A college library is a place where a student can break free from the structured lessons of the classroom. They can begin to connect their own ideas to what they have been learning, and they can make these connections in a cross disciplinary fashion to see the inter relatedness of all of human thought. The library offers students the opportunity to decompartmentalize, understand how, for example, their English classes relate to their physics classes, and perhaps even find the answer that elusive question of "When are we ever going to need this?"
At a college library, faculty have the opportunity to learn new skills, discover new teaching methods, add to their teaching toolbox, and become dynamic instructors and researchers. Faculty can emerge from their silos to discover how what they have been doing all semester relates to what has been going on across campus all semester. It is the library that ultimately builds success, fosters communication, and strengthens a learning community.
Through the centuries knowledge and information was disseminated and shared through the book. This is how the library got tied to the idea of books. But, we live in a new era. An era where information travels quickly, and travels freely. Not all of this information is useful, and we now see, hear, and learn about events happening across the globe that would have taken weeks, months, or years to disseminate in the past. It is the mission of a library to help people process this information, find whats useful, and become information literate.
The library offers access to a variety of electronic resources, digital files, audio files, lectures, films, art, poetry and literature, events that stir the imagination, create a thirst for learning, and a curiosity about the world around us.
This month we feature several items about how libraries do this, what libraries mean to the communities they serve, and demonstrates the impact that libraries have. Your BRCC Magnolia Librarians work very hard to bring these ideas and services to our campus, but we need your help! If you have an idea for something please share it with us. Our libraries at all of our sites are more than storage areas, and we need to promote library services to our students for their ultimate success.
This video talks in general about libraries, librarians, and the populations they serve. It primarily references public libraries, but the ideas apply towards BRCC libraries as well.
This video relates to how one individual developed a love of learning that benefited his entire life from the library. This is something we at BRCC all aspire to, and it is part of what Magnola Library does as well.
An article in the Spokesman Review, a daily newspaper out of Spokane, WA recently featured an innovative program at the Spokane Community College library. The idea highlighted here takes the services of a library to a new level. One which directly impacts the success of SCC students. The article is reprinted below.
Sokol, Chad. Oct. 18, 2017. Books and Laptops, Soccer Balls and Laptops? Spokane Community College's Library of Things Offers Myriad Items For Students. The Spokesman Review. Retrieved from http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/oct/18/books-and-laptops-soccer-balls-and-garden-rakes-sp/
Linda Keys, the librarian at Spokane Community College, is close with a student in the school’s baking program – a single mother of three who sometimes struggles to buy needed pastry utensils.
Are you still confused about how and what OER is? This video should help. It provides some basic information in a fun way.
The BRCC Acadian Site just wrapped up its second annual book sale. The book sale was a great success. Freinds of the Library Rachel Norton and PatRich Norton were on hand to help with the book sale.
|PatRich Norton and Rachel Norton assisting with the|
book sale at Acadian.
PatRich Norton is also in The Program For Successful Employment at the Acadian site. Thanks, for your help!