New Library System

The Library has migrated to the Koha Integrated Library System to handle patron borrowing and library back-office operations. Koha, whose name comes from the Maori word for “gift” was developed by a consortium of libraries in New Zealand, and is now maintained as an open source project with help from individuals, companies, and institutions throughout the world.

Koha provides greater functionality than your previous library system, and as an open source product, allows for increased ability to customize the system to fit HCCC’s workflows. Some improvements patrons will notice right away include the ability to access a “My Account” page to see which items are check out and renew items online. The system will also allow for future improvements like holds and has an improved system for managing displays and reserve materials.

Sample user account page and checkouts.

In terms of searching, Koha also features greater ability to customize searches and index more types of information, such as publisher and date published. Koha is also fully compliant with the latest standards for storing and maintaining library data.

The Library will host several training workshops later this summer, and in the Fall 2017 semester. Stay tuned to this page for further updates.

Refining searches in Koha.

Cell Phone Charging Station

The Library would like to announce that starting 2/10, there will be a cell phone charging station located on the second floor of the Library near the circulation desk.

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This will be an easy and convenient place for students to be able to plug in their phones to charge them up in between classes. Note that patrons are responsible for monitoring their devices at all times.

So come check it out and give your phone a charge!

Ask a Librarian

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Ask a Librarian

The Library offers online chat, web conferencing, email, and phone reference. All online and hybrid classes as well as all onsite English 102 classes have this service. Just click on Library Resources in Blackboard and access the Ask a Librarian link.

Chat or web conferencing – Wed. 11:00-12:00 & Thurs. 4:00-5:00
Phone (201)360-4722 – Mon.-Fri. 10:00 to 5:00
Email anytime [email protected] -replies Mon.-Fri. 10:00-5:00
On the weekends email [email protected]

 

Surface Tablets Available

As of today, the Library is happy to announce that it has several Microsoft Surface 3 tablets available for use by HCCC students, faculty, and staff. The loan period is two hours of in-library use for students, and up to twelve weeks for faculty and staff. Surface Tablets are available at service desks in both Libraries (Main and North Hudson).

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