St. Petersburg College’s Learning Resources Department is on fire with recent recognitions and achievements!
Exemplary Practice Award
Learning Resources was recognized at the Association of Florida Colleges’ 2020 Annual Meeting and Conference, which was held virtually this year. The team won an Exemplary Practice award for Speed Dating with Databases, a program developed by Matthew Bodie, Executive Director of Learning Resources, Heather Holtzman and Paula Knipp, Reference and Instruction Librarians, and Kassie Sherman, Library Services Paraprofessional.
Speed Dating offers a fun and entertaining way for students to learn what databases the college provides for their research needs and how to use them.
Bodie said it is important to help students stay connected virtually.
“This has been especially true during the pandemic,” Bodie said. “That’s why Learning Resources has made a concerted effort to help students toward virtual spaces to find specialized guidance and enhance academic success, as well as toward virtual connections that help students belong and feel part of a community, despite a pandemic that has left many of us feeling isolated, to some extent.”
Some Learning Resources staff members were recently published an article in the fall 2020 edition of the Florida Libraries Journal that documents the extra efforts the staff has taken to keep connections going among students, faculty, and staff.
In their article, “Staying Connected to Students Virtually Through COVID-19,” Paula Knipp, Ethan Hart, Kassie Sherman, Kaitlin Crockett, and Heather Meyer highlight a number of virtual efforts, including therapy dogs, a crafting group, and cooking recipe sessions that happened over Zoom. Additionally, they share their work on a letter-writing campaign called SPC Writes, which encouraged SPC Titans to send letters to isolated seniors in the Tampa Bay area.
In the article, the authors state that, though the pandemic shifted Learning Resources’ services, it only enhanced their commitment to students.
“Librarians have always had a strong presence online,” they wrote, “but [the pandemic] prompted staff of all areas to work together as a cohesive unit…With the combination of online events and programs that were offered, students at SPC could still feel a bit of normalcy and maintain the important connections we have worked so hard to create.”
You can read the full article on page 11 of the Fall 2020 issue of Florida Libraries.