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Technological Upgrade: Reference Computer Commons

August 24th, 2007 by Alison Simpson in Features
Photo by Luanee Barbee

Photo by Luanee Barbee

During the Summer of 2007, the Reference Department computer equipment received a significant upgrade. A total of 19 stations have been installed (one of which is handicap accessible). The stations include flat screen monitors and terminals which converse with a main server in order to provide access to the Internet (NCLive, other online databases and the online catalog). The fact that the stations are not comprised of individual computers should increase the speed of the unit, in turn decreasing the patron’s wait time.    This project also included two stations for the Main Stacks (floors 2 and 3) to facilitate online catalog searches. The Library Staff is pleased to be able to provide patrons with state-of-the-art search capabilities.

Technology Upgrade: Bibliographic Instruction Tools

August 13th, 2007 by Amee Odom in Bibliographic Instruction

Recently, the Ethel K. Smith Library was able to upgrade the tools the Librarians and Faculty employ when teaching Bibliographic Instruction sessions. The upgrade includes the following items: 1) Self-enclosed, lockable, rolling cart 2) Laptop 3) Document projection unit (ELMO); this equipment allows the Librarian or Professor to project the pages of the book directly onto the screen without making a transparency and it can also be used for 3-D items .

Please note: Bibliographic Instruction sessions should be booked with a Librarian at least one-week in advance. If you prefer to conduct your own Bibliographic Instruction session, which the Library staff encourages, you should reserve the Reference Computers Commons as soon as possible in order to ensure availability.

New Areas for Your Laptop

November 9th, 2006 by Alison Simpson in Features

“The Library as Space” is a recurring thematic concept in Library school classes, conferences, and workshops. With this in mind, the Ethel K. Smith Library staff took some time during the Fall Break to rearrange the furniture in the Haskins Room and on the Mezzanine (both equipped with wireless access). Rather than spend time each morning putting the tables and chairs back in place, we decided to follow the students’ lead and put the furniture where they need it in order to Plug in and Power Up! You will notice that the tables and chairs are closer to the walls for more convenient outlet access. This small change has proven extremely beneficial. Traffic has certainly increased in these areas and students are staying longer at these tables marked “Laptop Accessible Workspace.” The Library staff would like to encourage you and your students to Plug in and Power Up!