The District is implementing a change in how public computers will be accessed in the SRJC Libraries. Library users will need to sign in with a Santa Rosa Junior College ID and Personal Information Number (PIN) to access library resources. Users will sign in at the beginning of every computer session and end each session by restarting the computer when finished to protect account privacy.
Members of the community who wish to use SRJC library computers may apply for a Community User Account. With this account, community users are given one hour of computer access each day.
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Why is the District making this change? Responding to a request by Associated Students for improved access to library resources, the District has taken this step to ensure students have access to library materials and resources. Community access is being preserved, but on a limited basis.
When will the authentication system be implemented? The authentication system is being implemented in a phased approach at both College libraries over the summer months. It will be in place and fully operational in the fall 2012 semester.
Does this access system apply to everyone? Yes. All library public access computers will require use of a Santa Rosa Junior College ID and Personal Information Number for use. Alumni members, Gold Card users, and Sonoma State University students may login to the computers just like any currently enrolled student. They will be directed to a public service desk for initial assistance in establishing their access. All SRJC employees will also need to sign in with their SID and PIN to use the public workstations.
How will library users learn about this change? Information is being disseminated to library users in several ways. Physical signage is being placed at the computer workstations as the system is being implemented, and information handouts will be distributed throughout the libraries and at student welcome tables at the beginning of the fall semester. The library is actively using its social media channels and website to alert students to the upcoming change, and in the fall all students will receive notification of the login requirement via the Student Cubby system.
What other computer options are available to non-registered students? Free wireless Internet access remains available to all users who have their own laptop, PDA, smartphone or other wireless device at both SRJC libraries. In addition, the Sonoma County Public Libraries offer public Internet computers that may be used for one hour each day at any regional library to registered Sonoma County Public Library members.
Can full-time students who are between registration sessions still access library computers? Yes. SRJC student accounts can be activated upon request by library staff at any public service desk.
What happens at other California community college libraries? Over half of California community college libraries limit library computer access to registered students. These policies are motivated by the same desire to improve available access to library resources by the student population.