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Issue 7, No. 3, Spring 2017


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Library News

Library Now Part of ASLT
New Librarian, Matt Montgomery

Portrait of Sheila Recently on Exhibit

CSM Student Assistant, Kayla Figard, now Teen Librarian

Updates for Faculty

Library Celebrations

African American History Month

National Library Week 2017

Makerspace News

3D Printing Appointments

3D Maker Studio Workshops

Yarn Arts

Makerspace Book Display

Use Tools from our Tool Lending Library

Library Essentials: How to Get a Library Card

From the Photo Archive

Library News

Library Now Part of ASLT

In summer of 2016, the Library joined the Academic Support and Learning Technologies (ASLT) division. What does this mean? New collaborations and innovations between ASLT and the Library to move us forward in serving our students and helping to improve their academic success in transformative ways! Currently, Jennifer Taylor-Mendoza, Dean of ASLT, supports the library directly. But soon, we will hire a Director of Learning Commons who will oversee the Learning Center and the Library. The Library’s last Director, Lorrita Ford, advocated for and led the library for nearly 14 years and retired in July 2016. The Library team and members of ASLT division are excited to continue the good work.

Welcome to New CSM Librarian, Matt Montgomery

We are pleased to welcome new CSM Librarian, Matt Montgomery, who comes to the College of San Mateo from the Mechanics' Institute Library in San Francisco, where for most of the past six years he has served as technical services librarian. While at the Mechanics’ Institute, he gave presentations on nontraditional reference strategies and digital literacy at conferences in Monterey and Washington, D.C. He also developed a series of classes on library resources, search strategies, and web basics. Matt was the recipient of the 2014 California Library Association Technical Services New Leader Award.

He received his Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute's School of Information in 2010. While pursuing his MSLIS, he worked in Pratt Institute's Brooklyn campus library where he developed a passion for technical services, especially in making resources more easily discoverable for library users.

The son of a Navy doctor and an elementary school librarian, Matt grew up near the beach on both coasts and enjoys spending his free time surfing and camping. Matt received his undergraduate degree in philosophy and English literature at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

As the library's Cataloging and Technical Services Librarian, Matt's role encompasses teaching, reference work, and cataloging.

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Portrait of Sheila, Library Staff Member, Recently on Exhibit

College of San Mateo student and artist Peggy Dean painted a portrait of CSM Library staff member Sheila Guzman.

The title of the painting is Sheila1 and is painted in acrylic on canvas. The portrait was on display at the CSM Bookstore from November 29, 2016 until the beginning of 2017. The show opening reception took place on Tuesday, November 29, CSM Bookstore, 12-1:30pm.

Artist Peggy Dean shared with us how it all started: "I wanted to paint Sheila's face the first time I saw her in the CSM Library last fall. She has distinct facial features: her jawline, skin tone, eyes. We chatted for a while and I asked her permission to take a few photos for a painting. She was very gracious and allowed me to do that." Peggy left with her photos, but she had forgotten to ask her name! She had to come back to get Sheila's name.

Says Peggy: "Not only do I get my resources and inspiration from the Library's books and collections but a live model too!"

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CSM Library Student Assistant, Kayla Figard, Now Teen Librarian

We are proud of all of our student library assistants. They are amazing people and we feel lucky to get to know them and work with them. Not that long ago, we heard from Kayla Marie Figard, former CSM Library Student Assistant. She is now a librarian too!

We asked Kayla some questions about her career path:

When did you work at CSM Library? Any nice memories of working here?

I worked at the CSM Library from 2010-2012. One of the projects I worked on was to catalog & track old issues of The San Matean. This was really fun for me because I was in the journalism program and love history and archiving.

What led to your decision to go to library school?

I have been working in libraries since I was 17 and it is hard to imagine life without libraries. I believe libraries are not only community gathering spaces, but also hubs of lifelong learning. I am a huge advocate of this.

When did you go to library school?

I went to library school at San Jose State from Fall 2014 to Spring 2016.

What is your current job title? What do you enjoy about your current work?

My current job title is Teen Services Librarian. I absolutely love my job. My library is close to a high school and two middle schools, so we get hundreds of teens after school. We are a safe place for many teens. Some days I get to waffle things that aren't supposed to be waffled and other days I get to help a teen start an LGBTQ+ Action Group. Some days I get to spend all day at the local high school with an author talking to students and other days I get to be the only person one teen can trust with their troubles. It can be challenging at times, but it is so worth it because I know I am making a difference in their lives.

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About Kayla Marie Figard:

Kayla Marie Figard is a Teen Services Librarian at the Belmont Branch of the San Mateo County Libraries. She has been working in libraries for over 9 years - since she was 17 years old. She started out as a shelver and a strong advocate for teens, offering her first large scale teen program that same year. In her time with SMCL, she has adapted to fill many different roles in technology, marketing and publicity, teen services, children's services, and outreach. Currently, her focus is in teen services. She has developed a series of robust programs to serve teens including a countywide teen film festival, monthly life skills workshops, a system-wide young adult book festival, and a do-it-yourself magazine made by teens and published quarterly. She also provides outreach to the local high school and middle schools during class visits, author talks, a lunchtime book club and more.

