Faculty, do your students use online research databases such as Ebsco’s Academic Search Premier or CQ Researcher to complete your assignments? Are you aware that the state has eliminated funding for these databases?
In the Los Rios District, we are very fortunate that the District Office has supplied funding for this year to guarantee that Los Rios students will have access to databases through Spring 2011, but there are no assurances about the future. Community college students throughout the state could lose access to many thousands of up-to-date, full-text, high quality periodical articles that instruct, inform, and help them fulfill course requirements. Distance education students will be especially hard hit.
In response to this crisis, the CCC Council of Chief Librarians has presented to the Board of Governors a “Resolution Requesting Action by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges to Support Continued Funding for Online Library Information Resources and Services Needed by Students and Faculty.” The resolution asks the BOG to direct the Chancellor’s Office to actively seek other sources of funding for online information resources and services.
If you value students’ access to the databases, you can help. Send an email voicing your concerns and your support for the resolution to:
Mr. Lance T. Izumi, President, Board of Governors CCC firstname.lastname@example.org
Chancellor Jack Scott, California Community Colleges email@example.com
Dr. Morgan Lynn, Executive Vice Chancellor, CCC firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Jane Patton, President, Academic Senate, CCC email@example.com