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CCRI Alumni Newsletter
Spring 2014, 1st Edition

NEASC Information from Vice President Dr. Greg Lamontagne

VP Dr. Greg Lamontagne

Dear Colleagues:

For the past two years, the CCRI community has been engaged in the NEASC self-study process, addressing the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education's 11 Standards for Accreditation. The data gathering, analysis and drafts of each standard's narrative were completed by chairpersons of each standard and team members with the final self-study report formally submitted to the visiting team on Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. I encourage everyone to read this self-study report which captures many of the marvelous things we are doing to offer recent high school graduates and returning adults the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for intellectual, professional and personal growth. Our NEASC self-study document can be accessed by logging into MyCCRI.

The next step in this process involves a visit to CCRI by NEASC's Commission on Institutions of Higher Education accreditation review team, from Sunday, March 30, through Wednesday, April 2.

As we finalize the itinerary for this visit, we plan to schedule forums for faculty and staff to meet with our visitors and to provide an open venue for the community to hear the Commission's exit interview on April 2. Once these dates, times and locations are established we will communicate them to the community through CCRI email.

I look forward to the opportunity to share our story with our guests as we prepare for a successful 10-year accreditation visit.

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Book Club

Book Club

This spring, the Center for Innovative Teaching, Learning and Assessment (CITLA) will host a book club to discuss "Teaching First-Year College Students"  written by Bette LaSere Erickson et al. and published in 2006.  We'll meet and discuss the book over three sessions, so please plan to join us for lively conversations about specific strategies and approaches to support first-year students.  Visit CITLA's website for details. 

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Employee Recognition and Teaching Excellence Awards

This year, the Employee Recognition Awards Luncheon will be held on Friday, May 9 at the Knight Campus in Warwick.  Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate employees from the following three categories:

  • Innovation and Efficiency
  • Technology Champion
  • Excellent Customer Service

For descriptions of each award, visit HR's News and Announcements page.

Further, to recognize the central importance of teaching to the mission of the Community College of Rhode Island, a fourth award for Teaching Excellence will be awarded to a full-time faculty member and an adjunct faculty member. Please submit this nomination form to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs by April 11. You may contact the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs at x2142 for further information.

At the Employee Recognition Awards Luncheon on May 9, each winner will receive a framed certificate. In addition, the CCRI Alumni Association will award $150 per category to the winners. The award recipients' names will be added to the plaque listing previous winners located in the Human Resources Office on the Warwick campus.

Please forward the nomination form with your recommendation to Sheri Norton, director of Human Resources, at the Knight Campus by April 11. Only nominations received on the official form by the closing date will be considered.

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Spotlight on the Library

New Faculty

Library books

The Library is pleased to welcome two new assistant professors:

James Austin is the new reference librarian/coordinator of Library Instruction at the Flanagan Campus. James has worked as a sabbatical replacement for a number of library faculty members, most recently at the Liston Campus. He also has worked at the Rhode Island School of Design and University of Rhode Island libraries.

Melanie Soter is the new Access Services Librarian at the Knight Campus. She comes to us from the Boston Public Library. Her professional work experience also includes a number of years at Clark University in Worcester, Mass.

Information literacy


Information skills are at the very heart of what students need to be successful in their college careers. Our students have become more computer literate but are not necessarily "information literate." They often do not have the skills to recognize when information is needed - or to locate, evaluate and use that information effectively.

The CCRI Library offers several options that faculty can use to help students improve their information literacy skills:

Faculty members can bring their classes into the Library for targeted, assignment-specific library instruction sessions. You can collaborate with Library faculty to create more effective research assignments. Contact the library instruction coordinator at your campus for more information or to request a session.

Encourage your students to enroll in one of the Library’s credit research courses. We offer LRCT 1010 (Introduction to College Research), a one-credit introduction to locating and evaluating articles, books, and Web resources; and LRCT 1015 (College Research), a three-credit version that includes learning advanced search techniques, critically evaluating resources and gaining an understanding of the ethical issues associated with research and information sources. Both courses also teach students how to cite their sources according to standard scholarly formats (e.g., MLA, APA).

If your course has a research component, consider linking your course to a section of LRCT 1010. Contact Dorcas Haller, Library department chair, for details.

For a brief introduction to information literacy, view the Information Literacy Guide for Faculty and Administrators prepared by the Association of College & Research Libraries (make a clickable link).

New databases/e-resources


Every year, the Library takes part in the Higher Education Library Information Network (HELIN) database trials to help determine which new databases and other e-resources we should offer our students. We welcome faculty participation in the trials. Be on the lookout in early spring for the trials announcement and send us your feedback on the e-resources that would best serve your students’ needs. View our E-Resources by Title or Subject for our current lists of e-resources.

Featured E-Resources: Image Databases and Streaming Video Sources

If you and your students are looking for high quality images, the Library subscribes to two outstanding databases:

Our new product, Britannica Image Quest, offers access to millions of rights-cleared images on all subjects for noncommercial, educational use. The images can be used, for example, in assignments and research papers, on websites, and in Blackboard. Image Quest includes a "Cite this image" option to help student cite an image in MLA, APA or other styles.

The Library has subscribed to ARTstor since 2005 and its collections keep growing. The ARTstor digital library should be the first stop to locate images in the arts and architecture, and includes contributions from international museums, photo archives, libraries, scholars and artists.

Both of these image databases can be found on the library's E-Resources by Subject guide, under the Art tab.

The Library offers several streaming video collections to enhance teaching and learning:

Films On Demand has more than 10,000 video titles in the arts, humanities and sciences as well as on guidance and counseling. Producers include the BBC, Films for the Humanities & Sciences, National Geographic and PBS. You can link to individual titles or segments as well as embed films into Blackboard.

Our Alexander Street Press streaming video collections include American History in Video, Classical Music in Video, Criminal Justice and Public Safety in Video, Dance in Video, LGBT Studies in Video, Opera in Video and Theatre in Video. New to CCRI this year are award-winning documentaries in Filmakers Library Online and independent feature films and shorts in New World Cinema. The videos also can be linked to directly or embedded into Blackboard.

Find links to the streaming video collections on the Library's E-Resources by Title guide and under the various topics on E-Resources by Subject.

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