The Commoner, Volume 2, Issue 5 - May 6, 2015
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Expand Your Research Possibilities with Interlibrary Loan

Even though CSC is a small campus with a relatively small library, the miracle of interlibrary loan (ILL) makes it possible to research almost any subject. LLC Public Services and Reference Librarian, Christine Fullerton, describes how Interlibrary Loan Services work and provides links to the websites and forms that make it possible for patrons to access collections throughout the state and nation. [Read more.]
Down But Not Out

The LLC Blog--and other academic affairs blogs, websites, and wikis--were down for two weeks in April because the web server ( was hacked and our weblog software, WordPress, was, apparently, infected with malware known as "SoakSoak." We apologize for any content you were unable to access during this time and are taking measures to better protect the site and the service moving forward. The good news is that we're up and running again--with a fresh new server, fresh new applications, and a fresh new look and feel.
New Titles and Award Winners

The latest shipment of titles for the Rotating Collection include a number of books shortlisted for the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David by Lawrence Write recounts and critiques the 1978 conference that put Israel and Egypt on the path of peace. Other nonfiction titles on the Carnegie shortlist include Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryant Stevenson and The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert. On the fiction shortlist are: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín, and On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee. [Read more.]
ALA Recognizes LLC for Foolishiness 

Seriously. Last month, the American Library Association enjoyed the LLC's first-annual mock-newsletter of April foolishness so much they included us in the American Libraries blog post, "The Scoop" ("April Foolswatch 2015" by Greg Landgraf, April 3, 2015). [Read more.]
Heavy Lifters at This Year's Brain Bowl

Six teams of three students each competed in last month's Brain Bowl Competition sponsored by the Blue Key Club and hosted in the Library Learning Commons. Brain Bowl is a single-elimination trivia competition. The winning team included Jake Murphy, Barrett Browne, and Alex Coon, and the second-place team consisted of Sarah Townsend, Erin Vacha, and Callie Johnson. First-place winners were awarded Kindle Fires, and second-place winners received $10 gift certificates. [Read more.] 
Seeking Lecturers for 2015-2016

The Graves Lecture Series is looking for a few good lecturers for the 2015-2016 academic year. Topics are open, and lectures range from talks to performances. If you have something interesting in mind, please contact the LLC Outreach Librarian, Shawn Hartman ( 
Some Reflections on Q1, 2015

Since 2014, the LLC has been sharing its vital statistics via the LLC Blog. We do this in an effort to be more transparent to our patrons. Most of the data is published monthly and includes building statistics, support services use, and collection utilization figures. [Read more]. 

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