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Reference Services to Community Colleges, by Maureen Redfield, Ana Carreon, and Margaret Wright.

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  • Maureen Non-traditional: returning to school after a (sometimes extensive) period out of school Traditional college age (18-22): ‘ not ready yet’ (academically for college level work) ‘ normal’ (maybe saving money or trying to get a leg up) Learning disabled/challenged in other ways International/Immigrant/ESL students Much more ethnically diverse populations than 4-year universities and colleges Technical/Vocational students (pursuing HVAC certificates, Fire Science degrees, Early Childhood Education, etc.) Working (often full time) or parents. (Need flexible class, etc schedules and lots of other demands on time and energies) Groups will and do overlap. A LOT.
  • Maureen Non-traditional: returning to school after a (sometimes extensive) period out of school Traditional college age (18-22): ‘ not ready yet’ (academically for college level work) ‘ normal’ (maybe saving money or trying to get a leg up) Learning disabled/challenged in other ways International/Immigrant/ESL students Much more ethnically diverse populations than 4-year universities and colleges Technical/Vocational students (pursuing HVAC certificates, Fire Science degrees, Early Childhood Education, etc.) Working (often full time) or parents. (Need flexible class, etc schedules and lots of other demands on time and energies) Groups will and do overlap. A LOT.
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  • Maureen: Most CC assignments and courses are broad-survey in scope. Perhaps poor match to academic resources (electronic db’s?) out there. Wide range of abilities and (info, technology, etc) literacy levels to address Cannot presuppose computer access or even familiarity…students may have never even touched a computer before. Adult learners are more likely to be effected by techno-anxiety or stress Less of a ‘captive audience’: many students spend little time on campus—may be unaware of services/reference help/library! Available—many come to class and then leave directly. Most study at home and consult family members when consultation is needed. Missed opportunity to engage in any reference service. ‘ false’ sense of confidence in own abilities of non-traditional aged students: I’m an adult and have made my way in life/raised kids who are your age/etc just fine—do not think they have serious research deficiencies and can find own way in library when in fact their searches are not very successful/fruitful. Self-overestimation of library skills. Population is continually changing…cc students’ needs may change faster than the institution/library can accommodate. Individual reference interactions may take much longer—many formats and technologies to explain for the end result of the student’s information need/search. Smaller (no?) endowments mean less $ (=fewer resources and less staffing)
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  • User Community Analysis Group Presentation Maureen Redfield Ana Carreon Margaret WrightEmporia State University LI813XO Bob Schroeder March 12, 2011
  • Reference for Community College Students Maureen Redfield
  • UsersThe community college has an “open admissions policy, [it is] designed to serve as many in the community as physically possible.” Maureen Redfield
  • Students• Traditional college age students• Non-traditional students• Students with learning disabilities• International/Immigrant/ESL students• Technical/Vocational students• Working students (often full time)• Parents and caregivers Maureen Redfield
  • StudentsThese groups will overlap. FREQUENTLY. Maureen Redfield
  • “I need to makea bibliography inMLA format.” Redfield Maureen
  • “I’m looking for information on welding safety and supplies.” Maureen Redfield
  • “I need helpfinding academicsources for apaper on climatechange.” Maureen Redfield
  • “What’s Blackboard?” Maureen Redfield
  • Rogue Community College Ana Carreon
  • Joint use LibrariesJoint use libraries have been forming across the nation, for many good Ana Carreon
  • Sharing space is fun (sort of) Ana Carreon
  • Challenges Ana Carreon
  • Community college students may be juggling family, work andschool. Drugs and other abuse issues could be effecting theircognitive abilities. In such cases simple questions should beanswered with great care and repetition. Students who arestressed may need help first and instruction second. (Paraphrased from an interview with Anna Grzeskiewicz) Ana Carreon
  • Patience, good listening skills, and the ability to encouragestudents are helpful attributes to have at the reference desk atthe community college. These qualities go a long way inassuaging the fears and boosting the morale of students whoare struggling in the new demanding territory of collegelearning. - Carolyn Oates Ana Carreon
  • Librarians like Anna have sethours so if she is teaching a classthat means the reference desk isnot being staffed at that time. Italso means that she has very littletime to prepare for classes oranswer emailed questions if thedesk is busy. Ana Carreon
  • Opportunities Ana Carreon
  • • Electronic resources are wasted when students and faculty do not have a reference librarian to teach information literacy.• Before the relatively recent joint-use library was built in Medford, RCC had neither a librarian nor an adequate print reference collection. Ana Carreon
  • Databases are shared between threecampuses Ana Carreon
  • RCC had virtually no print reference books until the library movedinto its new location...though few new ones are being purchasednow, existing ones are still relatively current. Ana Carreon
  • The future... Ana Carreon
  • Some contemporary students here at RCC do not want books, because they are afraid that they will have to read a whole book. I tell them to use the index to find relevant information (...) Sometimes it’s a hard sell in the Google Age. ~ Carolyn OatesMoving reference to circulation• Believe it or not, reference books may soon be obsolete Ana Carreon
  • We do not offer chat or text message reference service.Surprisingly, we get very few reference phone calls. Almostall reference is personal contact at the desk. ~ Carolyn Oates Ana Carreon
  • Community colleges like RCC do not have thestaff to constantly maintain their web presence."LibGuides" give librarians direct access tostudents online. Ana Carreon
  • Universal Reference Issues at Community College Libraries Margaret Wright
  • Major issues with reference services for CC students: What’s Unique?Patrons: • Very wide range of abilities, literacy and commitment levels • Incorrect sense of own abilities (over-confident or under-confident) • Demographics can change quickly Margaret Wright
  • Tactics to use in addressing patron issues• Ref librarians can help overcome patrons’ tech anxiety and stress with: – Warmth – Humor – Pacing – Repetition – Positive – Jargon free speech• Reference encounters must be characterized by flexibility and a variety of methods.• “Every reference encounter is an instructional one.”• Varied hours and methods of obtaining reference help (telephone, e-mail, on-line) Margaret Wright
  • Technology Margaret Wright
  • An open endedsurvey asked,“Which part of yourjob causes you themost frustration?”62% of respondentsincludedtechnology-relatedfrustration in theiranswer. Margaret Wright
  • Doing reference work with out-of-datetechnology can be like “running a marathontoday, clomping along in wooden clogs.” – Osif and Harwood Margaret Wright
  • Community colleges can alsofind themselves dealing withcutting edge technology.This has its own problems. Margaret Wright
  • Longevity? Margaret Wright
  • Bureaucracy Margaret Wright
  • January 20, 2011: US Department of Labor announces the Trade AdjustmentAssistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program,providing $2 Billion over the next four years to community colleges to developopen education learning resources to be shared with other communitycolleges across the country. Margaret Wright
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  • Community college resources are required tomeet SCORM (Sharable Content ObjectReference Model) requirements for theircontent to be eligible for TAACCCT. Margaret Wright
  • Who will help manage $2 Billion worth of educational resourcesin unfamiliar formats? Community college reference librarians! Margaret Wright
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