February 2011 Archives

Faculty/Library Review of Subscriptions for Cancellation

Because of budget shortfalls, the Library is in the process of reviewing online journals and databases, print journals, and book series received on standing order, to identify candidates for cancellation. Even though the Library budget is expected to rise 2% next fiscal year, the combination of rising subscription costs and flat or declining budgets over the last two years has created a 23% gap between our ability to spend and the amount those resources now cost, not including $500,000 in faculty requests for new subscriptions that we have been and will continue to be unable to fund.

This February, librarians are in the process of visiting faculty and department meetings to get feedback on the process. In March, resource lists will be made available for faculty review. Final decisions on cancellation will be made by the Academic Deans.

For more information on the process, the issues, and how faculty can be involved, please see this guide: http://libguides.libraries.claremont.edu/budget

Faculty Book Collections Review Period

At the Claremont Colleges Library, shelf space has become severely limited. The intercollegiate Advisory Board for Library Planning, working with Library staff, has developed an annual process to review library books for removal from the collection. This review process includes a component that ensures faculty voices are heard and will continue through April 11, 2011. We encourage faculty to read the instructions in the Faculty Collections Review Guide and participate in the project. Feel free to contact library staff at any point if you have questions or need assistance.

Guide to assist faculty in the review process for book removal:
libguides.libraries.claremont.edu/facultyreview

List of subject librarians:
libraries.claremont.edu/contact/directories/specialists.asp

New in Scholarship@Claremont: Journal of Humanistic Mathematics

The Journal of Humanistic Mathematics (JHM) is a recent collaboration in publishing between the Library and faculty editors Gizem Karaali at Pomona College and Mark Huber at Claremont McKenna College. JHM is a peer-reviewed, online, and open access journal with an editorial board comprised of faculty across The Claremont Colleges, North America, and Europe.

Scholarship@Claremont (S@C) collects, maintains, preserves, records, and provides access to the intellectual capital and output of The Claremont Colleges (TCC), reflects TCC's excellence, and shares that work with others. S@C was established to provide fair and equitable access to information; help create a deeper understanding of the value of higher education in the community; promote increasingly rapid advancements in science, medicine, technology, art, and the humanities; and ensure the survival of intellectual assets for future generations.

FMI: Allegra Gonzalez, Digital Initiatives Librarian

Feb 10 - Feb 12, 9AM-5PM, in the Founders Room, 2nd Floor
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Every 10 years, after the federal census, each state must redraw the boundaries of its legislative and other political districts to reflect the new population data. How these boundaries are drawn affects how people are represented. In California, the process of redrawing the boundaries--redistricting--was a duty of state elected officials. But when voters passed Proposition 11 (the Voters FIRST Act) in the November 2008 general election, responsibility for redrawing the legislative and Board of Equalization district lines transferred to the people in the form of a new Citizens Redistricting Commission. In November 2010, voters passed Proposition 20 (the Voters FIRST Act for Congress), adding to the responsibilities of the Citizens Redistricting Commission the task of adjusting the boundary lines for the Congressional districts as well.

California's 14-member Citizens Redistricting Commission is charged with redrawing California's Senate, Assembly, State Board of Equalization, and Congressional districts based on information gathered during the 2010 census. The Commission must draw the State Senate, Assembly, and State Board of Equalization districts in conformity with strict, nonpartisan rules designed to create districts of relatively equal population that will provide fair representation for all Californians. Congressional districts shall achieve population equality as nearly as is practicable according to Proposition 20.

For the meeting agenda and latest announcements or modifications in meeting dates and times, please visit the CRC website.

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