February 21, 2019
110 California Community Colleges are implementing a cloud-based Library Services Platform (LSP) this year. Students and staff will have systemwide access to a broader suite of technology, as well as improved search capabilities, check-outs, overdue book issues, interlibrary loans, and reserves. The modern, mobile-friendly LSP will replace the disparate library systems currently being used across the state.
The LSP aligns with the Vision for Success directive to encourage innovation in the continual pursuit of closing achievement gaps. The Council of Chief Librarians, California Community Colleges are a key partner in the project, alongside the Chancellor’s Office and the CCC Technology Center. Thus far, 110 of California’s 115 community colleges have committed to participate in the systemwide implementation beginning this month.
Screenshots of the administrator and student views in the new Library Services Platform.
Via the LSP, staff will have access to resources covering patron records acquisitions, materials processing, licensing, electronic resource management, cataloging, inventory, analytics, interlibrary loans, reserves, and more. Through centralization of these shared resources, staff will be able to more directly meet a broader range of students’ needs.
According to Barney Gomez, vice chancellor of digital innovation and infrastructure for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, the LSP “opens opportunities for unprecedented digital and physical resource sharing across the state, increasing all students’ access to quality library resources. Students taking courses at more than one college will now experience easier navigation of library collections.”
Visit https://ccctechcenter.org/projects/library-resources now to learn more.