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Library of the Month: Chippewa Valley Technical College

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The Library of the Month is a celebration of Wisconsin libraries compiled by the BadgerLink team.

The Learning Center at Chippewa Valley Technical College. Image provided by Vince Mussehl. CVTC The students at Chippewa Valley Technical College have been making great use of BadgerLink, and their library is the BadgerLink Library of the Month for October! Chippewa Valley Technical College [CVTC] is based in Eau Claire, with 8 campus locations there and 4 other regional locations serving an 11-county area. The CVTC Library is located in The Learning Center at the Eau Claire Business Education Center.

Image from the CVTC 2015-2016 Annual Report. Image provided by Vince Mussehl. CVTC. The 2015-2016 academic year saw many large increases in statistics for CVTC, including a 103% increase in materials borrowed, renewed,and used in-house, and a 140% increase in database searches. CVTC launched their subscription to EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) in February, which provides greater access to online resources for students and staff alike. Librarian Vince Mussehl mentioned that the decision to go with EDS over other discovery services was, in part, based on students’ familiarity with and longtime access to EBSCO resources through BadgerLink.

Therapy dogs visit the library. Image provided by Vince Mussehl. CVTC. In addition to the new EDS platform, CVTC launched a new library automation system (Sierra) in August 2015, and in July of 2015 they began a student employee mentorship program. Students have also enjoyed a wide range of library programs, from therapy dog visits to massages. It’s been a busy time at CVTC, but their statistics show that it has been paying off!

The Chippewa Valley Technical College library supports students in over 65 different academic program areas, including business management, nursing, child care services, and a new library & media technician program. Here’s to a great school year for the students and staff at CTVC, and many more to come!