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!
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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