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Thursday, October 18, 2018

ACC Library Expands Hours, Services

Aiming to be more open to the community and to provide more services to students, the Alvin Community College Library recently increased its services while also adjusting its hours of operation.

To help students who need assistance with their studies, the college is open on Saturday.

“Along with access to all of the library computers, databases, and study rooms, there will also be coaching appointments available,” said Rebecca McClain, ACC head Librarian.

The Library is now open from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday through Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

“This will also benefit students who take courses on the weekend and may not be able to come during the week,” said Dr. Nadia Nazarenko, ACC dean of General Education and Academic Support.

The Library has implemented new, digital research sources to assist students with their research projects.

“Helping our students to navigate the overwhelming options for information as they learn critical research skills is one of the most important things that we do at the Library,” Technical Services librarian Roger Bell said. “We see that not learning or not being able to apply critical thinking skills to the research process puts a student at a serious disadvantage both academically as they go through school and financially when they enter the workforce. Time and time again librarians prove that they are the most capable and uniquely-qualified professionals to successfully lead students through that learning process. “

In addition to the new hours, the Library also started the Brain Break program so students can take a break from their studies to recharge their minds. Research has shown that taking a break from studying sharpens memory and improves academic performance.

“Students can come in and check out a board game, puzzle, coloring page, dominoes, or any card games and sit at a table, find an opponent, and get ready to take a brain break,” reference assistant Cindie Valis said. “A few students have already taken advantage of the Brain Break to relieve stress from studying or between classes. Games and other items can be checked out using their student ID at the circulation desk.”

The Brain Break program was sponsored by an Innovative Initiative grant from the ACC Foundation.

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