Online Newsletter of Roxbury
Community College Library
The economic downturn and the continuing expansion of
college services have translated into more students at RCC this fall. In turn, this has translated into about 20 percent
more students in the library compared to last fall, depending on the week. Library staff members have been on their toes
responding to this unprecedented influx of students who have an increased
seriousness about the business of improving their lives through higher
To help with the influx of students, 2 new part-time
library assistants have joined the staff, assigned to the circulation desk.
Lauren Froomer is working morning hours. Lauren is a recent graduate of Suffolk University where she worked 3 years as a
student aide at the circulation desk. So
impressed was the Suffolk
library director that he officially named her “super student.”
Jasmine Meadows is
working evenings and Saturdays. Jasmine
graduates from Pine
in the spring. She has worked at WCVB-TV
and as a Registrar/Education Coordinator at Lincoln Technical Institute in Somerville. Jasmine grew up in Roxbury and knows the
of her outstanding work and expanded duties, Marie
Magloire has been promoted to Administrative Assistant I. Marie has worked in the library for 27
years. She currently concentrates on
administrative duties like financial affairs, ordering and receipts of library
materials and also helps students at the circulation desk. Marie is originally from Haiti where she graduated from
College Jose Marti. She and her family
have lived in the Boston area for 33 years after
first moving from Gabon. Marie is a competent and calming presence in
the library for both students and other staff.
She has seen several library directors come and go and the present
director would be hard pressed to get through his day without her.
new is Katharine Dunn, a graduate student in
the master’s program in Library and Information Science at Simmons College. Katharine is volunteering Friday mornings for
this academic year before getting her degree in May. This is the 7th year of the
Simmons volunteer program. It is a
win-win situation. RCC gets enthusiastic,
knowledgeable volunteers. The volunteers
get real world experience before transitioning to a professional librarian
career around Boston
or around the country. Facilitating this
partnership is the fact that RCC is only a 20 minute walk from Simmons.
The library has so many new information sources
that the challenge is how to explain them in ways that busy people can
absorb. To help facilitate this the library blog presents small
information nuggets delivered by RCC email every couple of weeks or
so. The blog is also available on the library web page www.rcc.mass.edu/lib for
review later. The direct link is right here.
FOR HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
In September and
October, the library hosted a display of paintings by Guatemalan artist Maynor
Campos. The works were at the library
entrance and in the Group Study Room.
This event was one part of the campus wide celebration of Hispanic
heritage called Celebracion 2009.
Several images have been saved here.
5 YEAR REVIEW OF LIBRARY
Five years ago when the College was evaluated, the New
England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) had some suggestions for
library improvement involving expansion of resources and staffing. Here is a summary of these and other improvements
made possible by the strong support of the College administration and the
interest of many members of the RCC community.
EXPANDED SERVICES IN
THE LAST 5 YEARS
- STAFFING & INFORMATION
- 3 new full-time professional
positions and 2 part-time library assistant positions.
- 9,000 new books & DVDs.
- Big increase in online
- 1,500 online books
- 20 new databases.
- HOURS & OVERALL
- Open ˝ hour earlier at 8:00
a.m., Monday to Friday.
- Number of people entering library,
- Borrowing of books and other
materials, up 70%.
- Joining 2 library networks resulting
in 8-fold increase in inter-library borrowing.
- More required textbooks for
- Faster registration to
become a library user.
- Book return box in hall to cut
down on waiting.
- REFERENCE &
- Larger reference desk to
- Reference questions answered,
- Instruction sessions on doing
research, up 104%.
- Attendance at instruction sessions,
- Database searches to find quality
articles for research papers, 3.6 times more, from 15,000 to 54,000
searches per year.
- 50 online research guides,
keyed to 33 courses and 17 research subjects. Used 33,000 times in the last year.
- 10 laptop computers to
borrow inside library.
- Self-service computer printing
system with 200 free pages for students per semester.
- Self service sign-up system
making computer sign-up faster.
- 12 new LCD projectors,
& new DVD players & TVs for classroom use.
- Digital cameras.
- Creation of Group Study
- 120 pieces of newer
- Stunning annual exhibits of
African American quilts thanks to Michelle Howard-Harrell.
- Regular displays of RCC
- 26 pieces of original
artwork & 60 plants to improve environment.
- Music listening station.
- New security system with sleek,
- Ceremonial doors better
displayed. These beautiful doors
with an African motif, by artist Napoleon Jones-Henderson,
were poorly positioned and partially hidden for many years. For the last 2˝ years they have been on
glorious display, welcoming students at the library entrance.
To build a better
college library and provide superior customer service, we need your
comments. Send both praises and gripes
If you missed earlier issues of Welcome to the Library,
click on “Read the Library’s newsletter” on the library website http://www.rcc.mass.edu/lib.
Welcome to the Library, published by Roxbury Community College Library, Roxbury Crossing, MA
Lawrence, Library Director