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Weekly Annoucements from the UMass Amherst Learning Commons.

Weekly Annoucements from the UMass Amherst Learning Commons.

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  • 1. Learning Commons Announcements Week of February 9th “ Nobody ever graduated from a library. Nobody ever graduated without one.” 2009
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  • 3. “ Natural History Prints” by John Green An exhibit of photographs by the Artist, Naturalist and Guide. January 5 th to May 8th ISEL: Integrated Science & Engineering Library  
  • 4. Too many databases? Not sure where to start? Don’t be overwhelmed—use a Research Guide! A team of 18 librarians has created over 80 new subject research guides for various topics. These are designed to be convenient and relevant to students and faculty doing research, and can be embedded in SPARK. You can find them at or just use the link on the homepage.
  • 5.   Remember to: : Save to an external source such as a USB drive or UDrive to avoid data loss if the computer is shut down!!!
  • 6. Are you an undergraduate? Are you great at using primary sources? Enter your work for the Friends of the Library Undergraduate Research Award Your paper or project could win you $750! To find out submission criteria, deadlines, or to apply, visit or call Danielle Kovacs at 413-545-2784 or [email_address] Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and The Department of Special Collections and University Archives
  • 7. For more information, contact Rachel Lewellen, Assessment Librarian at 545-3343 or [email_address] . The UMass Amherst Libraries is conducting a brief survey to assess how electronic resources are used. The survey will run during randomly selected times from now until August 2009. During the survey, users will be required to answer 5 short questions before accessing the electronic resources. This information will help us better understand how our resources support research, teaching, and coursework.
  • 8.  
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 11. = you are here
    • Workstations in the LC
    • Public Terminals
    • 58 computers
    • Open to everyone (incl. public)
    • No login
    • Windows XP
    • Web browsers, Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Student
    • Print to public printers (along brick columns between staircases)
    = public printers
  • 12. = 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
  • 13. 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
  • 14. Printing files from SPARK? Avoid problems! Before you print, SAVE YOUR FILE TO THE DESKTOP THEN, open it and print.
  • 15.
    • 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 a laptop, projector, or video camera to use in the library
  • 16.
    • Get help with…
    • Hardware & software questions
    • Accounts, passwords, connections
    • Navigating the library and Learning Commons
    • Stop by, call, or instant message us
    Learning Commons & Technical Support Desk Services: LC & Technical Support Desk
  • 17.
    • 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.
  • 18. 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!
  • 19. 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
  • 20. 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)
  • 21. 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.
  • 22. 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
  • 23. 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:
  • 24. Did a slide go by too quickly? Visit the Learning Commons website: and click Weekly Announcements (under News) View these announcements on the Web!