Digital Commons is Ready!

The Digital Commons computer lab in the BCC Library is ready for the semester!  The library officially opened last week and ever since students have been trickling in to use our resources. It’s not the normal volume of students by any means, and there are many new safety measures in place to make sure everyone stays safe.  Here are some of the changes and additions you will see in the Digital Commons.

Digital Commons Lab Assistant Desk

Look at that bucket of wipes!

  • Everyone coming to campus must wear a mask and follow all COVID-19 policiesNO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Everyone coming to campus must fill out the Campus Access Request Form
  • Every other computer, or computers within 6 feet of another, are closed down to enable social distancing
  • Plexiglas barrier at the Lab Assistant desk
  • Tons of wipes and hand sanitizer, literally buckets!
  • Antibacterial/antiviral spray and paper towels
  • Stickers on the floor in high traffic areas to encourage social distancing.
  • A maximum of 15 people at any one time are allowed within the Digital Commons
  • Facilities will be through to clean and sanitize surfaces twice a day with a fogging machine used every evening after closing

And also very important — we ask that all students wipe down desks, keyboards, and mice after using them.

The Library was also fortunate enough to be able to purchase a Book Sanitizer machine which uses UV light and is capable of cleaning up to 6 books at a time.  We also plan on using it to sanitize some electronic devices, such as headphones and laptops.  Check out this video below using it to sterilize a used textbook from the Bookstore!

There will also be several ways for students to get technology help from the Digital Commons.  There will be a staff of Lab Assistants working at the desk, but it will be fewer than usual and their shifts will not overlap as much.  There will also be Remote Lab Assistants, available by Zoom on a set schedule to meet with you about your technology questions. Students looking to schedule a 15 minute remote help appointment with me can still do so by using this link here.

Also don’t forget to check out our COVID Resources For Students page. This page has all kinds of

Campus Wi-Fi Map

Campus Wi-Fi Map

information and resources for students to help through these challenging times.  Just one example is a Map of BCC Campus that shows the best places to receive the strongest Wi-Fi signal from the parking lots!

All in all we are in for a very different semester, however I don’t think we could be any more ready!


Everything! Now Remote!

So my colleagues and I have been super busy writing documentation, creating videos, and making websites to help folks move EVERYTHING so that it can be done remotely.  This is not only true with classes, as BCC has switched to remote learning for the remainder of the semester, but also for support both on the student and faculty side.  Getting everything as ready as it can be took a huge effort!  Here’s a short list of some of the things I did to prepare:

And this is all on top of attending nine virtual interviews in Zoom for two search committees I’m a part of!  So as a result you might expect I haven’t written here much.

As technology often can be a moving target, now with people working from home via the internet it is even more so.  This week there have been stories about crashed Zoom meetings, internet and cloud service slowdowns, and to boot Microsoft is changing the name of Office 365 in the middle of all this!  One thing is for sure, working with technology is hardly ever boring!

Geesh! Here’s that meditation video I mentioned above to help you destress!

I’m going back to writing documentation!

How to Properly Clean Your Computer

clean your workstation sign

Sings used on workstations in the Digital Commons

Keeping your computer properly clean is important, especially during the cold and flu season.  If you use a shared workstation or a public workstation in a library or computer lab setting this is particularly important.  Using keyboards, mice, mouse pads, and touch screens can all be opportunities to come in contact with others and spread germs.  Here’s some helpful tips when it comes to cleaning your


  • Use a disinfectant wipe or solution
  • After wiping, wipe your equipment with a dry cloth
  • Do NOT allow the cloth to be overly damp – moisture can damage your computer
  • Do NOT use bleach – it can damage the plastic your computer is made of

For more details, and videos, please check out these sources: