After receiving a grant, GHC STEM faculty wanted to develop an online portal where students could receive help from faculty outside of formal office hours. Several casual conversations later, the library got involved and STEM411 became a reality. Using LibAnswers and LibGuides, it provides asynchronous and real-time support for numerous STEM courses. Drawing on faculty expertise, students can ask course-related questions and receive specialized instruction and guidance through LibAnswers. LibGuides houses the course content, including instructional videos and online course materials. Both platforms help provide the life preserver many students need to be successful!
Susanna Smith has an MS in Library and Information Studies, and an M Ed in Instructional Design. She has been a librarian at Georgia Highlands College since 2011. Although her job title is “Acquisitions Librarian,” her focus is on building student information literacy skills and developing content specifically for online learners. When not in the library, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and spending time with a good book and a mug of hot tea.
Camille Pace is currently the Chair for the School of Business and Associate Professor of Mathematics. She has been at Georgia Highlands College since 2010. Her focus is on preparing students to interact and understand the importance of data in their lives. She holds an MS in Applied Statistics and is writing her dissertation of identifying retention factors for community college students using data mining techniques. During her limited free time, she enjoys yoga and paddle boarding.
Library Type: Non-residential Community College
Demographic Served: Located in Northwest Georgia, average student age 24, career focused, 75% need learning support
Population Size: @5000 FTE student enrollment
Staff Size: 7 FTE librarians, 4 staff, serving 3 libraries