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History of North Harris Library (2000-2009)

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September 2009

Library Archives received the collection of Mr. Lester Burks, former member of the board of trustees, also received 40 binders of news releases and clippings from Public Relations department. Processing began immediately. Library begins preparing for SACS Accreditation visit. Norma Drepaul returns from maternity leave.

Virginia attends Fire Warden and Evacuation Training at Montgomery College.

Gayla Cloud along with Carver Center personnel carried out an Active Learning Event with Dr. Joyce Boatright as the main speaker.

Karen Parker took over coordinating the Poet Laureate contest from Carolyn Jacobs, who retired.

July 2009

Archives receives a grant to digitize 6 linear feet of images from College Services. As soon as the work is completed, a name index to all images in the archives is begun.

Spring 2009

Library opens Twitter, Youtube, and Facebook accounts. Our first Tweets and instructional tutorials are available through social network sites.

January 2008

NHMCCD becomes Lone Star College System. North Harris become LSCS-North Harris.

September 2008

Hurricane Ike causes damage to the campus, but not the library building. Campus is closed for two weeks until power restored.

June 2008

New librarian Norma Drepaul, creates a wiki called Refmania, to house online policies, procedures, examples and discussions of reference situations.

January 2008

Pradeep Lele becomes Library Director upon the retirement of Maryann Readal.

Fall 2007

Hope Beggan, LSCS-NH Librarian, receives a Faculty Excellence Award. The second such award for a North Harris librarian.

April 2007

Librarians and faculty collaborate to launch the Poet Laureate program. NHC's first Poet Laureate, David Bell, was chosen.

March 2007

Library receives a grant from the McKay Foundation for its Children's Collection.

February 2007

Library hosts a blog discussion of the online book "The Machine Stops." This was a Synergy event. Media Department was reorganized. Audiovisual equipment became the responsibility of ITS and production became the responsibility of the Faculty Staff Center. Ordering of audiovisual ordering stayed with the library. The Lone Star College System college libraries and the Harris County Public Libraries. open their collections to each other.

December 2006

Library opens during December Mini-Term. First podcast on how to use the catalog was put online.

October 2006

The Library team, The Library Cutters, wins the pumpkin carving contest. They win a breakfast for the library staff.

September 2006

An interactive display and discussion of censorship was held for Banned Book Week. Librarians become embedded as part of several LSC-Online courses.

August 2006

Media begins using the Versacamm large format printer and completes the conversion of the Math Take a Teacher Home videos to DVD format.

June 2006

Library Disaster Plan is completed. A major weeding of the fiche and film collections was completed. Karen Parker completes her library internship program. Karen Parker replaces Pradeep Lele, who became the Faculty Staff Center Director.

May 2006

Olia Palmer and Maryann Readal present at NISOD on collaborative library exhibits.

.April 2006

Poetry Clothesline Event was held to celebrate National Poetry Month. Librarians write an article for the Advocate addressing the many problems with Estrada.

January 2006

Librarians host Databases and Desserts Open House for faculty.

December 2005

Houston Chronicle RSS Feed added to the Library webpage.

November 11, 2005

Library answers first Yahoo instant messenger message. The question: I need help with my English paper.

October 2005

Virus wreaks havoc with the NH and district networks.

September 2005

Library organized the first Constitution Day event which included a Bell Display, Signing of the Constitution, Recital of the Preamble and a Bell Ringing Concert.The library prepared for a Hurricane. Hurricane did not occur but college was closed for a week because of electrical problems and high water. A new Periodicals Holdings List was published and put online.

August 15, 2005

Library unveils a redesigned website using the Estrada content management system.

August 10, 2005

The Harmonic Consortium catalog is implemented allowing the sharing of a common catalog with Harris County's Tomball and CyFair branch libraries, the Lone Star College System libraries and the Montgomery County Memorial Library System.

August 9, 2005

The first district-wide professional development event is held for support staff. The event is held at the District Training Center.

May 2005

The library renews its Mission Statement and develops new Strategic Goals and Value Statements for 2006-2009

February 2005

Pradeep Lele, Reference Librarian, receives the Faculty Excellence Award, first librarian to receive this award at North Harris.

January 2005

New computers are installed in the research area.First district-wide professional development day for librarians is held at the District Training Center. Master planning for college's next 20 years begins.

December 2004

Library places second in the Christmas Door Decorating Contest and sponsors Christmas activity "Joyful Noise in the Library." An inventory of the circulating collection is completed.

October 2004

Lone Star College-North Harris receives a $2.5M U.S. Department of Education Title V grant. With the grant, part-time librarians are scheduled to work at the Centers. In addition, the grant will provide funds to expand the collections at the Centers and NHC.

