On June 1st, two of our staff were presented with awards at the recent NJLA Conference in Atlantic City. Mei Xie won for her achievements in Technical Services, and Devlyn Courtier won the Technology Award.
Leading the Library catalog migration from SirsiDynix to open-source Koha, Mei updated library catalog records to RDA standards, modernized the library’s authority file and subject headings, improved access to electronic resources for all users, and added support for emerging technologies such as linked data.
Devlyn, along with Johnathan Cintron (a former HCCC employee), won the NJLA Technology Award for their application of Raspberry Pi technology to advance the current manual door count to an automated system. By building three different prototypes using lasers, PIR (passive infrared sensor), and ultrasonic technology, they created devices which can collect and transmit door counts to a database, making record keeping much easier.
The Library will be hosting a workshop about open educational resources. Faculty and staff are invited to attend and learn about Open Educational Resources (OERs), which are an emerging trend in textbook and course material publishing. Attendees will find out how the library can help integrate them in your classes. OERs represent a different approach to traditional expensive textbook publishing by allowing students free access textbooks and other instructional materials available online. This session will explain what OERs are, where to find them, and how to best use them in your courses.
The workshop will take place in the Main Library Makerspace from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Please note that beginning this semester, library computers will only print 20 pages at a time. If a patron has more than 20 pages to print — for example, a patron needs to print 30 pages, the patron will need to return to their computer and print the last ten pages.
Please see Library staff for any questions on this change.