Faculty / Staff Directory
Dean of Learning Resources
Head of Public Services
Administrative Assistant III
Parish Community College is forty. You know what they say—40 is the new 20.
BPCC definitely looks like a 20 year old—young, attractive, and full of vitality—but with the
maturity of one who has experienced life. I have worked at BPCC as a full time faculty member,
then as an administrator since 1982, after working seven years as an adjunct. So, let me give you a
brief history of the BPCC Library.
The BPCC Library used to share its resources with Airline High School, where I was the
librarian. In 1982, the college's library holdings were separated from the high school's and put
in a separate room. I was hired as the college's librarian and Judy Spears as the library
assistant. The library stayed in its small crowded quarters until 1987 when it was moved to
the newly constructed Library/Classroom Building at the old Airline Drive campus. We moved
the library in one day. Faculty and students helped load book carts, pushed the loaded
carts to the new building, and then helped put the materials on the shelves. Some of the
administrators claimed we would never fill the shelves; but we did. By the time this campus
was ready, there was literally no room for more books.
In December 2004, the library moved once again—to our current location—with professional
help and over 33,000 titles. As at the old campus we keep filling the shelves. Today, there are
approximately 39,000 titles in our collection.
In 1982, when BPCC was not quite 20, all faculty helped in the library materials selection
process (yes, even the coaches). Instructors knew exactly what titles the library had in their teaching
fields and could send their students to almost the spot the materials were shelved. Today less than half
of our teaching faculty assist with selection. So, as we reach our 40th year I am asking teaching faculty
to become proactive in the selection process—for the good of our students.
Keep the BPCC Library young at 40. Help us grow. Happy 40th BPCC!