Reports

By Amy Beadle, Library Consortium Director

Happy 2021! I know it doesn’t feel all that much different than 2020, but I am feeling a bit more hopeful as we look towards the spring and summer months.

By Tamara Weintraub, CCL-EAR Committee Chair

As California community colleges near the one-year anniversary of the temporary move to full- or partial remote learning and services, the CCL-EAR Committee will also mark its first year conducting all business remotely. In fact, the Committee was last scheduled to meet in-person the same week my own institution ceased on-campus instruction last March. The rest is history.

By Dan Crump, American River College, CCL Liaison to the ASCCC

By Dan Crump, American River College and Co-Chair of LLRPAC

By Amy Beadle, Library Consortium Director

By Gregg Atkins, CCL Executive Director

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”

That famous first sentence from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities lodged itself firmly in my brain (so many) years ago.  It has always served to remind me to search for both aspects of a situation.  (And to be thankful that I was not a French aristocrat.)

I don’t have to outline the “worst of times” realities and difficulties for any of you, but consider these “best” examples:

By Tamara Weintraub, CCL-EAR Committee Chair

Welcome back, Colleagues!  

In case you didn’t see the email …

It’s that time of year when CCL sends out the annual membership invoices (same cost as last year, $150).  And usually these are mailed... but not this year.

The CCL Board of Directors is composed of librarians who volunteer their time, talents and knowledge to support the mission of CCL, in service to all our libraries.  At CCL’s annual retreat in July, we welcomed several new members to the Board.

By Tamara Weintraub, CCL-EAR Committee Chair

By Amy Beadle, Library Consortium Director

By James Wiser, Consortium Director

What a difference two months can make! In my last Outlook column, I wrote about how smoothly the library consortium’s transitions over the past year have gone. Today we are all working from home and traveling through a situation that is without precedent for all of us.

By Steve Hunt, CCL-EAR Committee Chair

By Dan Crump, American River College, LLRPAC Co-Chair

By Dan Crump, American River College, CCL Liaison to the ASCCC

By Dan Crump, American River College

By James Wiser, Consortium Director

 

The fall renewal period went more smoothly than I expected with the new procurement system (ConsortiaManager), and thanks to all of you for your patience as we are now fully live with this system. As the spring renewal period is just around the corner, I do want to remind everyone of two features of the new system:

 

What does your college get from that $150 CCL membership payment?  Here are some but not all of the benefits:

By James Wiser, Consortium Director

Thanks to all of you for your patience with the new procurement system as we’ve rolled it out this fall. The good news is that the January renewals have been completed already – on time and ahead of schedule, actually. I have turned in all our orders and have even signed most of the license updates for next year’s subscriptions.

By Dan Crump, American River College

Not sure if I mentioned this before---Stephanie Curry (librarian at Reedley College) was elected at the Spring Plenary Session in April 2019 to serve as a North Representative on the ASCCC Executive Committee. Congratulations, Stephanie! And another thing that I forgot to mention earlier. At the Spring Plenary Session, Marie Boyd, our dear colleague who recently retired from Chaffey College, was honored with a resolution awarding her the status of Senator Emeritus. Congratulations, Marie!