Tuesday, November 8, 2016

November 2016





      In support of the Board of Regents’ open educational resources (OER) initiative with Affordable Learning LOUISiana*, and with the help of the staff at LOUIS, the Magnolia Library is pleased to provide access to over 250 freely available eTextbooks from the Open Textbook Library.  These eTextbooks are discoverable through our online catalog search. 

      
      Through this search, you will find both electronic textbooks that BRCC was able to purchase through the Board of Regents initiative, and openly available textbooks that are part of the Open Textbook Library.  The advantage of having these open educational resources available through the library catalog search is that they are more easily found by students.  You can read more about the Open Textbook Library here:  https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/

To search the collection, click on the eTextbooks link to find the following screen:



A Keyword search for “Biology” yields the following results:




Clicking on the first title, and then to its Catalog Record, you will find the link to the book at the bottom of the record:




      It is important to note that the eTextbooks from the Open Textbook Library are not the textbooks currently being used in classes.  Right now these eTextbooks can serve as supplemental materials for your students.  If you are interested in creating an OER or using an existing one for your class, please contact us in the library.
If you are wondering what other libraries are doing to support affordable course content and open education resources, take a look at this SPEC Kit: SPEC Kit 351: Affordable Course Content and Open Educational Resources (July 2016)

*Affordable Learning LOUISiana, an initiative of LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network, works on a national, state, and local level to develop partnerships between libraries and faculty to reduce student expenditures for required course materials. This is accomplished through promotion of open educational resources and by leveraging the cooperative abilities of the consortia. 






      The Mid-City Magnolia  Library will be open until 10:00PM on Tuesday, November 29 for Long Night Against Procrastination. Students who need help finding scholarly sources for their papers can speak to the librarian at the second floor reference desk for expert assistance in finding the authoritative sources that they need for their research.

      The library will also offer an adult coloring station for students who want to wind down and de-stress as they complete projects and prepare for finals. Coloring sheets, markers, and colored pencils will be provided.

Coloring Station held at the White Light Night 2015.


More information about Long Night Against Procrastination can be found in the Online Learning Center Libguide.









      In October, your BRCC library was very pleased to host a book talk with Clint Smith. Smith is a writer, teacher and Ph.D candidate at Harvard University. He is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and was named the 2013 Christine D. Sarbanes teacher of the Year by the Maryland Humanities Council.

      Smith is also a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion, a Cave Canem Fellow, and his writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, The Guardian, and Boston Review. His TED Talks, The Danger of Silence and How to Raise a Black Son in America have been collectively viewed more than five million times. His first full-length collection of poems, Counting Descent was published in September 2016 by Write Bloody Publishing.

    The event was very well attended, as Smith shared his experience and wisdom with our students. Our next visiting author will be our own Dr. Ikanga Tchomba as he discusses African Governance. Dr. Tchomba will host an open dialog on Nov. 10th at 6:00pm in the library reading room.









In memory of Shereen Marx


       The Baton Rouge Community College Magnolia Library is pleased to offer the Shereen Marx Book Award to an eligible student. The award is for a value of $300 to be used for the purchase of textbooks at the BRCC Bookstore for Spring 2017. The requirements for the award follow:

* Minimum 3.0 GPA overall for all courses taken through Fall semester 2016
* Minimum of 12 credit hours completed at BRCC
* Must be working towards a Technical Diploma, Certificate or Associate Degree from BRCC
* One letter of reference from a BRCC instructor
* Description of your plans for completing your program at BRCC and how you will use your diploma, certificate or degree


Please email librarian@mybrcc.edu to request a copy of the application to apply for this award. The deadline is Monday, December 19, 2016.






      The BRCC Library Club is once again participating in the Toys-For-Tots program.




 "Toys for Tots" in an initiative of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, whose goal is "to deliver, through a new toy a Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens."

This year the drive will be taken to all BRCC sites. Look for the festive collection box on your campus and please donate new, unwrapped toys. The BRCC toy drive will run from November 6 to December 4, 2016.

Look for the collection point on your BRCC site similar to the one pictured below at the Acadian site. 


Acadian Toys-for-Tots collection point





Associate Dean Jaqueline Jones reading to the
Head Start Students at the Acadian site.

      The Library has begun a weekly reading session at the Acadian site. Above is a photo of one of Jackie Jones's reading visits with 3-4 year olds at the Acadian Headstart. They have been reading the "Lola" series. So far they have read, Lola at the library and Lola loves stories by author, Ann McQuinn. Jones said that she plans to read the entire "Lola" series to the children over the next few weeks.







