West Region Learning Support Update — June 2021

Thursday, June 10, 2021

A Message from Jennifer Tomlinson, Interim Dean, Learning Support

Please enjoy the news and highlights from the West Campus Learning Support department.


Save The Date: Big Summer Read and Author Events, Featuring Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

The Library successfully hosted its first Big Read Kickoff event on Tuesday, June 1, 2021.  If you missed the first event, no worries! Join us at the next event.

Big Read Wrap-Up
Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Zoom

This event is open to all students, staff and faculty. We hope you will join us in reading the novella and attending the bookend events. Visit our event LibGuide for more details and updates.

Read “Binti”

We are working to purchase and distribute a limited number of copies of “Binti” to participating students. Please stay tuned.

Start reading today, Valencia College Library offers “Binti: The Complete Trilogy,” by Nnedi Okorafor. Beginning with “Binti,” Valencia’s Big Read for summer 2021, the trilogy continues with “Binti: Home” and “Binti: The Night Masquerade.” “Binti: Sacred Fire,” a new short story, is also included.

About Binti: “Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at Oomza University, the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. But to accept the offer will mean giving up her place in her family to travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs …” Read more at Goodreads.

About Nnedi Okorafor: “Nnedi Okorafor is a Nigerian-American author of African-based science fiction and fantasy (Africanfuturism and Africanjujuism). Okorafor has won a Hugo, a Nebula, a World Fantasy Award and a Locus Award …” Read more at Goodreads. Learn more about Nnedi Okorafor by visiting her website and watching her TED Talk, Sci Fi Stories That Envision A Future Africa.

This project was funded under the provisions of the Department of Library and Information Services (DLIS) Florida CARES Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida’s DLIS Florida CARES Act program is administered by the Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Science.

New Library Catalog Coming This Summer

A new library catalog and search interface is coming. On Tuesday, July 13, 2021, the new Primo VE discovery service will replace our current library catalog interface.

How will these changes impact you or your classes?
Some library links generated using the permalink tool in our current catalog, the Embed A Library resource tool in Canvas, or the Curriculum Builder tool in Canvas will need to be changed. Some links derived from library database resources will also need to be updated. The old links will now result in an error when clicking them. Librarians can assist you with correcting any broken links if you have problems or issues finding the original sources. Most of the links that will need to be changed will be in LibGuides or Canvas courses. Tutorials, screencasts, and other handouts or guides will need to be updated to reflect the new search interface. Read more here.

Is a preview of the new catalog available?
Yes. A test preview of the new interface is available for those interested in seeing the new design. The test site is not final, so there could be some changes between now and Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Records and features are incomplete, so please continue to use the current catalog.

What are some features of the new catalog?
While most of the library interface changes are cosmetic, there will be some enhancements and new features which include the following:

  • Quickly send search results to a mobile device with a QR code.
  • Quickly locate related articles by “chaining” to cited references.
  • Easily manage favorites, loans and requests; save searches to revisit.
  • All publicly funded colleges and universities will be using the same search interface, though each may have minor differences in customization. Students who leave Valencia for the University of Central Florida (UCF) or other Florida public institutions will not have to use a new and unfamiliar library search interface.

Why is the current catalog being replaced?
This new system will fulfill a legislatively-mandated implementation by all 40 of the state colleges and universities in Florida. A new Florida Postsecondary Academic Library Network (FPALN) that will manage statewide library e-resources collections and other library systems is scheduled to go into effect on Thursday, July 1, 2021 if approved by the governor. Joint oversight of FPALN will fall under the Board of Governors and Florida Department of Education.

The library is diligently preparing our resources and services for the new catalog. We are here to assist our campus communities with any needed support. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Update Your Library Links

As previously reported, we are also in the midst of upgrading the system that authenticates single sign on (SSO) access to online library resources. We anticipate that links to library resources will need to be updated due to the library catalog migration taking place on Tuesday, July 13, 2021, and the SSO migration (currently ongoing). If you have links to library resources in Canvas or other materials, librarians can assist you in updating them. Librarians will update library resource links in all LibGuides. Please reach out to a librarian with any questions related to library resource links. Read more here.

