Comprehensive Standard 3.8.3

 

The institution provides a sufficient number of qualified staff—with appropriate education or experiences in library and/or other learning/information resources—to accomplish the mission of the institution. (Qualified Staff)

 

COMPLIANCE

 

Narrative:

 

Vernon College Library System Staff

 

With libraries or resource centers at five locations, Vernon College provides a sufficient number of qualified staff to accomplish the mission of the institution. Full-time (FT) library employees include a director of library services, one librarian, and three library associates. Part-time (PT) employees include two library associates and four library assistants. Their combined experience exceeds 62 years. Two of these staff members are professional librarians who have obtained master’s degrees from programs accredited by the American Library Association.

 

Library System staff members, their titles, degrees, and years of library experience as of March 1, 2008, are provided in Table 1. Relevant degrees are provided in bold type.

 

Table 1: Vernon College Library System Staff Members Roster

Name

FT/PT

Degrees Held

Library
Experience

Ann Laherty
Library Assistant

PT

Associate’s degree, Automated Office Management, Trend College, Spokane

none

Suzanne Butler
Library Associate

FT

AA, Business-Office Technology, Del Mar Community College;
BBA, Texas A&M University, Kingsville

10 ˝ years

Maggie Chavez
Library Associate

PT

BFA, Photography, University of Oklahoma

2 ˝ years

Lana Claycamp
Library Associate

FT

AAS, Office Technology, Vernon College

9 ˝ years

Marian Grona
Director of Library Services

FT

AA, Amarillo College;
BA, West Texas A&M University;
MLS, Texas Woman's University

8 ˝ years

Patti Jouett
Library Associate

FT

High School Diploma

11 years

Kimberly Long
Library Associate

PT

BA, English, Midwestern State University

2 years

William Koontz
Saturday Assistant

PT

High School Diploma

1 year

Jason Scheller
Evening Assistant

PT

BS, Psychology/History, Midwestern State University;
MA, Sports/Military History, Texas Tech University

8 years

Stephen Stafford
Librarian

FT

BTh, Ozark Christian College;
MA, Linguistics, University of Texas at Arlington;
MSLS, University of North Texas

8 ˝ years

Roy Stanford
Sunday Assistant

PT

PhD, Plant Pathology

Texas A & M University

1 ˝ years

 

 

Total years of experience

63 years

 

Comparison to Peer Colleges

 

A comparison of Vernon College with peer Texas community colleges indicates that the college provides a sufficient number of qualified professional and paraprofessional staff members to accomplish the college mission and the mission of the College’s Libraries.

 

As shown in Table 2, the Library System, as compared with eleven peer Texas community college libraries, ranked seventh in the total number of staff and ranked fifth in the number of paraprofessional staff. In the number of professional staff, the Library System was equal to four other college libraries. Thus, in terms of the number of library staff members, the Library System is near the median when compared to peer institutions. The complete results follow in Table 2:

 

Table 2: Community College Peer Summary

College

FTE

Library Staff (FTE)

Total

Professional

Paraprofessional

North Central Texas College

4066

5.50

14.00

19.50

Southwest Texas Junior College

3216

3.00

15.00

18.00

Clarendon College

611

2.00

9.00

11.00

Cisco Junior College

2156

3.00

6.90

9.90

Frank Phillips College

875

8.50

1.00

9.50

Howard County Junior College District

1571

2.00

7.50

9.50

Vernon College

1526

2.00

7.20

9.20

Coastal Bend College

2536

5.00

4.00

9.00

Panola College

1229

3.00

4.00

7.00

Hill College

2040

2.00

4.70

6.70

Western Texas College

893

3.00

2.17

5.17

Galveston College

1379

2.00

3.00

5.00

 

(Source: Academic Library Survey, Fiscal Year 2004, National Center for Education Statistics)

 


Evaluation of Services and Employees

 

Vernon College is committed to employing qualified professional and paraprofessional staff members who are prepared to serve all library users in the College’s library community:

 

1.    An analysis of surveys measuring users’ perceptions of library services indicates that the library users have a favorable view of the knowledge and service offered by library staff members.

·         In surveys conducted during the 2006-2007 school year, users responded to the statement “Received prompt and professional assistance from the reference librarian via email or phone.” Of those who had requested online reference assistance, 91% of students in online classes, 97% of on-site students, and 100% of faculty agreed with the statement.

·         Of those responding to the statement “Staff is knowledgeable and helpful in giving assistance,” 98% of on-site students and 100% of faculty agreed with the statement. The results of previous surveys reflect similar responses.

 

2.    Professional development is considered to be an indispensable tool for the continuous improvement of the skills and abilities of library staff.  One objective set forth in the Library’s annual plan is that “One hundred percent of full-time library staff members will participate in on-site or electronic seminars/workshops offering current information on improving library services and programs.”  The Library has consistently achieved this objective. In 2007, library staff participated in online training seminars to learn more about two online resources: eLibrary Curriculum and RCLweb. In 2006, some staff members participated in online training seminars provided by Amigos Library Services. The seminars were titled “Ready Reference on the Internet” and “MARC for Beginners.”

 

3.    All professional staff members are also involved in professional library activities:

·         All members of the professional staff are members of library professional associations.

·         Staff members have attended professional conferences and have participated in a variety of training opportunities.

·         Two staff members are pursuing bachelor’s degrees.

 

Documentation

 

8.    Student Survey of Library Services

9.    Faculty Survey of Library Services

10. Library Survey of Internet Students