Sunday, February 28, 2016

Tablets @ the library

Want to get your hands on some new technology? The library now has iPad Minis and Dell Venues (Android) available at every campus location!
You can check out a tablet and take it home, just like a book! Tablets are a great way to read ebooks, access Blackboard, and use hundreds of free educational apps. 

Checking out a tablet is easy. Just bring your ACC ID to the library and the librarian will take you through a short setup process. More information here.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Information Literacy Sessions for Early College High School and Dual Credit

Did you think that Austin Community College librarians only visited classes on ACC campuses? Not anymore! We make it our mission for provide information literacy instruction to all ACC students no matter where they take their classes. 

(Manor New Technology High School)

This means we will hop in the library-mobile and teach at your high school! 

Just in the last year we have visited classrooms in Pflugerville, Manor, Round Rock, Lakeway, Dripping Springs, AND Buda! 

(Colorado River Collegiate Academy)

Are you teaching an ACC course for high school students? Request a library instruction session today!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Library Group Study Rooms

ACC Faculty often assign group projects to their classes but sometimes, students have difficulties finding a location to work together in a 'clean, well lighted place', with technology available to support your learning.

Locations: These ACC libraries have group study rooms available for currently enrolled ACC students studying together: Cypress (CYP), Elgin (EGN), Eastview (EVC), Hays (HYS), Northridge (NRG), Rio Grande (RGC), Round Rock (RRC), Riverside (RVS), and South Austin (SAC). At this time, the Pinnacle (PIN) library does not have a group study room.  Highland Campus (HLC) has lovely group study rooms, but they are located in the ACCelerator (across from the Library). Show your ACC ID and ask about availability at the ACCelerator's service desk.

For Library Group Study Rooms: Come to a library's Reference Desk in person and show the librarian your ACC ID card. If you are at one campus but need to make a reservation at another, take your ID to the Reference Desk and request the librarian call the Reference Desk at the second campus to arrange the reservation.
  • Slots are available from 30 minutes to 2 hours, and depending on availability, at the end of your reservation you may be able to extend the time.
  • Reservations are accepted up to 7 days in advance, but be sure to arrive punctually -- if you're more than 10 minutes late, your group forfeits the reservation!
  • Use the white board or check out laptops at a Library's Circulation Desk so group members can collaborate via Google docs, view media, review Blackboard materials, print documents, etc. In a few study rooms you can connect a laptop to a projector or flat screen for added convenience!

Rules: 'Group study' means just that - 2 or more currently enrolled ACC students - these are not individual study rooms. The study rooms may not be used for tutoring, meetings of organizations, or for faculty to meet with students. Please see complete rules about the study rooms.

Sign-up, meet your group, and be successful with that project or ace that test! Would you like more info? Need other locations to study on your campus? Are you stuck getting started researching your topic? Ask a librarian! We're here to help you!