QUESTION: As a U.C. Davis alumnus and Los Rios Community College faculty member, I am alarmed by the recent reduction in public access computers at Shields. While I’m pleased the library has been able to replace its aging computers with new ones, I find it greatly troubling that in the process it has replaced what were public access computers with computers inaccessible to “unaffiliated” patrons, including alumni and the faculty as well as students of the region’s other public post-secondary institutions, which count upon the University Library for many of their research needs.
I very much hope the university will better remember its obligations as a land-grant institution and as the flagship public research institution in the area and find some way to provide its “unaffiliated” patrons with the same level of access it has historically provided. If a significant number of public access computers are somehow problematic, perhaps it could provide login privileges to those patrons to whom it has already extended borrowing privileges.
ANSWER: Thank you for taking the time to write the library with your concerns. We are undergoing a review of public computers in all of our libraries and public comments are an important part of the conversation. If you’ve been using our computers you have certainly noticed that the number and quality of the PCs have dropped during the past few years of budget cutbacks. We are exploring how to best rectify this and, in light of constant technological changes, what sort of computer support our patrons need.