Paul D. Camp Community College Libraries Make Transition to Library Learning Commons

Although plans have been underway for some time to transition the Paul D. Camp Community College libraries to the Library Learning Commons, physical renovations are now taking place.
 
“We have spent more than two years on these projects, working with a committee that includes faculty, staff, and administrators,” said Dr. Joe Edenfield, vice president of financial and administrative services. “We have visited other new or renovated libraries, including ODU and CNU to get ideas for PDCCC.”
 
Both libraries have been relocated, according to Director of Learning Resources Linza Weaver. “The Franklin Campus and Hobbs Suffolk Campus libraries will provide computer resources and library assistance in the computer labs during the renovation,” she said.
 
The projected completion date of the Hobbs Suffolk Campus renovation is March 14, 2014. Franklin renovations are scheduled to be complete by April 21, 2014.
 
The Library Learning Commons (LLC) will be a product of integrated services involving learning, research and project space. The LLC will incorporate library, computer, and the Learning Assistance and Testing Center into adjacent areas. These services will collaborate to accommodate students and community patrons.
 
The Library Learning Commons is evolving to accommodate new teaching and learning models. Students are more involved in electronic and collaborative projects. Many patrons are also taking online or virtual courses using course management systems, such as Blackboard, which require them to be more technologically savvy.
 
The LLC will feature digital collections, an e-book collection of more than 80,000 items, a wealth of electronic databases and technology, such as iPads, and LCD monitors.
 
The vision for the renovated LLC includes mobile furniture and group study areas for patrons to collaborate on projects. Study rooms will be equipped with LCD projection screens. The PDCCC open campus Wi-Fi is available for patrons to access using their smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
 
Community patrons can register to use the facilities and resources by

  • Completing a library card application
  • Presenting a valid picture ID
  • Signing a Code of Conduct Agreement
  • Taking a picture for the library circulation system

Registered community patrons have access to the following print and virtual resources:

  • Computers
  • iPads
  • Thousands of books/e-books (limited to on-campus use)
  • Thousands of articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers in general and specialized databases (limited to on-campus use)
  • Clips from multi-media/video resources

 
Students and community patrons can access virtual resources using the VCCS/PDCCC mobile app on their smartphones, laptops and tablets. iPads and laptops are also available for use in the LLC. Access is available using the PDCCC Open Wi-Fi. These wealth of resources are available 24 hours a day/seven days a week.
 
The mobile app has the following resource categories:
 

  • QuickSearch @ PDCCC – a search engine or browser which quickly and easily retrieves full-text e-books, articles and multimedia (i.e. video and audio clips) from databases
  • Ask a Librarian – a live chat reference service for students
  • Research Tools – select databases
  • Full PDCCC Library Site

 
Full descriptions for these resources can be found on the September 20, 2013 post of the Learning Commons 411 at pdc.edu/library. Full-text resources retrieved using QuickSearch @ PDCCC are only available for community patrons on-campus because of licensing agreements.