Library and Learning Resources

Categorical Funding for Library and Learning Resources

Whereas California Community College library and learning resource programs are essential to student retention and success, and

Whereas a 1996 legislative report (California Research Bureau report #96-002) has documented the magnitude of continued understanding of library and learning resource program collections, and

Whereas previous Academic Senate resolutions (9.3 S88 and 8.5 F88) have supported categorical funding for libraries and learning resource programs, and

Role of Librarians in the Curricular Process at the State Level

Whereas community college library faculty, by their academic and professional training, work closely with course and program development across the curriculum, and within the preliminary report of the Academic Senate Curriculum Committees: Standards of Good Practice a librarian is recommended as a voting member of the curriculum committee, and

Whereas the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges

Library and Learning Resources Master Plan Planning Guide

Whereas faculty derive their authority in collegial governance issues from AB 1725 which recognizes them as subject matter experts and thus any document prepared without their input will lack insight from the disciplines, and

Whereas the process utilized by the Chancellor's Office for the initial development of the Master Plan Planning Guide: Library and Learning Resources Program did not reflect the spirit of collegial governance as stated by Title 5, Section 53200-53203, and

Master Plan Planning Guide: Library & Learning Resources Program, CCC

Whereas there has been limited consideration of faculty input into the Chancellor's Office document Master Plan Planning Guide: Library and Learning Resources Program -Draft of March 1994, and

Whereas the document's failure to describe the primary instructional role of library and learning resources faculty is a major content deficiency, and

Fiscal Support for Learning Resources

Whereas learning resources plays a vital role in overall student success, and

Whereas minimum staffing/workload standards have been adopted and incorporated into the California Education Code, Title 5, and

Whereas the majority of learning resource centers in California community colleges have continued to be staffed significantly below prescribed levels within the law, and

Whereas accreditation standards and/or professional organizations provide that 6-9 percent of each overall college budget should be allocated to learning resources.

Role of Librarians in Curricular Process

Whereas the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges at its 1993 Fall Session established the role of library faculty on curriculum committees, and


Whereas the preliminary report "Curriculum Committees: Standards of Good Practice." lists librarians as voting members of the curriculum committee, and


Whereas in the Curriculum Standards Handbook, library sign-off for ascertaining adequacy of library resources is required for approval of credit programs and courses,

Master Plan Planning Guide (Document Available in Senate Office)

Whereas there continues to be limited consideration of faculty input into the Chancellor's Office document Master Plan Planning Guide: Library and Learning Resources Program-Draft June 1994, and


Whereas the document's failure to describe the primary instructional role of library and learning resources faculty is a major content deficiency, and

Cataloging by Librarians

Whereas Title 5 specifies librarians are trained and certificated faculty in library science, and

Whereas consistent quality cataloging of library books is crucial for faculty and student research, and

Whereas the American Library Association clearly defines that librarians are responsible for properly cataloging books,

Information Competency Paper

Whereas Resolution 16.02 F96 directed the Academic Senate to urge the Chancellor's Office and the Board of Governors to acknowledge that any development of information competency components and/or programs be the primary responsibility of the Academic Senate, and

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

Whereas the development of information competency components and/or programs is a curricular responsibility for faculty, especially library faculty,

Adoption of Library Faculty Paper

Resolved that the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges adopt the paper "Library Faculty in California Community College Libraries: Qualifications, Roles and Responsibilities" and recommend the paper to local senates for their consideration. (Document available from the Senate Office) M/S/C Disposition: Chancellor's Office, Council of Chief Librarians, Executive Committee, Local Senates, CA Library Association

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