Library lends students laptops, more
By Ashlee Buhler
In the year 2018, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that technology plays a prominent role in student success. Fortunately, LCC recognizes that some students do not have access to laptops, cameras or other technological devices.
To ensure all students have an equal opportunity to access their homework assignments or contact their instructors, the LCC Library has steadily increased the amount of technology made available for students to borrow.
In 2013, the library first began providing iPad’s and Kindles for students to check out and bring home. In 2015, they began providing laptops – 30 to be exact.
Due to its popularity, LCC has gradually added more laptops each semester. A total of 250 were added this semester alone.
“Thanks to college support, the library has been able to increase its inventory of laptops and to expand the loan period from one week to four weeks with renewals possible,” said Library Director Elenka Raschkow. “We want to do everything we can to optimize student success and remove barriers to learning.”
In addition to the 380 laptops currently available, the library has many more devices to offer.
The current inventory includes 60 iPad’s, two tripods, one GoPro camera and 10 Kindle Fires with books preloaded on them. Students can even borrow calculators.
Many students who borrow devices from the library have found it to be helpful. In fact, according to the surveys completed by students upon returning their device, 93 percent identified this service as a contributing factor to their success.
“I think it’s absolutely essential for students nowadays to have access to technology,” said John Szilagyi, manager of user services and user experience.
“We regularly have heard stories from students who said before we had laptops or iPad’s available, they would try to type papers on their phones because it was the only access they had.”
Students interested in renting a device should stop by the library, located on the second floor of the TLC Building, to fill out a borrower agreement. A photo ID is required in order to check out a device.
For additional information, visit https://www.lcc.edu/library/services/technology.aspx/