   Your BRCC librarians all participated in the 2016 Louisiana Book Festival held at Capitol Park.

This is a great way to raise awareness of BRCC and its programs in the community and city of Baton Rouge.

Logo and banner of the 2016 Louisiana Book Festival
Jackie Jones with Curious George at the Book Festival


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

October 2016


      The BRCC librarians will be visiting all sites beginning in October. Library  Orientations were offered to each location in September, and the librarians connected with many students.

Welding student at Port Allen


      Please contact your visiting librarian if you need materials, a bibliographic instruction session, or other library assistance. We would be happy to help!

Kathy Seidel seidelk@mybrcc.edu ..........New Roads and Jackson

Peter Klubek klubekp@mybrcc ............Port Allen and Plaquemine

Laddawan Kongchum kongchuml@mybrcc.edu............ATC and Central

Lauren McAdams wadel2@mybrcc.edu............Frazier and Acadian










     At Mid-city, the library has witnessed very high demand these past few weeks. Students have been visiting the space to do research, utilize the study rooms, and consult with the librarians. A few faculty members have also stopped in to ask questions. Which you are highly encouraged to do!

Students using the second and third floor study areas.

   As a friendly reminder if you give a library assignment, be sure to include a copy for the library. It is helpful to have this information for accreditation purposes. We have seen all sorts of interesting assignments. Some have included locating a journal article that ties trigonometry to a student's major, an assignment that asks students to locate information about data management in the cloud, and an English assignment that looks at multiculturalism in entertainment. These are all fascinating topics, and we are always up for new challenges!













     
      
      The library offers tours of the space and all of the resources available. Students on the tour have often remarked that they didn't know the library was so large, that there were so many different types of material, and that they had so many study space options available to them. Highlights of the tour include the archives, the American Freedom Shrine, and reading room which often hosts student activities and events. There is a lot to see at your BRCC Magnolia Library.


Reference Librarian Peter Klubek leading a CSSK class on
 tour and highlighting the Freedom Shrine.








      The library continues to promote e-Books. Our displays are now traveling to other sites. Be on the lookout for these informative displays, and if you are curious about how to access the e-Books, or what is included with them, ask any of the librarians. We would be delighted to give you a demonstration!


e-Book display at Hooper

Monday, September 12, 2016

September 2016



     You may have seen some of our posters regarding the availability of e-books. Our collection of e-books has greatly expanded recently and we are heavily promoting this acquisition. We have new titles in history, nursing, and many others. Our promotions are not limited to posters alone. The 1st-floor display is also addressing electronic books.


1st-floor library display

    In this display, a computer is centered on the table. The monitor depicts a series of books coming out towards the viewer. There are also many wires linking the computer to a sample of e-book titles that are available in the collection. Be looking for other similar displays across all BRCC sites. The display is meant to elicit a response and raise awareness and interest in this collection as it is likely to continue to grow in the future.







The semester is off to a great start in the library. We have already met with a number of classes for library instruction, students have been utilizing the library and study space, and we have already begun to travel out to all the BRCC sites.


Technical Services Librarian Laddawan Kongchum
assisting a student


Monday, August 29, 2016

August 2016

Welcome to a new semester at BRCC!

Our thoughts go out to all the faculty and students affected by the recent flooding. Louisiana is a unique place, and we will get through this. Know that we are with you every step of the way.






The library hosted our semi-annual open house on August 25th.


The event was well attended and featured the opportunity for faculty to get to know their subject liaison librarian. Each librarian prepared a display highlighting new items from the collection related to specific disciplines. If you didn't get a chance to talk to your friendly subject librarian, stop by or give us a call anytime (216-8555). We are always delighted to hear your ideas, schedule a visit to your classes, or just have a casual conversation with you!



The open house was enjoyed by all of those that did stop in. There was information about the e-book initiative, as well as an introduction to OER's and how both of these options could help your students save money on textbooks. More affordable college costs is one way to encourage your students, and could positively impact a student's ability to return semester after semester.



We look forward to your visits in the future.







Another way to help save your students money on costly textbooks, is through the Reserves collection. This collection of high-demand items typically houses faculty provided copies of the textbook used in class. This option is very popular with students, and many have expressed a desire for more material to be put on reserve. We can't do this without your help, and we have streamlined the process of adding your textbook on Reserve. All you have to do is bring a copy of the item you would like to place on reserve, complete a short form that we provide, and you can be on your way. The confusing questions have been done away with, the Reserves are open and ready for you.






