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Mobile Features

The library at Waubonsee Community College offers many services  that support mobile technologies.  The two newest services this year include our “KwikBoost” charging stations and our “Library Text Alerts” service.

KwikBoost charging stations have been placed in locations within the Sugar Grove and Aurora campus libraries.  These stations offer reliable, fast charging for mobile devices.

Charging your mobile device is a snap with our KwikBoost stations
Charging your mobile device is a snap with our KwikBoost stations.

Don’t worry if you don’t have your charging cable with you, our KwikBoost stations are already equipped with connectors that fit  a wide variety of phones and tablets.  To use a station just plug your device into the appropriate cable, place the device in the caddy on front, then have a seat in one of our comfortable chairs and relax with a book or magazine.  You may even want to work on writing that paper you’ve been procrastinating on, but if you don’t we won’t judge.

Have you ever placed a hold on library materials and then found out they were already waiting for you after you got home?  Have you ever forgotten about having checked out a book and let it get overdue? Have you ever missed a notification from the library because you forgot about checking your student e-mail address?   We all have, don’t worry you’re not the first.  The Waubonsee Community College libraries now offer a great new service that lets you opt-in to receive text messages to help you stay current with your library account.

You can specify your cell phone to receive text message notifications for your library account using mywcc.
You can specify your cell phone, or other text capable numbers to receive text message notifications for your library account by using our Library Commons portlet in mywcc.

To get started receiving text messages sign in to mywcc and select the library tab at the top of the screen.  Next, click the “My Account” button in the “Library Commons” window.  From there, choose “Library Text Alerts”.  You will be presented with options for adding and removing  phone numbers and for indicating the types of notifications you would like to receive.    Simply make your selections and sign out of mywcc when you are finished.

Remember, your phone provider may charge you for text messages and you, not Waubonsee Community College, will be responsible for any charges incurred.  We will make every effort possible to keep the number of messages sent to a minimum.  If you ever want to change what notifications you receive just return to the “Library Commons” and update your preferences.

A powerful symbol

Did you know that the symbol for power / standby mode used on  most electronics today has existed since 1973?  At the time, it was included in a standard created by the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) for use on various electrically powered equipment.  Originally this symbol was meant to be used for  “Standby” mode.  It wasn’t until 2004 that its current more generic “Power” meaning was adopted in a standard released by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).  The symbol is composed of two superimposed numbers, 1 meaning on, and 0 meaning off.

The Standby / Power symbol
The Standby / Power symbol

 

Wohlers and Todd Library featured in international publication

On Wednesday, January 12, 2011, the SirsiDynix corporation released a case study featuring Waubonsee Community College’s very own Todd Library. SirsiDynix is a leader in the library software industry and provides services to libraries in seventy countries. The case study highlights many of the advances in technology the Todd Library’s Technology Coordinator John Wohlers has pioneered in the past seven years. The study will be used by SirsiDynix to promote the advanced features of their products to its clients world wide.

Photo of the Todd Library
Technology plays a part in the Todd Library's offerings to its patrons.

Read the full case study at the SirsiDynix website by selecting “Academic” from the “Solutions” menu, and then following the link to “Case Studies” or by visiting the url: http://bit.ly/edLqwx .

Final Exam Schedule

Final Exam Schedule.

Spring 2009 (16-week classes)

EXAM TIME MONDAY

MAY 18

TUESDAY

MAY 19

WEDNESDAY

MAY 20

THURSDAY

MAY 21

FRIDAY

MAY 22

8:00am

to

10:00am

Classes that begin

Mon., Wed. (Fri.)
at 8 a.m.

Classes that begin

Tuesday, Thursday
at 8 a.m.

Classes that begin between

9 – 9:30 a.m. Mon., Wed. (Fri.)

Classes that begin 9:30 a.m. Tuesday,

Thursday

Classes that begin

8:00 a.m. Friday

10:15am

to

12:15pm

Classes that begin

Mon., Wed., Fri.
at 10 a.m.

Classes that begin

Tuesday, Thursday
at 11 a.m.

Classes that begin

11:00 a.m. Monday,

Wednesday (Friday)

Conflicts Classes that begin between

Fri.
11 a.m. – noon

1:00pm

to

3:00pm

Classes that begin between

noon – 1:00 p.m.
Mon., Wed. (Fri.)

Classes that begin

Tuesday, Thursday
at 2 p.m.

Classes that begin

2:00 p.m. Monday,

Wednesday

Classes that begin

12:30 p.m. Tuesday,

Thursday

4:00pm

to

6:00pm

Classes that begin between

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Mon., Wed.

Classes that begin

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Tues., Thurs.

Conflicts Conflicts
6:30pm

to

8:30pm

Monday

evening

classes

Tuesday

evening

classes

Wednesday

evening

classes

Thursday

evening

classes

– Final exams for 14-week weekend classes (Friday, 5 p.m. through Sunday) are given during the last class period, May 8-10.

– Final exams for classes shorter than 16 weeks are given during the last class period of the specific course (ex. Fast Track classes, first 8-week/second 8-week classes, etc.).