September 2004

Library organizes Voter Registration for the Presidential campaign. Library initiates pay-for-print at computer terminals. A magnetic sripe for printing is added to the Photo ID/Library cards.

August 2004

The MLA citation project using MS Producer is placed on the web, the first audiovisual application used on the library's web site. Representatives from the Lone Star College System Libraries, Harris County Public Library System and the Montgomery County Memorial Library System form the Harmonic Consortium in order to implement the sharing of the Horizon automation software between the three systems and to enable the borrowing of District Library resources by Tomball and Lone Star College–CyFair students.

April 2004

"Wings Over the Library" event was held for National Library Week. A display of model airplanes and a paper airplane contest was held in conjunction with Physics classes. Olia Palmer receives the Lone Star College System Writing Award for her article, "Not So SILI: Sociology Information Literacy Infusion as the Focus of Faculty and Librarian Collaboration," written with Professors Lynda Dodgen and Adrian Rapp and Sarah Naper. The article was published in Community and Junior College Libraries, Volume 11, Number 4, 2003.

February 2004

Library sponsors college book reading and discussion group in conjunction with the play, Harvest Moon. The online tutorial, Library Research Helper, is completed and a link is placed on the Library's main web page.

November 2003

District libraries join forces to offer chat service over the holidays when the libraries are closed. Virginia Rigby receives a Foundation Mini-Grant to digitize the Advocate, the Lone Star College System American Federation of Teacher's newsletter. An Introduction to the Library," an article written by Olia Palmer, Sarah Naper, Adrian Rapp and Lynda Dodgen appeared in Volume 25 Number 28 of the NISOD Innovation Abstracts. The article discussed the collaborative SILI (Sociology Information Literacy Infusion) project.

October 2003

Library Director Maryann Readal, hosts a group of Library Directors from Russia and coordinates library visits and workshops for them during their four day visit to Houston. The group was sponsored by the Library of Congress' Open World program.

September 2003

NHC begins using Marcive service for cataloging government documents. NHC Library and College Relations prepared a 30th Anniversary Exhibit for Lone Star College System. The exhibit was displayed on all campuses and at major district functions throughout the year. The exhibit was archived in the library.

April 2003

All librarians and Chris Gonzales, Circulation Assistant, presented at the Texas Library Conference in Houston.

August 2002

The photo ID process moves from the Learning Center to the Circulation Desk. Storytime and tours for the Child Development School children began.

April 2002

Maryann Readal receives the Lone Star College System Writing Award for her jointly written article with Lisa Schulze and Brenda Steuer "Instructional Support Professional Development", Academic Leadership. Vol. 8, Number 3.

February 2002

Human Click, a live Internet chat program, was installed and reference chat service began. The library initiated its wireless LAN, offered 10 laptop computers for checkout, and added a Kurzweil scanner to a research computer for the visually impaired. The laptops, Kurzweil and wireless access were purchased with TIF grant funds awarded to the district libraries.

January 2002

Reference librarian Monica Norem was awarded the first NHC librarian sabbatical.

December 2001

The library staff completed an inventory of the circulating book collection in a record-breaking five days.

October 2001

NHC librarians conducted a record 93 classes and tours in a single month, including 16 information literacy classes for the Sociology department. The library opened its new circulating CD collection.

August 2001

Nineteen-year reference librarian Dr. Lynn Porter retired, noting that during her tenure the reference staff had increased from one to five full-time librarians, the library became fully automated, a new library had been built, and the world of electronic library tools and resources had bloomed and flourished.

The new NHC photo Student ID card was introduced with a library barcode on the back of the card that can be used to check out materials at all Lone Star College System libraries and NHC learning centers. TexShare - a program of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in partnership with academic and public libraries - spent a whopping $10,040,900 to provide access to 60 databases in virtually every discipline.

The Media Center received a Jetta laptop computer and Phillips data projector from OLLU, bringing the complement of laptop computers and data projectors to three. Media Center takes responsibility for Active Classrooms.

April 2001

The library received a successful re-accreditation report from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

March 2001

The library migrated from the Dynix library automation system to the Horizon system. The district libraries implemented Remote Patron Access (RPA), which allowed for remote access to the library's electronic resources from any internet-connected computer.

November 2000

The new library was dedicated by the Lone Star College System Board of Directors. The library prepared for a site visit from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

July 2000

The library began cataloging Learning Center videos and other materials for checkout in the Learning Center using the library's circulation system

March 2000

The library expanded its book collection by adding netLibrary, a collection of 4,000 online books.

January 2000

The new library opened its doors to the college on January 24, 2000 with a historic passing of the final book from the old library to the shelves of the new library. The book was The History of the Lone Star College System: A Silver Anniversary Commemorative by Dr. Theresa McGinley. The library received its own web address: http://nhclibrary.lonestar.edu.