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myACCESS Lab

my-access.pngDo you need help with myACCESS, building your class schedule, registering for classes, FAFSA completion, or payment plan sign-up? If so, stop by the myACCESS Lab in the Student Services Center Financial Assistance Conference Room (SSC 2222) for assistance.

Their summer hours are:

  • Monday, May 19 – Friday, August 29 (Monday through Thursday): 9:00 am until 7:00 pm
  • August 8, 15, 22, 29 (Fridays): 9:00 am until 5:00 pm

Community Open House, May 10

The College of DuPage invites the community to explore the renovated McAninch Arts Center, P.E. Center and Library during the Community Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 10.

Special Library events include:

  • The James Bond Phenomenon: Book Talk/Lecture by Author Raymond Benson
    1 p.m. - Library Room SRC 2024

    Raymond Benson has been an award-winning and best-selling author, composer, computer game designer, stage director, film historian and films genres instructor for more than 30 years. The first American author commissioned to write official James Bond novels, Benson will present a slide show and discussion about 007.

  • Author Dennis Cremin "Grant Park: The Evolution of Chicago's Front Yard"
    3 p.m. - Library Room SRC 2024

    Long considered the showplace and cultural center of Chicago, Grant Park has been the site of tragedy and tension, success and joy. Throughout his book, Cremin shows that while Grant Park's landscape and uses have changed, the public ground continues to serve as "a display case for the city and a calling card to visitors."

Attendees who visit all three facilities can enter a grand prize drawing to win a three-performance subscription to the MAC, a one-year membership to Chaparral Fitness, or a Kindle.

For more information about the Community Open House, visit www.cod.edu/openhouse.

Exterior of the SRC building

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!

"Angry Filmaker" Workshop, April 15

Tonight, the COD Motion Picture / Television Department presents Kelley Baker - The Angry Filmmaker - doing a workshop on getting your independent film finished. There will be a special focus on his upcoming documentary Dangerous: Kay Boyle.

Angry filmmaker flier

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.

Enrest Adams Game Development Talk

Ernest AdamsFor the fourth year in a row, the Game Development Club is sponsoring a talk with Ernest Adams, game developer and consultant, on Wednesday, March 5, at 2 pm in Student Service Center, room 3245.

Ernest will talk about the game industry and game development, among other topics of interest from the audience.

Mr. Adams has 24 years of experience in the game industry, with such companies as Bioware, Crytek, Electronic Arts, THQ, and Ubisoft. He has 14 published game titles to his credit and is the author of several books on game development. He is the founder of the International Game Developer Association (IGDA), the largest association devoted to game development, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. He also teaches game design and development at many colleges in Europe.

History in Color

colorized world war 2 photoIf you haven't done so, have a look at the Reddit Colorized History community where artists post colorized versions of historical black and white photography. It's amazing how artistic colorization can create such strong connection to these images that once seemed dated and somehow alien.

Do you want to learn how to do this? Maybe start with some Photoshop for Photographers tutorials from Lynda Campus.

MakerBot Academy: A 3D Printer in Every School

From ReadWrite web:

MakerBot Academy is the 3D printing company’s new initiative to get students learning about technology. According to the company, it’s a direct response to President Obama’s Feb. 2013 State of the Union address, which encouraged businesses to think about ways to bring manufacturing jobs back to America.

"3D printing [has] the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything,” said the President. “[We must] guarantee that the next revolution in manufacturing is made right here in America."

To prepare students for this revolution, MakerBot Academy is teaming with America Makes to provide thousands of 3D printing bundles to K-12 schools through the country. Their goal is to "help provide the next generation of American Makers with a relevant STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education."

To learn more about this program, visit the MakerBot Academy site or maybe you'd like to read more about 3D printing?

MakerBot logo

I-Share

I-Share logoThis fall, the COD Library joined the I-Share integrated library system. By joining I-Share, COD students will have access to over 32 million items from over 82 academic libraries in Illinois--including items from large schools like the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and UIC. Using I-Share, you can locate and borrow items from other I-Share libraries when those items are not available at COD.

Look for the I-Share search tool to be available in early January. At that time you'll be able to use it to find books, videos and electronic media from the COD Library as well as other I-Share libraries. In the meantime, you can learn more about I-Share on the I-Share Overview site.

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