Thursday, August 07, 2014

Gearing Up for Fall with YOUR Alexandria Library

There are only a few more weeks until the start of the kick off of the Fall Semester, and YOUR Alexandria Library wants you to be ready. Here is a list of things students and library patrons absolutely need to know to fully prepare for the 2014-2015 Academic School Year.

Library Updates and Improvements
Our summer was spent making updates to our materials and improving patron services. YOUR Alexandria Campus Library added thousands of new resources to our collections, and enhanced our computer systems with important software updates over the break. Students can browse our shelves for these new items, search through new databases for new articles and ebooks, and explore the updates made to software at any of our computer stations. Our staff is really excited about the changes and improvements made to the library on behalf of our patrons. This means that students are absolutely encouraged to ask a staff members to highlight new materials or help them navigate upgrades made to our technology.

NOVA Cards and the New Print System
A key technical improvement made over the summer was the installation of the new FastPrint System. This system will allow students to quickly link to tens of multi-use machines across each individual campus, and then conveniently print, copy, or scan the documents they need.  Alexandria Campus Library staff is trained on the new system and ready to assist patrons with the FastPrint machines located inside of the library. 

One of the most important things students can do to get ready for the semester, and for using the new printing system, is making sure they have up to date NOVA cards with them at all time. It is important for two reasons. Students need NOVA cards to check out library materials. Students also need the NOVA card to pay for FastPrint services. Library staff members know from experience that a student with an updated NOVA card is well prepared to quickly utilize library materials and services.

Start Strong: Six Policy Changes
To be ready for the academic year, new and returning students will need to be familiar with policy changes mandated by the college that concern placement tests, developmental courses, student orientation, advising, registration, and due dates for tuition payments. We highly recommend that students review the policy changes here, to smooth their transition into the new academic year.

Save Your Seat: Important On-Time Registration Deadlines
Starting in the Fall Semester of 2014 all students MUST register for their classes by 11:59 the day before an academic session begins. Enrolling students MUST also remember to pay the tuition and fees for their classes by 5 pm the next business day to secure their place in each of their classes.

Graphic courtesy of Sarah McIntyre

Come See Us
As you prepare for the new school term please remember that there are always people here ready to help you. Our staff is expert at assisting students with research, and at connecting our patrons to the information they need to be a successful. So come check out the resources and services available to you at YOUR Alexandria Library!

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