Monday, September 15, 2014

Libraries and Millennials - Pew Research Report

An interesting article on how Millennials (16-29 year olds) view the public library and its services. A point from the Report to ponder:

Despite their embrace of technology, 62% of Americans under age 30 agree there is “a lot of useful, important information that is not available on the internet,” compared with 53% of older Americans who believe that. 

I wonder if this stat would be the same for Southern California Millennials.  What do you think?

The Report can be found on the site of the Pew Research Internet Project.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

The future of the CSU system, and by extension, the Community College system

Interesting article from the LA Times:

TL:DR - The California STAR Act (SB 1440) guarantees acceptance to the Cal State University system to any student who completes an appropriate associates degree at a California community college. This of course means an increase of transfer students which CSU says will mean a decrease in space for incoming freshmen since the state will not increase its budget enough. This could -in the hazy future- lead to a situation where CSU (and UC system) does not admit ANY freshmen, but rather serves as an exclusively upper-division college.

So, the community colleges become the only public post-high school education for the entire state of California. And are OUR budgets going to be up to the challenge? Sounds like a lot of online classes to me.

Any thoughts? Feel free to have your say in the comments.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Copyright article

Please take a minute to review this article, “Can I copy this for my student: Clearing up some copyright misconceptions,” in the California Educator Magazine, August, Vol. 19, Issue 1.

This article is relevant to our students’ needs.

Here’s a link to the magazine:


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Reusing content in LibGuides

Many of us have to update our LibGuides to reflect current system changes. In LibGuides, there is an easy way to integrate information into your LibGuide that will update whenever the information changes.

I have created an unpublished LibGuide named "Template." Template has a collection of boxes with system information that you can use in your own guides. Currently there is a chat widget and a "Contact Us" box available(with phone/sms/email info).

Reusing content in LibGuides is easy:
  • Choose "Add new Box"
  • Select the "Reuse Existing Box" tab at the top of the modal dialog box
  • Select the template to reuse (In this case "template" by Ward Smith)

  • Select the box to reuse ("Ask a Librarian" or "Contact Us")

  • You can rename the box as you want or position it wherever it best fits in your LibGuide
  • Please Do not choose the  "make a copy of this box" option. This will break the link to the original. If the information changes, you will have to manually correct it.

I will be adding new boxes in the future. A WorldCat search box would seem appropriate, and we could even embed subject terms in the search related to a specific Research Guide. If you have an idea, please contact me. I would prefer to keep the content centralized so that we can all update information when it changes.

Best, Ward

Signing out of LibAnswers

Dear Librarians,

Please remember to sign out of LibAnswers when you leave the desk. Closing your browser and even shutting down the computer does NOT log you out; Whoever restarts that computer will automatically be logged back into your account.


Monday, July 21, 2014

Flickr account

Hello Librarians,

I reset our Flickr account password to PCClib2014
username is
password is PCClib2014

If you have any pictures you would like to share of past events, library displays etc., please upload them here.



Interesting Article

An interesting article in the New Yorker about online reading and learning.  Worth a skim, at least: