“What’s new at your library? The students are back, having returned to the Library in droves for weeks one and two of the new semester. In just the first ten days of the term the Library has loaned out more Chromebooks, Dell laptops, and hot spots than during the entire summer! (Find out more about the Library’s Technology Loan Program). Students have also visited for much needed tech support and to request and check out books, study, access the computer lab, and occupy the study rooms which can be reserved ahead of time.

The Library (Building 5, 2nd floor) is open to all members of our Skyline community as well as the public, with online support also available. Research help is available in-person and online via the Ask a Librarian chat service, which allows students, staff and faculty to jump into an individual zoom session with a librarian if they choose. Students can also use the chat service to receive technology support.

Fall 2023 Library Service Hours

In-Person Research Help Desk hours:
Monday & Tuesday: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday & Thursday:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am  – 4:00 pm  

Online Research Help Desk Hours
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday:  8:00 am – 4:00 pm

The college librarians continue to be embedded within a variety of Fall courses, dropping in via zoom or in person to teach information literacy topics in a variety of disciplines. Any faculty member can request instruction by a librarian with two weeks’ lead time provided. Librarians can also help develop or design library and research assignments to support teaching goals. Faculty can also import and adapt Prof. Pia Walawalkar’s Course-Embedded Information Literacy sessions from Canvas Commons into their courses.

A small selection of newly acquired books are highlighted in the New Books & eBooks research guide. For a full list, contact the library. You can also recommend a book purchase for the Library’s collection. 

The Library’s Digital Textbook Library continues to grow, enjoying its second year with more than 170 titles now available. You can explore this collection and read more about this PIF funded project. 

All students and employees can also continue to subscribe for free to the digital New York Times (if you signed up more than one-year ago, register again as a First-Time User) and now the Wall Street Journal as well. Also take advantage of easy digital access to favorite news and popular magazines on Flipster 24/7 using your OneLogin credentials.

To increase college affordability, the Library continues to curate OER/ZTC materials and subscribes to several digital collections and databases that students can access for free by using their SMCCCD credentials. Please consider using titles from our collections and open education resources to create low- and zero-cost courses for our students. 

The Library continues to be a full partner in our local public library system, the Peninsula Library System (PLS). Students and employees alike can request PLS library materials by filling out this borrowing form. Books will be delivered at no cost to Skyline College Library. No library cards are required.

New and newer faculty are encouraged to sign up for an informal library orientation geared to their discipline, either in person or by zoom. Book an appointment or contact Jessica Silver-Sharp at silversharpj@smccd.edu.

Events! In collaboration with Personal Counseling, the Library is pleased to present a new Fall Series of Self-fullness. Topics will include Academic Pressures, Social Media, Discrimination, Wholeness & Wellness, Holidays, Identity, and Fear of the Future. Look for announcements coming soon. In the meantime, do you have questions? Please chat, text email or call. We hope to hear from you soon!

Article written by Jessica Silver-Sharp

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