Inspired by Foothill’s emphasis on student equity, librarians jumped on board a grass roots effort among faculty to create a First Year Experience pilot aimed at students who are the first in their family to go to college (generally the population outlined in the college’s Student Equity Plan). Each student in the program is matched with a personal librarian and takes a one-unit library research class in the same quarter that they’re writing a paper in an English class.

Dr. Pearl Ly recently joined Palomar College as Dean, Social & Behavioral Sciences Division. The division includes various disciplines, the Library, Academic Technology Resources Center, and the Wellness Center. Prior to this appointment, she was the Learning Commons Director at Skyline College. Pearl was a former student at Palomar College and is looking forward to the opening of a new Library/LRC slated for Fall 2018.

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. 

Rio Hondo College Academic Senate has created a college OER committee as of Spring 2018. There will be divisional representation, one librarian has been invited to join and the library dean will be co-chair.

Additionally, Rio Hondo College, just launched the statewide Guided Pathways initiative. The brainstorming phase of this initiative has begun and progress will continue, which includes valuable librarian input.

The state Academic Senate will be having the South Regional OER workshop on February 9, 2018 and Rio Hondo College will be hosting this event.

Librarian Phillippa Caldeira has been appointed to the Laney College Guided Pathways team.