Library and Learning Resources

Resolution in Support of a Statewide Integrated Library System

Whereas, The California Community College (CCC) Student Success Task Force recognizes the importance of libraries in student persistence, retention, and successful achievement of goals, and a system-wide integrated library system (ILS) will allow each student in California’s community colleges to access essential academic materials via a cloud-based library catalog that can be retrieved through a variety of means, including mobile devices as well as through existing learning management systems, including Canvas, which has been adopted by more than 92 colleges as of September 22, 2016

Update the Paper Textbook Issues: Economic Pressures and Academic Values

Whereas, Resolution 11.01 F12 Pursue Statewide Open Educational Resources for Student Success[1] supported Academic Senate for California Community Colleges participation in “the convening of appropriate stakeholders, including faculty from our intersegmental partners for implementation of SB 1052 and 1053 (Steinberg, 2012), to develop appropriate rules and guidelines for accessing Open Educational Resources materials for faculty in a broad range of formats that encourage their wide-spread availability for adoption and use”;

Adopt the Paper Standards of Practice for California Community College Library Faculty and Programs

Whereas, Resolution 16.01 S09 called for the development of a paper addressing standards of practice for California community college libraries; and
Whereas, Specific standards for library services have appeared piecemeal in various regulations and guidelines, but nowhere have these standards been collected, reviewed, and presented systematically with specific application to the roles of librarians in the California community colleges;

Develop Standards of Practice Paper for Library Services

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has adopted the paper Library Faculty in California Community College Libraries: Qualifications, Roles, and Responsibilities (adopted Spring 1996);

Whereas, Although the "role paper" describes the range of activities of library faculty, it does not set out specific standards for how those activities would be performed; and

Information Competency

Whereas information competency is the ability to: a) recognize the need for information, b) acquire and evaluate information, c) organize and maintain information, and d) interpret and communicate information, and

Whereas information literacy is a curricular development responsibility of library faculty, and

Whereas library faculty see information competency as an important component of learning, and

Standards of Practice for California Community College Library Faculty and Programs

Libraries and library faculty play a significant role in supporting college curriculum and helping students succeed academically. In particular, libraries are the primary location both physically and remotely for supporting faculty and students in their research and information needs. Over the years, this role of libraries and library faculty has remained consistent, yet funding, institutional support, and resources have been in decline.

Inclusion of the Library in Effective Practices for Student Success

Whereas, The importance of the role of libraries and librarians in contributing to the success of students enrolled in basic skills courses was not included in either the literature review or the list of effective practices provided in the 2007 publication "Basic Skills as a Foundation for Student Success in California Community Colleges"; and

Libraries - Intersegmental Cooperation

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges direct an appropriate Senate committee to study and consider the need for intersegmental cooperation among librarians and among library instructional programs, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges request the committee to direct recommendations to the Senate regarding facilitation of this cooperation by an Intersegmental Coordinating Committee.

Library Privileges

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges do the following:

1. Investigate the present regulations used by the UC, CSU, and some of the larger independent California four-year institutions regarding library access and borrowing privileges provided to community college faculty and students, and

2. Consider making, to the Intersegmental Coordinating Council, recommendations which may facilitate library use by community college faculty and students.

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