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Letter from the President

Leslie A. TirapelleBy Leslie A. Tirapelle, CCL President

Spring term is quickly coming to a close. Where did the time go? It’s interesting how the perception of time has changed during the pandemic – where it seems to pass slowly, yet in retrospect it’s somehow gone by so quickly. It will be quite an adjustment to return to work and offer in-person library services again. While each of our institutions has its unique circumstances, there are substantial similarities in our current experiences and trajectory.

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Reports

Last week (April 15-17), the ASCCC concluded its Spring Fall Plenary Session---once again in a virtual environment.  The theme of the Session was “Working Collectively: Transforming and Decolonizing Institutions” and the first two days of the Session consisted of breakouts on a variety of topics of interest to faculty, focusing on equity, anti-racism and inclusion. Read more …
CCL-EAR has accomplished a lot over this past year, from writing and publishing numerous product reviews to exploring ways in which we can help member libraries better meet their students' e-resource needs. Read more …
THOUGHT #1 It seems like the colleges (and many of the libraries) are awash in money. I never thought that I would write such a line! But extra support funding from the State and additional educational funding from the latest Federal stimulus bill has made it so. Read more …
Things are busy, busy at the CCLC Library Consortium! We’re really excited to be building a great team with the addition of our NZ/Systems Admin, Pawel Szponar, and our LPS Program Manager, Caroline Sinay Gudiel. Read more …
When did I first meet Dan?  Or was he always at those (innumerable) meetings at the CCCCO?  Well, we surely connected over some agenda item concerning CCC libraries, faculty librarians and/or the students and faculty we serve -- and to this day, his voice is a recognized and respected one Read more …

Conferences/Events

A selection of upcoming library related conferences and events. All are virtual and many are open to all. Read more …

Access Services

This article describes initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) led by library professionals who use California’s statewide Library Services Platform (LSP), which is shared by 110 community colleges. Because the LSP is shared, we have the opportunity to make changes centrally that impact students and other library system users across our state. This article illustrates how these two projects have independently progressed to address the display of racist and dehumanizing subjects in OneSearch (Primo VE), the public search interface of the LSP. The path forward for these projects has at times been winding and delayed, and the type of solution for each project has been different, involving diverse stakeholders, and requiring varied strategies. Read more …

Collections Management

For the past two decades,Chabot College has made efforts to promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)  through the development of our subscription electronic resources. This has allowed our library to support  many themed programs such as Umoja and Puente, as well as a strong number of courses that can satisfy our General Ed American Cultures requirements. In this article I will summarize our efforts and highlight some of the successes and challenges, as well as a timeline of activities that provides an overview of our experience.  Read more …

Reference & Instruction

Six CCC Librarians from across the state collaborated to create new OER for info lit. Read more …

Statewide Initiatives

There are a variety of funding methods used by California community college libraries. Some libraries are funded primarily via General Fund dollars (or Basic Aid funds), while others rely heavily on categorical funding sources such as Lottery money and Physical Plant and Instructional Support or Perkins grants. It is important that libraries know about all of the possible sources of funding that are available to them and ways to advocate for this funding based on how it’s used across the state. Read more …

Library Administration

Academic Affairs or Student Services? Does the reporting structure of the college matter to an academic library? Diablo Valley College Librarians asked their CA Community College Library peers and their fellow faculty. This report describes their findings on the reporting structure that best serves our students’ needs and the library’s ability to impact student success. Read more …

Staffing

The Rocklin Campus library at Sierra College is excited to welcome Helen Alexander as Library Technical and Technology Specialist. Helen has extensive cataloging experience in higher education and truly loves to catalog new materials. We are excited to welcome her to our team in this full time role. Read more …