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Library Mac computer lab announces spring hours

Photo courtesy of UTPB Library

Photo courtesy of UTPB Library

Kelsie Clifton, Columnist and Features Writer

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The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Mac Lab now has new hours for this spring which are subject to change due to the department having a student assistant 19.5 hours per week, the allowed time for a part-time student.

Director, J. Conrad Dunagan Library, Mr. Howard Marks shared with me that the computers were only about five years old and were originally for the Art Department to run their courses in Room 104, which they did up until last year.

The Mac Lab is the only computer lab available through the UTPB library. However, the library has a total of six open access Dell PC computers for any non-student/community members and then they offer 36 PCs that are just for students which require username/password authentication.

“Thus far we have received very good responses regarding the Mac Lab aside from our hours, which we varied up a bit more this spring semester. However, they are subject to change starting this summer,” Marks stated.

Per the policy, students must keep their food and covered drinks away from monitors and keyboards for the safety of the devices. There is no time limit on the amount of time an IMac can be used apart from closing time and unless someone is waiting and there is no available computer.

The library is a great resource for students and is a place that all students should utilize when they have the chance.

“It is crucial for UTPB to invest in the library because we can ultimately impact student success, growth and attract new potential students. Any good college or university has a good library in its DNA. Which explains why we should essentially be the heart of the campus,” Marks said.

Currently, the Mac Lab is open Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m, a total of sixteen hours per week. There are a total of twenty-one IMacs that are available to the students. There is not printing available and students will need to sign in with the lab monitor and bring their Falcon student ID, flash drive, and earphones if they would like to listen to audio.

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