2016 State of American Jobs report published by Pew Research Center

The Pew Research Center’s new report on The State of American Jobsemployment-growth-is-more-rapid-in-occupations-requiring-higher-social-or-analytical-skills is well-worth a read!


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Who Will You Vote For?

If you are looking for an “unbiased, nonpartisan source to help make up your mind about election-related topics like immigration, gun control, outsourcing, national security, and more”, try Opposing Viewpoints in Context.  It is one of several databases included on the Debate & Controversy Subject Guide that will link you to articles coveringYour Vote Counts the pros- and cons- of controversial topics.

Take a look at these neat elections websites, too:

Abstracted from MeL Minutes, a service of the Library of Michigan.

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Linking Workshops for Faculty & Staff

Linking Library Resources Subject Guide imageLearn easy – and legal – ways to provide permalinks to licensed library resources (e-books, e-journal articles, and streaming videos) in your Blackboard courses. These sessions will teach you how to find and use permalinks to populate your Blackboard with quality, college-level content. Participants must be Blackboard users (faculty/instructional or staff/organization) with rights to edit course/organization content.

  • Friday, November 4 – 351 Main – 10:00am – 11:00am
  • Wednesday, November 16 –  TBA Main –  2:00pm – 3:00pm

Register through CTE.

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Working With … Streaming Videos

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New career-related streaming videos (with simultaneous transcriptions) are available in Films on Demand.   In the Working With …   series, young people in the UK “discuss how they use knowledge and skills they learned at school in the real world… about their working lives, career paths, and what they enjoy about their jobs.”  17 subjects / skills are included: Art, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Design Technology, English, Foreign Language, History, Mechanical Engineering.

For other career resources, take a look at the Careers Subject Guide, as well as the [Careers & Education] tabs on most Subject Guides.  For more streaming videos, see the Multimedia & Image Subject Guide.

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Welcome Brian Beecher!

Brian Beecher, Library Director

Brian Beecher, Library Director

Please help welcome our new Library & Learning Commons director – Brian Beecher!

Beecher is a native of southern Wisconsin where he was a vocal performance graduate at UW-Rock County. He earned his Bachelor of Music – Vocal Performance and his Master of Library Science degrees at UW-Madison. Most recently, Brian served as Dean of Libraries and Instructional Services at the College of Lake County  (IL). He has worked at Elgin Community College, UW- Rock County, UW-Whitewater, and in health libraries at UW-Madison.

Brian has been active professionally as President (2012-2014) of the Network of Illinois Learning Resources in Community Colleges,  and as executive board member (2013-2016) for CARLI: Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois.

Brian enjoys running, biking, swimming, music, and spending time with his family who are in the process of moving to Michigan.  Brian replaces Patricia Ingersoll who retired in June 2016.

Welcome Brian!

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