Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Finals week is here. Help can be found in the library

Need help with your citations on that last research paper of the semester? Ask a librarian. We're always here to answer your questions when the library is open. You can call, email, instant message, or come and see us. Need a warm and quiet place to study? Come to the library. Need any last minute resources? We can help you find them.

Good luck to all during final exams week. Also, have a great winter break. See you in January.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Free Web 2.0 workshops in the library

CSM Library is offering several free workshops for CSM students, faculty and staff in November and December. The workshops cover Google Docs, Citations and Citation Generators, and a Google Apps overview. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis, so sign up now. The first workshop takes place on November 10.

Election Day Resources - November 2, 2010

Election Day is finally here! Check out these resources so you’ll be prepared to cast your vote.

The Secretary of State office is in charge of voting procedures for California. Plenty of impartial information is available from that site including voting rules for the state, the current statewide voter guide and first reports on the election results. The League of Women Voters also offers helpful website for election information.

Need help finding your polling place? Here are some resources if you live in...

Alameda County
Contra Costa County
Marin County
San Francisco County
San Mateo County
Santa Clara County
Solano County

Not registered for this election? You can register for the next one! Many libraries, post offices and city offices have registration forms available. You can also fill out the online form, then print and mail it in.

Friday, October 22, 2010

November is National Novel Writing Month, but you can call it NaNoWriMo

Channel your inner author and take part in National Novel Writing Month. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel between November 1-30. You will not be alone as thousands of people from all over the country will also be attempting to write a novel. The goal is to just write revision free, or to work towards quantity over quality. Last year, over 30,000 participants reached the finish line. This year, you can too. Read more about this program and sign up at

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Library Hours Survey

CSM Library wants your input on a possible increase in library open hours. Fill out this online survey to let us know where you would like to see changes. It will take 2-3 minutes to complete. We thank you for your time.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Sign up now for the Information Competency Proficiency Exam on 10/6

Sign up now for the CSM Information Competency exam scheduled for Wednesday, October 6, 2010, from 1:00pm-2:30pm. A second sign up form with the remaining dates will be released after October 6. You can find more information about this requirement at

There are nineteen(19) slots available for the October 6th exam. Slots will be filled on a "first come, first serve" basis. Students will be notified within 72 hours after submitting this form whether or not they were successful in receiving a slot for the October 6th exam date.

The exam will take place in the College of San Mateo Library classroom located in Building 9. Students can only take the exam once. To help prepare for the proficiency exam, please visit the CSM Information Competency LibGuide or contact a CSM Librarian.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Library closed for Labor Day Holiday

CSM Library will be closed Saturday, September 4 through Monday, September 6 for the Labor Day holiday. The Library will open again on Tuesday, September 7 at 7:45am.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, August 20, 2010

CSM campus open

School is back in session after yesterday's power outage. All services are back in effect and the Library is open its regularly scheduled Friday hours from 7:45am-3pm.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

CSM campus and Library scheduled to open again on Friday

Day and evening classes were canceled today due to a power outage. All classes and services are expected to resume on Friday. The Library will be open during its normal Friday hours from 7:45am-3pm.

To stay informed during power outages or campus emergencies, sign up for AlertU - CSM's emergency text message alert system. You can have these messages sent directly to your cell phone by signing up on WebSmart.

Morning classes canceled at CSM due to power outage

CSM campus and services are closed until further notice. Morning classes are canceled. There will be an update at noon. We'll also let you know as soon as possible when we expect to open the Library today.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Library hours reduced 8/2-8/15

The Library will be open 2-7 pm during the last 2 weeks leading up to the Fall Semester. See website for more information.

We look forward to seeing you all in the fall.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

LIBR 100 Fall 2010 still enrolling

The Library is offering 2 sessions of LIBR 100, a 1-unit course, in the fall. One is taught online while the other is taught in-person over ab 8-week period. LIBR 100 will help to bolster your research and citation skills, as well as fulfill the CSM Information Competency graduation requirement. More news on the information competency requirement to come later.

Fall 2010 • Two Sections!

When: 9/1/10 -10/27/10 • 8 week ONLINE course
CRN: 92864
Instructor: Michele Alaniz

Section 2:
When: 10/14/10 -12/9/10 • 8 week ON CAMPUS course • TTH from 9:10-10:00am
Where: Bldg 9-200
CRN: 92304
Instructor: Teresa Morris

Monday, June 21, 2010

LIBR 100 Summer 2010

The course website is available to enrolled students. An email was sent from the instructor to currently enrolled students. Check your college email.

The summer section of LIBR 100 is full and there is a waiting list. Students who are on the waitlist should check their college email address for an email from the instructor.


Ah Summer! Summer School 2010!

Library staff are glad to welcome new and returning students!

A few bits of info can help you get started with your semester:

-Get a library card. If you don't already have a PLS library card from any library in San Mateo County, you can apply for a new card at the College of San Mateo Library.

-Check College Reserves for your textbooks. If your instructor has a copy and puts it in College Reserves, you can check it our for use in the library. Check back often -- new reserve items get added as the semester progresses.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Congratulations Graduates! Class of 2010

The Library is happy that all your hard work has paid off. All the best and congratulations to the Class of 2010!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

CSM Library Online Catalog Down For Upgrage

The CSM Library online catalog is down for maintenance. It should be up and running by 9am tomorrow, May 24th.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Library Studies Classes Summer and Fall 2010

Ever had a teacher return your paper and say you need better sources? Unsure how to do reference citations? Want to become a better researcher? Library Studies (LIBR) 100 Introduction to Library Research can help! Learn to formulate and refine a research question, use reference materials, search the online catalog and databases, search the Internet, evaluate Web sites, avoid plagiarism, and cite sources.

