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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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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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.
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.
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!
Lower Columbia College is pleased to introduce our new tenure track Faculty Librarian, Lindsay Keevy, who joined us in September. She comes to us from California State University, Stanislaus, where she has been working in academic advising and instructional support. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University, Stanislaus and her Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University. Lindsay’s background in higher education includes writing instruction, information technology support, and library reference and instruction. Lindsay has hit the ground running, offering a workshop on the first day of instruction, and providing 4 orientations her first week on the job. Welcome Lindsay.
Everett Community College is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year!
The college received a donation from Dale Chihuly of a Chantilly Green Seaform Set in honor of former English instructor, Marjorie Day. She and her husband Russell Day, a retired art instructor, are long-time friends of Chihuly.
The sculpture is located in a glass case in the Library Media Center.
In other news, ECC has also erected its first Little Free Library. It was designed by a staff member in the Social Sciences Communications Division who won our campus-wide design contest, built by employees in Facilities and Welding, stocked with book donations from people around campus, and will be maintained by Library Media staff:
We would love to give a campus tour to any of our colleagues!