February 2011, Volume 15, Number 1

Academics

Medical Info Now Available 24/7

Laptop and iPhone

A mobile library that began in 2009 as a database to support the Physical Therapy Assistant and Nursing programs at the Medical Center Campus has grown to become an important resource for MDC students seeking academic resources related to medicine.

Students and faculty have the ability to use the library to access the information they need on the go. It allows users to search library catalogs throughout the state and provides access to helpful resources from the Center for Disease Control and prescription drug databases. The library, which has emerged at a time when most students have constant access to mobile devices and smartphones equipped to access the Internet, has become immediately useful.

“This is one of the latest trends of smart technology available to college students that we hope will give them the resources they need to prosper in their academic career,” said Iván Toledo, MDC assistant library director. “This resource will save them time and a commute to the campus library.” 

According to MDC faculty librarian Carla Clark, the new system is a great asset enhancing student learning. “I emphasize our mobile site when teaching library instruction classes because the majority of our students have smartphones and are thrilled that they can conveniently access the library’s resources at anytime and anyplace.”

And MDC students are already praising the mobile library. Rafael Castellano, a student in the Medical Laboratory Technician program, said “The Medical Campus mobile website is innovative, practical and time-saving because students can locate library material and medical information on the go, considering they have a busy daily schedule.” 

— JD


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