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February is Black History Month 

The celebration of Black History was originally proposed in1915 by Carter Woodson through the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). After 1976 the United States began to officially recognize the contributions of African Americans to the nation by designating the month of February as 'National African American History Month'. This year ASAALH has selected "A Century of Black Life, History, & Culture" as the theme for the 2015 celebration.

Our 2015 Black History Month display focuses on the Civil Rights movement. Works detailing the sacrifices of individuals who participated in this struggle are displayed in cases on the 2nd floor. These include a printout of the cover for The Informant, about Viola Liuzzo, the dvd 4 little girls and a copy of the March 19, 1965 issue of Life magazine with an iconic cover from the Bloody Sunday Selma confrontation.

Black History Month Display

Added 2-24-2015

Graphic Novels - A Palomar Specialty!

Our 3rd floor library display features graphic novels held by Palomar College. We currently own over 500 items in this 'genre'. Dr. Rocco Versaci, Palomar English Faculty, has been instrumental in  building our graphic literature collection. The display includes copies of Dr. Versaci's favorite comics & graphic novels, accompanied by reviews he's written about them. Visit his website to learn more about  his work and the ENG 290 course 'Comics Books as Literature'.   

The Films on Demand database segment Alternate Literary Voices and Vehicles, includes an interview with Art Spiegelman. Mr. Speigelman won a 1992 Pulitzer Prize for Maus, a graphic novel which addresses his father's experiences as a Holocaust survivor.

Graphic Novels Display

Added 1-27-2015

The Ambrose Digital Collection includes A History of Civil Rights in America.

The 8 part series A History of Civil Rights in America covers events from 1774-2010. It is available through our subscription to Ambrose videos. The link to the collection appears on the Media  section of our Databases page.

Program 6 of the series discusses " ... monumental pieces of legislation, ending discrimination in the workplace, the voting booth and in representation in Congress ..." and includes the 2 minute segment Voting Rights Act Is Passed. To read the text of the legislation, follow this link.

Added 1-13-2015

Spring 2015 at the Library!

The library welcomes all students, staff and community members to the start of our Spring 2015 semester. We continue to offer access to textbooks (many through the Palomar President's Associates program), reference assistance for your research needs and learning resources  in multiple formats (print, media, digital, etc.).

What's new? - Brand new public use computers and monitors! A required sign-on policy maximizing access for student learners! [Click here to read about the policy.]

Added 1-12-2015

Dashboard - Lessons on Avoiding Plagiarism, Citing Sources and More! !

Dashboard consists of interactive, online lessons designed to help students develop their information literacy skills. The lessons address plagiarism, incorporating outside sources into one’s own work, and the concepts and mechanics of citing sources using MLA and APA documentation styles.

World Book Academic Image

 Some instructors will be using the tool within their classes but students are free to independently work with the 3 modules currently available to enhance their skills.

Added 8-18-2014

New Library Catalog -- WorldCat Local

The library introduced a new public catalog, WorldCat Local (WCL), in January 2014.

The most exciting thing about the catalog is that it allows you to search our physical and virtual collections at the same time. From the Everything tab on the searchbox at the top of the page type keywords, click Go and your list of results will include everything from books or DVDs we own to articles from library subscribed databases. Stop by the Reference Desk if you need help or want to learn more about using WCL.

Some catalog options especially helpful  for researchers are: the ability to link to the catalog record for a resource (Permalink), a save search button and export of bibliographic information to EasyBib for citation use. You can even use the My library account tool to view a list of library items you've checked out, titles you've requested and any payments made/owed. Click here to learn how to sign in to My library account.

WorldCat Library Catalog
Added 8-18-2014