Community College Library Consortium Report– James Wiser

wiserSpring renewal forms are available in the CCLC procurement system, and the deadline for returning these signed forms to the CCLC office is Friday, May 12th.  Renewals are not conveyed to vendors automatically; while I will send reminders to those colleges for whom I have not received forms, after May 12th I will begin working with vendors on contracts and if your form was not sent to the League office I will not be renewing your library’s databases.  If you have difficulty accessing or printing out your renewal forms, please let me know and I’ll be happy to help.

Please note that a number of colleges have invoices that are well over 90 days overdue.   I will be following up with each library in the coming days, but I encourage each of you to log in to the CCLC Procurement site to see if you have any invoices listed as “invoiced” and not “paid.”

New offers for the spring term are updated and are live on the Consortium web site.  Note that the deadline for placing any new orders is also May 12th, though we can usually prorate any new subscription to align with the League’s contract term.  This spring we are pleased to introduce four new offers to the CCL community:

  • New York Times
  • Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Adam Matthew Digital
  • ExLibris (campusM)

To learn more about these offers, visit the consortium website athttp://www.cclibraries.org and use the generic username (“cclibrary”) and password to access the current offer.  If you do not know the password to access the offer, feel free to send me an email.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions for possible new database offers, please contact me.  Have a great summer!

Respectfully submitted,

James

 

 

 [PICTURE] Electronic Access to Resources (EAR) Committee Report.

— Norman Buchwald (Chabot College) Committee Chair  

 

 

Hello, everyone and hope you have enjoyed your Spring breaks!

 

The CCL-EAR Committee has actually had quite a busy semester, continuing to work on reviews, have active discussions on databases and technology issues across campuses, and continue to represent all of our constituents.  Since the January meeting, we have been working on at least six reviews, two of which are already published at: http://cclibraries.org/reviews/  A comparison review on information literacy tutorials and a Quick Look review on Sage Humanities and Social Sciences Journals.  We are currently working on two comparison reviews:  Test preparation products (Prep Step, Gale Testing and Education Reference Center and Mometrix) and a large video streaming comparison review, which includes Films on Demand, Swank, Kanopy, Ambrose, Intelecom, and NBC Learn.  A regular review on New York Times and a Quick Look preview on Bloomsbury are also in the mix, and by this Fall, a Quick Look review on PressReader.

 

We had a teleconference meeting on March 6th and have our next teleconference meeting on April 28th.  Three committee members, Brian Greene of the East Central region, Sally Chuah of the West Central Region, and Stephanie Rosenblatt of the Southcoast region will be rotating off and new members Nancy Golz and Yvonne Reed have already been approved by the board to replace Brian and Sally, and a Southcoast region nominee has been forwarded to the Board for approval (who will replace Stephanie).

 

CCL-EAR alum, Tamara Weintraub is working with both past and present members of CCL-EAR to author an article on our ambitious EBook de-selection project as we became aware that other consortia who have had either present or past shared collections have not pursued much up to this point on a de-selection policy.  The plan is to submit it to a traditional, professional publication such as College and Research Libraries News, once written.

 

Finally, I am sure you are aware of CCL-EAR’s recommendation last Fall for ADA Compliancy from all of our vendors and how CountyWatch, unfortunately, admitted they could not guarantee they could even strive toward that goal (and as announced at the Dean and Directors meeting, the statewide subscription will cease on December 31st).  For information on how to effectively learn current Web accessibility standards, the committee did follow up with an inquiry to Sean Keegan, Accessibility Consultant of the California Community Colleges Technology Center and he suggested that the best site to learn is from the University of Washington: http://www.washington.edu/accessibility/web/  .

 

Sean also wrote an article for the CCL Outlook last November on current ADA Compliancy standards and how to address vendors on this issue at: http://cclccc.org/outlook/2016/11/letter-to-ccl-sean-keegan-accessibility-consultant/