Library Newsletter, January issue

Hello Wonderful Colleagues! 

The January Library Newsletter is out.  We’ve moved it to the library website so it’s easier to produce and close to other helpful resources. Topics include:

  • Library liaisons
  • Scanning and Curbside Pickup
  • Schedule a reference interview with a librarian on Zoom
  • Shoreline students have access to King County Library System (KCLS) Resources

Library Newsletter

Claire Murata
Reference and Instruction Librarian

Message from President Roberts: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Dear Colleague,

On Monday, we pause to join our nation in honoring the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As we celebrate and reflect on this day, it is an appropriate time for us to remember the way he called each of us to engage with each other and our communities by asking, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?'” 

I hope you are able to find some creative, socially distanced ways to speak, to serve, and to connect with others in ways that lift them up, in honor of his unbending dedication to making the world a more just place.

Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D.

Winter & Spring COVID-19 Campus Update

Dear Colleague, 

With continued elevated rates of COVID-19 in our region, I am announcing two important updates for our community regarding our current pause in attendance on campus and our plans for spring quarter. 

Extending the Temporary Pause in Campus Attendance 

The College will extend the temporary pause in on-campus attendance announced last month through January 31. We ask that employees and students refrain from coming to campus during this period to help reduce the spread of the virus after the winter holidays. Limited instructional programs approved to start earlier may continue to meet on campus as needed, and the curbside pickup/drop-off service will remain in operation for students and employees. 

Remote Spring Quarter 

Based on current health data and the anticipated time for widespread vaccinations to take place, the College will continue remote learning and operations through spring quarter (ending June 18, 2021). We will continue to offer primarily online, asynchronous courses, with limited exceptions for face-to-face learning in pre-approved programs. While we are eager to return to campus in greater numbers, the safest choice for our students, employees, and the community at this time is to limit as much in-person gathering as possible. 

Updates to Public Health Guidance 

Governor Inslee recently updated the Healthy Washington recovery plan to restart the state in Phase 1. We continue to ask everyone in our community to keep up the excellent work of wearing masks, staying 6-feet apart, avoiding crowds, and washing hands frequently. As COVID-19 vaccines begin to become more available in our region, there is a phased plan for vaccinations, starting with those at highest risk. You can learn more about this plan on Public Health Seattle & King County’s website

New On-Campus COVID Coordinator 

I am pleased to announce that Ellen Gottas has taken on a new role as our on-campus COVID coordinator. Ellen will be scheduling staff for the student check-in stations, facilitating communication between departments, and working with Greg Jensen to purchase personal protective Equipment (PPE) for the campus. 

In this new year, while we face many challenges, we also have overcome much and can celebrate the resilient community we call Shoreline. I look forward to seeing all that we will accomplish together in support of our students, even as we remain apart. 

In health, 

Cheryl Roberts, Ed.D.

New Book Club: Me and White Supremacy

Hello everyone, 

At this time in history, more than ever before, people are asking what they can do to help dismantle white supremacy and where to begin. We think a good start or re-boot/energize from where you are at, is to increase your knowledge and skills in the context of a community effort.   

To that end, Becoming Anti-Racist, a sub-group of Black Lives Matter Action and Accountability Group at Shoreline, is organizing a book club. The book is Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism: Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor, by Layla F. Saad.

The book is a step-by-step reflection process that encourages people to examine white privilege. In brief, participants will form small groups and read and discuss the book during the months of Feb through May. Once a month, small group participants will join in a larger conversation. We will form the small groups in the second half of January. The first larger book club meeting is being planned for the week of Jan 25 to 29 and will help small groups get started.

The book clubs are open to all Shoreline employees. You can form your own group (3 to 5 is recommended) or ask for help to be placed in one. Groups will meet outside of regular work hours. Attached is a one-and-half-page document with more details. To join or for questions about joining, contact Joyce Fagel at by January 25.  Current organizers are Brooke Zimmers, Mary Lockman, Joyce Fagel, Kelly Cassady. 

Note that the other subgroups are also continuing their work on the following topics: Anti-Racist Pedagogy and Student Interactions, and Anti-Racist Hiring and Retention. If you want to be added to the monthly meeting invitation list, or want to otherwise get involved, also write to Joyce Fagel. 


Joyce Fagel, M.A.

Academic Advisor

Waves of Gratitude – Week of January 11, 2021

Waves of Gratitude for Zaira Valencia in Enrollment Services. [Respect] Zaira is always on point and timely with any questions or help needed with the students. Her performance is so good that she makes me look good with students even when it was all Zaira’s doing. She never fails to help me. It is truly appreciated. Thank you Zaira! Wanda Waldrop

Waves of Gratitude for Brandon Fryman in eLearning. [Inclusive excellence and respect] Brandon held a webinar earlier this quarter and I wanted more help with implementing that into my classroom. I reached out to him and he set up a Zoom meeting. Both in the webinar and in the Zoom meeting, Brandon was very friendly and helped me create some great content focusing on RSI in the classroom. I have grown to be more inclusive and my students enjoyed the new ways of interaction. Thank you Thank you Thank you! Anonymous

Waves of Gratitude to Mical Degraaff in Students, Equity & Success. [Inclusive excellence, respect, student engagement.] Mical has worked tireless as she has handled hundreds of Emergency Aid applications, thinking only of her students, going over and above, while supporting her coworkers and excelling as the leader of the Gender Equity Center and a critical member of the Care Team. Mical’s dedication is incredibly admirable and appreciated by students and staff alike and her work ethic sincerely impressive. Our College is lucky to have Mical as part of the Emergency Aid team and part of Student Services. Anonymous

If you have someone you’d like to express gratitude for, please complete the Waves of Gratitude form!