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Weekly Annoucements from the UMass Amherst Learning Commons.

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    • Learning Commons Announcements
      Week of
      January 25th
      Add/Drop ends Monday
      February 1st at 10 P.M.
      “Nobody ever graduated from a library.
      Nobody ever graduated without one.”
    • Welcome Back to the New,
      Expanded Learning Commons!
      Over wintersession, extensive renovations were completed. Some of the changes are:
      • 5,000 additional sq. ft. of space
      • 8 more study rooms, total = 26
      • Seating space for 400, up from 250
      • Over 200 computers, including more than 30 Macs
      • New multimedia computers
    • HAITI
      In response to the earthquake in Haiti, librarians have compiled a list of resources for the campus community and the public: http://guides.library.umass.edu/haiti.
      You can also go to the Library home page and click on Subject Research Guides. Look for Hot Topics on right hand side.
       The web page includes links to local/international news coverage of this tragedy and organizations that are providing assistance, as well as library resources for background information.  
       
      This page will be updated frequently in the coming days and will reflect current efforts by the library and community organizations to serve residents affected by this event. 
    • Show Us Your Stuff!
      Enter to win the new
      Book Collecting Contest
      You could win $750!
      Deadline: February 19, 2010
      For submission criteria or to apply:
      http://bit.ly/contest_award
      Or email askanarc@library.umass.edu
      Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
      and Special Collections and University Archives
    • Be a winner in this year’s
      Friends of the Library
      Undergraduate Research Award
      Your paper or project could win you $750!
      Deadline: February 19, 2010
      For submission criteria or to apply:
      http://bit.ly/contest_award
      Or email askanarc@library.umass.edu
      Sponsored by the Friends of the Library
      and The Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    • February 1 to May 20
      Opening reception
      Thursday, February 4
      4:00-6:00 pm
      Lower Level
      Du Bois Library
      WRITING THE LANDSCAPE
      Books from the Library of
      American Landscape History
    • www.twitter.com/umassLC
    • Help us make the web site better for you
      The Libraries are gathering input for the upcoming redesign of our website.
       
      Take a brief survey on our home page, let us know what new features you’d like to see, and have a chance to win a USB drive.
       
       
      Go to: www.library.umass.edu and click on
      Help us improve our website
    • The Academic Advising Link
      is a walk-in advising service providing declared and undeclared undergraduates with answers to quick advising questions.
      Experienced Peer Advisors are on hand to assist you with:
      Finding General Education courses
      Interpreting your Degree Progress Report
      Navigating Spire
      and much more!
    • Phone
      Can’t get to the Library? You can still get help from your friendly UMass librarians!
      Instant
      message
      Email
      • Phone
      • Email
      • IM
    • Please Excuse Our Appearance!
      The Du Bois Improvement Project
      Renovations are underway in the Du Bois Library to replace the building’s HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) system and expand the Learning Commons on the Lower Level.
      The project will take approximately two years and will add 5,000 square feet to the Learning Commons.
    • THIS IS BIG.
      POSTER PRINTING NOW AVAILABLEAT THE LEARNING COMMONS
    • THIS IS BIG.
      Print posters up to 42” wide
      Premium satin-finish photo paper
      Great for presentations
      Printing by appointment only
      Learn more:
      http://www.umass.edu/learningcommons/posters/
    • During a FIRE ALARM
      what do I do with a LIBRARY LAPTOP?
      IF YOU CANNOT CARRY IT:
      Leave the laptop where it is.
      Once you are safe, call (413)545-2358
      IF YOU CAN CARRY IT:
      Bring the laptop with you.
      Return it within 4 hours of the Library reopening.
      If you cannot return it within 4 hours:
      Contact the Reserve Office at (413) 545-2358 or appealsrmm@library.umass.edu
      If you follow these instructions, late fees will be waived.
      YOUR SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY
      Leave as quickly as possible
    • The UMass Amherst wireless network is now available on
      every floor in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library.
      To access the network:
      Connect to the ‘UMASS’ wireless network.
      Open a browser.
      Log in with your NetID (OIT Account user name) and password.
      For more information, see:
      www.oit.umass.edu/network/wireless
      Coverage may vary depending upon location. Some areas on each floor (e.g., in the stacks) may have limited or no coverage.
    • Remember to::
      Save your
      Work!!!
       
      Save to an external source such as a USB drive or UDrive
      to avoid data loss if the computer is shut down!!!
    • 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 http://www.library.umass.edu/subject or just use the link on the homepage.
    • Check the availability of OIT computer
      stations in the Learning Commons
      and the Computer Classrooms:
      http://classrooms-av.oit.umass.edu/view.php
      Be sure to check the classroom hours and scheduled
      classes at the site before going to a classroom!
    • 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 http://www.oit.umass.edu/classrooms/printing/remote.html
    • Printing files from SPARK?
      Avoid problems! Before you print,
      SAVE YOUR FILE TO THE DESKTOP
      THEN, open it and print.
    • Services: Reserve, Media & Microforms Department
      Reserve, Media & Microforms Department
      3rd floor, Du Bois Library
      • 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
    • Remember to::
      Save your
      Work!!!
       
      Save to an external source such as a USB drive or UDrive
      to avoid data loss if the computer is shut down!!!
    • Services: LC & Technical Support Desk
      Learning Commons & Technical Support Desk
      Get help with…
      Hardware & software questions
      Accounts, passwords, connections
      Navigating the library and Learning Commons
      Stop by, call, or instant message us
      Open every hour the Library is!!!!
    • Services: Reference & Research Assistance
      Reference & Research Assistance
      Find the perfect sources for your papers and other research—work with a librarian!
      • 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.
      http://www.library.umass.edu/ask
    • Services: Writing Center
      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!
    • Services: Academic Advising Link
      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
    • The Academic Advising Link
      is a walk-in advising service providing declared and undeclared undergraduates with answers to quick advising questions.
      Experienced Peer Advisors are on hand to assist you with:
      Finding General Education courses
      Interpreting your Degree Progress Report
      Navigating Spire
      and much more!
    • Services: Learning Resource Center
      Learning Resource Center
      (10th floor of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library)
      • Tutoring and supplemental instruction for many difficult first and second year courses.
      • Drop-in help and weekly sessions
      • Students helping students!
      • Opening Monday, January 31, 2010
      • Sunday 5 -10 P.M.
      • Monday - Thursday 1 - 10 P.M.
    • Looking for quiet?
      • Quiet study areas on 2nd and 3rd floors provide comfortable seating, electrical outlets, and wireless Internet access
      • Drop-in carrels on 7th and 10th 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.
    • 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
      • A federal jury today ordered a Boston University graduate student to pay four record labels $675,000 in damages for illegally downloading 30 songs and sharing them online. Boston.com 7/31/09
      • That is the equivalent of 115 years of in-state tuition at UMass
      Visit oit.umass.edu/copyright/index.html for information.
    • 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:
      http://www.oit.umass.edu/copyright/quiz.html
    • www.twitter.com/umassLC
    • Did a slide go by too quickly?
      View these announcements on the Web!
      Visit the Learning Commons website:
      http://www.umass.edu/learningcommons
      and click Weekly Announcements(under News)