Library Technology

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.

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

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: