Letter from the President

Headshot of Eric Hanson, CCL President By Eric Hanson, Glendale Community College & CCL President

This has been quite a semester and it still isn’t over. Your campuses and libraries are likely planning for more regular in-person hours (if you aren’t already there), possible vaccine mandates, and the challenges of declining enrollment across the state. These are three of the most pressing issues on my plate. I have also been very busy meeting with CCL Executive Director, Gregg Atkins, and our Consortium Director and League colleague, Amy Beadle, as they continue work to finalize agreements related to the LSP project. I want to extend thanks to the LSP team members working with Amy (Caroline Sinay and Pawel Szponar) for their hard work and patience. The CCL continues to examine how we might expand services related to the LSP project and thank all who have responded to various surveys and questionnaires.

Since my last update, the CCL has hired a new Communications Manager. Please welcome Cynthia Orozco from East Los Angeles College. She is currently working with our current Manager Brian Greene during the transition. We have Brian to thank for the current look and feel of the Outlook newsletter and Cynthia has some exciting ideas to keep our community in touch. Thank you Brian for your dedication and efforts as the Communications Manager.

We have also added two new members to the CCL Board of Directors. Mary Catherine-Oxford from Santa Rosa Junior College returns to the Board as the Northwest representative and Treisa Cassens from Cypress College is representing the Southcoast region. We still have a vacant position for the Northeast region and welcome any library leader from one of these colleges to submit a letter of interest in taking on this important role.

Finally, a note about our advocacy for students and the financial burden they face due to the high cost of textbooks. On Saturday November 6th, the ASCCC adopted a resolution on Electronic Access to Required Course Materials by a vote of 108-2. This CCL resolution was shepherded through the Senate by Dan Crump, long time CCL Representative and now Senator Emeritus for his dedication and work throughout his career with the ASCCC. (At the time of writing this, the resolution was not yet available on the ASCCC website for me to link to.)

As the holidays approach, I hope you all find time to relax a bit and enjoy family and friends. Continue to take care of your health and protect the health of others as COVID-19 persists. I hope that 2022 brings an end to this pandemic and look forward to seeing you in person at CCL events in the near future.

Happy Holidays!!!!
Eric Hanson