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2019 ForwardFocus Conference Recap

Circulating Access: Lending Hotspots to Help Student Succeed

Circulating Access: Lending Hotspots to Help Students Succeed

Rebecca Funke, Des Moines Area Community College

The percentage of students enrolled in post-secondary degree granting institutions and online courses, nationwide, continues to rise reaching 32% in 2016. Academic libraries spend 76% of their budgets on electronic resources in support of college curriculums. Access to the internet is crucial for today’s college students. Lending hotspots can be a lifeline for students who need help bridging gaps in internet access. This session will outline our service to lend hotspots to current students. Policies, procedures, pitfalls, and successes will be covered.

Rebecca is a native of Iowa and received her MLS from the University of Iowa. She began her professional career as a librarian at the Boone campus of Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC), where she worked for three years.  In 2007, she moved into her current position as Director of Library Services.  In this role she not only performs administrative work but also teaches a 1cr library course, Library Instruction; serves as system administrator for their ILS, all electronic resources in the library, and their newly formed archives; performs collection development duties; and coordinates a common read program for the college, which is now in its 12th year. Finally, she’s been very fortunate to serve in leadership capacities at various local and state library associations, entities, and boards. 

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