By Mary Camille Thomas, Foothill College
Descriptive cataloging was the required class that almost made me drop out of library school my first quarter. With a degree in comparative literature, I had just spent four years reading great novels, poems, and plays; now I was immersed in the esoterica of AACR2, and frankly, for those first weeks I was as bored as I was mystified. What the heck was a bibliographic record anyway? No matter how many times I pored over the first chapter in my textbook, I couldn’t get a handle on it.
By Jeffrey Sabol, Long Beach City College
Collaborative work spaces within academic library settings are becoming increasingly important as libraries consider their roles in the 21st century. Full-text at https://crl.acrl.org/index.php/crl/article/view/16888
The Sierra College Library just finished a remodel, turning the 1990s era space into a modern library and learning commons. All of the circulating books were moved upstairs to open up the main floor into a learning commons. The Writing Center and computer lab were moved to this floor, joining the learning commons desk (which now handles book checkout, reserves, student IDs, and technology help) and research help desk. Additional group study rooms, outlets and comfortable seating were added to both floors.