These guidelines cover services provided in the HCC libraries and electronic resource centers. Please contact the librarian or circulation staff on duty with questions or concerns. You may also use our online comment form.
The mission of the Librarians Forum at Houston Community College is to support the institution's commitment to excellence through the creation, implementation, and maintenance of quality library programs. At HCCS, the Librarians Forum exists to ensure coherence and excellence across the System.
All full time librarians working anywhere within the HCC System shall, meeting together, constitute the Librarians Forum
The Librarians Forum will meet a minimum of two times a year. The meetings will coincide with the Instructional Day scheduled for the period just prior to the beginning of the Fall Semester and just prior to the beginning of the Spring Semester. When possible, meetings will take place at the same location as the Instructional Day.
Additional meetings may be scheduled as the need arises or to address specific professional issues.
The Executive Director, Library Services will host the Librarian Forum meeting. The Executive Director, Library Services will be responsible for scheduling a room for the meeting, assembling an agenda, based on input from all full time librarians, chairing the meeting, and having minutes of the meeting taken and distributed.
The Librarians Forum will address issues that are of common concern across the system. These include, but are not limited to the following:
Decisions made by the Librarians Forum will be presented as recommendations to the Library Council for formal action and implementation.
The College Library Directors, the District Director, and the Executive Director meet together on a regular basis to discuss and make decisions effecting policy and procedure across the system.
Decisions are reached based on a consensus of the members, however, if it is not possible to reach a consensus a vote may be taken.
To be implemented, four of the six members must approve any policy which effects both public and support services, and four of the five college directors must approve any policy or procedure that affects only the public services functions of the libraries.
At least four members must be present for action to be taken that affects both technical and public services and four college directors must be present to vote on issues affecting public services.
Proxy votes are not recognized.
Meetings are held at various sites throughout the system.
The District director coordinates the meetings and is responsible for scheduling a meeting room, establishing an agenda from input from all members and publishing minutes of the meeting.
The areas, which usually require decisions from this group include, but are not limited to the following:
Library Council has established a number of committees of librarians, and when appropriate support staff, from throughout the system who work on various issues and present their findings and recommendations to the group for final action and implementation.
The following committees have been established:
The Houston Community College Library Training Academy (LTA) exists to provide professional development opportunities for all HCC library staff, enabling them to successfully support students and faculty throughout the HCC System and through learner-centered experiences. The mission of the LTA is to meet the directives set forth each academic year by the Executive Library Director, and identify professional development training opportunities on diverse topics and on diverse platforms.
The HCC Library Marketing-Public Relations (MPR) Committee is comprised of HCC librarians who seek to promote awareness of the myriad of services and learning resources available through HCC Libraries. Innovative marketing approaches will be researched and used to encourage increased usage of the excellent online and in-person resources provided by our academic librarians and library staff.
To coordinate the selection, organization and evaluation of a collection of databases that supports the courses and degrees offered, and to facilitate access to those resources.
Establishes and implements standards and procedures for the selection and evaluation of the HCC library databases and facilitates access to those resources.
Library Directors appoint at least one member per college whose term shall expire only by negotiation with the Library Directors.
To develop and maintain a current, interactive, and easily navigable HCC libraries web site that supports and enhances the Library mission by delivering access to information resources, library use instruction, staff assistance, and library services to HCC students, faculty, and staff, and to non-HCC library patrons when appropriate.
This mission statement was updated 03/01/2018.
The Web Committee establishes and implements standards and procedures for the HCC libraries web pages.
Library Council has appointed at least one member per college whose term shall expire only by negotiation with the Library Director.
All recommendations for maintenance and development to the Library Web will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
The following elements are required content for each HCC library web page:
The following elements are suggested:
The HCC Library Web Committee has adopted the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 W3C Recommendation (WCAG 2.0) as the primary guideline to meet the objectives of the agency's Accessibility policy. These guidelines explain how to make Web content accessible to people with disabilities. The guidelines are intended for all Web content developers and site designers. The primary goal is to promote accessibility. However, following them will also make Web content more available to all users (e.g., browser, wireless phone, etc.). These guidelines do not discourage content developers from using images, video, etc., but rather explain how to make multimedia content more accessible to a wide audience.
Agency webmasters should try to achieve WCAG Conformance Level "AAA" using the full checklist of W3C guidelines.
Pages must contain links to
Periodic and ad-hoc surveys may be utilized as tools to evaluate the effectiveness of the HCC Library Web. Web counter and analyzer software may be utilized to gather information concerning the use of HCC Library web pages.
The Library Online Learning Committee delivers expert learning and research support in online environments, using the most relevant, high quality, and accessible resources and services.
This mission statement was updated on 02/27/2018.