Grossmont College Technology Plan 2007-2010.

Technology

Learning and Technology Resources: Library

Description

Current and evolving technologies are causing significant changes in the way information is stored, distributed, accessed, and presented.  For Grossmont College to offer increased access to a full range of information to all its students, it needs to grow and utilize these new technologies while maintaining its traditional hard-copy print-on-paper books. To keep current with new technology and make our resources accessible, Grossmont College’s library offers limited online databases, has purchased e-books, and maintains an Internet site.

Curriculum Impact

The impact of the increased on-line resources is to facilitate access to instructional materials and information.  This allows instructors to expect more in-depth research from their students without the students having to go to another library.

Approximate Number of Students Served

The library has the potential to affect all students and all disciplines.

Support Impact

The on-line databases are expensive and the number of titles on those databases will increase.  The budget for all instructional materials should be increased.

Year 1 (2007-2008)

 Objective

  1. Follow up as necessary on a line item in the budget for electronic resources.
  2. Continue to augment electronic books collection, including reference.
  3. Investigate budget feasibility of e-journals, that is, browsable, stand-alone, electronic journals (either because we have them already in print and a complementary electronic version is available, or because we want to buy as electronic stand-alone journals.)
  4. Investigate feasibility of Serials Solutions MARC records – for the journals in our databases – to be added to our OPAC.
  5. Re-address feasibility of First Search/WorldCat to get our holdings into a universal database.
  6. Provide staff training on an ongoing basis to keep up with technologies (such as Microsoft, SIRSI, web pages, and electronic materials).
  7. Provide staff with adequate computer equipment and software to do their jobs.
  8. Add a library wireless access point – in technical services, for inventory purposes, and for wireless Catalog maintenance.
  9. Investigate possibility of a 24/7 reference service (such as Question Point) to share with other local community colleges.

Action to Meet Objective

  1. LTR Division Dean will continue to pursue line item plan for a $65,000 - $85,000 budget for electronic resources if need be, which includes e-books and e-reference, to administration and then appropriate committees for approval.
  2. Purchase CCL E-book collections that are viable for the Grossmont collection, as well as e-reference.
  3. Serials Librarian will contact appropriate vendors and write an e-journal management report/proposal to be presented at a spring librarians meeting.
  4. Serials Librarian and Cataloging Librarian will report on feasibility of MARC records for our OPAC at a spring librarians meeting.
  5. Off-campus services librarian will contact OCLC to re-discuss FirstSearch/WorldCat.
  6. Systems Specialist will work with other library staff to coordinate training as needed.
  7. Systems Specialist will serve as point person for computer needs either brought to her attention by staff or as she deems necessary.
  8. IMS, working with the Library Systems Specialist, will add the wireless access point by May.
  9. Local San Diego Community College Consortium will investigate feasibility of 24/7 reference.  Kats Gustafson, Dean, acts as Grossmont liaison to this committee, and will report outcome to Grossmont librarians for further action.

Year 2 (2008-2009)

Objective

  1. Continue to augment electronic books collection, including reference.
  2. Provide staff training on an ongoing basis to keep up with technologies (such as Microsoft, SIRSI, web pages, and electronic materials).
  3. Provide staff with adequate computer equipment and software to do their jobs.
  4. Investigate the use of streaming video, especially as a replacement to stand-alone media.

Action to Meet Objective

  1. Purchase CCL E-book collections that are viable for the Grossmont collection, as well as e-reference.
  2. Systems Specialist will work with other library staff to coordinate training as needed.
  3. Systems Specialist will serve as point person for computer needs either brought to her attention by staff or as she deems necessary.
  4. Media librarian will work with San Diego Community College Consortium and Systems Specialist as needed to determine viability of streaming video.

Year 3 (2009-2010)

 Objective

  1. Continue to augment electronic books collection, including reference.
  2. Provide staff training on an ongoing basis to keep up with technologies (such as Microsoft, SIRSI, web pages, and electronic materials).
  3. Provide staff with adequate computer equipment and software to do their jobs.
  4. Hook-up Emergency TV broadcast to library monitors.
  5. Explore new technologies for one-stop searching (such as SIRSI Rooms).
  6. Explore viability of 3M self-check technology.

 Action to Meet Objective

  1. Purchase CCL E-book collections that are viable for the Grossmont collection, as well as e-reference.
  2. Systems Specialist will work with other library staff to coordinate training as needed.
  3. Systems Specialist will serve as point person for computer needs either brought to her attention by staff or as she deems necessary.
  4. Systems Specialist will work with IS to hook library monitors into emergency TV broadcast capabilities.
  5. Systems Specialist and Off-Campus Services librarian will investigate and report on various vendors for one-stop searching and report at librarians meeting by May.
  6. Circulation Supervisor, Systems Specialist, and Off-Campus Services Librarian will investigate the benefits and drawbacks of self check-out and report to Division Council by May.

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