Reference & Instruction

Librarian Michelle Sánchez led webinar for the Lifelong Information Literacy Online Instruction Show & Tell Series titled "Two-Shots Instead of One: Using the Flipped Classroom to Teach Information Literacy," explaining the use of PlayPosit in a flipped classroom model to promote student engagement.

By Eva Rios-Alvarado, Mt. San Antonio College

By Kaela Casey, Ventura College, Elizabeth Horan, Coastline College, and Cynthia Mari Orozco & Rita Suarez, East Los Angeles College

Another Tool in the Tool Belt: Finding Articles with Primo VE

Presented by Elizabeth Horan, Coastline College

By Aloha Sargent, Cabrillo College

The cover of the textbook. Original watercolor
artwork by Cheryl R. Niesen.

Embedded Librarian Sample Forum Instructions

By Julie Cornett, Cerro Coso Community College

By Lindsay Davis and Joey Merritt, Merced College

When the Merced College Library faculty and staff suddenly began working remotely on March 21, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we realized we needed to create a more robust online presence to continue providing services and resources to the campus community. We have made several changes, outlined below, to help us with this endeavor. In the process, we have also increased some of our offerings.

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:

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

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).