Don't forget about the services the library offers your classes. We can schedule a visit to your class, a tour of the library, or a consultation with you about your assignments and the resources we have available to help with them. We have already had a number of requests, but we are always looking for more!

Technical Services Librarian Laddawan Kongchum
speaking to Aviation students
during  a special library orientation session.


And, coming soon, the library is offering a professional development session on e-books and OER's! Be looking for this information in the future. You can earn professional development points for your attendance and it is a great way to get on board with this emerging technology.




Friday, May 6, 2016

May 2016



The BRCC Library Club is active in the community.

Library Club members back row: Crawford Wheeler, Kathryn Seidel, Peter Klubek
Front Row: Raykaiyyah Donkor, Vanessa White, Delisa Brown

      The BRCC Library Club was very excited to visit the Boys and Girls club on Friday, April, 29. We were a small group of four students and two club advisers. The group photo above shows the book that was read and samples of the puppets made in a group activity.

Library Club members reading to the children.
     The club members read the story "If Not For the Cat," by Jack Prelutsky. The children were very interested in the story, and readily called out the answers to questions about the different animals featured in the story.    

Puppet construction.


Library Club members helping students
create their own puppets.
   
      They then helped the children create puppets based on the story book characters. The overall experience was very good. The Library Club members had a great time, the Boys and Girls Club were very excited, and the project further advanced BRCC within the Baton Rouge community.







      The library book sale was hugely popular. The sale was held April 19-21. All of the librarians and student workers helped to set up and run the book sale. Proceeds from the book sale benefit library events and programs. Thank you, to all who purchased books, for your support!


Library Student Worker Rikiyyah Donkor
proudly showcasing the 2016 library book sale. 

Visitors at the 2016  Mid-city library book sale



Associate Dean Jackie Jones assisting at the
BRCC Acadian library book sale 






      The BRCC Magnolia Library was pleased to present awards to two of our student workers at the annual Student Recognition Ceremony held April 27, 2016. Joshua Johnson was awarded for his excellent work on the centerpieces used at the annual LLA conference. The centerpieces were also featured in last months blog entry. Thomas Craig was recognized for his exemplary service in the library. He is transferring to McNeese State University in the fall, and while we will miss him, we wish him success in all his future endeavors.

Thomas Craig and Joshua Johnson, library
award recipients with instructor Bea Gyimah




      Results retrieved from the OER survey sent out to all BRCC faculty earlier in the semester have been tabulated. This survey was created by LOUIS as they seek to aid the library in developing OER resources on campus. The full results of the survey were also e-mailed out to BRCC faculty. The findings suggest that there is an interest in using OER at BRCC, but that availability and familiarity about what kinds of resources are out there remains an issue. Keep in touch with your librarian liaisons as we work to develop these new resources.












































22. What strategies would be effective at encouraging you to create or adopt OA
or OER resources into courses that you teach?
Offer me the opportunity
Wide adoption across campus in multiple courses. The text for my course is not required, so I wouldn't want to confuse students about the viability of OA sources. They might get
the impression that because the book is not required OA will suffice, rather than a purposeful selection meant to help them.
More enlightenment on what is involved and which materials are available.
Just allowing them to be used and ensuring the availability
For my Introduction to Business courses - I want a course with an etextbook, powerpoints, online homework and practice quizzes. And I want it for less than $50/student. If I
could find that I would have it in place and running by the Fall semester of 2016.
I would need to know more about it.
I'd need some kind of training workshop for one thing, as I have no idea what would be required of me to make something like this work in my classes.
some kind of online training for it, its history, how to use it.
Information sessions
Others who have done it and can build my confidence in using them.
having more resources available in my discipline
If resources including instructor resources are available that are cheaper and available to students, and if students all had portable computers
If, in fact, the materials were reliably accessible. When I've used them in the past, some students had problems seeing the material across different platforms and software.
I need much, much more information about resources and access.
Acceptance by the Department Chair
Students seem to be too busy to even use computers to study. Time is of essence to use the materials. We do use Townsendpress.com. and the Learning Center on BRCC
campus.
n/a. My course does not require a textbook.
I really am open and just need to take the time to look at what is available. I would then need to make the pitch to the department to adopt the free resources.
Ease of use and showing that students will benefit from their use.
perhaps having a fellow faculty member come speak about it.
funding/access
More knowledge about OA and OER resources available for my specific subject area. Knowledge of how/where to find these resources.


