Reference & Instruction

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).

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

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

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

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

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

By Andy Kivel, Diablo Valley College

Diablo Valley College has adopted new institutional learning outcomes including:

Information and Technology Fluency. A student who is information and technology fluent will utilize appropriate technology to locate and critically evaluate information from a variety of sources, to formulate responses to issues, reach informed decisions, and communicate effectively. This includes effective written and visual message construction, media choices, leadership skills, and the ability to work with others on projects.

By Julie Cornett, Cerro Coso Community College

Are you already swamped with teaching requests this semester? Do you need some new information literacy assignment and activity ideas? Check out Project CORA! Assignments uploaded in the last couple of months include the following:

Rubric for Assessing Research Questions

Scholarly Article Autopsy

Welcome to your local library, which also happens to be a newsroom.

It begins with fun: Playing with the green screen, experimenting with microphones and cameras. Then the San Antonio teenagers move to weightier topics: elections, their take on the news, their stories.

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OCLC's Wikipedia + Libraries project is strengthening ties between US public libraries and Wikipedia, to expand public access to authoritative information and serve public libraries’ diverse communities. The project is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Wikimedia Foundation.

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The library participates in the campus Student Success Workshops and will be giving a series of 5 workshops. The workshop topics range from: "Is any of it real? Living with Fake news and alternative facts", "10 steps to a research paper" , "Cite precisely: applying MLA & APA", "Research Ingredients: Academic sources for effective research", to collaboration with Counseling and workshops on "Build a better resume" and "Enhancing your job skills".