Last spring she received the Ken Haycock Award from San Jose State and was the student speaker at the graduation ceremony for the School of Library & Information Science. She was a 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leader, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Association (YALSA) for her innovative and dynamic programming and services to teens. Kayla loves working in libraries because of their dedication to promote lifelong learning as well as their role in building and supporting communities. While she loves working with teens, she also has interest in finding ways to better serve adults with developmental disabilities - a group that is considerably underserved. In addition, Kayla hopes to be a leader in libraries and to mentor the next generation of graduates and newcomers to the field of librarianship.

Updates for Faculty

We know that CSM faculty are super busy! We have a few library updates for faculty:
Book instruction sessions, workshops, and orientations as soon as possible--we expect to be busy this semester. Since our new partnership with the English Dept. the classroom gets booked quickly. The earlier you submit your request, the more likely we will be to schedule you for the date you want. Use the booking form available on the Library website, and contact Teresa Morris with any questions. Soon, we will introduce a new booking system that will allow people to see which times and dates are available at the time of their request. When available, it will be accessed via the same page on our website.


We have renewed our contract with New York Times in Education. If you signed up last year, you may need to renew your account (most are good for one year). If you didn't sign up last year, take advantage of these resources now. New York Times online gives full access to NYT's online content through a personal account. It includes access via mobile apps. New York Times in Education is a partner site designed for faculty who wish to incorporate news into their curriculum. NYT partner faculty create content associated with the news that includes learning outcomes and questions to ask. You must sign up for each service separately, while using campus wifi or computer network. Instructions are available on the Library website. http://www.collegeofsanmateo.edu/library/nytineducation.php

Course reserves: Have you updated your textbook or other course materials? Let the Library know if a change is needed to your reserve materials. Because the Library does not purchase traditional textbooks unless we have special funding, if your book is a textbook, we encourage you to request a desk copy, which you can then loan to the Library for reserve. If the CSM Library already has a copy, or if you are loaning us a copy of a book, video, or other materials, fill out the course reserve form available on our website. Contact Bryan Gerbig with questions.


Suggest a Purchase: Is there something we should add to the collection to support you or your students? Let us know. Please fill out the suggest a purchase form on the Library website. http://www.collegeofsanmateo.edu/library/purchaserequest_form.php

Getting a Library Card for Faculty: A library card from any Peninsula Library System Library will work at CSM Library. CSM faculty have additional privileges with their library card including extended checkout periods of up to one semester and waiving of fines for College library materials (not public library materials).

For San Mateo County residents:

If you live in San Mateo County, go to your local public library or apply online with them: http://www.plsinfo.org/choose_your_library .

For anyone who does not live in San Mateo County:

If you live outside of San Mateo County, go to the CSM Library to fill out a library application form. Be sure to bring your ID and proof of address with you.

If you apply online, you will need to complete your application by showing ID and proof of address in order to get full privileges.

Fake News and Education: As misinformation, so often labeled "fake news" these days, becomes ubiquitous, and politicians and others put forward "alternative facts" on a routine basis, our students need to be introduced to tools, and develop skills to evaluate and be critical of information and information sources. In our current social and political climate, the Library's role is more important than ever, and through partnerships with faculty across the disciplines, we can begin to make a difference in the lives of our students. We invite you to reach out to us, and hope to bring discussions about some of these topics to future Division and/or departmental meetings.

Library Celebrations

African American History Month, February 2017

We are celebrating African American History Month!

National Library Week, April 9-15, 2017

Every year, we do something special for National Library Week. We will keep you posted on upcoming National Library Week events and news.
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Makerspace News

If you are new to the Makerspace:

  • CSM Library's Makerspace has been around since 2014.
  • All of our events, supplies, and tools are free for CSM students, faculty and staff!
  • You can use our tools and supplies for class assignments.

Makerspace Book Display

We have a new Makerspace book display on the library's main level. Find inspiration for your own projects. All of the books on display are available for checkout.
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Use Tools from our Tool Lending Library

If you are a maker, you always have a project on your mind. You may need some tools that aren't in your personal collection. We have over 100 tools for CSM students, faculty and staff. Check out our tools to finish your project!

Our collection includes a wide range of tools and kits.

Electronics and Computer: Arduino Starter Kit, USB MIDI keyboard controller, mini digital multimeter, and more!

Arts and Crafts: mini glue guns, stencils, block printing kits, knitting needles, etc.

Hardware and Power Tools: screwdriver sets, coping saw, dremel, sander and more!

Educational Toys and Science Projects: UFO solar balloon, universal telescope photo adapter for smartphones, and more!

Library Essentials

How to Get a Library Card

If you have a library card from any San Mateo public library, you can use it here at CSM. Library cards or online accounts are free.

For San Mateo County residents:

If you live in San Mateo County, go to your local public library or apply online with them: http://www.plsinfo.org/choose_your_library

For anyone who does not live in San Mateo County:

If you live outside of San Mateo County, go to the CSM Library to fill out a library application form. Be sure to bring your ID and proof of address with you.

If you are a distance student who never comes to campus, you can apply online with us: http://www.collegeofsanmateo.edu/library/distance_app.php

If you apply online, you will initially get a temporary account and will have limited privileges. You will need to complete your application by showing ID and proof of address in order to get full privileges. If you are under 18, you will need a parent or legal guardian with you when you pick up the card.

From the Photo Archives

The Photo Archives consist of thousands of historic photos of the three San Mateo community colleges. Explore our CSM history through images!
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Music Instructor Fred Berry with Performers, 1980s

Link to Archive Information.

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Mathematics Instructor George Wallace with Students, 1970s
Link to Archive Information.