New software, shifting positions at library

Shoreline Community College is making some changes at the Ray W. Howard Library, Media and Technology Center in the ongoing mission to help students succeed.

“We will be adding a really wonderful new software called Primo that will help make information more accessible to all library users,” said Bob Francis, Interim Dean of Social Sciences, who also oversees the library. Primo is a one-stop online tool for finding and delivering resources such as books, journal articles and digital objects, wherever they may be, either locally in Shoreline’s library or anywhere else.

“Our library and librarians are a key resource for students,” Francis said. “Adding Primo to the mix is another way we can help them be successful.”

Speaking of librarians, students and success, Leslie Potter-Henderson will be leading the implementation process for Primo and gaining more time to work directly with students. In her position as acting associate dean, Potter-Henderson had been splitting time between administrative responsibilities and librarian-related activities. Potter-Henderson will now be able to devote her full time to students and making sure this important new tool works for them

“Leslie is just great with students,” said Acting Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs John Backes. “Students are just drawn to her.”

Taking over the administrative chores in the library will be Claire Murata. With the title of acting director, Murata will serve in the role through June 30, 2014.  “A full-time director is needed for all the important work provided by the library,” Francis said. “I believe the ultimate beneficiaries from these changes and additions are our students.”

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