Library Roundup – Olympic College

New Faces in the Library

OC Libraries said goodbye to three longtime librarians last year, and recently welcomed two new adjunct library faculty.  Dan McClure comes to us from Portland, where he most recently worked as Director of Library Services for the Pacific Northwest College of Art.   Meredith Tummeti is a recent graduate of the MLIS program at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. She has worked for Kitsap Regional Library and currently also works for the Central Kitsap School District.  Welcome Dan & Meredith, we are so happy you’re here!

Collaboration Space

Thanks to the Library’s generous Haselwood Endowment, the Haselwood Library has recently renovated a large study room for students to practice presentations and work collaboratively in teams. The presentation practice space is equipped with a projector, computer, and webcam so students can also record presentations to review or submit for class.  Students with required presentations will benefit from being able to practice in a space that is similar to the classroom environment.    The collaborative space allows up to six students to connect laptops/tablets and take turns sharing to a large screen, much like an active learning classroom.    Students working in groups will benefit from the ability to collaborate on projects in a space conducive to sharing and building new knowledge.  


p style=”text-align: right;”>–Submitted by Amy Herman

Library Roundup – Bellevue CC

New Spaces in Bellevue

The Bellevue College Library Media Center (LMC) has revamped several physical spaces and non-tangible services during the 2016-2017 school year. This includes the creation of a Collaboratory and a Tech Hub, co-locating the eLearning team within the Library Media Center, and adding an Outreach Services Librarian. eLearning houses the instructional designers that provide BC instructors with the assistance they need in creating engaging online learning resources. This group now resides in the LMC and they have an inviting space to conference with instructors.
The Tech Hub service desk provides a space for Tech Rovers, who are student workers, to answer many general questions and support the computer lab. We have moved our Reference desk deeper into the library, giving librarians the opportunity to provide in-depth reference service to students.

A Collaboratory space was created in a place that formerly held stationary furniture. Mobile furniture, whiteboards, high bar tables, and plug in ports, provide flexible spaces for students to use the Collaboratory for group interactions as well as for instructors to use it for active learning classes. Multiple STEM related events have been held in the Collaboratory this year to highlight our BC Reads book, The Martian. The latest one included a panel of 5 women who work in STEM positions ranging from the US Department of Energy, to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to Food Safety at Amazon. Over 100 people attended this impactful event.


p style=”text-align: right;”>–Submitted by DeAun Green 

Library Roundup – Highline CC

New Hires at Highline College

Highline College Library is happy to announce the hire of two new adjunct faculty librarians in Winter Quarter 2017:

Allison Reibel previously worked at Seattle Public Library and co-founded the Social Justice and Libraries Conference while completing her MLIS at University of Washington. Her professional interests are information literacy and exploring ways for public and academic libraries to collaborate and extend services to their shared communities. Allison also works as an adjunct reference librarian at Green River College

Jessica Lum earned her MLISc with a special interest in Asian American and Native Hawaiian information resources from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Before moving to Seattle, she worked at the University of Hawaiʻi Library and Kapiʻolani Community College Library in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. Her professional interests revolve around empowering underrepresented students and exploring ways in which race, ethnicity, and culture affect the way we interact with libraries. Jessica also works as an adjunct reference librarian at Shoreline Community College.

OER Grants

Winter Quarter has been a busy time for the Highline College Library. Five librarians are working with six faculty members on LOEL OER Collaboration grants in the following disciplines: ABE/ESL, Business, English, Geography, High School Completion (American History), and Psychology. The emphasis of this partnership is on replacing textbooks with OER or open access materials.

Immigration and Refugee Resources Guide

At the request of the college administration, Highline librarians created a libguide listing resources for the college’s immigrant, refugee, and undocumented students.  Focusing mostly on local and state organizations and agencies, the Immigration and Refugee Resources Libguide provides    information on citizenship and naturalization, local non-government support organizations, sources of legal assistance, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), and statements of support from Highline College, the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, the Washington State Governor, and more.  It is updated regularly and has been shared with the Highline College community as a resource and an indication of the college’s support of these students. 


p style=”text-align: right;”>–Submitted by Jessica Lum 

Library Roundup – Edmounds CC

New Dean at Edmonds!

Edmonds Community College is pleased to welcome our new Associate Dean for Learning Resources, Jennifer Patterson. Jennifer will have responsibility for the Learning Resources Division, which includes the EdCC Library and Visual Media Services. Jennifer has most recently been Head of Access Services at the campus library serving both Cascadia College and UW Bothell. Jennifer also has experience as an administrator at both the Pierce County Library System and the Seattle Public Library System. Jennifer’s first day on our campus was March 1st.

