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Computers in Libraries - Westport
Subjects: Students; Librarians; Library collections; Loans; Inventory control; Video recorders; Collaboration; Community colleges; Tutoring; Multimedia
Author: Johnstone, Brian T
Date: Mar 2017
Start Page: 26
Pages: 5
Abstract (Document Summary)

Libraries have long been stewards of collections beyond books, periodicals, and other information sources, particularly when it comes to lending technology and multimedia equipment. The library at Bucks County Community College (Bucks), just north of Philadelphia, has been lending laptops and various types of media equipment since 2004. The library at Bucks is part of a larger department -- learning resources -- and it was no great stretch to extend lending services to other areas of the department, notably the tutoring center and the media lab. Lending of equipment is governed by an Equipment Lending Agreement form that students complete each academic year. It governs usage of laptops, tablets, handheld video recorders, microphones, wireless presenters, and more -- 770 pieces of equipment in all, available across three campuses. Students have responded overwhelmingly to this service.

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