Whereas, In lieu of using district funds, many California community colleges (CCC) have relied on the Telecommunications and Technology Infrastructure Program (TTIP) to provide funding to their libraries for periodical databases and/or other electronic information resources, and TTIP funds have now been completely eliminated for this purpose;
Whereas, The Academic Senate for California Community Colleges has recommended a requirement of information competency for all CCC students in resolution 9.03 F01, which partly defines information competency as the ability to “use information technology tools to locate and retrieve relevant information”;
Whereas, The Governor of the State of California has signed Executive Order S-06-09, the Digital Literacy Initiative, which was created to ensure that “California residents are digitally literate” and that Digital Literacy be “incorporated into higher education,” and which calls “the ability to access information” part of the definition of Digital Literacy; and
Whereas, Standard II.C.1 of the Accreditation Standards of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges states, “The institution supports the quality of its instruction programs by providing library and other support services that are sufficient in quantity, currency, depth, and variety to facilitate educational offerings, regardless of location or means of delivery”;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges communicate to all California community colleges that a lack of TTIP funding should not be considered an acceptable reason for failure to adequately fund periodical databases and/or other electronic information resources in our college libraries.
MSC Disposition: Chancellor’s Office, Local Senates
Senate representatives advocated for TTIP future funding.