If you depend on the library’s computers or printers, you may have been frustrated as you rush into the library 20 minutes before class to print your paper and all the computers are taken.
Especially if the students using these computers are checking their friends’ statuses on Facebook or leveling up on World of Warcraft.
Although some computers are available in the library’s classroom, sometimes a class is occupying it and all the computers are unavailable.
Is it really fair that you fail to print your paper for class because someone needed to get to level 85 on World of Warcraft today?
“If you want to play, use the Computer Center,” student Rachel Boeker says.
This makes a lot of sense because the library is one of the only places on campus with noise regulation to help create an environment conducive to studying.
Although a “first come, first served” procedure is in effect in the library, there is some academic priority.
Pierce College library policy says, “If the use is personal or recreational, it should not prevent use by another College community member for legitimate college work.”
Librarians want students to be successful.
They are guided by principles such as the American Librarian Association’s Library Bill of Rights and Freedom of View Policies.
They believe in First Amendment rights and want students to inquire about any idea that interests them. This means they respect student privacy and right to view/read whatever they wish. In return, librarians expect students to respond with responsibility and courtesy and to give up their computers during busy times if they are using the computer for recreational purposes. Because librarians are faculty, and the Library is their classroom, they expect both respect for ideas and responsibility to each other.
A librarian will intervene is if a student is doing something illegal with the computer, such as conducting a business with state resources or viewing child pornography. A second occasion is if a student’s behavior is rude, obnoxious or violent.
Librarians will also intervene if a student is monopolizing the computer for long periods of time and keeping other students from doing academic work.
So let’s remember the No. 1 purpose of the library computers is academic work and let’s regulate ourselves.
After all, if you were the one who urgently needed the computer for schoolwork—wouldn’t you want someone to be responsible and give you their computer?
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