Resolution in Support of a Statewide Integrated Library System

Fall
2016
Resolution Number: 
16.01
Contact: 
Assigned to : 
Topic: 
Library and Learning Resources
Status: 
Assigned

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[1];

Whereas, The Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges has included a proposal for a system-wide ILS in the 2017-18 CCC System Budget Proposal, and an August 2016 survey conducted by the Council of Chief Librarians, the statewide organization of faculty and administrative library leadership, had overwhelming support from the faculty respondents for a system-wide ILS;

Whereas, The ILS proposal is an opportunity in CCC library services to further strengthen student success and equity initiatives, enhance the development of the Online Education Initiative (OEI), and significantly reduce colleges’ current and future library system costs by a transition to a statewide ILS; and

Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has position papers and resolutions stating the importance of library resources and services for student success by CCC students;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges support a statewide integrated and accessible library system.

MSC


[1] “OEI Updates: Resource Distance Ed Locally” Pat James. TechEDge Blog. http://ccctechedge.org/opinion/11-oei-updates/715-oei-updates-resource-distance-ed-locally