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College of San Mateo Library Newsletter

Issue 7, No. 2, Spring 2016

Contents:

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Library News

CSM Director of Library and Learning Services Retires
Renee Bu, CSM Librarian, Leaves for New Opportunity
CSM Library Trends

Library Workshop and Events
Stitch Africa: Lecture, Trunk Show, and Quilting Workshop

Rebranding the Russian Avant-Garde International Poster Exhibition

National Library Week 2016


Makerspace News
3D Printers in the Library
Cutting Edge Technology: Coming Soon!

Summer's Here
Congratulations, Students!
Digital New York Times: On Campus and at Home
Library Summer Hours

Library News

Best Wishes, Lorrita! CSM Director of Library and Learning Services Retires

Lorrita Ford, Director of Library and Learning Services, has announced her retirement effective as of July 1, 2016. Under her leadership since August 2002, the Library has been successful in evolving to respond to the ever-changing needs of the college’s students, faculty, staff, and community. Through fostering outreach and collaboration with academic divisions, student clubs, student support services, classified staff, and keeping an eye on the future, the CSM Library has become so much more than a book depository.

Throughout her tenure Lorrita has revolutionized the way we work as a library, integrating the Library staff into the larger school environment, advocating for librarians to become standing members in the Committee on Instruction and the Academic Senate Governing Council, introducing dynamic public programming, introducing Makerspace and the Tool Lending Library, renovating the library classroom, advocating for the Instructional Designer position, and introducing online ordering and reference services. We will greatly miss Lorrita's dedication, excellence, and creativity.

Lorrita reflects on her time at CSM:

"It’s always been important to me that library staff be well integrated into the greater college community. It is crucial in order to understand how to be most effective in supporting the college’s overall mission and providing a good return on the personnel, resources, technology, and physical space invested in our purpose. I’ve been very fortunate to work with a group of people who are always willing to jump in, try something new, and support each other.

Among the things that have brought me the most satisfaction is supporting and mentoring new librarians. I’ve fostered an environment that promotes continuous learning, creativity, and collaboration across boundaries; everyone in the library, regardless of their job description, participates in problem solving. I'm proud of the fact that CSM Library is well respected in the field and our librarians are very successful in competing for full time jobs at highly competitive institutions.

What I’ll miss most is the relationships and friendships I’ve developed with people at CSM and colleagues in the Peninsula Library System. I’ll also miss the staff parties!"
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Lorrita Ford's CSM Career Highlights

  • Addition of librarians as standing members to the Committee on Instruction and the Academic Senate Governing Council
  • Introduction of electronic ordering for materials
  • Introduction of online and social media-based reference service
  • Introduction of public programming
  • Adoption of the Information Competency Graduation Requirement
  • Renovation of the library classroom and staff workspaces
  • Introduction of the Makerspace and Tool Lending Library
  • Advocacy for creation of the Instructional Designer position
  • Library Makerspace participation in the Family Science & Astronomy Festival
  • Introduction of the Athletes as Readers and Leaders program
  • Creation of the CSM Faculty/Staff Author Book Collection

Renee Bu, CSM Librarian, Leaves for New Opportunity

Renee Bu, Cataloging and Technical Services Librarian, has accepted a Cataloging Manager position at a library system in the East Bay. She will be starting her new position this summer. She has served as librarian at CSM since 2013. Not only did she create records for thousands of library materials, she also helped students and other patrons with research, both at the reference desk and in the classroom. As a valued member of the CSM Library staff, we will miss her cheerful presence and her expertise.


Renee Bu's CSM Career Highlights:


  • Created original records for our Makerspace Tool Lending Library
  • Joined GPO's Catalog Record Distribution Service to save CSM funds while maintaining the same level of service
  • Utilized OCLC WCP service to significantly reduce the cost of cataloging while not compromising quality of records.
  • Successfully set up EDIFACT ordering and invoicing with a new vendor


Renee treasures her time at CSM: "I will miss everyone dearly. From management to support staff, everyone has been so supportive. "


We wish Renee the very best in her future endeavors!

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CSM Library Trends: 2013-2015

We analyzed library data to identify trends from the fall semesters of 2013-2015 and made some interesting discoveries. Trends include a marked increase in fall library orientations, a steady use of print books and other library materials, increase in number of visitors, and more!

Library Workshop and Events: Highlights from Spring 2016

Stitch Africa: Lecture, Trunk Show, and Quilting Workshop

African & African American Textiles & Quilting Traditions


Stitch Africa was held in the library on February 5th, 2016. Renowned Bay Area quilting, textile, and mixed media artist Marion Coleman introduced African and African American quilting in an image-rich lecture. In the afternoon, she led participants through the process of making their own unique quilted art pieces. Just prior to the event, a New York Times piece profiled Cole's work.


Rebranding the Russian Avant-Garde International Poster Exhibition


The Library hosted an exhibit of contemporary posters in the style of the Russian Avant-Garde aesthetic from April 18 to May 20, 2016. This exhibition presented works of contemporary international designers who are attempting to re-imagine the Russian avant-garde movement in the age of digital media. Using the Russian avant-garde as the main source of their inspiration, these artists re-contextualize familiar themes, while exploring new technologies and striving to form their own unique visual language. In addition, the show featured a selection of posters by CSM Digital Media students.


National Library Week 2016


The theme of this year’s National Library Week was Libraries Transform. We celebrated during the week of April 10 to 16, 2016 with special Makerspace events and a bookmark design contest. The winning design will be reprinted for the library in the Fall as our official bookmark which we use to promote library services.

Makerspace News

3D Printers in the Library


We have a number of 3D printers in the library as a part of our Makerspace offerings. The Engineering Department provided a Makerbot Replicator 2 printer to be used by patrons and staff in the library. More recently, the library acquired a new 3D printer: an Ultimaker 2+. For more information on the printer, our 3d printer workshops and more, go to our 3D Printing Guide. http://libguides.collegeofsanmateo.edu/3D


Cutting Edge Technology: Coming Soon!


The Digital Media department applied for a CSM innovation grant that would serve the entire CSM community by acquiring a Glowforge laser cutter machine. Led by Digital Media faculty member, Vera Fainshtein, we assisted with the application in February 2016. We are happy to say that the library will be the home of the laser cutter in late 2016.

Summer's Here

Congratulations, Students!

Our best wishes to our students who are graduating, transferring, or continuing to take classes here at CSM.

We also want to extend a special thanks to all of our library student staff. We appreciate you and all of your hard work!

Digital New York Times: On Campus and at Home

CSM students, faculty and staff can access the digital edition of the New York Times on campus and at home. Because of all of the benefits that come with the digital edition, we will be phasing out our print subscription as of June 16, 2016.



To sign up:

  1. Click www.NYTimes.com/GroupPass
    (You must be on campus to create the account. Once created you can access your account anywhere.)
  2. Click on Create Account.
  3. Sign up by typing in your email address and any password.
  4. Access www.NYTimes.com on any computer. Log in using the account you created.
  5. Visit www.NYTimes.com/mobile on your tablet or mobile device to download your free NYT apps. Log in using the account you created.

Library Summer Hours

The library will be open during summer semester. The library hours for weeks 1 – 6 (June 13 – July 24) are Monday through Thursday 9:00 am - 7:00 pm and will be closed Friday through Sunday.


The library will be closed July 4 in observance of Independence Day. For weeks 7 – 8 (July 25 – Aug 6), we will be open Monday through Thursday 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm and will be closed Friday through Sunday.


The library will be closed August 7 – 16. Fall semester begins Aug 17, and the library will resume its normal schedule.

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