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Award Announcment

By Kathleen Pickens

Do you know an exemplary library leader who has done incredible things in libraryland?

Have you been part of an innovative program that has changed the way your library functions?

We want to celebrate those achievements!

Check out the CJCLS Leadership and Program Awards. Selected winners are awarded $750, a plaque and acknowledgement at the Annual CJCLS dinner (in Orlando next year!).

The deadline for applications is Friday, December 4th.

See the Awards page for more details.

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Presentation and Infographic Design Tools for Librarians on a Budget

Presentation & Infographic Design Tools for Librarians on a Budget

by Lindsay Davis

Like many of you, I’m in full-swing with research instruction and have been spending time fine-tuning presentations. While I am not a designer, I like to keep visual content fresh, so I am always experimenting with online tools for presentations and graphics. Check out the list of free (or cheap) resources below. These tools do require users to create accounts, and while full functionality may not be available for the basic versions, many have upgrades available at reduced rates for educators.

Which have you tried? Are there other tools you can recommend?

Canva can help you create social media images, presentations, infographics, and more. While Canva is free, many of the pre-made layouts have special elements that cost $1 each. However, you can upload your own images and icons and draw inspiration from the existing layouts for free. Designs can be downloaded as JPEGs, PNGs, and PDFs. You can also share them to social media. Canva for Work is the upgraded version of Canva, which allows you to resize images without recreating them from scratch, but it is $9.95 a month with an annual plan.

Easel.ly can help you create infographics with templates and design objects. You can also upload your own images for free. You can share your infographic via a link or get the embed code. The pro account is $3 a month.

With a Google account, you can access Google Slides and import a PowerPoint presentation—or download a Slides presentation as a PowerPoint. With Slides, you can also share your presentation via a link or embed it.

Piktochart is another tool that can help you make infographics. The free account has free templates and icons, and you can also upload your own images. You can download your designs as JPEGs, PNGs, and PDFs or share your designs via a link, email, or through social media. You can also export them to a variety of services. To get more functionality, you can upgrade to the pro account. The Education Pro price for an individual is $39.99 a year.

Prezi is presentation software that works spatially. You can share your presentation via a link or get the embed code. If you sign up with your college email, you can elect for one of three levels—Edu Enjoy, which is free; Edu Pro, which is $4.92 a month; or Edu Team, also $4.92 a month.

SlideShare allows you to upload files so that you can share them via email, social media, as links, or embed them. You can also create presentations directly in SlideShare with Haiku Deck, although the functionality is little limited through SlideShare.

If you design presentations directly in Haiku Deck, you get more functionality and more ways to share your design. You can share to social media, email, get a link or the embed code, or you can embed directly to a WordPress blog. With a pro account, you can even export your presentation as a PowerPoint or PDF. The cost for the pro version with the educator discount is $4.99 a month or $2.49 a month billed yearly.

Smore helps you make online newsletters or flyers. These can be shared via a link or through social media, and you can also get the embed code. You can also create an email list within Smore. The free account allows you to make five newsletters for free. The personal account, which allows you to make as many newsletters are you want, is $15 a month, but the educator rate is $59 a year. Once a year, there is a sale for educators—$39 for the whole year.

With a Microsoft email account, Sway can help you can create and share interactive reports, presentations, personal stories, and more. You can upload your own images, and you can share Sways via social media or get the embed code.

Visme can help you create infographics, interactive presentations, reports, and more. The free account is limited, but if you sign up with your college email, you can get full functionality for $5 a month through the education discount. With full functionality, you can download your designs as JPEGs, PNGs, or as PDFs, get the embed code, share to social media, or even download to present offline (HTML5).

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From the CJCLS Listserv: Open Educational Resources

Open Access Week 2015

By Kristy Padron

With the end of Open Access Week, the cjc-l listserv had recent discussions regarding librarian involvement in Open Educational Resources (OER). One member noticed that libraries were not included in his state’s OER report:

I just finished scanning Opening Public Institutions: OER in North Dakota in the Nation, 2015 and can’t find any mention of librarians. Librarians need to be assertive and have a place in discussions regarding OERS on our campuses, by state legislators, and in other settings.

Some members of the listserv described the OER initiatives taking place in their institutions and regions:

Librarians are very active on The Community College Consortium for Open Education (CCCOER) for sure! Over 250 colleges participate in this consortium.

Librarians have been leading the way for OER initiatives at my institution. At Lansing Community College, we hosted the successful Open Educational Resources Summit last September with the movers and shakers of the open education movement as our speaker. I led the effort in implementing our OER strategy on campus including the creation of an OER LibGuide. We’re still at the early stage but it is very encouraging. I’m also very active in the CCCOER and I’m part of the Advisory Group.

The project Openstax College has specifically targeted libraries as a partner.

We’re trying here in Florida. See the exciting theme for our fall meeting of the Florida Association of College & Research Libraries (FACRL).

An international conference will soon be held in Vancouver in November, which some librarians said they would attend:

The 12th Annual Open Education Conference will have numerous examples of how librarians and libraries are leading the way in discover, adoption, use and assessment of OERs.

What are some OER activities taking place at your library or in your area? Feel free to share in your comments!

(Image Source:  International Open Access Week 2015, used with permission from Creative Commons Attribution License.)

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(How) Do you work with MOOCs?

by Librarianshines

A new report indicates that MOOCs are still popular, as reported in the Chronicle. Have you ever taken a MOOC? How are they viewed on your campus both by faculty and students? Do you offer any special support for students in MOOCs?

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Student Services and Your Library: The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship?

by Amy Waldman

I joined the CJC-listserv not long after starting library school in 2008. At that point, I’d been running the Displaced Homemaker Program at Milwaukee Area Technical College for five years. Student Services didn’t have a lot of interaction with the library, so the listserv gave me a window into some of what might be happening over there.

