ForwardFocus Session Information

This year's conference is dedicated to The Voice of the Student. We have a great group of librarians excited to virtually share a number of student-centered topics. 

 
 
Jill Sodt, Mott Community College

Jill Sodt, Mott Community College

More than Books: Developing a Library of Things for a Community College

Jill Sodt, Mott Community College

With funds from a President's mini-grant, we have developed a Library of Things at Mott Community College. Learn about how we selected items, developed a Policy and Procedure, what you should include in a User's Agreement and some of the speed bumps along the way.

Jill Sodt has been the Director of Library Services at Mott Community College since 2013. She is passionate about working in community colleges, and is a strong advocate for libraries and librarians to students, staff, and faculty on campus. Beyond her work on campus, Jill is also currently serving as President of the Friends of Michigan Libraries organization. In this capacity, she speaks on how Friends organizations can support libraries in their communities. In quiet moments, you might find Jill reading true crime, knitting, or spending time with her two dogs.

 
Rebecca Funke, Des Moines Area Community College

Rebecca Funke, Des Moines Area Community College

Circulating Access: Lending Hotspots to Help Students Succeed

Rebecca Funke, Des Moines Area Community College

The percentage of students enrolled in post-secondary degree granting institutions and online courses, nationwide, continues to rise reaching 32% in 2016. Academic libraries spend 76% of their budgets on electronic resources in support of college curriculums. Access to the internet is crucial for today’s college students. Lending hotspots can be a lifeline for students who need help bridging gaps in internet access. This session will outline our service to lend hotspots to current students. Policies, procedures, pitfalls, and successes will be covered.

Rebecca is a native of Iowa and received her MLS from the University of Iowa. She began her professional career as a librarian at the Boone campus of Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), where she worked for three years.  In 2007, she moved into her current position as Director of Library Services.  In this role she not only performs administrative work but also teaches a 1cr library course, Library Instruction; serves as system administrator for their ILS, all electronic resources in the library, and their newly formed archives; performs collection development duties; and coordinates a common read program for the college, which is now in its 12th year. Finally, she’s been very fortunate to serve in leadership capacities at various local and state library associations, entities, and boards. 

 
Janice Grover-Roosa, Western Wyoming College and University of Wyoming

Janice Grover-Roosa, Western Wyoming College and University of Wyoming

Samantha Cook, University of Wyoming

Samantha Cook, University of Wyoming

Kristina Clement, University of Wyoming

Kristina Clement, University of Wyoming

Serving our Students with Consistent Information Literacy Instruction: A Collaborative Approach between Community Colleges and Universities

Janice Grover-Roosa, Western Wyoming College and University of Wyoming; Samantha Cook, University of Wyoming; Kristina Clement, University of Wyoming

The libraries at the University of Wyoming (UW) and Western Wyoming Community College (WWCC) are partnering with Credo Courseware to test the effectiveness of the Instruct Modules in transfer students. This presentation discusses the creation and aims of this three-year project that seeks to evaluate the information literacy skills of WWCC transfer students, other community college transfer students, and current 4-year UW students to determine if academic libraries in Wyoming are helping students meet information literacy standards. This study has the potential to contribute foundational research to the state of Wyoming by measuring information literacy, which has been established as a significant indicator of student success, and the academic library’s role in relation to transfer students and community colleges.

Janice Grover-Roosa is the Director of Library Services at Western Wyoming Community College and ALA Chapter Councilor for Wyoming. Janice obtained a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Art, English, from the University of Wyoming and a Master’s of Library Science from Emporia State University. Her current research projects include an examination of rhetorics in physical and online library spaces, and assesses IL competency and instruction at community colleges. Janice worked for the Sweetwater County Library System in Wyoming for six years prior to working at Western. She finds librarianship to be a laudable and fulfilling pursuit. 

Samantha Cook is the Instructional Design Librarian for the University of Wyoming Libraries. Samantha received her Bachelor’s in History from the University of Wyoming and Master’s of Science in Information Studies from the University of Texas. Her current research projects are Universal Design for Learning in library instruction, libraries and centers for teaching and learning, making archives accessible to people with invisible disabilities, and OER initiatives.

Kristina Clement is the Student Success Librarian for the University of Wyoming Libraries. Kristina received her Bachelor’s in the Italian Language from the University of Kansas, a Master’s in Italian Literature from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master’s of Information Science from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Her current research projects are customer service motivation in academic libraries, library space and instructional assessment, Universal Design for Learning in library instruction, and Open Educational Resources.

 
Colleen Sanders, Skagit Valley College

Colleen Sanders, Skagit Valley College

Let Us Get You into College: Librarians Defending Students’ Rights, Academic Freedom, and OER

Colleen Sanders, Skagit Valley College

When Clackamas Community College (CCC) announced Barnes & Noble (BNED) would assume bookstore operations, librarians took a deep dive into the proposed contract language. It contained restrictions on using and sharing OER, LMS linking, and more. BNED offers turnkey OER products on proprietary courseware that enable easy faculty adoption but cost students money. CCC librarians scrambled on a short timeline to conduct outreach and work with administration to make changes in support of academic freedom, students’ rights, and an open educational culture. Colleen will share her story, strategies, struggles, successes, lessons learned, and next steps. The regional community needs to support one another in this advocacy, as the contract includes a cooperative agreement clause allowing other community colleges to opt in. This session will help participants prepare for conversations with administration & BNED, identify relevant contract sections, and share resources to support your advocacy.

Colleen Sanders is District Librarian at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon, WA. Her interests include critical librarianship, inclusive pedagogy, open education, assessment, and how libraries can evolve under Guided Pathways models. If you’d like to learn more about Colleen’s work with bookstore outsourcing and OER, see her article “Let Us Get You into College: Community College Librarians, Barnes & Noble, and OER” (https://commons.pacificu.edu/olaq/vol24/iss3/7/) and her co-presented webinar “Not an Open Book: The Outsourcing of Oregon’s Community Colleges” (https://openoregon.org/archived-webinar-not-an-open-book-the-outsourcing-of-oregons-community-college-bookstores/). Colleen’s email is an open door for questions, research partnerships, or community building.