One of the League's services to districts throughout California is the Community College Library Consortium, a joint project with the Council of Chief Librarians.
The Consortium provides informational databases and other vital online resources to libraries at all 116 community colleges and many off-campus centers throughout California. Its reach also spans to 30 colleges in Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Texas, and Hawaii. Each college receives discounted pricing on over 60 different resource vendors including the New York Times, McGraw Hill, and the Oxford University Press, totaling hundreds of publications and online data sources.
In recognition of National Library Week, meet the three professionals who keep the Library Consortium running smoothly.
Amy Beadle, the Consortium’s director, oversees the electronic database purchasing program and the Library Services Platform (LSP). LSP employs the ExLibris cloud-based library services platform and California Community Colleges Libraries' expertise, providing necessary resources to our CCC libraries and ensuring equal access to opportunity. Her background in project administration led her to work on the statewide Alma-PrimoVe, a system that enhances user experiences while optimizing workflow for back-end processes at libraries and part of LSP. This has been one of the most successful software projects in community college history. Amy resides in Chico with her son, daughter, and pug Bentley. She loves reading, hiking, and travel. She has been with CCLC since 2020.
Caroline Sinay Gudiel, the Library Consortium’s Program Manager, serves as the program lead for the Library Platform Services Program. Her main objectives are to establish collaborative partnerships and establish a program that links library users to local resources. She has over 17 years of experience as a bilingual program manager and information professional within academic libraries, as well a Master of Library and Information Science Degree (MLIS) from San José State University. In her free time, she enjoys indulging in her passions for reading and outdoor activities. And when the weekend arrives, she loves to unwind with her partner by exploring new and delicious vegan ice cream recipes. She has been with the League since 2021.
Marissa Jackson, the League's Consortium Account Specialist, serves as the bridge between the library consortium software tool and the fiscal services department – communicating when two non-integrated software platforms cannot. Previously, Marissa has worked at California Virtual Campus – Online Education Initiative and the California Community Colleges Technology Center. She loves working remotely and helping the colleges. When she’s not working one of her two part-time jobs, she enjoys camping, kayaking, and hiking with her family. She has been with the League since 2021.
Thank you Amy, Caroline, and Marissa for all you do!