LIBR 100 is a 1 unit course that transfers to the CSU and UC, satisfies SFSU's Information Competency Requirement.

Beginning Fall 2010, LIBR 100 satisfies the College of San Mateo Information Competency graduation requirement.

Summer 2010 ONLINE

When: 6/21/10 -8/14/10 • 6 weeks
CRN: 54205
Instructor: Teresa Morris

Fall 2010 • Two Sections!

When: 9/1/10 -10/27/10 • 8 week ONLINE course
CRN: 92864
Instructor: Michele Alaniz

When: 10/14/10 -12/9/10 • 8 week ON CAMPUS course • TTH from 9:10-10:00am
Where: Bldg 9-200
CRN: 92304
Instructor: Teresa Morris

Register for any class using WebSmart.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Author Michael Pollan gave a great talk today in the CSM Theatre

Author Michael Pollan spoke in the CSM Theatre today from 12-1pm as part of the President's Lecture Series. Pollan is author of many books including The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, and most recently, Food Rules.

There was a great turnout as students and staff filled the auditorium to hear Pollan speak about food and problems that arise for the western diet and/or processed food. His talk was brilliant, funny and engaging as he offered solutions to combat the obesity and diabetes epidemics here in the US. If you are looking for a good book to read over the summer. the Library carries several of his titles.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

CSM Library Spring 2010 Newsletter available online

Make sure you check out the recent version of the Bulldog's Bookcase, the CSM Library newsletter, at The recent issue highlights new initiatives and collections in the Library and at CSM. The Spring 2010 newsletter also offers book reviews and links to research tools. We hope it makes for a good read and helps you get to know the CSM Library and its staff a little bit better. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

March Forth for Education

Take part in CSM's Educating the Whole Student program at the CSM Theater today from 8:10am-2:00 pm. There will be various presentations by faculty, students and staff to inform our community on how we can try to save higher education. There will be music and performances by students, as well as computer banks so that you can contact your local legislator and the California governor. More information about this event can be found on the College of San Mateo website.

The CSM March Forth event event will be followed by the rally against budget cuts to education. The rally will take place in the San Francisco civic center at 5pm. More information can be found at

Thursday, February 11, 2010

2nd Web 2.0 workshop for students is full. Workshops in March still open.

The second Web 2.0 technology workshop for students on 2/24 is full. However, you can always drop by when the sesssion meets to see if there are seats available. In this session CSM librarians will show you a few useful online citation tools to help you create outstanding bibliographies and works cited pages for your research papers.

There is still room in the March workshops on creating perfect presentations and blogging. Sign up now to save your place.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Student workshops are filling up fast

The first session of student workshops covering and google tools is almost at capacity. We are limiting the number of attendees to 35. Registration will be on a first come basis. At the session meeting, we will fill seats on a standby basis. Please also feel free to bring your laptops if you feel more comfortable working from your own computer. The Library offers wifi access.

If there is enough interest, we will possibly offer more free workshops at future dates. Look out for announcements in the near future.

These workshops are for students only. We will be offering workshops to faculty and staff at a later date. Look out for a detailed description of workshops fro faculty and staff next week.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Web 2.0 technology workshops for students at CSM Library

CSM Library will be hosting 1-hour workshops on Web 2.0 technology for students. Topics include Google tools and student my.smccd.accounts, citation tools, online presentation tools, blogging and building sites. The sessions will be offered on Wednesdays February 10, February 24, March 17 and March 24 at 1pm. More information can be found  @ .

Stduents are welcome to drop-in to a session, or sign up beforehand at the URL above.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Teach-in at CSM Theater 2/3 and 2/4, 8am-2pm

College of San Mateo faculty, staff and students are participating in a teach-in at the CSM Theater on Wednesday, February 3 and Thursday, February 4 from 8am-2pm. There will be a number of speakers informing the community about the budget cutbacks that are affecting programs, courses, and services in community colleges. This is a peaceful and informative event. Learn how you can fight back to save our colleges.

You can also get more information at the CSM teach-in facebook page.

You can also download a schedule and list of speakers here.

Monday, February 1, 2010

LIBR 100 enrollment issues

LIBR 100 section 2 (CRN 42568) is still enrolling, however, we are getting reports of difficulties in registering for the course. Additionally, middle college students will require an authorization code to add the class. If you have any issues registering for the course, please contact Teresa Morris at so that she can assist you in adding the class.

This class runs from March 24 through May 26 and is an Online course with one mandatory on-campus session.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Welcome to Spring 2010

Well, this semester started off quite dramatically with a storm that caused power outages on the CSM campus. As a result, day classes were canceled on Tuesday. So far the campus and library have been open all day Wednesday despite the deluge of rain, high winds and thunder storms.

Come into the library where it's nice and dry. We have nice librarians that are here to answer any of your questions. We also have computers, magazines and books for research or leisure between classes. In addition, if you didn't already know this, we have a number of textbooks on 2-hour reserve for use in the library. You can call ahead at 650.574.6232 to see if CSM Library carries your course texbook.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

LIBR 100 ONLINE class still enrolling for Spring

LIBR 100 provides a solid introduction to library research including how to refine your topic, how to effectively use the library's resources, and how to find credible information on the free web. This course also satisfies the Basic Information Competence requirement at SF State.

The Library is offering 2 online courses in the Spring. The first 8-week session (CRN:42566) is offered from 1/20/10 -3/17/10. The second 8-week session (CRN: 42568) is offered from 3/24/10 -5/26/10. Both classes have one mandatory on-campus session. See the Library's list of courses for more info.