LCC Library 1966-1997
This video was produced by Mark Zussman and Mark Buzzitta in 1997 right before the three libraries across campus combined and moved into the Technology and Learning Center.
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LIBRARY HISTORY TIMELINE
- 1957: Lansing Community College was established. The "library" was a set of books on a windowsill in President Philip Gannon's office.
- 1959: Don Pelkey was hired as the first LCC librarian.
- 1960: First formal library was created in the Old Central Building.
- 1964: A Library Technology degree program was created.
- 1966: The library was moved into new space in Old Central (formerly Old Central high school gym).
- 1968: A second library was established in the new Arts and Sciences building.
- 1970s: Two hundred and fifty classes were offered per year on how to use the library.
- 1970s: The library assisted other colleges and public libraries with the formation of the Michigan Library Consortium.
- 1970s: The library converted to Library of Congress classification.
- 1970s: The library began conversion to a computer catalog (CLSI).
- 1974: The Arts and Sciences library received a special collection dedicated to Native American and Hispanic cultures.
- 1975: A small library was established in the new Gannon Vocational-Technical building.
- 1981: The library was the first in Michigan to provide a computer catalog for the entire collection.
- 1988: Plan was devised to create one large LCC Library in the Arts and Sciences building. It was dropped due to the expense of moving the cafeteria.
- 1988: The Vocational Technical Library in the Gannon building was closed.
- 1990: A new Vocational Technical Library was opened in the Gannon building.
- 1991: A Blue Ribbon committee recommended construction of an academic services building to house the library and other services.
- 1995: There was a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Technology and Learning Center building.
- 1997: The three LCC libraries became one as staff and material moved into the new library space in the TLC building.
- 1998: The library in the TLC building officially opened to the public in January, with a grand opening ceremony in March.
- 1999: Subscriptions to full text electronic resources were doubled.
- 2004: A 24/7 library tutorial was developed (LINKS).
- 2005: Email and chat reference services began.
- 2007: The library began a librarian liaison program.
- 2014: The Library started the first One Book One LCC program, Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.
- 2016: The library began lending laptops and 3D printing became available.
- 2017: Appointment based reference service began.
- 2019: Lending laptop collection reached 500 laptops.
The Library and the Technology and Learning Center building are undergoing a massive renovation. Learning Commons will be moving into TLC. The library and the Learning Commons will work together to ensure ready access to academic support services for students: tutoring, research help, technology help, and writing assistance.