June 25, 2014

Library partners with Columbus State Community College to broaden student access

COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) and Columbus State Community College (CSCC) are broadening a partnership that will provide additional resources for CSCC students at all 21 CML locations.

Earlier this month, all public computers throughout CML’s 21 library locations – roughly 800 PCs – have been equipped with Columbus State Virtual Computer Commons. The program enables CSCC students to log in and access their online coursework while receiving all of the functionality of the Columbus State network.

“We’re committed to providing resources for students of all ages in central Ohio,” said CML CEO Patrick Losinski. “CML continues to be a proud education partner with Columbus State, and we’re thrilled to begin this new chapter.”

Additionally, the library’s new Driving Park Branch, set to open to the public on Saturday, July 12, will include a dedicated Life Skills area, which CSCC students can reserve and utilize as a distance learning site. The space, which has eight PCs and an interactive whiteboard, will also be used for proctored exams and other college events.

“This partnership will turn the library’s new Driving Park Branch into a distance learning hub for our students,” said college President David T. Harrison, “and is a great example of how collaboration can benefit our communities.”

Columbus State Community College has been dedicated to meeting the educational needs of its community for a half century and serves roughly 25,000 students today. Columbus State’s Career and Technical Programs Division offers two-year degree programs. Students can also take the first two years of a bachelor’s degree through the college’s Arts and Sciences Division, and then, after earning an associate degree, transfer to a four-year institution. In addition to the main campus downtown, Columbus State operates a Delaware Campus that opened in 2010. The college also has nine suburban Regional Learning Centers.

Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like Homework Help Centers, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Club and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college readiness and employment resources.

CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. Columbus Metropolitan Library has been rated a 5-Star Library by Library Journal for seven of the eight years the magazine has published its industry ratings.