Creating and Deploying USB Port Covers at Hudson County Community College

  • Lotta Sanchez Hudson County Community College
  • John P DeLooper Lehman College, City University of New York (CUNY)


In 2016, Hudson County (NJ) Community College (HCCC) deployed several wireless keyboards and mice with its iMac computers. Shortly after deployment, library staff found that each device’s required USB receiver (a.k.a. dongle) would disappear frequently. As a result, HCCC library staff developed and deployed 3D printed port covers to enclose these dongles. This, for a time, proved very successful in preventing the issue. This article will discuss the development of these port covers, their deployment, and what worked and did not work about the project.

Author Biographies

Lotta Sanchez, Hudson County Community College
Lotta Sanchez is a Library Technology Associate at Hudson County Community College (HCCC), where she is responsible for supporting and maintaining the library’s technology infrastructure and assisting with technology circulation services.  She graduated Cum Laude from HCCC in 2008 with an Associate’s Degree in Communications, and was awarded Honorable Mention for the New Jersey Library Association’s Technology Innovation Award in 2017.  She has presented about numerous library technology topics including makerspaces, 3d printers, SMART Boards, and more.
John P DeLooper, Lehman College, City University of New York (CUNY)

John DeLooper is Web Services - Online Learning Librarian at Lehman College. He earned his M.L.I.S. from Rutgers University in 2010 and his M.S. in information systems from Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business in 2017. Between 2011and 2018, he worked at Hudson County Community College, where he was appointed Director of Library Technology in 2013. In addition to several scholarly articles, he co-authored an award-winning bibliography and led HCCC's efforts in winning the 2016 Association of College and Research Libraries' Excellence in Academic Libraries Award.


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How to Cite
Sanchez, L., & DeLooper, J. P. (2019). Creating and Deploying USB Port Covers at Hudson County Community College. Information Technology and Libraries, 38(3), 91-102.