Library | Texas County Technical College

Library

Houston Campus

The library at TCTC is opened to all students during regular business hours. TCTC students have available the Library & Information Resources Network (LIRN) 24/7, which can be accessed at the college or at home. The LIRN system consists of the following online services: LIRN Search, InfoTrac, ProQuest (including Nursing & Allied Health Source and Health & Medical Complete), eLibrary, and Bowker’s Books in Print & RCL web. These are online databases for research featuring complete articles, full-text and graphics.


Information Technology Guidelines

  • Students may NOT BRING IN any outside storage devices TO BE USED ON COLLEGE COMPUTERS. Outside storage devices include, but are not limited to, flash drives, thumb drives, removable drive, etc.
  • All use of the Texas County Technical College websites must be in support of education and research consistent with the educational goals of TCTC.
  • Any use of the TCTC websites for product advertisement is prohibited.
  • Any use of the TCTC for political lobbying is prohibited.
  • No use of the TCTC websites shall serve to disrupt the use of the network or the website by other users.
  • Any use of the TCTC websites for personal commercial purposes is prohibited.
  • All communication accessible via the TCTC websites will reflect respect for others and appropriate language.
  • All communications and information accessible via the TCTC websites should be assumed to be the property of TCTC.
  • Any of the TCTC websites user’s traffic that traverses another network is subject to that network’s acceptable use policy.
  • TCTC technological equipment and resources may not be used to install or illegally obtain software or data. Any software installation on college owned computers must be approved by the president.
  • TCTC technological equipment and resources must be used in accordance with the Copyright Guidelines. Use of TCTC technological equipment and resources to illegally copy, download, access, print or store copyrighted material is forbidden.
  • An account is assigned to an individual and must not be used by others. The individual is responsible for proper use of the account, including passwords protection. The individual must take all reasonable precautions, including password maintenance and file and directory protection measures, to prevent use of their account by others.
  • College records and course work are considered confidential and are to be protected in accordance with federal and state laws and college policies.
  • Copying, renaming, changing, or deleting files belonging to TCTC or any other user with malicious intent is prohibited.
  • Attempts to bypass TCTC’s standard technological procedures are prohibited (e.g., hacking). This includes, but is not limited to, attempts to discover another user’s password, taking resources from other users, distribution or execution of a program that damages another user’s files or computing resources, and gaining access to resources for which proper authorization has not been given.
  • College computing resources, including email and other electronic communications, will not be used to harass others. Sending of obscene, abusive, or threatening messages is prohibited and may be a violation of state and/or federal law. Accessing pornographic or obscene material via the Internet through College computing resources that is not related to work or educational purposes is prohibited.
  • The administration will make decision on whether specific uses of the TCTC websites are consistent with this policy.
  • TCTC will maintain an official presence on social networking sites to support the college in accomplishing its mission and achieving its goals and objectives. The college encourages feedback and comments from fans, including prospective students, current students, alumni, faculty, staff and members of the community. 

The college remains committed to maintaining these sites as a safe and family-friendly forum for sharing information. In maintaining a positive environment to site visitors, the college maintains the right to remove any comments or wall postings from official college-sponsored pages that are inappropriate, inflammatory or damaging to TCTC or any individual.

The college is responsible for posting materials to the college’s main social networking sites. Instructors, program departments, and student organizations may also maintain other social networking pages for their specific needs and areas. If so, these sites should be approved by the campus director and approved prior to posting any materials. The procedures for establishing social media sites, general computer and social networking guidelines, and disclaimers are available on the college’s main webpage and are provided to each student.

Students pay a technology fee per semester which covers the cost of printing for school related papers/information, and students’ per page printing amount will be monitored and recorded by semester. Once students have maxed out the allotted number of pages allowed in a given semester, they will be charged a per page fee for each printed/copied over their allotted amount for the remainder of the semester.


Use of Technology and Social Media

Policy: Students may not college, share, or post any material that could potentially violate patient/family confidentiality or professional behavior guidelines on social media sites. Although Moodle and other online tools are used in courses are not considered social media sites, students are expected to observe professional standards for communication in all interactions.

All students must follow the related policies of the clinical/externship sites and the school.

Students may be subject to disciplinary action by the school and the clinical/externship site for comments that are either unprofessional or violate patient privacy if applicable. HIPAA regulations apply to comments and images made and shared on social networking sites. Moodle or other online tools violations are subject to the same prosecution as with other HIPAA violations.

Students are expected to conduct themselves as professionals, and therefore should refrain from negative posts regarding school, courses, classmates, or instructors.

Guidelines:

  • Social media includes, but are not limited to blogs, podcasts, discussion forums, online collaborative information and publishing systems that  are accessible to internal and external (i.e., Wikis), RRS feeds, video sharing, and social networks like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
  • Collecting, sharing and posting on social networking sites are subject to the same professional standards as any other personal interactions. The permanence, worldwide access, and written nature of these posting make them even more subject to scrutiny that most other forms of communication.
  • Restricted postings include but are not limited to protected health information – individually identifiable information (oral, written, or electronic) about a patient’s physical or mental health, the receipt of health care, or payment of that care.
  • Online postings or discussions of specific patients are prohibited, even if all identifying information is excluded. It is possible that someone could recognized that patient to which you are referring based on the context. Remember, you wouldn’t want YOUR own health information being posted to the internet, do no post that of anyone else.
  • Under no circumstances should photos or videos of patients depicting the body parts of patients be taken or displayed online.
  • Statements made by you within online networks will be treated as if you verbally made the statement in a public place.

Electronic communication and information devices are a part of everyday life for most people today. However, learning to be a professional includes discriminating when, where, and how technologies are to be appropriately utilized. Students should be hospital or agency computers for patient care related tasks only. Students are not allowed to use hospital computers for Facebook, personal email, or any other use.

Staff use always takes priority over student use of the computers. It is essential that faculty clarify with managers and staff, before students begin clinical/externship, what access students will have to the computers with the manager and staff of the clinical/externship site where students are placed.

Students are not allowed to electronic devices for personal reasons while in a clinical/externship setting. Students may only use their phones on lunch or dinner break, or by special arrangement with the clinical/externship instructor.

Instructors are to bring any violations to the attention of the course coordinator immediately.

Source: Modified from Wegmans School of Nursing-St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY, Clinical Instructor Guidelines & Information (2013).