New! Information Competency Requirement
Students who begin attending CSM for the first time in the Fall of 2010 will be required to meet the new information competency requirement for graduation.

Information competency requirements have become standard at many colleges and universities. The requirement ensures students are aware of when information is needed and that they understand how to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively. Evaluating Web sites, avoiding plagiarism, creating and understanding citations, and effective use of library research resources are examples of information competency skills.

An information competency assessment exam conducted by CSM faculty in Spring 2008 revealed that most students estimated their own research skills to be above average. arrow graphicIn reality, students scored less than 50 percent on the assessment.

Students will be able to satisfy the requirement in multiple ways. Students can successfully complete LIBR 100: Introduction to Library Research, or one of the approved courses from another department in which information competency has been infused into the coursework. More information on how to satisfy this new A.A. requirement will be available in the Fall 2010 catalog.

Coming Soon: Athletes as Readers
athletes as readers
Child Care Services Coordinator Louise Piper, Library Director Lorrita Ford, Head Football Coach Bret Pollack and Library Support Specialist Bryan Gerbig recently met to kick off planning for the CSM Athletes as Readers and Leaders Project. CSM athletes will read picture books to children in the Child Development Center to encourage reading and open a dialog about the importance of sports, exercise and academics. The program will also help athletes appreciate their influence as role models.
LibGuides: New Shortcut to Research
Libguides screenshot When you need to find resources for a certain subject, try these new research guides on the library website. Each LibGuide will show you databases, books, Ebooks, websites, and citation resources for subjects such as nursing, sociology, speech, English, demographics, psychology, accounting, and MLA citation. There are currently 15 LibGuides available and more are coming soon!
Library Staff Picks
In Defense of Food book cover In Defense of Food : An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan
This book is a great follow-up to Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma. In Defense of Food examines the Western diet and asks why there is such an epidemic of obesity and chronic disease in the United States. This book is a must read for all. Michael Pollan will speak in the CSM Theatre on Wednesday, May 12, at 12 pm as part of the President's Lecture Series.
Student Book Review
Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. by Luis Rodriquez
Always running book cover This is an absolutely inspirational book. It gives you a glimpse in the life of a gang member surviving in the harsh streets of Los Angeles. Once you start this book it's hard to put it down, with situations that are jaw-dropping and sometimes maybe leave you on the verge of tears. In this book Luis Rodriguez finds his true self by getting an education and putting his gang life in the past and speaks nothing but the truth.
Reviewed by Sara Marie French, CSM Student