Letter from the President

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Letter from the President

Doug Achterman smiling

I hope you found some time to relax and recharge during the summer and that you’re ready for an exciting year.

Library Services Platform News

The Library Services Platform project is in high gear, as eleven colleges--Allan Hancock College, City College of San Francisco, Cypress College, East LA, Foothill College, Long Beach City College, Oxnard College, Pasadena City College, Pierce College, Santa Rosa Junior College, and Shasta College—are completing a trial run of migration and testing a “production environment” with the new system this semester. Their experience will inform the process put in place to guide other participating colleges—now a substantial majority—as we begin a year-long process of preparing data for migration, undergoing extensive training, and finally implementing our new system in December 2019 or January 2020.

Ongoing news for this project can be found on the CCL website in the right-hand sidebar on the homepage. The LSP project manager at the CCC Technology Center, Amy Beadle, is also starting a weekly blog of updates related to the vanguard group’s progress. If your library is still in the process of deciding whether to participate, Amy and an LSP Task Force librarian are continuing regional workshops that began in early September, in which you can get a brief overview of the project and have an opportunity to ask any questions you may still have. The schedule of those visits is posted at http://www.cclibrarians.org/news-events. Remember that the deadline to submit the Institution Participation Agreement (which a representative at your college should have already received) is October 31st.

Progress to secure ongoing funding has been steady. On September 17th, the Board of Governors approved ongoing funding as part of its overall budget proposal—a major step forward. Two benchmarks are the Governor’s proposed budget in January and the May Revise. If you’d like a review of the state’s budget process, see this document from the state: https://www.senate.ca.gov/sites/senate.ca.gov/files/the%20budget%20process.pdf The entire process requires regular monitoring and strategic advocacy—activities that receive regular input and support from CCL’s executive director, Gregg Atkins. His knowledge of the community college system, the legislative process, the key players, and the relationships that need to be cultivated by our group has been invaluable for many years, and it is no less a part of our successes on the LSP project. Next time you see Gregg, be sure to express your appreciation for all he does.

In other LSP news, workgroups have had faculty members approved by the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) in the following functional areas:

  • Professional Development
  • Systems Administration
  • Analytics
  • Discovery & User Experience
  • Resource Sharing
  • Circulation
  • Cataloging

These will be ongoing work groups of librarians from throughout our community college system who will recommend policy, propose professional development and training, and help build an infrastructure of support for operating the LSP. Amy Carbonaro at the CCC Technology Center is heading the work group effort (acarbonaro@ccctechcenter.org). A question I have been asking for a year now: What becomes possible when most of our colleges are sharing the same LSP?

New Chair at Gavilan College
               Classic Chair at Gavilan College Library

This question applies not only to resource sharing, but to countless decisions we have made individually up to now. Think about how our network of librarians might contribute instructional materials to other libraries around the state. Imagine the level of support we can provide one another in routine troubleshooting of systems, in the introduction of add-ons or integration of third-party software, and in adjustments to discovery configurations that help our students find the right resources. I envision annual statewide or regional events in which we continue to develop new ways to collaborate to provide the best possible service to our students, faculty and staff. Our best is yet to come.

Something Cool in Our Library

We were able to replace most of our old, sagging chairs in our library last year with chairs that are comfortable to sit in and will last past our lifetimes. But we decided to keep these super cool chairs in a small mezzanine where students study at carrels and a few tables. We love the elegant curves of this sleek style—mid-century modern?—and they are still comfy after all these years.

Want to share something cool in your library? Upload to this Google form and include a brief narrative identifying yourself, your college, and info. about the photo: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScd_3h6NvuuRlc7BUWTjdxNNYgg7fDqEyr6EnnJnjkXV_sLSA/viewform

Reports

The ASCCC Spring Plenary Session was held at the San Mateo Marriott from April 12-14. Elections for the Executive Committee for 2018-19 were held with the following results: Read more …
Annual Deans & Directors Meeting announced and membership invoices for 2018-29 are in the mail. Read more …
On September 10, the Chancellor’s Office sent a memo to contact person at each college with information about the 2017-18 Annual Library Data Survey with an anticipated return date of October 31, 2018. For questions about the survey, e-mail Erin Larson at elarson@cccco.edu. Ensure the email subject line is formatted as: College Name, Question about 2017-18 Annual Library Data Survey. Read more …
The MiraCosta library is pleased to showcase two exhibits in commemoration of Latinx/Chicanx Heritage Month and in collaboration with the annual Latino Book & Family Festival taking place on September 15, 2018, at the Oceanside Campus. Read more …

Conferences/Events

A selection of upcoming conferences of interest. Read more …

Los Angeles Trade-Technical College Library held a naming event and dedication on April 12, 2018. Sponsored by the Black Faculty and Staff Association and the campus Library Department, the campus officially named the Library Reference Desk

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Access Services

Lessons from a Pilot Program Using Google Calendar by by Shira Atkinson and Kirsten Lee Read more …
The Sierra College Library just finished a remodel, turning the 1990s era space into a modern library and learning commons. Read more …

Library Technology

The MiraCosta College Library has recently started circulating laptops and mobile hotspots to our students. Read more …

Reference & Instruction

Banned Books Week is almost upon us. Read more …
This study examines the relationship between library instruction and graduating students’ four-year cumulative grade point averages for the classes of 2012-2015. Read more …
A rural community college survey by Nick Faulk, Librarian Read more …

Staffing

College of the Canyons hired two new full-time librarians this past summer. Jennifer Thompson and Sara Breshears started on July 2. Read more …
Los Angeles Southwest College adds a new full-time tenure-track faculty librarian position. Read more …

Statewide Initiatives

Did you drink the “Guided Pathways” Kool-aid yet? Coastline College jumped in with both feet and wanted the “Library” to be involved. That was great, but I was pretty confused what Guided Pathways would mean at my college. Lucky things seem to be working out.

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