Scottsdale Community College
Scottsdale Community College Library is normally committed to teaching as well as promoting information literacy, provides quality library services and resources and supports the curriculum and information demands of the college fraternity. This Library has a broad collection of books, journals, multimedia sources and electronic databases. This collection comprises of several formats and points of view that reveal the diversity of the society. The aim of the college is to improve access to the services of the library via a number of ways that serve the clients wherever they are. On the other hand, the Library offers instructional programs that support wide range of learning styles and educational goals for students (Madden 24).
The College Library provides the students with highly technological workspace. Two main factors that were significant in the successful achievement of this library included the communication and development of vision. This was due to a strategic business requirement to enhance access to technology within the institution to students, employees and faculty at large. The best value in virtualization takes place when the entire school across the functional departments and educational disciplines uses it to effortlessly access computing services (Scott 46). Due to the increase in student diversity as well as the need to boost market share, there was need to update and replace technology. All students in a particular course are able to use similar resources by use of virtualization, whereby a steady learning environment is ensured. Students do not have to mind about having the right equipment or software to take a particular course. Hence, all students have access to similar software version without incurring additional cost. In addition, lecturers can download assignments and project files into a class public folder on the network that every student can access (Green 87).
Web based access is considerably increasing success rates of students, especially low income students who formerly had numerous challenges to pursue a college degree. Unlike Scottsdale Community College campus, the Scottsdale Community College Library offers web-based access without the need to made extra investment in hardware or software. Students are able to access any software they require without considering their financial status and can progress to their degree without worrying about the additional obstacle. On the other hand, every on-campus computer has a software client that enable students access the library services. The Library system provides the end users with instant on demand access to all desktops, applications, private data and internet recourses. In contrast with the Scottsdale Community College campus system end users must select the resources and applications they need to use, make a request for a virtual computer to be deployed and then wait for about twenty minutes for the virtual computer to be ready. By redirecting funds that would have been used up on about 500 computers upgrades, the virtualization resolution provides a highly available and high speed system that benefits all students, staffs and faculty members at the institution (Brodkin 57).
By use of virtualization, Scottsdale Community College library is able to tap the developing market of non-traditional students who provide the best potential for booting the school’s enrolment. In addition, Scottsdale Community College library is strategically positioned to compete with profit making schools of higher education. Every student, whether he/she is traditional or non-traditional, can use similar network resources and applications through any place, time or device used. Visualization is facilitating Scottsdale Community College library to fulfil its objective to provide access to staffs, faculty and students regardless of distance. It is also aimed at improving technology and to achieve a competitive benefit without the need to increase its budget. Therefore, this type of library system has actually reduced the cost to the students, hence making education more affordable. The greatest opportunity for development is in the network environment, even though there is so much competition (Diamond 24).
To meet the present and future technological needs of the school and its students as well to provide updated educational content, there is need to keep on upgrading the computers and software, which is somehow costly. This requires to be done with a gradually increasing budget whereby a constant spending on changing hardware leaves little budget to purchase a highly developed technology or to purchase new learning software. On the other hand, Scottsdale Community College library requires a way to reinforce its market benefit in areas with vigorous competition for students from other colleges that are much bigger and perceived as providing more tools to their students. This becomes a challenge to then when it comes to providing pervasive technological services to local communities, especially to low income residents and non-traditional students. In this case, Scottsdale Community College library requires information technology resources to be more widely affordable and available to every student. This makes some students struggle to afford application needed for their courses or rather a specific computer type required to run the application. As a result, some students use trial versions of the application that may not be operational or last for some time. These forces the students to come to the school in order to use the campus computers it their private computer do not have the application (Stuart 110).
Brodkin, J. Desktop virtualization. Network World. 2009. Web. 9 December, 2014
Diamond, R. Field guide to academic leadership. San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2009. Print
Green Kenneth. The 2011 campus computing report. 2011. Web. 9 December, 2014
Madden Haley. Scottsdale Community College library makeover a fusion of history, vision. 2013 Web. 9 December, 2014.
Scott Fullan. Turnaround leadership for higher education. San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2009. Print.
Stuart Hutt. Employing virtualization in library computing: Use cases and lessons learned. Information Technology & Libraries, 28(3), 110-115. 2009. Web. 9 December, 2014