NEWS: Registration Open for Cuesta College’s Summer LIBT Courses

Hello Colleagues:

Registration is now open for Cuesta’s Summer 2017 term of Library/Information Technology (LIBT) courses. Summer classes begin June 12.

Find class offerings and descriptions below.

Library/Information Technology courses from Cuesta College are not just an excellent way to prepare future library support staff. They are also excellent ways for current staff to refresh their knowledge, or to gain new skills. Because all courses are online, they are available to anyone with an Internet connection, and are a perfect fit for people with busy work and family lives.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us: or

Summer Library/Information Technology Courses from Cuesta College

  • LIBT 212 – Research Skills (1 credit) Online, 6/12 – 7/21 An information literacy course for students wishing to improve their research skills.


  • LIBT 213 – Advanced Internet Searching (1 credit) Online, 6/12 – 7/21 Focuses on advanced search techniques, strategies, and concepts to locate a variety of information resources for personal and academic needs. Students will learn how to formulate effective search queries, select appropriate information resources, and retrieve and evaluate information from these resources. Transfer: CSU


  • LIBT 217 – Ethics in the Info Age (1 credit) Online, 6/12 – 7/21 Focuses on ethical and legal issues of information access and publishing as applicable to the Internet. This will include a basic knowledge of copyright laws, security and privacy issues, Internet advertising, and the appropriate use of the Internet as an information delivery system. Transfer: CSU.


  • DIST 101 – Intro To Online (.5 credit) Online, 6/12 – 6/30 [Note: Listed in “Online”] Introduces students to the different types of technologies utilized in a distance education course. Students will determine if distance education is right for them and learn academic and technological skills for success in distance education and technology mediated courses.

This post submitted by: Denise Fourie Instructor, Library/Information Technology


EVENT: 2017 Witkin Symposium: Fred Korematsu Speaks Up

Presented by the Alameda County Law Library | $35-$45

In May 1942, one of the assembly centers for Japanese internment camps was the 1117 Oak Street, next door to what is now the law library. The Korematsu family lived in Oakland and may have reported to this address before being transported to the Tanforan detention facility.

Fred Korematsu challenged the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans when few others did. A new children’s book, Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, explores this civil rights hero’s life and its relevance today. The 19th Annual Witkin Lecture features authors Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi discussing their treatment of Fred’s lifelong fight for justice. They will read excerpts from the book and address the larger historical context, and discuss what people can do today to speak up for justice.

Come experience the power of story to inspire and persuade. Be reminded of the role of attorneys in assuring that “equal justice for all” is not an empty phrase, but a bedrock value nurtured by the efforts and the professional responsibility of attorneys.

Register today!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM (PDT)

Alameda County Training and Education Center
125 12th St #400
Hayward-San Leandro Room
Oakland, CA 94607

[Conference Report] Making College Connections: Librarians working together to prepare students for college and beyond

At ALA Midwinter on January 22nd in Atlanta, the Transitions to College Committee of the Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) met and discussed challenges in preparing students for college. A mix of public, school, community college, and university librarians shared ideas for making the transition smoother for all students.

According to the multi-type library committee, “libraries can be a powerful influence in helping students prepare for the high school to college transition. They can be even more powerful when they work together.” To that end, the committee has made a resource map to help foster relationships between librarians at varied institutions to discuss and collaborate on transitions-related projects.

The map, intended to serve as a starting point for collaboration, seems like a great place for BayNet members to share expertise. Currently only a few Bay Area institutions are included on the map.

As a librarian in an independent high school, I am particularly interested in working with first year experience librarians and other college librarians to ensure that my students are well prepared for research skills they’ll need in college. I think dialogue between K-12 and college librarians as well as public librarians working with school-age students can target critical thinking and critical searching skills amongst the students we serve. Special libraries could also add to the conversation, sharing information seeking trends and information literacy needs seen in their libraries.

To view the map or add yourself to it, visit the Connecting Librarians for K-20 Transitions site here: Connecting Librarians for K-20 Transitions.


Post Written by Sarah Levin; Librarian, Urban School of San Francisco; President, Bay Area Independent School Librarians

[Event] The Art of Tea at the South San Francisco Public Library

Where: South San Francisco Public Library 840 W Orange Ave, South San Francisco, CA 94080

When: Saturday January 28th at 2:00 pm


Ruby Ming, a docent from the Asian Art Museum’s Community Speaker Program, will deliver an educational and entertaining multimedia talk about the art of tea and the many different traditions of Chinese tea practice. Characteristics of these tea traditions and ceremonies will be described and illustrated through various forms of art allowing attendees to visualize the significance of tea as an art form in Asian culture.

Post submitted by Anissa Malady, Librarian II at South San Francisco Public Library

[Announcement] California Conference on Library Instruction 2017

On May 5th, 2017 the California Conference on Library Instruction will return to the University of San Francisco. Registration information is available here and you can view the full conference program here. Early bird tickets are $50, regular tickets will be $62. The conference sold out quickly last year so we advise purchasing tickets at your earliest convenience.

The 2017 conference theme is New Directions in Library Instruction and Scholarly Communications.

College and university libraries are taking an increasing role in guiding scholarly communications activities on their campuses. As scholarly communications have evolved in the direction of open access and sharing of data, information literacy instruction continues to evolve in order to adapt to a rapidly changing research environment. These major shifts offer ripe territory for collaborative innovation at the crossroads. Join us for a day of presentations devoted to compelling work happening at the intersection of information literacy and scholarly communication. Our honored keynote speaker is Cassidy R. Sugimoto who will be presenting a keynote titled Defending and Disrupting the Scholarly Ecosystem. Learn more about her via our Keynote Presentation page.

Visit for more information. We hope to see you on May 5!

Post submitted by Ryne Leuzinger, Research and Instruction Librarian at Cal State Monterey Bay.