Library Technology

By Trevor Passage, Community College League of California

Have you created a LibGuide on Generative AI at your college? It will be very useful to see what colleges and districts are doing. Thank you!

Please send a link to your LibGuide to:

Elizabeth Bowman
Council of Chief Librarians LSP Program Manager/Professional Development Pilot Project Coordinator

By Mary McMillan, El Camino College and Sean A. Flores, San Diego Mesa College

By Ryan Edwards, West Los Angeles College

The California Community College (CCC) LibChat Co-op was featured in a recent Springshare blog article in November discussing how 24/7 chat has helped serve students during the pandemic. Currently, 44 California Community Colleges are members of the Co-op. Working together with other academic librarians, we provide our students with 24/7 live reference service.

By Alicia Zach, Online Learning Librarian, Saddleback College

Saddleback College Library has been wanting to increase our outreach to students, because we know research has shown a correlation between student success and library use.1 But how do we grow a library program with just four librarians, two vacant positions, and ever-increasing responsibilities? We turned to technology, and paired LibGuide’s Automagic LTI tool with Canvas to increase our contact with students at Saddleback College.

On February 4, 2020, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, the CISOA Board and the CISOA Awards Committee announced that the LSP Project would be awarded the CCCCO Technology Focus Award. The award will be presented during the 2020 CISOA Technology Summit in Monterey, CA on March 2, 2020. Gregg Atkins, Doug Achterman and Amy Beadle will accept the award on behalf of the LSP project participants.

By Ian Chan, Head of Library Technology Initiatives and Development, CSU San Marcos, and LSP Specialist

By Doug Achterman, Gavilan College and Past President, Council of Chief Librarians, and Co-Chair of the LSP Governance Committee

The purpose of the Library Services Platform Governance Committee is to advise and guide the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO), the Council of Chief Librarians (CCL) and the California Community Colleges Technology Center (CCCTC) on the deployment and management of Library Services Platform (LSP) Project for the California Community Colleges.  

The committee serves these functions:

By Doug Achterman, Gavilan College and Past President, Council of Chief Librarians and Co-Chair of the LSP Governance Committee

In the coming years, we’ll be able to assess Ex Libris’s Alma/Primo LSP with depth and specificity. We’ll have figured out how to leverage many of its strengths, we’ll have work-arounds and complaints about what it can’t do, and we’ll be joining other consortia in working with Ex Libris to make improvements. But one fact is already clear: this project has already changed California’s community college library faculty and staff. 

By Eve Miller, Santa Rosa College, Jeff Karlsen, Sacramento City College, Monica Doman, Cypress College and Steve Hunt, Santa Monica College

By Jeff Karlsen, Sacramento City College & LSP Analytics Work Group Lead

By Elizabeth Horan, Coastline Community College

As a solo-librarian, the LSP project has been a lot to handle on top of my regular job duties. Like many of us, I felt like an island in this process, but our regional “LSP Fridays” have helped.

By Megan Kinney, City College of San Francisco

By Mary Weppler-Van Diver, San Joaquin Delta College

By Steve Hunt, Santa Monica College 

There are 457 people in my library right now.  I know this from the “Monitor Occupancy” web page that takes data from the new traffic monitor hardware that watches the doors in our library.

By Adina Lerner, Glendale Community College

A collection of articles about migrating to Ex Libris' Alma/Primo products. Know of anther one that should be added to the list? Email CCL Communications Manager Brian Greene at

D’Amato, K., & Erb, R. A. (2018). The Road from Millennium to Alma: Two Tracks, One Destination. The Serials Librarian, 74(1-4), 217-223. Full-text at (paywall):

By Michelle Ohnstad

The MiraCosta College Library has recently started circulating laptops and mobile hotspots to our students. In planning for this new service, we received significant advice from librarians at College of the Sequoias and Chabot College. Additional information is available at