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Weekly Annoucements from the UMass Amherst LC

Weekly Annoucements from the UMass Amherst LC

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  • 1. Learning Commons Announcements Week of May 19, 2008
  • 2. New Library Services - Just in time for the crunch !
    • Library users can now check out about 50 tablet PCs/laptops for 4 hours for use in the building from the Reserve Desk on 3 rd Floor.
    • Laptops may be renewed when brought back to RMM if there are other laptops available for loan.
    • On Friday and Saturday nights when the building closes 9 p.m., all laptops must be returned to RMM by closing.
    • The LC Desk no longer accepts laptops.
    • Watch videos or DVDs that are on Reserve, page a microform, or ask a question.
    • Loan periods for reserve and media materials remain unchanged.
    Reserves, Media & Microforms (RMM) on the 3rd Floor is now open 24/5 - all the hours the W.E.B. Du Bois Library is open
  • 3. Quick Print Service Now Available in the LC!!!
    • Print anything from your UDrive, a USB drive, or a Memory Card to a Black & White printer.
    • Available to the public
    • Reads documents and images from a 12-in-1 memory card reader
    • To get you in and out quickly, documents cannot be edited
    • Exclusively for printing – no Internet access
    • Give any name to your document and enter it at any of the printers between the LC and Reference and Research Assistance Desks to release your print job with your UCard or Guest UCard
    • Pilot program
    • Send your feedback to or just let the LC Desk staff know what you think
    Try our new “Quick Print” station on the brick column across from the Plasma Screen Display.
  • 4. Associate Professor of Biology Jeff Podos’ exhibit of neotropical birds will be on display from May 5 to August 29, 2008 in the Integrated Sciences and Engineering Library , Graduate Research Center Lowrise at UMass Amherst.  The exhibit includes twelve 16" x 20" color photos or photo montages of birds from the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest and the Galápagos Islands.   The birds were photographed in their natural environments. UMASS AMHERST LIBRARIES HOSTS “ Images: Neotropical Birds” ~ An exhibit of photographs by Jeff Podos ~
  • 5. UMASS AMHERST LIBRARIES HOSTS The UMass Press: 45 Years of Publishing History Main Floor of the Learning Commons May 12 th –August 31st For more information visit Award-Winning Titles Culture Politics & The Cold War Environmental Science Regional & Local Titles Creative Writing Faculty Authors and More
  • 6.
    • Heavy Duty Headphones
    • TI-83 Graphing Calculators
    • USB Floppy Drives
    Now Circulating from the LC Desk: Available for use on 2 hour loan with a UCard
  • 7. Check out the New Staple Station!!
    • Standard and Heavy Duty Staplers
    • Hole Punch
    • Pencil Sharpener
    Directly across from the LC Help Desk!!!
  • 8. CAREER SERVICES General Info : Workshops Career Advising Career Fairs Resume Critiques Internships & Co-ops Job Searching & more! 511 Goodell Bldg. Visit us at The Learning Commons!
  • 9. Check the availability of OIT computer stations in the Learning Commons and the Computer Classrooms: Be sure to check the classroom hours and scheduled classes at the site before going to a classroom!
  • 10.
    • Atomic Learning provides online training and support for over 110 of the most commonly used software applications through short, easy-to-view-and-understand tutorial movies
    • Applications covered include Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Dreamweaver, Final Cut Pro, Photoshop and many more for either the Mac or PC platform
    • On-campus:
    • Off-campus:
    • UMass Amherst has Atomic Learning on trial through May 31, 2008
    • Send comments to Richard Rogers: [email_address]
  • 11.
    • Park in the Campus Garage nearby:
    • The first hour of Garage parking is FREE when your ticket is validated at the Learning Commons and Technical Support Desk
    • Parking overnight is cheap (just $3 total ) in the Garage between 5 p.m. - 5 a.m.
  • 12. New this semester! To enter Du Bois use UMass Amherst UCard between 12 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. (Monday - Friday)
  • 13. Want to Study Abroad? Talk to our Peer Counselors at the Learning Commons Advising Link 4-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday Or: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mon-Fri, Advising Center in 455 Hills South
  • 14. = you are here
    • Workstations in the LC
    • Public Terminals
    • 58 computers
    • Open to everyone (incl. public)
    • No login
    • Windows XP
    • Web browsers, Microsoft Office 2003, Microsoft Student
    • Print to public printers (along brick columns between staircases)
    = public printers
  • 15. = you are here
    • Workstations in the LC
    • OIT Terminals
    • Around 125 computers located around edges of LC
    • Open to UMass faculty, staff, students (log in with NetID)
    • Windows XP AND Mac OSX
    • Lots and lots of software! (Office, Photoshop, Acrobat…)
    • Print to OIT printers
    = OIT printers
  • 16. OIT’s Remote Printing Service is here!
    • Install a small plug-in on your own computer
    • Send print jobs from your dorm room or the campus wireless network to Learning Commons printers
    • You have 8 hours to come pick up your print job.
    • Want to learn more?