Library Material Due Dates Extended

Valencia College libraries want all faculty, staff, and students to know that any library materials you have will not be due back until after the summer term. All due dates have been extended to  Monday, August 16, 2021. Please wait until the library reopens to return borrowed materials and equipment. All fees and fines for library materials due during the closure will be waived. A notice will be emailed to anyone with materials checked out


Distance Tutoring

Distance Tutoring continues to strongly support students during the summer semester. So far, there have been nearly 1,700 visits to Valencia tutors via Zoom. It’s not just the tutors who are working in distance tutoring; there are many West Campus folks from the Library, Communications Center, Math Center and Computer Access Lab who help the operation run smoothly. Check out the Distance Tutoring LibGuide for more information.

Study Spaces for Student Available This Summer

Learning support is excited to offer on-campus quiet study areas for students to utilize during the summer semester on West, East, Osceola and Poinciana Campuses.

On the West Campus, the designated room is The Communications Center (Building 5, Room 155). The space will be open Monday – Thursday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Students will need to make appointments in order to use the space. Walk-ins will be accepted if space is available, as students can book the space when they arrive. The room will be available for UCF West students too.

Rooms will be configured to meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for safety.

Students may schedule an appointment here. When registering, students may choose either a computer desk or table to bring their own device.

This short video tutorial shows the steps to register.


QEP Celebration

Valencia’s Quality Enhancement Plan, part of the College’s Next Big Idea, began in 2013. It was an emerging idea and belief that if students have a sense of purpose in life and college, they are more likely to be engaged to learn and succeed. With this new idea came the development of the New Student Experience (NSE) and the 6Ps were born. The QEP focused on student learning, student needs to navigate through their educational pathway, demands of college, and developing an all-inclusive approach to a first-year experience that is academically and socially engaging.

Although the QEP technically finished in 2018, Valencia College celebrated the successes of the New Student Experience on Friday, May 21, 2021. The program highlighted what NSE meant to students, staff, and faculty who have been part of the overall experience. Also, we had the pleasure of reminiscing with Dr. Shugart about the inception of “The Six Ps”, which took us through the challenges and findings during the planning process. Vice President and Provost Kathleen Plinske also shared insight on what she believes the future of NSE will be. There is no doubt she believes NSE will continue to do great work and she sees the work expanding eight to 10 years to collaborate more with our community partners and high schools. Overall, the celebration highlighted the successes of the QEP and how the College came together to serve more than 100,000 students. Cheers to us!

Valencia Voyage (High School Outreach Program)

The Valencia Voyage has set sail for the summer 2021 season. Faculty have been working with high school seniors from Orange and Osceola public high schools helping them enroll into Valencia College for the summer and fall terms. A Collegewide NSE team has been navigating these unchartered waters with flexibility and perseverance. Initially, faculty spent the first part of the spring term developing the Canvas space and the latter part of spring encouraging students to enroll in the course. Students are now getting their sea legs and are diligently working through the course, scheduling faculty advising appointments, and registering for the summer and fall terms. The program is available to students through Saturday, July 31, 2021, and faculty are moving full steam ahead.

Valencia’s New Student Experience Featured in Case Study

Infobase recently published a case study about the use of Ferguson’s Career Guidance database in SLS 1122: New Student Experience. Valencia’s use of this database ranks near the top in the entire country. It’s a fantastic example of the partnership between NSE faculty and librarians. To access the paper, click here. .

Learning Support Leadership Team

  • Marg Lamb and Melissa Shank – administrative assistants
  • Ruth Smith– campus director, library
  • Michael Winters– interim manager, learning support services
  • Marsha Butler– faculty, New Student Experience and discipline coordinator

Downtown Campus Learning Support Partners

  • Mia Pierre-Wall– faculty, New Student Experience, and discipline coordinator
  • Angela Hall– librarian
  • Ning Christopher – manager, learning support services

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