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Faculty / Staff Directory

Ginger Bryan
Dean of Learning Resources

Brenda Brantley
Head of Public Services

Kristi Lobrano
Systems Librarian

Kim Pullen
Reference Librarian

Teresa Rice
Cataloging Librarian

Judy Spears
Library Assistant

Susie McDowell
Administrative Assistant III

Dorothy Smith
Circulation Clerk

Roxie Johnson
Acquisition/Receiving Clerk

Stephanie Cox
Periodical Clerk

Pam Harris
TRC Manager

Dean's Message
The week of April 13-19, the Bossier Parish Community College Library will join other college campuses, as well as schools and communities across the United States, to celebrate National Library Week. This week is a time to remind our students, faculty, and staff of the contributions libraries, librarians, and library staff members make to their communities every day.

Nationwide, library use is up among all types of library users. This is also true at the BPCC Library, and it is easy to see why. Students, faculty and staff from all divisions visit the Library for entertainment, help, or to find a quiet place on the campus. Resources like books, periodicals, DVDs, computer and WIFI access offered by the Library help students find jobs, do better in classes, and tackle class projects. The Library’s BPCC: Healthy at 40 series assisted faculty and staff, as well as members of the community, in learning new ways to improve their health.

What makes the BPCC Library unique is access to trained professionals—librarians—to help find and interpret the information students, faculty, and staff need to make a difference in their endeavors. Every BPCC librarian has a master’s degree from an American Library Association accredited institution and is dedicated to supporting the College’s and Library’s mission.

What can you discover at the BPCC Library? National Library Week is the perfect time to find out. Join the BPCC community. Join the Circle of Knowledge @ your BPCC Library.

A wiki, from the Hawaiian word for fast, is software that enables users to collaboratively create, edit, organize, and link content on a website. The websites are typically used for collaborative projects or for reference material. The best known wiki is Wikipedia.

Wikis are unique in that they allow the creation and editing of websites by users who have little or no knowledge of web design or XML. Users utilize simple text editors (such as Notepad) for creating new pages and creating links between pages.

In education, wikis are used to track group projects, review classes and instructors, to post presentations, and for collecting data from groups of students.

Art in the 21st Century
Art:21 DVD image from PBSA Review by guest contributor Kelly McDade, Art Instructor at BPCC
Did you know that in the BPCC library you can check out DVDs and books relating to the most exciting contemporary artists creating works today? Art:21 – Art in the Twenty-First Century is many things. First and foremost it is a television show developed for the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), but Art:21 is so much more than a television program. There are companion books, DVDs and an interactive website (http://www.pbs.org/art21) with links to events, as well as pages and video on facebook, myspace, youtube, etc.

You may be asking yourself, so what makes Art:21 so interesting? First of all, the show allows artists to speak for themselves. Each hour long episode features four artists working in their studios. The artists are from diverse backgrounds. For example, Shazia Sikander, from Pakistan, makes exquisite miniature paintings dealing with issues of feminism in Muslim and Hindu cultures. Pepon Osario, from Puerto Rico, deals with street culture and ideas of memory. Trenton Doyle Hancock, from Houston, has developed an entirely fictional world of vibrant color and strange super heroes. Cai Guo-Qlang works with notions of power and combustion; he creates gunpowder drawings and recreates dramatic car chase scenes from the movies with actual cars and neon lights. You should see the stuffed tiger in one of his installations. It is truly awesome!

The shows are funny and thought-provoking with themes such as romance, play, spirituality, identify, loss, and desire. I highly recommend the Art:21 materials available both at the library and on the web because, as the show states: The series affords viewers and students the opportunity to discover their own innate abilities to understand contemporary art and to explore the possibilities for creative thinking and self-expression. I mean, isn’t that one of the primary reasons we are here at BPCC? I think so, so enjoy the series!

Calvin Bookworm - BPCC Library mascot

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Are you about to make an important decision about which career is best suited for you? Ever wondered if it is too late to make a change? The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) will define these questions and many more. The OOH is designed to provide valuable assistance to individuals making decisions about their future employment. It contains information such as the training and education needed, yearly earnings, expected job prospects, what workers do on the job, working conditions, and employment projections. This up-to-date handbook is located in our reference collection and can be accessed online at http://www.bls.gov/oco. Check it out the next time you have a question concerning career opportunities.

Learning Express Library
Need to practice for that important academic or licensing exam? Through the Public Library Databases, you have access to a comprehensive, interactive online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial courses designed to help students and adult learners succeed on tests. You'll get immediate scoring, complete answer explanations, and an individualized analysis of your results. Featured resources include: ACT, SAT, GRE, CBEST, Civil Service, Corrections Officer, EMS, Firefighter, GED, GMAT, GRE, Law Enforcement, LSAT, MCAT, Military, Nursing, Paramedic, Police Officer, Postal Worker, Real Estate, U.S. Citizenship, and many more!

To access this resource you must have a current public library card. Go to the website for the Public Library Databases. Select your parish from the list and enter your public library card identification number. From the list of databases, select Learning Express. Under Featured Resources, select the exam that interests you!

Library Hours

Monday - Thursday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm

7:00 am - 4:30 pm

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

TRC hours vary slightly.
See the website for details.

Library Exhibits

BPCC Celebrates
Its 40th Anniversary


April-May 2008

BPCC around the World
2008 / 2009

The Americas
August to October

European Union
October to November

Christmas around the World
December 2008

Africa and Middle East
January to March

Asia, Australia, and
the South Pacific

March to May

More eBooks ebooks images from netlibrary
The Allied Health and Nursing e-book subject sets have been added! These full-text, electronic books, available through the Library’s online catalog, enable all BPCC students access 24/7 from any computer connected to the Internet. Funding was made possible through a Student Technology Fee proposal. Combined with previous sets, the BPCC Library now has 236 eBook titles in the collection. So remember, even when we're closed, our eBooks are still available.

Copyright and Plagiarism
Need information about copyright and plagiarism? See the new Library webpage with details such as copyright - what it is, why to be concerned about it, and how to abide by copyright laws. For plagiarism, there are pages for students and for faculty/staff including types of plagiarism, an explanation of the importance of avoiding plagiarism, possible disciplinary action for the student, and, for faculty, how to spot it.

world image found on Nikon's small world competition

BPCC’s Campus Wide Identification
Remember that the CWID card is necessary for many services in the Library. A current BPCC ID is REQUIRED to use the TRC, check out books, or use reserve materials.

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