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Of Like Minds

AACC's NCLR Council was invited to provide a speaker for the "Of Like Minds" plenary session at the Community College Baccalaureate Association (CCBA) annual meeting in March 2007. The goal of CCBA is "to promote better access to the baccalaureate degree on community college campuses, and to serve as a resource for information on various models for accomplishing this purpose." The conference agenda certainly mirrored that commitment with a wide variety of best practice sessions including "Of Like Minds."

NCLR asked ACRL Vice-President, President-elect, Dr. Julie Todaro to present content at this event with a focus on how the academic library - an integral support to the classroom experience, faculty and student life throughout higher education - could be viewed as a partner in the planning and delivery of access to the baccalaureate degree on the community college campus.

Her session offered information (see handout) to over 50 conference attendees representing executive level college administration and was designed to provide a series of research and assessment questions that must be answered to insure the best possible library research and information support for the baccalaureate experience.

Following the conference, the Association's Executive Director, Beth Hagan, Ph.D. requested that the handout be posted on the CCBA Web site with a link to a number of resources cited as well as to the NCLR Web site. In addition, NCRL was invited to present a full session at next year's annual conference. Dr. Hagan stated that the presentation/handout was cited by one attendee as worth the trip to New Orleans! While New Orleans is worth the trip without any NCLR handout, Dr. Todaro was pleased and will work with NCLR leadership for continued substantive connections with CCBA.