A lot is happening at Pasadena City College!

Pas-graduationGraduation Since we haven’t had an Outlook issue for a while, we’re going back in time to PCC’s commencement ceremony in May where the Library was (as usual) the life of the party … and well prepared for a spring storm! The skies did clear and over 700 students walked in an impressive graduation ceremony.

pas-retireRetirements Congratulations to Judy Ohye and Dorothy Potter on their retirements! Both librarians made significant contributions to the PCC over the past 16+ years. We wish them both well as they move on to their fabulous new adventures!

New Librarians  It is our pleasure to welcome our two new full time librarians, Lena Hicks and Kathryn McGuire!  Both librarians come to PCC with a wealth of experience and knowledge. We are very fortunate to have them join us, and look forward to the contributions they will make to our team, our students, and the college.

Because of these changes, some librarian roles are shifting at PCC. The Library’s staff directory on our new website reflects these changes, and includes updated/new contact information.


pas-cohortLibrary Certificate Programs  Twenty Library Digitization students received their Certificates of Completion on Aug 30, 2016. This is our 4th cohort to complete the popular and growing program.


pas-gamesSummer Games  We had Pokemon in the Library (still do!) and fabulous participation in our Match a Library Book & Button drawing, which engaged students with our staff and library collection. (A chance to win a $50 gift card didn’t hurt either!)


pas-vendingLaptop Vending  Our laptop vending machine in up and running!  Students love the increased access – especially the ability to check out a laptop without waiting in long service-desk lines.  We have a 30-bay unit with 12 Macs and 18 PCs.  The implementation and maintenance does require work and oversight (definitely not plug and play), but overall an excellent use of equity funds.



In addition to the above, Equity funds for the Library covered an additional 60 laptops, several Proquest databases, book scanners, color printing, wireless printing, and extended library hours throughout the year.



The Library is an integral part of the College’s highly regarded First Year Pathways program. We are gearing up to work with the 2,300 students who just started the required College 1 course. The course integrates four online information literacy modules (in Canvas), which include assessments and reflections, plus all students attend a 1.5-hour in-person information literacy session.  Needless to say, we are strategizing how the library can best support the Pathways program as it continues to grow exponentially.