The UNO Library is a place on campus where students can freely access the internet. There is one problem dealing with the computers. UNO’s current enrollment greatly outnumbers the amount of computers available. It does not help when some students hog the computers for non-school related issues. Some students find that YouTube, MySpace, Face Book, forums, blogs, etc are more of a top priority, but others who have to finish an assignment are the real priority. I think it is only fair to restrict computer access. And by restriction, I mean time the computer access or block certain websites at certain times.
The best solution to this problem would be to limit the available computer time per student. If you have ever been to a public library, you would know what this is. Every student who logs in will set off a timer. That student will have one hour on the computer. After that hour, he or she will automatically be logged off and will not be able to have another session until the next day. But if a student wishes to extend his or her time, they can. The student will have to give a good reason to extend his or her time. Another way to extend their time is if no other students are logged onto the waiting computer. This is the best solution. It restricts the time the computer is available. With this there will be no more students browsing MySpace for hours and hogging the computers.
Another way to help with the computer hogs would be to block certain sites all together. Sites like Face Book, YouTube, MySpace, forums, blogs, etc are unnecessary to the learning experience of a student. There is nowhere in UNO’s mission saying, “Hey, come to UNO, where you can chat and blog on MySpace all the time.” All these sites do is have students hog the computers, while others wait to e-mail a teacher or finish typing a paper. Certain websites should be either blocked out completely, or limit the time these sites are open. For example,...