Reference & Instruction

By Catherine Cox, College of the Redwoods

College of the Redwoods was one of two colleges awarded the 2020 Exemplary Program Award by the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, for the Pelican Bay Scholars Program (PBSP). The program, established in 2016, serves incarcerated students at Pelican Bay State Prison and provides a full degree program with face-to-face instruction inside the prison walls. Along with many other student support services, college library staff and faculty play a critical role in supporting the research needs of the students and faculty.

By Parisa Samaie, Los Angeles Southwest College

By Ruth Fuller, Solano College, Megan Kinney, City College of San Francisco, Michelle Morton, Cabrillo College, Aloha Sargent, Cabrillo College and Lisa Velarde, City College of San Francisco

By Christal Young, Reference & Instruction Librarian, University of Southern California

By Eva Rios-Alvarado, Mt. San Antonio College and Annie Knight, Santa Ana College

By Glorian Sipman, MiraCosta College

Havilah Steinman, a student in the SJSU MLIS program, interviewed librarian Steven Deineh about the MiraCosta College Library. The article has been published in the SJSU iStudent Blog: https://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog/todays-thriving-libraries-miracosta-community-college

By Mary Wahl, Pasadena City College

Author’s notes:

1) The following article includes a summary of survey results collected in Fall 2018 regarding liaison services in the California Community Colleges. A related survey is currently open for community college librarians nation-wide, to which your response is kindly requested! Please consider submitting a response to the Library Liaison Services at US Community Colleges survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GRKZTYT.

By Susan Cassidy, Modesto Junior College

By Heather Dodge, Berkeley City College

By Carol Withers, San Diego City College

Open Educational Resources (OER) and free and low-cost textbooks are more than just buzz words. If faculty can actually produce quality low/no cost alternatives, it will surely help most every student. I am not the only librarian here at San Diego City College who has had the experience of watching students look at their cash then to the copy/print card machine and then back to their cash as they debate printing their paper or getting lunch, printing or trolley fare. Low/no-cost books would help.

By Pamela Posz, Sacramento City College

The Library and Information Technology Program (LIBT)  at Sacramento City College (SCC) is pleased to announce the following changes and additions to our curriculum: 

By Dee Near, Merced College

By Ula Gaha, Suzanne Hinnefeld, and Catherine Pellegrino

This study examines the relationship between library instruction and graduating students’ four-year cumulative grade point averages for the classes of 2012-2015. After normalizing the GPAs by departments to account for differences in departmental grading, a two-tailed t-test indicated a statistically significant increase in GPA among graduating students who were enrolled in classes in which at least one library instruction session was held (n=1,265) over students who were enrolled in no classes with library instruction (n=115).

This year’s Banned Books Week theme is “Banning Books Silences Stories. Speak Out!” Activities are being planned around the country — and across the world — that shed light on censorship. It's too late to order print materials, but digital materials can be ordered anytime at https://bannedbooksweek.org/

by Nick Faulk

Just what are faculty looking for when it comes to library outreach? With relatively little formal research available that asks faculty directly about their needs and preferences when it comes to outreach activities, I decided to ask the faculty of a rural community college this question directly using a formal, but low-stakes, survey. Full-article at https://crln.acrl.org/index.php/crlnews/article/view/16934/18636

First Draft – a project of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government – uses research-based methods to fight mis- and disinformation online. Their free, one-hour course teaches journalists and the general public how to verify online media, so that they don't fall for hoaxes, rumors and misinformation. Learn more at https://firstdraftnews.org/free-online-course-on-identifying-misinformation/

Via the Chronicle of Higher Education, Danah Boyd, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, talks about the challenges media literacy advocates face at the SXSW EDU conference. Full keynote available here

A new College & Research Libraries News article from Andrea Baer looks the ACRL Framework and how it applies to a "post-truth" world. 

Share the Facts, developed by the Duke Reporters' Lab and Jigsaw, offers a new way to share fact-checks and spread them across the Internet. Check it out at https://www.sharethefacts.org/

A new study from Elaine Sullo at George Washington University finds that undergraduate students seek librarian assistance only after they have searched independently without success. Learn more at https://doi.org/10.18438/eblip29379