    • Ask at the Learning Commons & Technical Support Desk, or
    • Visit the OIT website at
  • 17. Printing files from SPARK? Avoid problems! Before you print, SAVE YOUR FILE TO THE DESKTOP THEN, open it and print.
  • 18.
    • 3 rd floor, Du Bois Library
    Reserve, Media & Microforms Department Services: Reserve, Media & Microforms Department
    • Get readings that your professors have assigned for class
    • Borrow or view DVDs, audio recordings, and other media
    • Explore the retrofuturistic world of Microforms
    Borrow one a laptop, projector, or video camera to use in the library
  • 19.
    • Get help with…
    • Hardware & software questions
    • Accounts, passwords, connections
    • Navigating the library and Learning Commons
    • Open 24 hours!
    • Stop by, call, or instant message us
    Learning Commons & Technical Support Desk Services: LC & Technical Support Desk
  • 20.
    • Find the perfect sources for your papers and other research—work with a librarian!
    Reference & Research Assistance Services: Reference & Research Assistance
    • Stop by the Reference & Research Assistance Desk anytime it is open…
    • Make an appointment to work with a subject specialist librarian…
    • Or, ask a question via phone, email, or IM.
  • 21. Writing Center Services: Writing Center Stop in or make an appointment to get 30 minutes of assistance on your writing project from trained experts. All levels and disciplines are welcome!
  • 22. Writing Center Hours: Services: Writing Center Sunday 2 – 7 p.m. Monday – Wednesday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Thursday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • 23. Academic Advising Link Services: Academic Advising Link Academic advisors can connect you with the right academic programs and opportunities and support your journey to academic success.
    • Advising resources
    • Campus-wide academic support
    • General Education Requirements
    • Registration rules & regulations
    • Special Learning Opportunities
    • Degree Progress Audit
    • SPIRE
  • 24. Career Services Services: Career Services
    • Career Services helps students and alumni identify and pursue satisfying careers through a variety of programs and services.
    • Career advice and workshops
    • Resume review
    • Internships
    • More!
  • 25. Learning Resource Center Services: Learning Resource Center
    • Tutoring and supplemental instruction for many difficult first and second year courses.
    • Drop-in help and weekly sessions
    • Students helping students!
    (10th floor of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library) Open Monday-Thursday 1-10 p.m. and Sunday 5-10 p.m.
  • 26. Looking for quiet?
    • Quiet study areas on 2 nd and 3 rd floors provide comfortable seating, electrical outlets, and wireless Internet access
    • Drop-in carrels on 7 th and 10 th floors offer individual study space; day-use lockers also located on these floors.
    • To report noise in quiet areas in the Library, call 1-2272 from a phone in any elevator lobby, or go to the Building Operations Desk on the entrance level.
  • 27. Sample question from OIT Copyright Quiz What is the minimum the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) can make you pay for infringing copyright on just one song ?(Choose one)
    • a. $0.99 per song
    • b. $75.00 per song
    • c. $100.00 per song
    • d. $500.00 per song
    • e. $750.00 per song
  • 28. Sample question from OIT Copyright Quiz What is the minimum the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) can make you pay for infringing copyright on just one song ?(Choose one) Inform yourself. Protect yourself. Take the OIT Copyright Quiz:
  • 29. Can’t get all your research materials at the UMass Amherst Libraries? We can get them for you! Order books and articles through our FAST and FREE Interlibrary Loan service!
  • 30. If you need a BOOK… First try the Five Colleges Libraries , use the Request Item feature within the 5 College catalog. Delivery is within 2 – 3 days. For Books not held in the 5 Colleges or for loans of other types of materials go to the Library’s Interlibrary Loan page http:// . Log in and fill out the ‘Request a Loan' form and the Interlibrary Loan staff will do the rest. Delivery is in 7 - 10 days
  • 31. If you need an ARTICLE… Go to the Library’s Interlibrary Loan page http:// . Log in and fill out the ‘ Request a Copy' form and the Interlibrary Loan staff will do the rest. Electronic delivery is in 1-3 days.
  • 32. Figured out the new research databases page?
  • 33. Pick a subject related to your topic:
  • 34. Hint : Start with the Best Bets Best Bets are recommended databases selected by a librarian with subject expertise
  • 35. You may also find:
    • Subtopics to narrow your subject
    • Subject librarians to contact for help
    • Guides to research in your subject
  • 36. Know the name of the database you want?
  • 37. Know the name of the database you want? Select the first letter of the name to get an alphabetical list.
  • 38. Know the name of the database you want? Or get your search on.
  • 39. Find audio, images, e-books , and more…
  • 40. Any questions ? Get more tips for finding good databases , or help with connection issues.
  • 41. 30,000 online journals 300+ research databases Connect instantly to millions of dollars’ worth of quality, scholarly resources! Start your academic research with the Libraries: One-click access to FREE Interlibrary Loan & help
  • 42. Did a slide go by too quickly? Visit the Learning Commons website: http:// and click Weekly Announcements (under News) View these announcements on the Web!