April 2019

Letter from the President

By Doug Achterman, CCL President

Budget uncertainty seems to be the rule rather than the exception in California’s community colleges. Even when funding is stable from the state—certainly not the case right now-- changes at individual colleges often leave librarians scrambling for resources. And even when funding is stable at both state and local levels, the disparity in funding across our system raises serious questions about our commitment to equity.

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Reports

The CCL Electronic Access and Resources Committee has released new and updated reviews for the following Read more …
The deadline for submitting spring renewals to the CCLC office for the upcoming subscription term (July 2019-June 2020) is Friday, May 10th. Read more …
As all the “countdowns” proceed Read more …
Attending the Harvard Graduate School of Education Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians Read more …
All libraries need leaders. Whether we are deans, coordinators, directors, department chairs, or faculty librarians “leading from the middle,” there is a lot of Read more …

Conferences/Events

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events. Read more …

Access Services

The library’s technical services department is a ripe target for budget cuts, less visible (and admittedly less glamorous) than the hubbub of students asking reference questions and borrowing books. In the digital information age, what can you tell your college administration if they want to eliminate your cataloger?

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Collections Management

The CCLC's 2013-16 ebook weeding project was recently featured on Dewey Decibel, a podcast series by American Libraries. Read more …
Community college libraries often have responsibility for managing institutional archives. These are collections of materials unique to the institution such as student newspapers, yearbooks, course catalogs, schedules of classes, student or staff magazines, marketing materials, photographs, realia, and various other ephemeral materials. Read more …

Reference & Instruction

Librarians from across the CCC system were surveyed in fall 2018 regarding liaison activities and related collaborations with students, faculty and more. This article provides highlights of the data such as: campus units to which libraries are liaising; ways in which libraries are communicating with their liaison areas; variety of liaison services offered; and challenges encountered.

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How to teach information literacy on a potentially huge scale: at Modesto Junior College, we are offerering a series of three short non-credit online courses that are open to all students every semester.

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Announcement

Cerro Coso's newly-developed, 3-unit "Advanced Library Research and Information Studies" course Read more …

Staffing

Heather Dodge, Head Librarian at Berkeley City College, received a Fulbright award Read more …

Public Services Librarian Reginald Constant has transformed the library's approach to student engagement.

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Statewide Initiatives

A collection of recent Institutional Self-Evaluation reports and other resources to help prepare for accreditation site visits. Read more …
We librarians seem to always have questions about faculty issues such as the 50% Law, the Faculty Obligation Number (FON) and the 75:25 Full-Time/Part-Time Ratio. I thought it might be nice to recommend a couple of articles from past issues of the ASCCC Rostrum to provide some background and context for librarians. Read more …