Friday, August 29, 2008

Library Question & Answer of the Day

How do I check out Library materials?

  • Students first need an NCC ID card, which is issued out of the Student Affairs offices on both campuses (for Bethlehem, the SA office is in College Center 200, located off of the Laub Lounge). The NCC Spartan Card works as your library card, as an access card for certain labs and the dorms (if you live there), and as a flex spending account in the bookstore, cafeteria and select vending machines. Don't forget that it'll entitle you to a student discount at some movie theaters, restaurants, and stores!
  • After you have your NCC Spartan ID card, come up to the Circulation Desk and check out your library materials. Books are checked out for three weeks, while movies and periodicals only go out for one week.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Printing PowerPoint Slides From Blackboard

If your instructor posts PowerPoint slides on Blackboard, the best way to print them for use as class notes is to save first, then print. Follow these instructions:

  1. Log in to Blackboard and locate the PowerPoint slides you wish to print.

  2. Click once on the title of the PowerPoint presentation. You will be asked if you want to OPEN or SAVE. Choose “Save.”

  3. When the next window opens, pull down the menu labeled “Save In” and select “Desktop” from the list of computer locations. Click “Save.”

  4. When you see the message “Download Complete,” click on the button labeled “Open.” This will launch the PowerPoint program.

  5. If you are using Microsoft 2007, click the Office icon (looks like a flower) in the upper left corner of your screen, then select “Print” twice. If you are using Microsoft 2003, click on the “File” menu and select “Print.”

  6. A window will open that contains options for printing. In the lower left corner of this window, find the menu labeled “Print What.” Change the selection from “Slides” to “Handouts.”

  7. To the right of this menu, under the heading “Handouts,” select the number of slides to print on each page. Although you can choose up to six slides per page, this will result in very small text. Printing three or four slides on each page usually works best.

  8. Library printing is limited to 10 pages at a time, so if you have a large number of slides, you will need to print the pages in batches. To figure out how many slides you can print in one batch, take the number of slides you want on each page and multiply it by 10, which will show how many slides you will be able to print in ten pages. If you have three slides on a page, 3 x 10 = 30. So, if you have 45 slides, and print three slides on each page, you will first need to print slides # 1-30, then slides # 31-45. To select the batch of slides to print, go to the section of the print window labeled “Print Range.” Click the round button next to “Slides,” then type in the slide numbers (example: 1-30) in the white box.

  9. If the slides have a black or dark-colored background, they will be difficult to read and will use a lot of ink when printing. To avoid this, print in grayscale, which will give you a white background with black text. In the “Print What” section of the Print window, choose “Grayscale” from the drop-down menu located under “Color/Grayscale.”

  10. Click OK to finish printing.

  11. Note: If your instructor has included "speaker's notes" under each PowerPoint slide, and you wish to include these notes when you print, you must select the format "Notes Pages" in Step 8, above. Choosing this format allows you to print only one slide per page.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

New Leisure Reading Titles

Here are a few additions to our McNaughton leisure reading collection:

Death by Cashmere
by Sally Goldenbaum

We Are Soldiers Still
by Harold Moore

Devil Bones
by Kathy Reichs

First Daughter
by Eric Van Lustbad

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
by Sean Williams

Library Book Discussion Group
at Northampton Community College

All Are Welcome!

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

August 26- No Ordinary Time, by Doris Kearns Goodwin


Mack Library
College Center
4th Floor, Room 440

For information, call Olga Conneen, 610-861-5358.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Welcome Back!

The librarians at the NCC Libraries would like to welcome back all students. We wish you a very successful semester and want to remind you that we're here to help with any of your research needs!