23. What strategies would be effective at encouraging you to substitute a course
textbook with library owned-materials like journal articles or ebooks?
Offer me the opportunity and I will do it more
Having the correct ebook available.
Just confirming availability
My students need electronic resources that they can read at home, while on the bus, during their work lunch hour, etc. They don't have time to be searching for materials and
checking them out of the library.
My students run the gamut from having easy access to digital sources at home and being very comfortable with technology to students who know little and are without access
away from campus. I am concerned that moving away from textbooks will be difficult for many of my students. Using both text books and e-sources may create two "classes" of
students and make testing difficult. Unless I completely restructure the class allowing students to team teach to share insights from the text and e-sources.
A list of journal articles or ebooks that could be subbed in for different assignments.
It would have to be easy to find relevant articles that apply to the outcomes I have set.
More information on what is available.
having materials comparable to what is in textbook companies' books
If there were enough copies available for every student in my class
There's not really one strategy for this substitution. We decide books by committee, and therein lies the problem.
Student ease of access to the material; a school server large enough, or even over-large, to handle the load of student access; ebooks would far more effective in my basic
composition class and in my Intro to Poetry and Drama class.
My courses are not at a level to require those materials
I do not need encouraging - rather need to encourage my department.
My course does not require a textbook.
Again, I already do this.
I am looking to do this very soon. Support from my department would probably be the most important.
Students will have unlimited access
probably nothing
research paper assigned
Testimony on how other teachers have implemented OER resources in their classes.





Reprinted from ACRL website http://www.acrl.ala.org/acrlinsider/archives/11755

Malenfant K. (2016 April, 26) ACRL Insider. ACRL Report Shows Compelling Evidence of Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success. http://www.acrl.ala.org/acrlinsider/archives/11755


A new report issued by ACRL, "Documented library Contributions to Student Learning and Success: Building Evidence with Team-based Assessment in Action Campus Projects" shows compelling evidence for library contributions to student learning and success. The report focuses on dozens of projects conducted as part of the program Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA) by teams that participated in the second year of the program, from April 2014 to June 2015. Synthesizing more than 60 individual project reports (fully searchable online) and using past findings from projects completed during the first year of the AiA program as context, the report identifies strong evidence of the positive contributions of academic libraries to student learning and success in four key areas:

Students benefit from library instruction in their initial coursework. Information literacy initiatives for freshmen and new students underscore that students receiving this instruction perform better in their courses than students who do not.

Library use increases student success. Students who use the library in some way (e.g., circulation, library instruction session attendance, online databases access, study room use, interlibrary loan) achieve higher levels of academic success (e.g., GPA, course grades, retention) than students who did not use the library.

Collaborative academic programs and services involving the library enhance student learning.Academic library partnerships with other campus units, such as the writing center, academic enrichment, and speech lab, yield positive benefits for students (e.g., higher grades, academic confidence, and retention).

Information literacy instruction strengthens general education outcomes. Libraries improve their institution’s general education outcomes and demonstrate that information literacy contributes to inquiry-based and problem-solving learning, including critical thinking, ethical reasoning, global understanding, and civic engagement.

The three-year AiA program is helping over 200 postsecondary institutions of all types create partnerships at their institution to promote library leadership and engagement in campus-wide assessment. Each participating institution establishes a team with a lead librarian and at least two colleagues from other campus units. Team members frequently include teaching faculty and administrators from such departments as the assessment office, institutional research, the writing center, academic technology, and student affairs. Over a 14-month period, the librarians lead their campus teams in the development and implementation of a project that aims to contribute to assessment activities at their institution.
“The findings about library impact in each of the four areas described above are particularly strong because they consistently point to the library as a positive influencing factor on students’ academic success,” said  Karen Brown, who prepared the report and is a professor at Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science. “This holds true across different types of institutional settings and with variation in how each particular program or service is designed.”
In addition, there is building evidence of positive library impact in five areas, although they have not been studied as extensively or findings may not be as consistently strong:
Student retention improves with library instructional services.
Library research consultation services boost student learning.
Library instruction adds value to a student’s long-term academic experience.
The library promotes academic rapport and student engagement.
Use of library space relates positively to student learning and success.
In addition to findings about library impact, participant reflections reveal that a collaborative team-based approach on campus is an essential element of conducting an assessment project and planning for subsequent action. Kara Malenfant, contributor to the report and a senior staff member at ACRL, noted, “The benefits of having diverse team members working together are clear. They achieve common understanding about definitions and attributes of academic success, produce meaningful measures of student learning, align collaborative assessment activities with institutional priorities, create a unified campus message about student learning and success, and focus on transformative and sustainable change.”
Read more in the full report "Documented Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success: Building Evidence with Team-Based Assessment in Action Campus Projects"  The executive summary is available as a separate docuement, formatted to share broadly with campus stakeholders.