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Weekly Announcements from the UMass Amherst Learning Commons in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library

Weekly Announcements from the UMass Amherst Learning Commons in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library

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  • Learning Commons Announcements
    Week of
    March 15th2010
    Spring Break!!
    “Nobody ever graduated from a library.
    Nobody ever graduated without one.”
  • Spring Break 2010 Hours
    Have a safe and relaxing Spring Break!!!
  • DU BOIS CENTER LAUNCHES INAUGURAL SYMPOSIUM
    ~ A Talk by Lonnie Bunch III ~
    Director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture
     
    Amherst, MA - The W.E.B. Du Bois Center hosts its inaugural symposium on Thursday, March 25, 2010, at 5:30 p.m., Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union.
    For more information: Maurice Hobson, Du Bois Center, mhobson@library.umass.edu,
    (413) 545-6483.
  • 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. 
  • Study Abroad Advising
    at
    The Link
    Mondays: 11:00 a.m-2:00 p.m., 4:00-7:00 p.m.
    Tuesdays: 1:15-2:15 p.m., 4:00-7:00 p.m.
    Wednesdays: 12:00-7:00 p.m.
    Thursdays: 4:00-7:00 p.m.
    Fridays: 12:00-2:00 p.m.
    Brought to you by the International Programs Office, 545-2710, www.ipo.umass.edu, abroad@ipo.umass.edu
  • 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
  • Leave something behind in the library?
    Check the Library’s Lost and Found at the Circulation Desk on the Entrance Level.
  • 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
  • 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!
    Check out umass.edu/writingcenter for details and appointments
  • 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!
    • Sunday 5 -10 P.M.
    • Monday - Thursday 1 - 10 P.M.
    Check umass.edu/LRC for details…
  • 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)