Early on in my MLIS program, I knew that getting some work experience in a library while in school would be invaluable. I also knew that there was no chance that would happen– I had a full-time job already and graduate school was like having another full-time job.

Something else did happen, though.

As a Student Services professional, I knew a lot about our students and their needs. As I learned more about what the library had to offer, I was able engage and collaborate in ways that would never have happened had I not had a foot in both worlds.

So, from a Student Services perspective, here are a couple of things that happened because I went to Library School that might be of use to some of you.

  1. Bibliographies
    1. In 2010, the Displaced Homemaker Program teamed up with a community organization to host a morning-long conference on accessing mental health services in the area. The library prepared a display and created a bibliography that was handed out in the conference materials.
    2. When author Shauna Singh Baldwin spoke about her book “The Selector of Souls,” at a college community event in 2012, the library prepared a bibliography of resources on intimate partner violence.
  1. Energy Assistance Sign-up
    1. Many of our students are low-income and qualify for energy assistance, but the only way they were able to access the program was to stand in long lines at a local agency, thereby missing classes. If they didn’t sign up and were unable to pay their electric bills, their power was shut off in mid-April, just as they were gearing up for final projects and exams. In conjunction with the library and our Office of Student Life, I arranged for the agency to come to MATC and see students by appointment at the three of our four campuses within its service area. The library co-sponsored and hosted. More than 200 students (many who had never set foot in the library before) signed up for appointments. The event has continued on an annual basis and is now hosted by the library.

3. The Affordable Health Care Act

One morning, while meeting with one of our program counselors about a student, an adviser walked in and handed him a sheet of paper. It turned out that large numbers of students were asking for information about the Affordable Care Act. I got back to my office and called our library manager.

“Do you have a LibGuide about the Affordable Care Act?”

“No,” he said. “But that’s a really good idea.”

When it was complete, Counseling and Advising was notified. The department now provides students with a link to our library’s LibGuide.

These are just a couple of examples of successful collaborations between Student Services and the library. Please share yours!

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Buried in Library Instruction?

By Kathleen Pickens

It seems like most community & junior college librarians are experiencing the rush of research instruction sessions right now–that thrilling time when we get to interact with classrooms full of students while trying to also support their needs outside of the session. It may be a few weeks until we know what all has landed in our email inbox, but we know that we’ll eventually get to it.

Although “time” seems like a foreign concept right now, it’s actually a great time to consider the supplemental materials we have for our students once they walk out of the instruction session. If you haven’t visited ACRL’s Instruction Interest Group’s PRIMO database, it holds a wealth of ideas from their “Site of the Month” selections. Some resources may be re-used, while others may provide you with inspiration before we hit this point next semester.

Or, maybe YOU have created something fabulous that you’d like to share with the instruction community? PRIMO accepts submissions year-round, but only conducts reviews bi-annually. Some deadlines to consider:

There. One more thing to add to your “post-instruction craze” list. Hang in there, everybody!

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ForwardFocus conference registration is open!

by Librarianshines

ForwardFocus, a conference focusing just on community college libraries, will be held on November 5 and 6, 2015 for the in-person conference in Peoria, IL at Illinois Central College. You can also attend virtually on November 13, 2015.  This will be my second time presenting for the virtual portion of the conference and it’s great to be involved in a conference that is focused on community college libraries.  I always take away useful ideas!

Check out the ForwardFocus conference website to find out about who’s speaking and how to register.

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Joint use libraries–are you one?

by Librarianshines

There was an excellent article last week about Tidewater Community College’s partnership with the City of Virginia Beach to provide a public and community college library under one roof (link here). I’ve been interested to learn what sort of partnerships community college libraries have with their other local libraries.  I myself am a branch library of the affiliated local university as well as the library for the community college, and I partner with the local public library on programming and maintain a connection with a local hospital library. This helps us pool resources in a lot of ways! How closely do you work with other local libraries? Are you a full fledged joint use library? Let us know in the comments!

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From the CJCLS Listserv: Library Facebook Accounts

By Kristy Padron

Original Message:

Does your library has a Facebook page? If so:

  • How many of you are involved in updating / posting?
  • How has it been received?
  • What types of information do you post?
  • How often do you post?
  • Does the library have full control of the account or is it overseen by someone else at the college?

Replies:

How many of you are involved in updating / posting?

  • Just 1 person (multiple responses).
  • 1 person out of our staff of 3
  • 2 people.
  • Three of us (one librarian and two support staff).
  • 3+:  myself, technical assistant, educational resource specialist, and sometimes work study student.
  • 3 out of our 4-person staff (the director, a library assistant and me).  I do 99% of the postings.
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Welcome to the Community & Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS) Blog!

By Kathleen Pickens

Why the new blog? Well, we want to make sure that we are keeping our section members regularly informed about the latest news in library resources & services. We also hope this blog will be a valuable resource for other non-members who are looking for inspiration & guidance (& that maybe they’ll officially join us in the future).

We’re just getting started, but for now you can browse our pages for more static information about CJCLS & you can expect to find regular posts about topics of interests, including: assessment, accreditation, collection management, instruction, distance education, reference services, emerging technologies, & more! Grab the RSS feed so you don’t miss out!

Over the next year, we hope to add additional content, including:

  • Popular from the listserv: compilations of information from respondents
  • A bibliography of current (within the last five years) citations of peer-reviewed journal articles & books published by community college librarians
  • YOUR story: brief biographical sketches of our members

Until then, be sure to join our listserv & “like” our facebook page. We’ll keep you posted!