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Letter from the President

Headshot of Eric Hanson By Eric Hanson, CCL President

This has been quite a semester and it still isn’t over. Your campuses and libraries are likely planning for more regular in-person hours (if you aren’t already there), possible vaccine mandates, and the challenges of declining enrollment across the state.

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Reports

ASCCC held their Fall Plenary Session in a hybrid format, both online and in-person in Long Beach in early November. The theme was "Leading Change: Teaching, Learning, and Governance in a Hybrid World" and provided impactful breakout sessions, discussion of statewide issues and the opportunity for networking with faculty colleagues throughout the state. Read more …

With Fall 2021 coming to a close, many of us are busy finalizing plans for expanded re-openings of our campus library buildings "in the time of COVID." But it won't be pre-pandemic business as usual, because remote learning isn't going away.

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As I write this, there are still many unsolved issues concerning how our LSP program functions and operates going forward: Read more …

Conferences/Events

A selection of upcoming conferences and events. Read more …

Access Services

The words we use to label and describe people matter. Labels can empower, labels can support, and labels can cause harm. Libraries share systems, standards, and vocabularies. Our shared vocabularies, and the systems in which they are used, can support or harm as our community of users searches for and discovers library resources. When the vocabulary includes harmful terminology, particularly terminology that describes groups of people, users of library search systems are impacted, and whether intentional or unintentional, a message about the library’s values is communicated to our users. This piece reviews the Library of Congress Subject Headings in the Tentative Monthly List 11b (November 12, 2021) and looks for options for change.

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Library Technology

Librarians play a role in supporting scholarly open access and linking students to freely available online collections and, in more recent years, have taken leadership roles to push forward campus OER and affordable learning initiatives. However, the discovery of these resources can be challenging for students and faculty alike. The inclusion of packaged open access collections in Ex Libris’ Central Discovery Index (CDI) allows for the opportunity to make these materials discoverable in Primo VE alongside database subscription content, thus expanding library collections. This article will cover a basic understanding of how these open access resources are represented in CDI and some considerations when selecting open access content. Read more …

Reference & Instruction

Primo VE has the potential to be more than a tool students use to search for and access library resources. It can be a way to introduce students to ACRL Framework concepts and build their information competency. The LSP Instruction Work Group hosted the November 17, 2021 Wednesday Webinar, showcasing three libraries’ approaches to teaching with Primo VE at their institutions. Read more …

Announcements

Hello, everyone! My name is Cynthia Mari Orozco, and I will be the new CCL Communications Manager from this point forward. I’m very much looking forward to this new role and working with CCL and all of you.  Read more …
Truckee Meadows Community College celebrated the opening of its Family History Research Room, the latest milestone of its Genealogy Lab. Read more …

Library Administration

Following the FDA approval of the COVID-19 vaccines, many institutions, organizations, government entities, and workplaces of various kinds have instituted vaccine mandates. The country is still grappling with various legal challenges and other uncertainty impacting the endurance of these mandates, but in the current moment, many of our institutions are moving forward with implementation of mandates on our campuses. But where does the library stand? Read more …

Staffing

Foothill College Library is pleased to welcome Mark Barnes as their first Dean of the newly formed Learning Resource Center. He will oversee the Library, Pass The Torch, Read more …