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Faculty / Staff Directory

Ginger Bryan
Dean of Learning Resources

Brenda Brantley
Head of Public Services

Kristi Lobrano
Systems Librarian

Kim Pullen
Reference Librarian

Teresa Rice
Cataloging Librarian

Judy Spears
Library Assistant

Susie McDowell
Administrative Assistant III

Dorothy Smith
Circulation Clerk

Roxie Johnson
Acquisition/Receiving Clerk

Stephanie Cox
Periodical Clerk

Pam Harris
TRC Manager

Dean's Message
Bossier 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!

Calvin the BPCC Library Mascot

Research: What a Difference 40 Years Makes
40 years ago, the task of finding scholarly articles for research papers involved an arduous process that began by consulting printed indexes. BPCC may or may not have had the periodical and if we did have the title, the lengthy process of looking through microfilm or microfiche began. Today, thankfully, we have access to electronic databases—many of which contain full text articles—that are updated daily. Students are able to research their topic, print or email articles needed, and even have the database format the citation. Furthermore, all this can be done from the comfort of home or any computer connected to the Internet. Databases certainly improve the research process and allow students to make much more efficient use of their time.

InterLibrary Loan (ILL)
Library resources have come a long way in the last 40 years; however, there are still some items not yet available either in full-text or online. So, the BPCC Library continues to make ILL available to all students, faculty, and staff. ILL is essentially lending between libraries, so that we can request copies of journal articles and books that we do not own from other libraries. ILL used to be conducted primarily through the mail sometimes taking weeks (or longer) before requests were fulfilled. With current technology and software programs like the Ariel system, patrons can readily receive journal articles within 1-3 days. ILL does not allow for procrastination, so submit your requests as soon as possible, especially those persons working on research papers. ILL requests are available through the BPCC Library web site or by contacting the Library.

Library Hours

Monday – Thursday
7:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Friday
7:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Saturday
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

TRC Hours
Fall Semester 2006

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday
7:30 AM – 8:30 PM

Wednesday
8:00 AM – 8:30 PM

Friday
7:30 AM – 3:45 PM

Saturday
8:00 AM – 11:45 AM

Technology Resource Center (TRC)
When BPCC first opened its doors 40 years ago, a campus wide computer lab was not a priority; however, in 2006 it is considered a necessity. The TRC opened in the mid-1990s and has been recently expanded to its current size of 56 workstations. Located on the 2nd floor of the Library, the TRC offers access to all the software programs BPCC students need to complete their BPCC coursework, such as the Microsoft Office software. For a complete list of software available in the TRC, consult the Library's website. Faculty may request software to be added by completing the TRC Software Request Form and returning it to the library with a copy of the license agreement.

Off Campus Access
40 years ago, BPCC students were required to use the Library at Airline High School. Today, BPCC has its own Library which offers access to numerous electronic resources. BPCC employees and current students may access the Library's online catalog, indexes, and databases from off-campus (or any Internet Ready PC). Logging in is required for the electronic databases. Students log in using the 8-digit CWID as username and 6-digit birth date as PIN. Employees log in using the 8-digit CWID and CHANGEME as their PIN. Got questions? Contact us at 678-6275.

Books to Film
Did you know that the Audio/Visual Collection in the Library has many popular movies available for check out? Whether you are looking for a literary classic or Hollywood classic, something Oscar nominated or the latest comic release, the next time you are in the mood for a movie, search our online catalog before renting.

Focus on the Internet
Want quick access to identify characters or quotations from Shakespeare works? Then, Shakespeare Searched is the search engine for you. This excellent resource is organized by topics, works, and characters for easy searching. Enter a keyword and select the character and/or work to search. All of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets are available in full text, line by line. There are pages designed specifically for teachers and students to present ideas, lesson plans, and explain how best to use the site.

Library Exhibits

History of the
Louisiana State Fair

August-November 2006

Ornaments of the Past
November-December 2006

Madame Alexander
by Patricia Wyatt

January-February 2007

Irish Coming to the
United States

February-May 2007

Faculty Staff Display
June-August 2007

BPCC’s Campus Wide Identification
Remember that the CWID card is necessary for many services in the Library. A current BPCC ID is REQUIRED to use the TRC, check out books, or use reserve materials.

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