As the Fall 2013 semester is now in full swing at Pasadena City College, students are looking for more ways to get ahead in their studies. Shatford Library is where students should go on campus for the opportunity to help them succeed with technology’s support, as iPads and other devices have been made available to be checked out by PCC students.

“We are interested in seeing how students use mobile technology to support their studies,” said Pearl Ly, Interim Assistant Dean of Library Services at PCC. “With the help of the Information Technology department, we have also added 15 new MacBook Air laptops and 15 Lenovo PC laptops.”

According to the Systems Librarian at PCC, Dan Haley, there are also five iPads that can be checked out from Shatford Library. However, there are guidelines that must be followed.

“The laptops can be checked out by the students for two hours at a time and the iPads can be checked out for two days,” said Haley. “We felt that these periods would allow students a reasonable amount of time to use them to complete assignments, but still allow others to have a turn.”

With the rise in technological advancement, the library and the Information Technology department wanted to give PCC students an extra boost for studying and reaching various academic goals.

“We know that not all of our students can buy these for themselves, so the two departments have purchased them for general use,” said Haley. “We’ve tried to set up rules for loaning them out so that a maximum number of students can use them.”

Since the iPads are available to be checked out from the Computer Lab Service Desk for two days outside of the library at a time, students should be able to properly study and do research within the comfort of their own home.

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