Whereas, Fully online and hybrid course offerings by California community colleges are continuing to increase; and access to library resources and availability of library services for students taking fully online and hybrid courses varies across California community college libraries;
Whereas, Accreditation Standard II.C.1 requires that “the institution supports the quality of its instructional programs by providing library and other learning support services that are sufficient in quantity, currency, depth, and variety to facilitate educational offerings, regardless of location or means of delivery”;
Whereas, The absence of best practices on how to most effectively and efficiently meet the library portion of accreditation Standard II.C.1 leaves many California community college libraries uncertain regarding how to properly make available library resources and services to students taking fully online and hybrid courses; and
Whereas, Librarians are the faculty uniquely equipped to understand the issues related to the delivery of online library resources and services, and the funding necessary to meet the library resource needs of the community colleges has been inadequate;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges consult with community college library faculty to research and make available practices for how California community college libraries can best provide library resources and services to effectively and efficiently meet the library portion of accreditation Standard II.C.1 and support the success of students taking fully online and hybrid courses; and
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges work with the Chancellor’s Office to identify and ensure adequate funding is made available for California community college libraries to provide library resources and services to students taking fully online and hybrid courses.
MSC Disposition: Chancellor’s Office, Local Senates
The Executive Committee found this resolution not feasible given the Senate's current resources.