ROCKY MOUNT, NORTH CAROLINA – NC Wesleyan College’s project Mobile Computer Lab has been selected for funding for the 2018-2019 program year. The funds from this grant award is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. The grant funds will help create a Mobile Computer Lab which will be located in Pearsall Library on campus.
Esther Burgess, Director of Library at Wesleyan, wrote the grant with the help of others. The grant amount totals just over $31,000. Burgess submitted the grant application in February and was recently informed it was selected for funding. The projected implementation of the Mobile Computer Lab is Fall 2018.
Wesleyan faculty and staff know the Mobile Computer Lab will make a significant difference in their students’ education. The availability of laptops on campus will create a technology-rich environment where students can gain more information related to their specific field of study. Burgess hopes the grant will “motivate students to take charge of their learning and collaborate more with their peers.”
The use of laptops has steadily increased over the years in academia, thus creating a substantial number of mobile-first generation students. In her role of Director of Library, Burgess recognizes the need for libraries to technologically support students; she believes the new Mobile Computer Lab is a part of the solution.
The Mobile Computer Lab will consist of 30 wireless-capable laptops, two of which will include software dedicated to students with disabilities. The laptops will promote computer literacy among Wesleyan students, traditional and adults.
After implementation, Wesleyan students will be able to check out the laptops for use outside of the library.