Research and Resources

By Stephanie Debner, Librarian from Mt. Hood Community College

I have always been a curious person, interested in lifelong learning. As an educator, I am excited when I see that spark when a student “gets it” or when they engage in a subject that is meaningful to them.

Our students need access to resources, such as the textbooks and other course related materials that we have on reserve, as well as a broad range of information resources on a wide variety of subject areas. They need a variety of faculty and staff available to them to help them navigate the environment of higher education, especially at the community college level. Our students need instruction in critical thinking and different kinds of literacies — information, media, visual — that will help them be more informed citizens, make sense of the world around them, and help them succeed in their next endeavor, whether that is a bachelor’s degree or a new career.

“we need to have enough staff to be able to respond to the variety of student needs.”

The library is one of the places on campus that students come to ask a wide variety of questions — from technical support and research questions to information about the college — so we need to have enough staff to be able to respond to the variety of student needs. Since our curriculum is very broad-ranging, and students’ interests even more so, we need to be able to provide a variety of high-quality information resources.

Building relationships between the student and the college contributes to persistence and retention. Without adequate staffing, we don’t have time to get to know our students and their needs.

Funding is critical — and we don’t have enough of it.

Stephanie Debner is a Librarian from Mt. Hood Community College, #OREducatorVoices