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Pierce College Library Mission Statement

The mission of the Pierce College Library is to facilitate quality library services, focusing on student success, teaching and learning excellence, and implementation of newly developing technologies. Our objectives are to:

• maintain a high level of service for students, faculty, staff, and the community
• provide prompt and knowledgeable responses to requests for information
• develop instructional programs and implement technologies to help students achieve Information Literacy
• provide access to all library resources for persons with disabilities
• protect the right to privacy of library patrons and comply with the U.S. Copyright Law through policy and education
• acquire and maintain a library collection that supports the curriculum and meets the information needs and format of the Pierce community
• collaborate with other Divisions on campus in order to assess and implement services and resources which best serve students and faculty
• educate faculty about new information technologies and materials with potential application for the instructional programs
• maintain and enhance the Library environment so that it is an inviting place for students, faculty, and staff



Food and Drinks

Drinks with lids are allowed in the library. Please enjoy your food before coming in the library, or study while you eat downstairs in the food court. 

Cell Phones

No phone conversations in the library. Please silence your phone or keep it on vibrate. 

Group Study Rooms

Policies listed on the Group Study Room page

Pierce College Library Student Learning Outcomes

Pierce College Library Student Learning Outcomes
  • Students will be able to find books and materials appropriate to their classroom assignments by searching the online book catalog and identifying the Library of Congress call number.
  • Students will be able to utilize the Library of Congress call number to locate their books in the collection. 
            Assessment Tool:
  • Four-question survey sitting by the online book catalog.
  • Is this your first time using the online book catalog?
  • Did you find what you need?
  • How easy was it to find what you needed?
  • Is this process user-friendly?  Comments
  • As a result of the reference transaction, students will be able to locate print and online resources which fulfill their research needs.
  • As a result of the reference transaction, students will be able to utilize search strategies to focus their search appropriate to their assignment. 
           Assessment Tool:
  • Sampling of students’ research experience based on a form designed by the library and attached to the student paper which the instructor                     fills out.
  • Does the paper/speech reflect a successful research experience?
  • As a result of thoughtful collection development, students are able to access a breadth of current and relevant print and online resources appropriate to their community college experience. 
         Assessment Tool:
  • Add a question on the GE Assessment Student survey form given to graduating students.   
  • Did you find the resources provided in the college’s print collection and online databases that were sufficient for your research needs? 
  • Did you need to go elsewhere to find appropriate materials?
  • Are the resources representative of diverse views on the subject?
  • As a result of orientations and workshops, students will be able to find books, periodical articles and online resources relevant to the topic they are researching.
             Assessment Tool
  • Students will complete a worksheet during library orientations that require them to find periodical articles relevant to their assigned topic.
  • As a result of orientations and workshops, students will be able to evaluate information sources as to reliability and authenticity.               
            Assessment Tool
  • Students will be asked to list the criteria they used in evaluating the accuracy and relevance for 2 sources.
        For example:
  1. Who is the author of the book or article and what are his/her credentials?
  2. Who is the publisher of the book and is it a reputable publisher?
  3. In which periodical does the article appear and is this a scholarly journal or magazine and is there an obvious bias in the article?  
  4. If the information is from the Internet, is it quality research information from a reputable source? 
  5. Were you able to determine which databases were appropriate for your search and were you able to efficiently obtain useful results?

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