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California Library Access Services South (CLASS)

California Library Access Services South

CLASS is in session!


CLASS was formed in 2018 to serve as a networking, training/programming, and community-building resource for those working in all areas and at all levels of access services in four-year academic institutions in Southern California.


Mailing List


Join our mailing list to be kept up-to-date about CLASS programming and resources. We won’t share your email with others and will only send messages periodically, particularly about our events and online offerings.


Programming


CLASS hosted an in-person event in May 2019, which included a tour of the host library (the Claremont Colleges Library) and its access services unit(s), networking among peers, presentations, and discussion groups. Staff from colleges and universities in southern California, in any area of access services and at all levels, both managerial and operational, were invited and encouraged to attend. View event presentations and documents from this inaugural event here.

While a 2nd annual event was planned for May 2020 at Loyola Marymount University, it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because in-person events over the next few years may be challenging, CLASS is moving to online programming for the time being. Virtual sessions are open to all who are interested, regardless of position or geographic location.


Are Your University’s Classes Remote? So is CLASS!


Watch here for information about upcoming virtual sessions, as well as recordings of them.

  • PART 1-September 2020: Roughly 35 individuals registered for this session to chat with access services peers about the status of library operations and staffing for the fall term, supporting students/faculty in the physical and virtual environments, and stress during the pandemic and its effects on staff morale. The group also discussed topics of interest for future CLASS Webinar Series sessions.  Continuing feedback is welcome by completing this brief survey.
    • Moderator:
      • Joanna Kimmitt (CSU Dominguez Hills)
    • Tech Support:
      • Holly Hampton (CSU San Marcos)
    • Resources:
      • View slides from the event; view and add to crowd-sourced notes from the event; view a word cloud of attendee input on upcoming challenges for libraries/library services given where we are currently with the state of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • PART 2-November 2020: 47 individuals from 16 institutions across California registered for this informative session addressing equity, diversity, inclusion (EDI), and anti-racism in academic libraries. The webinar provided an opportunity for participants to engage in discussions on: Library messages in support of Anti-Racism & Black Lives Matter; library efforts to educate others about Anti-Racism, DEI, and Black Lives Matter; continuing efforts among library faculty and staff to develop their understanding of these issues; and organizational engagement and discussion around these topics.
    • Presenters:
      • Carlo Medina (UCLA), Holly Hampton (CSU San Marcos), and Raymundo ‘Ray’ Andrade (Loyola Marymount University) describe EDI and anti-racism efforts at their libraries and campuses, and invite discussion with attendees about efforts at attendee institutions
    • Moderator:
      • Teri Roudenbush (CSU San Marcos)
    • Resources:
      • View and contribute to shared notes from the event or view the presentation slides
        Interested in more on this topic? The same presenters from CLASS’ November 2020 webinar again presented on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism in Access Services in an ACRL Access Services Interest Group webinar on February 24, 2021.
  • PART 3-March 2021: Sixty-six participants joined the March session to hear a variety of lightning rounds on the overall theme of Pandemic Chronicles. Eight presenters shared details about how their libraries have coped during this challenging time and what they’ve learned through the experience.
    • Presenters:
      • Christopher Marcum (University of San Diego) – Managing Academic Library Services during COVID-19: Tips and Tools for Success
      • Kymberly Goodson (UC San Diego) – Offering a UC San Diego Library Student Study Space during the Pandemic
      • Rachel Conry (UC San Diego) – From Curbside Chaos to Perfect Partnership: A Story About Continuous Improvement
      • Kelly Ann Sam (California State University San Marcos) – Course Reserves in a Digital World
      • Laura Weis (UC San Diego) – Remote Reorganization: One Thing Leads to Another!
      • Erik Valenzuela & Colleen Garcia (UC San Diego) – Staying Connected: “Slacking” @ Work
      • Sangeeta Pal (UCLA Law Library) – Taking Student Engagement Events Online: Creative Solutions and Lessons Learned
      • Michelle Vogelsang (UC San Diego) – Transforming the In-Person Event to Virtual: Geisel After Dark and Virtual Study Rooms
      • Kymberly Goodson (UC San Diego) – The UC San Diego Library Student Advisory Council (LSAC) Goes Virtual
    • Moderator:
      • Sally Bryant (Pepperdine)
    • Tech Support:
      • Troy Compton (San Diego State University)
    • Resources:
      • View and contribute to shared notes from the event or view the presentation slides
        Interested in more on this topic? The same presenters from CLASS’ November 2020 webinar again presented on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism in Access Services in an ACRL Access Services Interest Group webinar on February 24, 2021.
  • PART 4-July 2021 CANCELLED: After much deliberation, the CLASS Leadership & Planning Team has CANCELLED the reopening-themed, July 14 session of its CLASS Webinar Series. With California’s pandemic-related guidelines for employers and higher education loosening, library re-opening plans remain in constant flux, making it difficult for access services colleagues to share re-opening plans with any certainty. Best wishes to each of you in focusing attention and efforts on local re-opening plans. Watch your email and this website for updates on 2021/2022 CLASS events.

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CLASS Committee Structure


The CLASS committee year runs from July 1 to June 30.

  • When feasible, an in-person event is held each spring at a rotating academic library across Southern California. Attendance is limited to those in college and university libraries in Southern California. In-person events are currently on hold due to COVID-19. Instead, virtual sessions will be held every other month.

CLASS Committees:

  • Leadership Team: Oversees all aspects of CLASS activities, including ultimate authority for both virtual and in-person events and planning for the future of the CLASS organization. See further details here. Contact membership using email addresses at the bottom of this webpage.
  • Conference Planning Committee: Responsible for all aspects of hosting the annual in-person event, with the assistance of designated subcommittees. Currently on hold. See further details here.
    • Sponsorship Subcommittee of the Conference Planning Committee:
      Responsible for actively securing, confirming, communicating with, coordinating, and promoting sponsors and sponsorships for annual in-person even. Currently on hold. See further details here.
    • Local Arrangements Subcommittee of the Conference Planning Committee:
      Team of representatives from host library responsible for all local issues and implementation for in-person event. Currently on hold. See further details here.

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