Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Computer usage in the library

The library just completed its most recent student survey, and the availability of working computers topped the list of concerns. Many a student asked for more or better working computers. While we cannot purchase additional computers at this time, you'll find that most of the broken ones have been replaced (as mentioned in an earlier post). Will that solve the problem completely? Probably not.

Computers are in demand in the library, particularly during college hour (12:20-1:20 p.m.). During this time, students often wish to print papers or other materials for class, and generally, they are in a hurry. It is frustrating when computers are monopolized by others who are checking e-mail or looking at Facebook. At least that's what many respondents said on the survey.

We understand these concerns and want to take the time to remind students of the library's policy regarding computer availability. According to the library's Policies and Services Web page, priority is as follows when computers are in demand:
  • Currently-enrolled students, faculty and staff using the computer for research or coursework;
  • Currently-enrolled students, faculty and staff using the computer for research not relating to coursework;
  • Community members using the computer for research.
Please be considerate of others; limit the use of computers to school-related work when others are waiting.

As always, let us know if you have any questions.