CCL-EAR Committee Report

 Nancy Golz By Nancy Golz, CCL-EAR Committee Chair

Greetings from the CCL-EAR committee! The CCL-EAR committee is currently working on two reviews that we should have ready for you before the end of the semester. We are putting the finishing touches on a Quick Look Review of Ethnic News Watch, a database that provides access to large and small ethnic minority presses which contain both scholarly and popular content. This multi-disciplinary database provides access to articles that are written by and about people who are prominent in their own communities. The articles provide a diverse perspective from African American/Caribbean/African, Asian/Pacific Islander, European/Eastern European, Hispanic, Jewish, and Native Peoples. Ethnic NewsWatch has significantly more ethnic coverage than the databases discussed in our February 2023 review "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Databases that help Students Meet the California Community Colleges’ Ethnic Studies Graduation Requirement and More." Look for the review to be published soon on the CCL-EAR page on the CCL website under Reviews.

The CCL-EAR committee is also working on an in-depth comparison review of several literature database including: Bloom’s Literature (Proquest), Literature Online Complete Collection (Proquest), Literature Resource Center (Gale), and Literary Reference Center Plus (EBSCO). In this type of comparative review, we consider the content and coverage in the databases, the relevance to community college libraries, the pricing modal and the cost and affordability for community college libraries, the interface and usability which includes mobile responsiveness, technical support, interoperability with Canvas and Alma/Primo, technical support, privacy and accessibility. I am pretty excited about this review because this is the first CCL-EAR review of literature datbases. We will let you know as soon as we have these reviews published on the website.

If you have any additional databases that you would like CCL-EAR to review, please let me know.

Unbelievably, we only have a few more weeks left in the Spring 2024 semester. We wish you a successful conclusion to the semester!

Dr. Nancy Golz
CCL-EAR, Chair
Faculty Librarian
Merced College