By Louis Mays, Professor/Librarian
Since 1975, Southern State Community College (SSCC) has been serving the higher education needs of citizens in Adams, Brown, Clinton, Fayette and Highland Counties in southern Ohio. The Learning Resources Center (LRC) has been an integral part of that mission.
Located at four separate campus sites, the LRC provides a variety of library and academic support, not only to the college’s faculty, staff and students, but also to the surrounding community. Led by librarian Louis Mays since 1978, the LRC has played a pivotal role in the use of technology, information and community service. Here are just a few examples:
Located in Washington Court House, the LRC also serves as the One Stop Center for Fayette County. This collaboration between the college library and Job & Family Services makes for a unique blend of community service, job training and re-employment, and traditional academic support in a college environment. Carissa Thatcher is the manager at Fayette Campus.
The collection emphasizes the health sciences, including nursing and allied health. However, there is a special collection in Hillsboro that is of interest to genealogists all over the country. The LRC houses the complete collection of the Southern Ohio Genealogical Society. Campus library manager Rebecca Griffith also coordinates services to students enrolled in human services and counseling at Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky.
A major supporter of the arts in Appalachian Ohio, the South Campus LRC near Sardinia provides a variety of events in the arts, including monthly exhibits of local artisans. The library also houses a special collection in Appalachia. It’s not unusual to hear live music being performed in the library at various times of the year, especially during National Library Week in April. Campus library manager Mary Ayres has been coordinating events in her library for many years, and is assisted by highly motivated and engaged library staff.
This campus in Wilmington is located next to the former DHL/ABX Air Park, where the local community experienced the single largest job loss at one location in U.S. history. The LRC provided direct services to displaced workers at the Air Park by providing access to LearningExpress Library, the Small Business Resource Center database, and other library resources that were in demand then at the Air Park site. Angel Mootispaw is the library manager at the campus in Wilmington.
For more information about the LRC at Southern State, call 937.695.0307 Ext. 3580 or visit their web site at http://lrc.sscc.edu. You can also find them on Facebook, or visit their Digital Resource Center for access to the Steve Newman World Walker site or other local digitization projects at SSCC.