Cerritos College Library Mission Statement
The Cerritos College Library provides instruction, information resources and academic services to support the vocational, curricular and intellectual needs of the entire college community. The Library provides all user groups with instruction and assistance in accessing, evaluating, and organizing information resources in order to meet each individual's information needs and to support the acquisition of information competency. Library resources are selected in coordination with discipline faculty with the primary purpose of supporting the college curriculum.
The Library offers both instructional and non-instructional services. The Library faculty develops credit classes and non-credit orientation workshops that align with the Library's student learning outcomes, the Association of College & Research Libraries Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education and the information literacy needs articulated by departments or individual discipline faculty members. Library faculty also provides individualized reference service to all Library users. The non-instructional services include acquiring and organizing the Library's resources in response to the curricular, intellectual, and social needs of Cerritos College students and faculty.
The Library supports the college's goals of increasing student engagement, continually improving teaching practices, improving instructional programs and providing support services through a variety of activities undertaken by faculty and staff. These activities include:
- Providing instruction, materials and space
- Collaborating with discipline faculty to design curricula to support specific learning communities and individual coursework
- Developing new course proposals
- Offering three credit-bearing courses
- Providing a variety of work spaces within the library so students can work individually or in groups
- Providing support for the popular Library Club
- Prioritizing the purchase of print and electronic materials that support curricular needs while still providing materials that will pique students' intellectual curiosity or meet the lifelong learning needs of the community
- Reaching out to discipline faculty to increase the number of required texts on reserve in order to provide equal access to curricular resources.
- Providing reference services to the college and community