As a reminder, there are some library guidelines that you should remember:
  • We have many computers for your use, but during busy times (mostly midterms and finals), remember that computers are primarily to be used for academic purposes. Feel free to check your myspace or Facebook pages, but if all computers are filled and another student needs to write a paper, you may be asked to give up your seat if you're just surfing the Web.
  • Always bring a flash drive to save your work!
  • Always restart the computer after you're finished using it, to ensure that private information is wiped out.
  • Please, no talking on cell phones in the libraries. You should keep your cell phones on silent or vibrate, and take any calls outside in the lobby, near the stairs and elevator if on Main Campus.
  • All of the library printers default to printing on both sides of the paper. (This can manually be changed if your professor only wants to see one-sided printing.)
  • You can only print up to 10 pages at one time and only 1 copy of a document at a time. If you need help printing a longer document, please see a librarian.
By abiding by these guidelines, you are helping to prevent noise pollution and paper waste! Thank you for your consideration!

New Ride Share Program

Gas prices got you down? Do you want to do your part to help the environment? Or are you just interested in some companionship and getting to know your fellow students?

Try the new Ride Share program, created by NCC's Environmental Task Force. Using this secure Web site, you can offer to give a fellow student a ride to NCC, or find a ride to school for yourself! Save gas, split the gas price, or just do a good deed by helping someone who needs a ride!

Visit the easy-to-use Web site now at:

Click on the link to either share a ride or find a ride. To sign up for an account, you only need to enter your information once. When drivers and passengers are matched, you will be e-mailed the information needed to locate each other.

Do the environment--and another student--a favor. Try out the Ride Share website!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Testing information

Did you know that the Mack Library is a nationally certified testing center? In addition to NCC Online Learning exams, we also proctor high-stakes exams for ACT, CLEP and VUE as well. Whichever type of exam you may be taking, the Library's Testing Center staff will help make your exam experience as painless as possible.

What you need to know:
  • For NCC online exams, call the Testing Center in advance to schedule your test. The Testing Center can be reached at 610-861-5329. Paper-based exams can be taken anytime during regular library hours, subject to Testing Center seating constraints.
  • When you arrive in the Library, check in at the Circulation Desk, which is on your left as soon as you walk in. The Testing Center is located there.
  • You will need a photo ID (such as a driver's license) in order to take your NCC test. If you do not bring it, you will NOT be able to take your test.
  • You must know your professor's name and the course number for whatever test you are taking.
  • You will have a certain amount of time to take your test. All tests will be collected 10 minutes before the Library closes. Please arrive in enough time to complete your test.
  • No belongings, food, drink, cell phones or electronic devices, or children are allowed in the testing booth. You will be given a locker in which to store your belongings. Calculators or other materials may be allowed on some tests--ask at the Circulation Desk if you are unsure.
  • The testing room is under audio and visual surveillance.
  • Please call the Testing Center or stop by the Circulation Desk for more information about Online Learning, CLEP, ACT, or VUE exams.
Best of luck with your testing!

Olympic games!

Are you ready for this year's Summer Olympic Games? If you're interested in some information about sports, we've got it here at the Mack Library!

Here's some titles that relate to the Olympics:
  • Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler's Olympics
  • The Naked Olympics: The True Story of the Ancient Games
  • Encyclopedia of the Modern Olympic Movement (reference collection)
  • The Olympics, A History of the Modern Games
  • Whitaker's Olympic Almanack (reference collection)
Here's just a sampling of some of the items we have in our collection related to sports:
  • Sports in America: Recreation, Business, Education and Controversy
  • The Real All-Americans: The Team that Changed a Game, A People, A Nation
  • Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Season
  • The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth
  • Shattering the Glass: The Remarkable History of Women's Basketball
(Logo courtesy of Official Olympic website at

Musikfest Blues?

Don't feel like fighting the crowds at Musikfest? Or the traffic to drive and park there? If you're still interested in listening to some great music, stop by our "Library Platz." This display features tons of CDs in different genres, including: country, rock, classical, easy listening, doo-wop, jazz, blues, Latin American, and big band/swing. If you're interested in the stories behind the songs, we have musician biographies displayed with those CDs. Books can be checked out for three weeks and music CDs can be checked out for one week.

Stop by and check out our display! Sorry, Musikfest mugs cannot be refilled here!