The Community College Library is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the varied community it serves by providing student-centered instruction and support services that are affordable and accessible, creating empowered, impassioned learners and leaders.
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Why, hello there. My name is Carol, and I serve as library director here at the community college. My job is to ensure that we have a large variety of resources available to students, regardless of what they’re studying. Also, my budget isn’t big, especially considering the humungous student population the library must serve.
I don’t have much time to evaluate the resources as they come in, and I have no staff to market for the library, so the resources really need to sell themselves. Our college must stand on its own but also prepare students for the possibility of transfer to a larger institution. Accessible, authoritative resources go a long way to meeting both of these goals, which is why they are invaluable to us.
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Hello, I’m Raymond. I teach entry level composition for the community college. Not only does my course prepare students for college writing, but it also must fill gaps from varying high school proficiencies and address a variety of skill levels. My course is a general education requirement that many students take during their first semester at college. Many also don’t want to be there.
And speaking of students, each of my classes has over 100. This means I have a lot of papers to grade and not as much time as I’d like for one-on-one mentorship. Believe it or not, I’m also just a part-time instructor; I have a full-time job outside of my responsibilities for the college. My students, like me, don’t have a lot of time to waste. They need to be able to do their research at home with resources that are self-explanatory, and, generally, I need to tell them exactly what resources they need to be using to meet course expectations.
Hi, I’m Shannon. I love school, but lately high school just isn’t challenging enough for me. I’ve recently started taking classes at the community college to accelerate my college degree before I even graduate high school. Sure, I’m busy, but it’s a good kind of busy. I love going to class and learning new things from my instructors and meeting all of the other students. I can’t wait to finish high school and head to college full-time.
I think I’ll major in History, but right now I’m focusing on general education requirements. Unfortunately, my younger brothers are sometimes way too noisy when I’m trying to study. So, yeah, I spend a fair amount of time in the library. Thank goodness I got my license last year!
Hi, I’m Miguel. I’ve always wanted to be a police offer. You see, I come from a long line of police officers, and I want to be next in it. I’ve never seen myself in any other career. Being a sergeant is in my blood, and I can’t wait to get started. The only thing standing in my way is college, but once I have my criminal justice degree in hand, I’ll be ready to walk the beat.
I’m a practical guy. I know what needs to be done in order to succeed and what’s just window dressing. I need to get good grades and keep in shape so that I can pass the police exam straight out of college. I don’t necessarily need to buy every assigned textbook, though. I need access to good sources that are free so I can graduate top in my class. After all, I love what I’m learning.
Hello, my name is Amir. I am studying Computer Information Systems in order to advance my current position within the IT field. Technology is constantly evolving, and my skills need to evolve with it. I’ve decided to go back to school in hopes of securing a management position. I hate that much younger and newer colleagues are being promoted over me, but I‘ve been told it’s due to my outdated knowledge of the industry.
I have three daughters nearing college age, and I need to set a good example for them by securing my own college diploma. I also need a higher salary to help me pay for their tuition when the time comes. My workplace has even agreed to reimburse my tuition expenses as long as I earn at least a B in each of my courses. How’s that for motivation?
Hi, I’m Lucy. I’ve worked as a medical administrator for several years and have learned that there’s just no room for growth in my current position. I love working for the hospital, but I just had my second child, and as a single mother, I need a higher-paying job to help make ends meet. I love helping people, and I know I want to stay in the medical field. That’s why I decided that radiology would be the perfect fit for me. I would especially like to work with ultrasound technology, if I’m lucky enough to get the chance.
It’s going to be a rough couple of years as I work a full time job, go to school full-time, and squeeze every free moment I have to be there for my kids. I’m so blessed that my mom lives nearby and is able to watch them free of charge while I’m at work or school. And when I can, I take online courses, so I’m at least physically present, even though I’m otherwise occupied. I see the two years it will take to finish my associate’s degree as an investment in all of our futures, and I remind myself of this whenever my balancing act starts to become overwhelming.
Hi, I’m Felicia. I want to be an accountant—at least, I think I do. I’ve been devoted to my music for so long that I really don’t know what I’m good at outside of singing. I’m here on a full-ride scholarship, thanks to Glee club and the good grades I got in high school. I work hard, but I still need to figure out where to direct all that hard work.
This is my second semester, and I’ve already changed my major three times. I think I’m onto something with accounting though. I’ve already taken courses in so many different disciplines as part of my search for a major, and I’ve become familiar with a variety of digital resources.
Hi, my name is Carol. I am the Library Director.
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Hello, I’m Raymond. I’m an English Composition Instructor.
Hi, I’m Shannon. I’m a concurrent student.
Hi, I’m Miguel. I’m a Criminal Justice student.
Hi, my name is Amir. I am a Computer Information Systems student.
Hi, I’m Lucy. I’m a Radiology student.
Hi, I’m Felicia. I’m an undeclared freshman.