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Library iPad & Laptop Policy

 

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and "Apple ipad mini" for iPads)

The library is happy to announce that 18 (eighteen) Dell laptops and 20 (twenty) Apple iPad Minis are now available for checkout (for in-library use only) to Limestone College students, faculty, and staff members. These circulating iPads and laptops can also be checked out for use in classroom presentations in the Library's Conference Room and Curriculum Lab.  Each laptop comes equipped with Office 365 and Microsoft Office Professional 2013 (which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Access).  Each iPad Mini comes equipped with many applications (apps) to assist users in connecting to the Internet, Blackboard Learn, and many software products.

General Rules

  1. Students must show their LCard (Limestone College ID) to check out a laptop or iPad.
  2. All laptops and iPads should be returned to the circulation desk.
  3. Laptops and iPads may only be used inside the library.
  4. Only current Limestone students in good standing with the library may use the iPads and laptops.
  5. A student may not check out more than one of each item type. Example item types are: Laptop, iPad, Video Camera, FLIP Video Camera, etc.
  6. Users take full responsibility while the iPads and laptops are in their possession.
  7. Laptops and iPads can be renewed once, if no other patron is waiting for one to become available.
  8. Laptops and iPads cannot be reserved ahead of time unless being reserved by faculty for classroom use. They are available on a strictly first-come, first served basis.
  9. Printing capabilities are available on the laptops and iPads.

When using a laptop all documents should be saved by the patron on either a CD-R/RW or flash drive.  When using an iPad all documents need to be emailed to the user’s Limestone College email, personal email, or uploaded to the student, faculty or staff’s Document Drive.  No items or documents can be saved to a laptop or iPad.

Acceptable Use Policies

The library's circulating laptops and iPads should only be used for academic purposes. Inappropriate activities will not be tolerated. The patron:

1. Shall Not view any unacceptable websites.
2. Shall Not commit any other acts that would damage the laptop or iPad or violate the library's wireless access policies.

“Users will exercise responsible, ethical behavior when using these resources. Users will also refrain from using computing resources to view, print, or access in any manner, material that may be offensive to others."

"Limestone College will NOT be liable for the actions of anyone connecting to the Internet through the Internet on campus. All users assume full responsibility for their actions."

Check in/Checkout Procedures

Checkout procedures for laptops:  A power supply will be checked out with the laptop unless the patron specifically requests not to have one. Since the battery life on the laptops is only about two (2) hours, most will require a power charger. If the power charger is not returned with the laptop, the check-in will be considered incomplete and the patron will be charged the replacement cost and processing fees for the missing component. Failure to return the power charger will result in revocation of privilege to check out a laptop in the future. Earbuds are available for purchase but no headsets are available.

Checkout procedures for iPads:  Since the battery life on the iPads is about 8 (eight) hours no power supply will be issued.  If a patron requests an iPad with keypad, both will be kept together and returned at the same time.  Earbuds are available for purchase but no headsets are available.

When finished with the laptop or iPad, the patron will return it to the Circulation Desk. The Circulation staff will visually examine the laptop or iPad for any damage or personal items. Any flash-drives or CDs found in laptops will be returned to the patron.

Patrons should not leave laptops or iPads unattended. If a patron must leave for a short duration, the laptop or iPad may be left at the Circulation Desk with the understanding that the check-in time will not be changed.

Patrons are responsible for the laptop, iPad and accessories until these items are turned in to the Circulation Desk. Patrons will be held responsible for any incidents involving the laptop or accessories, including theft of items. The replacement cost of the equipment plus a processing fee of $15 will be assessed if a laptop or iPad (and/or peripheral component) is lost, stolen, or damaged. Each incident will be handled individually and will be left to the discretion of the Circulation Desk staff. Patrons found guilty of abusing laptop and iPad privileges may have their laptop and iPad checkout privileges revoked. An incident report on each matter will also be forwarded to the Director of the Library.