By Amanda Miller
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Students were given a new option for charging devices such as laptops and cell phones in the fall 2014 semester. In places such as the Wolverton Library and the Atrium in the Connector Building, charging stations have appeared.
“The problem was that students were plugging their device chargers in outlets in the walls and people were tripping over the cords,” Barbara Laynor, director of library services, states. “The idea was to help students charge their devices and make it safer for them, in addition to utilizing the furniture in the library effectively.”
Large tables in the library were outfitted with new equipment that allows students to do their work and not worry about their devices dying from low battery. The study tables have outlets as well as charging cords for tablets, e-readers, laptops and cell phones. The result is highly effective and useful technology that is available to anyone.
“There is a worry of overinvesting, because technology keeps changing,” Laynor states.
The workstations are especially useful because now the library also offers laptops and iPads for in-library use for students. In addition to using charging stations, students can borrow a laptop or iPad to complete assignments for up to three hours. With the charging stations, there is no worry about getting a half-charged device or having one shut off in the middle of writing a paper.
Charging stations are located on the first floor of the library, as well as the Atrium in the Connector Building. Students can access laptops and iPads by going to the service desk on the first floor of the library and simply presenting their library card.