Library Technology

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

By Emily Campbell, College of the Sequoias

Fun and Games and Canvas Course Navigation

by Jeff Karlsen
Sacramento City College
CCL-EAR Representative, Northwest region


Course Navigation links are a promising way to promote the library within Canvas. This note shares the steps one library has taken to display course-specific content in such a page; while some of the details are grounded in college-specific circumstances, the general framework may be of interest to other institutions.

The OITP Copyright Education Subcommittee sponsors CopyTalk, a series of webinars on specific copyright topics that include orphan works, mass digitization, international copyright developments, pending and recent copyright court cases, the copyright implications of new technologies, and more.

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Social Media and the Coastline Library.  I (Elizabeth Horan) am a solo librarian in my second year at Coastline Community College.  The Coastline "Service Area Outcomes (SAO)" survey, given annually in the spring, showed there was a lack of awareness of the Coastline Library and it's services with our students.  With this knowledge (and statistic) I visited the marketing department at Coastline and asked for their help. What unfolded was an interesting use of social media as a passive reference tool. 

The Creative Commons Certificates program is designed to provide people the skills and expertise they need to implement and advocate for open licensing around the world. We are thrilled to have 50 remarkable people from nearly 20 countries in the beta cohort. The group includes: university librarians, Wikipedians, digital rights activists, educators from all levels, lawyers, and more. This diverse cohort with varying expertise will help us shape the CC Certificate program for its official launch later in 2018.

Feedback can be a valuable opportunity for a college to understand what students, faculty and staff find beneficial and what areas of the campus may require additional improvement. Feedback from individuals encountering web or information technology (IT) accessibility barriers can be critical in providing access in a timely manner and avoiding discrimination complaints.

A growing number of professors are replacing the traditional textbook with an openly licensed one, according to a survey released on Tuesday. But their overall numbers remain small — and widespread adoption of the practice could remain out of reach unless key barriers are overcome. Read more: