider looking at This site features up to the minute reports on traffic accidents and congestion on freeways in the Bay Area. The rainstorms today most likely contribued to the number of accidents on 280 and 101 today. So, it's a good idea to plan ahead and check for any traffic issues and reroute your travels accordingly.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

President Obama declares October 2009 as Nat'l Information Literacy Awareness Month

On October 1, President Obama declared October 2009 as National Information Literacy Awareness Month. For any of you that know what information literacy is, you will know that this is a very momentous occasion for the White House to acknowledge such an important issue.

For those that don't know about information literacy, it's best summarized as the ability to determine an information need, locate, retrieve, critically analyze, and utilize that information. It may sound elementary, but it's not as easy at it sounds considering the amount of information that comes at us everyday. Our hope is that this initiative can help to generate programs that can successfully address information literacy needs on a national and local level.

For more information about President Obama's proclamation, see the press release at