–Submitted by Deb Moore
Managing the Learning and Teaching Center
A constant goal of librarians is to reach out and establish closer working relationships with faculty colleagues. Of course, there are many approaches to doing so. At Highline College, Jack Harton, a reference librarian, took the approach of working informally with the staff of the college’s Learning and Teaching Center (LTC). This has now evolved to where he is responsible for totally revamping and managing the website for Highline’s Learning and Teaching Center (http://ltc.highline.edu). The website, still very much a work in process, will focus on two major components. The first is providing information on professional development opportunities for instructional staff, at the local, state, and national level. The second component focuses on teacher effectiveness and what Highline faculty are doing in the classroom to promote student learning and achievement. The idea is for the website to act as an avenue for sharing this information with other Highline instructors. For librarians, this sharing includes promoting library services and resources, including collaborating with other faculty regarding, among other things, information literacy instruction and the use of open education resources. In soliciting information from campus faculty to be added to the LTC site, Jack will be able to share with his reference colleagues what other faculty are working on and possibly identify opportunities for further collaborative opportunities.
Dianne Carey, Library Faculty at Olympic College, was awarded a one-quarter sabbatical to further develop the Olympic College Libraries’ Digital Archives. She will be working on digitizing and describing the most significant artifacts of the Libraries’ George W. Martin Collection (mountaineering and outdoor education). She will also create digital stories of the Hank Blass mosaic that was removed from the demolished Science Building and will be installed on the new College Instruction Center building, and the College’s historic Barner house and property. The Barner house was designed by Elizabeth Ayer, the first woman graduate of the University of Washington’ School of Architecture and the first woman to be licensed as an architect in the Washington State.
Elizabeth Knight, Green River College Adjunct Faculty Librarian, who is also a Certified Archivist, keeps her fingers in the archives world by doing project-based consulting work with emerging archives in the region. She is presently developing a digital archive plan for the Pacific Northwest Railroad Archive, which is located in Burien, WA. The project is funded by a capacity building grant awarded by 4Culture, a King County tax-exempt organization that supports citizen and groups who preserve cultural heritage, promote the arts, and foster cultural opportunities. In addition to working with cultural heritage organizations, Knight has also provided archives consulting expertise for a number of academic institutions such as University of Puget Sound, Oregon Institute of Technology, Bastyr University, and the Orbis Cascade Alliance.
New Hires at Green River!
The Holman Library is happy to announce the hire of a new adjunct faculty librarian for instruction and reference. Kaitlyn Straton is originally from Puyallup and a 2013 graduate from the University of Washington’s Information School. Kaitlyn most recently worked at Seattle Pacific University where she aided in the transition to Primo and Alma and was responsible for original and copy cataloging. She also works as an adjunct faculty librarian at Pierce College.
Nancy Vandermark joined Green River College’s Reference Librarian team at the beginning of Winter Quarter 2016. Nancy graduated in March 2015 with her MLIS from the Drexel University College of Computing & Informatics. She currently works both at the Circulation Desk during the week and at the Reference Desk on Saturdays.
Special Projects at Holman Library…
The Green River College Digital Archives – “The Current” Student Newspaper debuted in support of Green River College’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. This large-scale project is led by Philip Whitford and Jennifer Rohan (in addition to other librarians acknowledged in the archive home page). The archive makes accessible and searchable over 670 issues of the Green River student newspaper from 1965-2010 with ongoing work to add more content. This effort to preserve an incredibly important and rich piece of Green River College history began in Summer 2014 and included a search for and an inventory of scattered hardcopy and digital newspapers, quality-controlled scanning of hundreds of old issues, and consistent original cataloging in the digital repository.
Katie Cunnion created an online NoodleTools Citation Workshop in Canvas to assist students with understanding the importance of citing sources, identifying APA and MLA styles, and practice in creating citations using the NoodleTools citation generator. CLAMS members (or anyone for that matter) is welcome to link to that workshop for their students/institution, to use the workshop or to import to their Canvas site and make modifications. The Canvas workshop is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)
OneBook Discussion Series:
Jody Segal organized and facilitated a successful OneBook Discussion Series for students, staff and faculty around the book Redeployment by Phil Klay. Panels included “The Diverse Experiences of Women Veterans,” “Iraqi Narratives” and “How to Talk about Difficult Texts” among several others.
–Submitted by Jennifer Rohan
Gerie Ventura, Associate Director of the library, and Karen Fernandez are both active in the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association. Gerie serves on the Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Cultures, a family literacy project, and promotes children’s books on social media. Karen serves on the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature committee. Here’s the list of 2015 awards. This is Karen’s fifth year and she’s evaluating Adult Nonfiction for 2015/16. Winners are announced at ALA annual conference. Serving as a judge is rewarding and in addition to getting free books, she’s made new professional connections and helped promote diverse authors. Karen encourages you to become involved in ethnic caucuses or other professional organizations.
Librarians Deborah Moore and David Johnson are on the campus committee for National Poetry Month in April. The committee just finished judging a student poetry contest that received over 100 entries. Winning entries will be made into broadsides, which are large sheets of paper printed on only one side. These will be exhibited in the library gallery during April and May.
–Submitted by Karen Fernandez