–Submitted by Dale Burke

Member Accolades

Our Fantastic Librarians!

Congratulations to UW Bothell/Cascadia College librarians Alyssa Berger, Caitlan Maxwell, Dani Rowland, Dave Ellenwood, and Megan Watson for their contributions to the Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook. Chapter titles below:

Ellenwood, D., & Berger, A. (2016). Fresh techniques: hip hop and library research. In N. Pagowsky and K. McElroy (Eds.), The Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook. Chicago, IL: ACRL Publications.

Jerrit, J., Maxwell, C., Stonebreaker, I. (2016). Critical pedagogy for business and management undergraduates: Evaluation of marketing information. In N. Pagowsky and K. McElroy (Eds.), The Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook. Chicago, IL: ACRL Publications.

Rowland, D. (2016). Fresh techniques: Getting ready to use hip hop in the classroom. In N. Pagowsky and K. McElroy (Eds.), The Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook. Chicago, IL: ACRL Publications.

Watson, M., & Ellenwood, D. (2016). Starting small: Practical critical pedagogy through collective conversation. In N. Pagowsky and K. McElroy (Eds.), The Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook. Chicago, IL: ACRL Publications.
At RTC’s Fall Kick-Off breakfast on September 13, RTC Media Librarian Laura Staley was named as one of the recipients of the college’s Exceptional Faculty Award for 2016.  The annual award honors RTC faculty and staff who have made significant contributions to the college.  The ceremony was sponsored by First Financial Northwest Bank and hosted by the RTC Foundation. Recipients received a $750.00 gift in honor of RTC’s 75th anniversary.  Congratulations, Laura (see photo below)!

Laura Staley

Library Roundup – UW Bothell/Cascadia College

–Submitted by Nia Lam

Welcome new Librarians!

UW Bothell/Cascadia College welcomed four new librarians in 2016! Laura Dimmit, Arts and Humanities Research & Instruction Librarian; Chelsea Nesvig, Global & Policy Studies Research & Instruction Librarian; Jennifer Patterson, Head of Access Services; and Penelope Wood, Computer Science & Engineering Research & Instruction Librarian.

Library Roundup – Big Bend CC

–Submitted by Libby Sullivan


Here at BBCC I launched our first One Book, One College program.  We read We Live In Water, a book of short stories by Jess Walter.  We had a small donation through our Foundation for extra special library stuff and with that, we were able to buy a little over 100 copies of the book to hand out to students this fall.  This November, we were also able to invite the author, who lives in Spokane, to come and meet with us for a reading and Q&A which was a great opportunity for our students, staff, faculty, and some community members to meet and talk with a very successful local author.  This spring, we’ll decide what to read for next year!

Library Roundup – South Puget Sound CC

Two New Hires @ SPSCC!

–Submitted by Lily Kun

SPSCC Library is thrilled to welcome our new dean, Amy Kelly. Amy has worked in higher education for 22 years, teaching composition, literature and research. She earned an MA in English from San Diego State University and an MLIS from San Jose State University. Amy was previously a library director and head of instructional design at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT. Her background and interests are in online learning, pedagogy, first year experience programs, curriculum design and instructional design.

Kathy Laurente joined the SPSCC team in June 2016 during the transition to Alma and Primo. After barely two weeks of orientation to Alma/Primo, she survived the grueling month long Alma Administration training and received her certification in August. Kathy has more than 30 years of experience working in military, academic, and public libraries and has worked for the Community and Technical College system since 1994. She holds a BA from The Evergreen State College, a BS in Library and Information Science from the University of Maine, Augusta and an AAS from Highline Community College. Kathy is responsible for original and copy cataloging and works a few hours a week at circulation. In her free time, Kathy enjoys making fused glass jewelry, playing with her 5 grandchildren, and reading all of the books in the SPSCC library.

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2013 Fall Business Meeting

ACRL Washington and Oregon Fall Conference, October 24 – 25, 2013 at Pack Forest.

Taking Care: Ourselves, Our Users, Our Collections

CLAMS will hold a business meeting from 7-8pm in Macbride 102 on Thursday, Oct. 24th. CLAMS will also co-sponsor a Party & Pub Quiz Night from 8-11pm on the 24th, so we can enjoy lots of snacks, drinks, and laughter after we conclude our business.
Links to the ACRL conference are below. Hope to see you there.