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NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

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Trying to get your students interested in local environmental issues? Check out NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory. The center provides "innovative research on the dynamic environments and ecosystems of the Great Lakes to provide information for resource use and management decisions that lead to safe and sustainable ecosystems, ecosystem services, and human communities."
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The website contains a wealth of information, including current ice coverage on the Great Lakes including charts and images, meteorological data, a database of invasive species, and the Great Lakes and health.

Image Credit: Algal bloom in Lake Erie, Kelley's Island. October 16, 2011. Photo: T. Joyce, NOAA GLERL.
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Group Study Rooms

students using a group study roomAs the end of the semester approaches, you may be looking for a place for your study group to meet or a place to work on final group projects. If that's the case, check out a group study room at the Library.

Group study rooms are available for groups of 2 to 12. Most are equipped with plug and play monitors, whiteboards, work surfaces, and different types of comfortable seating. All you need is a group and a Library card.

You can learn more about our group study rooms on our Spaces page. To check out a room, just come by the upper level Library circulation desk with at least one other member of your group and get your room!

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Astronomy Image Explorer

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Looking for a chart, image, or video to flesh out your astronomy lecture? Astronomy Image Explorer, launched in December 2013, contains images and animations from articles published in the journals of the American Astronomical Society. Search the content by keyword. Copyright information is included for each item.

You can check out the helpful FAQ or guides for more information.

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National Library Week: April 13 - 19

Library Week bannerThe Library is celebrating National Library Week with two special events:

Test your Library knowledge at our trivia contest. See if you are smarter than your friends and colleagues! New questions posted every day at six locations in the Library. Submit your vote, and check your answers the next day. What's better than being right?!?

On Tuesday at noon the Library will host a Brown Bag session. Bring your lunch and listen to the College's archivist, Kay Braulik, and retired librarian, Marge Peters, show and tell about the Library's history. They will discuss fun, geeky Library facts such as, when did the card catalog disappear? (Hint--those under 30 probably will be surprised that we used to keep track of library books on paper!)

So be sure to stop by and feel smarter @ Your Library!

LearningExpress Library 3.0

Learning Express Library logoLearningExpress Library 3.0 provides comprehensive test preparation, skills improvement resources, and career guidance for elementary students to adult learners. Each of the Library's Learning Centers offers the practice tests, exercises, skill-building courses, eBooks, and information you need to achieve the results you want—at school, at work, or in life. Looking to land a job? You'll find an entire Learning Center dedicated to helping you get the one that's right for you. Over 770 online practice tests and interactive skill-building tutorials are available, along with more than 130 eBook titles-all developed by expert academic and industry professionals.

Please note, if you have an account in LearningExpress Library 2.0, you will need to create a new account in LearningExpress 3.0. If you still have work in LearningExpress Library 2.0, you can access it through June 30, 2014.

Try LearningExpress Library 3.0 now.

Interesting Articles on Scientific Publishing

Trying to use spring break to catch up on new developments in your field of study? The following articles discuss how the publication of scientific research itself is changing.

Bonnie Swoger of the Information Culture blog at Scientific American discusses new trends in post-publication peer review.

Megan O’Neil of the Chronicle of Higher Education interviews Kevin Smith, the Directory of the Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communication at Duke, and Nature magazine about the Nature Publishing Group’s decision to get authors to waive their moral rights. For a more complex (and angrier) version of the story discussing open access initiatives and Nature, check Kevin Smith's original blog post.

John Holdren, Directory of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, writes a letter to the House Appropriations Committee discussing open access policies and initiatives undertaken for federally funded scientific research.

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Deepwater Horizon Bibliography

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Looking for research on the results of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Central Library has been tracking all research about the oil spill, and has compiled a bibliography of every article, research report, and other published information about the disaster.

Once you have a citation to an article or report you'd like to read, try clicking the "Find it Online" link at the end of the citation. If that doesn't work, search our new catalog to discover if we subscribe to the article online or to request it.

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Spring Break Hours

flowersWhile it might not feel like it outside, Spring Break is upon us. The Library will be open throughout break, but we will have reduced hours as follows:

Saturday, March 29 & Sunday, March 30: Normal hours
Monday, March 31 - Friday, April 4: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday, April 5 & Sunday, April 6: Normal hours

Have a safe and restful break!

Cisco Networking Academy Honors COD CIT Faculty

Cisco logoThe Cisco Academy program has recognized COD CIT faculty members Tony Chen, Felix Davis, Gene Wagner, and Justin Wagner as Advanced and Expert Level Cisco instructors.

  • Tony Chen : Expert Level
  • Felix Davis : Expert Level
  • Gene Wagner : Advanced Level
  • Justin Wagner : Advanced - Level

This award recognizes their achievements as one of the top 25 percent instructors globally in the following areas:

  1. Participation professional development opportunities
  2. Attention to student needs
  3. Student performance
  4. Use of resources.
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