Search Everything Changes

As of 5/1, the HCCC Library will no longer have an option for Summon Search Everything. Instead, an interface to “Search Articles” from our most popular subscription resource, EBSCO, will appear in its place.

The transition should take effect on or about May 1st, 2016. In the meantime students can continue to use the Search Everything tab. After the transition, all resources that were available in Search Everything will still be available from their original sources on the Research page.

Hudson County Community College to Present Screening of Award-Winning Film, ‘Freedom Riders’

Hudson County Community College (HCCC) will present Freedom Riders, the fourth and final film in the series, “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle,” on Monday, February 29 at 3 p.m. The film will be shown on the sixth floor of the College’s Library Building at 71 Sip Avenue – just one block from the Journal Square PATH Transportation Center in Jersey City. A discussion of the film led by Grace Patterson, the former Director of the College’s Library, will accompany the screening, which is open to the HCCC community and the general public; there is no charge for admission.

Freedom Riders Flyer

The “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” initiative marked the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s March on Washington, and was made possible by a grant to the College from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Hudson County Community College was one of only 473 institutions nationwide awarded the collection of four films, which also included The Abolitionists, Slavery by Another Name, and The Loving Story. The initiative was developed using powerful documentary films to spark discussions about the changing meanings of freedom and equality.

Freedom Riders is the Emmy-award winning historical documentary directed by Stanley Nelson about the courageous band of civil rights activists who challenged segregation in the American South in 1961. The film is based in part on the book by historian Raymond Arsenault titled Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice. The term, “Freedom Riders” refers to hundreds of interracial activists who traveled together in small groups sitting where they chose on trains and buses to challenge the racial segregation that existed.

Additional information on “Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle” and the screening of Freedom Riders may be obtained by contacting John DeLooper, HCCC Director of Library Technology, at (201) 360-4723.

HCCC Featured on Cover of Choice Magazine

The HCCC Library is featured in this month’s edition of Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries, with a photograph of the Main Library taken by Associate Dean for College Libraries Carol Van Houten.

Choice Magazine February 2016

Choice February 2016

Choice is published by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and features over 600 reviews of academic books and electronic resources, and is used by HCCC Librarians and librarians throughout the country to select resources included in college library collections.

More information about CHOICE can be found at


HCCC Library Awarded ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award

The HCCC Library is proud to announce that it has been awarded the  ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, as the winner in the community college category. The award,  which recognizes the accomplishments of librarians and other library staff as they come together as members of a team to support the mission of their institution, is sponsored by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and YBP Library Services.

HCCC Library Staff

The HCCC Library Staff

The ACRL Awards committee noted that the  HCCC Library impressed the committee with its impact on student learning, campus technology, and outreach services.

“Hudson County Community College Library staff demonstrated a clear focus on students through their active social media outreach, inclusion of students on their advisory board, and various other collaborative efforts in which students are involved,” said Trevor Dawes, chair of the 2016 Excellence in Academic Libraries Committee and associate university librarian at Washington University in St. Louis. “The library staff has done and impressive job at incorporating information literacy components across all General Education courses, resulting in a positive impact on student learning. Additionally, the library has demonstrated technology leadership across the campuses through the use of various services, such as the iPad cart and the makerspace. The solutions to meet campus needs are both high-tech and low-tech, based on the needs of the constituents.”

“Receiving this award is a great honor for our library and our college,” said Hudson County Community College Associate Dean for College Libraries Carol Van Houten. “Our achievements are the direct result of having a dedicated and creative library staff who truly care about our students. We are so happy to be recognized as an outstanding community college library!”

The HCCC Library will receive $3,000 and a plaque, to be presented at an award ceremony later this year.

Additional information about the award, including a list of past winners, is available on the ACRL website. Further information about this year’s award is available from the ACRL Insider.

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