Monday, May 02, 2016

Laptops and Tablets for Rent - oh my!

Now available for Loaning: Dell Laptops and Surface pro 3! Service available to students with current MC ID Card

Quick and Easy Scanning - Now Available in the Libraries!

The Montgomery College Libraries, partnering with the Office of Information Technology, are pleased to announce that all four Libraries now have high resolution, state of the art, and multilingual overhead scanners. The scanners were designed for high-volume scanning in library environments, and feature a book cradle which helps preserve the spine of books.

Dedicated to student success and college affordability, the new scanners:
·        will significantly cut down the time it takes to scan material through ease of use and fast scanning capabilities;
·        provide multiple digital file sending and sharing options to facilitate review and use of the scanned materials, including saving materials to USB drives, uploading them directly to the WEPA website, and sending them to email;
·        save paper and offer ‘green’ methods for using and manipulating academic literature in support of coursework; and
·        produce crisp, high quality scanned files that can be manipulated to accommodate reading on any type of electronic device students may be using in their research and coursework.

Additionally, Libraries print collections will become increasingly accessible and promote equity by facilitating access to library content within students’ personal digital file management systems as opposed to students vying for competition for print resources, such as textbooks, when checked out to an individual.

The Libraries and Office of Information Technology have invested in several technology resources to assist students in their academic success. These resources include laptop loaning, tablet loaning, One Button Studio video recording, and collaborative workstations. The overhead scanners are the newest addition to Montgomery College Libraries’ technology resources. We are dedicated to meeting student needs and helping them succeed.

For a closer look, check out this YouTube Video or visit us at the Libraries!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

MC Libraries is Hiring!

Want to join our team? Check out these new job openings at MC Libraries!

Germantown Campus Access Services Supervisor
Montgomery College, Germantown Campus, has need for a Full Time, Campus Access Services Supervisor in the Library department. Normal work schedule is 8:30 am-5 pm.

Web Services & Communications Librarian
Montgomery College, Rockville Campus, has need for a full-time, Librarian II, in the College Libraries. The normal work schedule is Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Library Assistant at Cafritz Library
Montgomery College, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, has need for a PT Library Assistant,  in the Library-TP/SS department. Normal work schedule is Monday-Friday 12:30pm-4:30pm

For details and to apply, visit: Working at MC

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Introducing RaptorSearch!

Click here to RAPTOR!

Rockville Campus Library Increases Power Outlets

The Rockville Campus Library has increased the number of power outlets on the 2nd and 3rd floor with more than 125 outlets!  Many of the new outlets include USB power, so that students can plug in thirsty devices and laptops.
This project is the result of the recommendations that students made in the 2013 Rockville Library Ethnography study and the 2014 LibQUAL+ survey.  We asked how we could improve the library, and one of the most common suggestions was to increase access to power outlets. So we made it a top priority!
Rockville Campus Library now has 317 receptacles (many with USB power plugs).  This is a 65% increase in outlet availability to users.  We are confident that we have effectively responded to the student-expressed needs for convenience power. 

If you ever have suggestions for improvements for the libraries, please let us know. MC Libraries listen and we are always looking for ways to better support you!

Monday, March 21, 2016

The Libraries' Newest Online Resources

Dear Faculty and Students,

Now that we are half way through the semester, your mind might be turning to research.  So far, your work has probably already begun to produce excellent assignments for your classes.  But, don't forget to include the Libraries' resources in your planning! 

Over the winter break, the Libraries dramatically increased access to online journals, both in adding new subscriptions AND by boosting historical access to journals.  Why have we done this?  The Libraries recognized a major difficulty students and faculty had in accessing the world-class information available in our print journals - they were stuck at each campus library!  Now, students can access many of our journals online, at any time of the day, and from anywhere in the world. 

Want to find out more? Here's how:
  • You can find out what access we have to specific journals on the Libraries' website, under the 'Articles & Databases' tab.  
  • Check out RaptorSearch, a new way to across the catalog and our e-resources.  
  • And of course, stop into any of the Libraries for an in person introduction to any of the Libraries' resources and services!
Good luck and happy researching!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Recording Made Easy with One Button Studio (OBS)

One Button Studio
No Video Production Experience Needed

Students - want to record a video presentation?
Faculty - want to make a video lecture for your students?

If so…

Check out the One Button Studio – available NOW at all 3 campus libraries.

OR stop by the Service Desk

Monday, November 03, 2014

How are we doing? MC Libraries online survey

The MC Libraries are asking for your opinions about our services and resources. From November 3-26, 2014 we’ll be running an online survey to help us serve you better.

The survey, LibQUAL+, is managed by the Association of Research Libraries. If you use the MC Libraries, either in person or online, you will have an opinion about the quality of the service you receive. If you don't use the MC Libraries, there are reasons why. Either way, we want to hear from you.

The LibQUAL+ survey offers all Montgomery College students, faculty, and staff a chance to offer feedback and suggestions on the Library’s services. Understanding your perceptions of the Library and its services is the first step to understanding what we are doing well and what we need to focus on.

50 MC students will be randomly selected to win one of these great prizes!
·         Beats by Dre headphones
·         16 GB Dell Venue 8 tablet
·         Fit Bit Flex Tracker
·         Yurbuds Ironman series sports earphones          
·         Skullcandy earphones w/mic                                     
·         WEPA Print Cards … and more!

To enter into our prize drawing, current Montgomery College students can provide their valid Montgomery College email address at the end of the survey.

All responses are confidential. No identifying information between responses and an email address will be retained or provided to us. Prize drawing open to registered MC students only. Winners will be notified by email. Current MC student ID is required when collecting prize.

For more information about the survey:

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