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2009 September


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2009 September

  1. 1. Learning Commons Announcements<br />Week of September 7th<br /> 2009<br />Welcome Back!!!!!!!!!!<br />“Nobody ever graduated from a library.<br /> Nobody ever graduated without one.”<br />
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  3. 3. Please Excuse Our Appearance! <br />The Du Bois Improvement Project<br />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. <br />The project will take approximately two years and will add 5,000 square feet to the Learning Commons.<br />
  5. 5. THIS IS BIG.<br />Print posters up to 42” wide<br />Premium satin-finish photo paper<br />Great for presentations<br />Printing by appointment only<br />Learn more:<br /><br />
  6. 6. During a FIRE ALARM<br />what do I do with a LIBRARY LAPTOP?<br />IF YOU CANNOT CARRY IT:<br />Leave the laptop where it is.<br />Once you are safe, call (413)545-2358<br />IF YOU CAN CARRY IT: <br />Bring the laptop with you.<br />Return it within 4 hours of the Library reopening.<br />If you cannot return it within 4 hours:<br />Contact the Reserve Office at (413) 545-2358 or<br />If you follow these instructions, late fees will be waived.<br />YOUR SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY <br />Leave as quickly as possible<br />
  7. 7. The UMass Amherst wireless network is now available on<br />every floor in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. <br />To access the network: <br />Connect to the ‘UMASS’ wireless network.<br />Open a browser.<br />Log in with your NetID (OIT Account user name) and password.<br />For more information, see: <br /><br />Coverage may vary depending upon location. Some areas on each floor (e.g., in the stacks) may have limited or no coverage. <br />
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  9. 9. Remember to::<br />Save your<br /> Work!!!<br /> <br />Save to an external source such as a USB drive or UDrive<br />to avoid data loss if the computer is shut down!!!<br />
  10. 10. Too many databases? Not sure where to start? <br />Don’t be overwhelmed—use a Research Guide! <br />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. <br />
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  12. 12. Check the availability of OIT computer<br />stations in the Learning Commons <br />and the Computer Classrooms:<br /><br />Be sure to check the classroom hours and scheduled <br />classes at the site before going to a classroom! <br />
  13. 13. Workstations in the LC<br />Public Terminals<br /><ul><li> 58 computers
  14. 14. Open to everyone (incl. public)
  15. 15. No login
  16. 16. Windows XP
  17. 17. Web browsers, Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Student
  18. 18. Print to public printers (along brick columns between staircases)</li></ul>= public printers<br />= you are here<br />
  19. 19. Workstations in the LC<br />OIT Terminals<br /><ul><li> Around 125 computers located around edges of LC
  20. 20. Open to UMass faculty, staff, students (log in with NetID)
  21. 21. Windows XP AND Mac OSX
  22. 22. Lots and lots of software! (Office, Photoshop, Acrobat…)
  23. 23. Print to OIT printers</li></ul>= OIT printers<br />= you are here<br />
  24. 24. OIT’s Remote Printing Service is here!<br /><ul><li> Install a small plug-in on your own computer
  25. 25. Send print jobs from your dorm room or the campus wireless network to Learning Commons printers
  26. 26. You have 8 hours to come pick up your print job.</li></ul>Want to learn more?<br /><ul><li>Ask at the Learning Commons & Technical Support Desk, or
  27. 27. Visit the OIT website at</li></li></ul><li>Printing files from SPARK?<br />Avoid problems! Before you print, <br />SAVE YOUR FILE TO THE DESKTOP<br />THEN, open it and print.<br />
  28. 28. Services: Reserve, Media & Microforms Department<br />Reserve, Media & Microforms Department<br />3rd floor, Du Bois Library<br /><ul><li>Get readings that your professors have assigned for class
  29. 29. Borrow or view DVDs, audio recordings, and other media
  30. 30. Explore the retrofuturistic world of Microforms</li></ul>Borrow a laptop, projector, or video camera to use in the library<br />
  31. 31. Remember to::<br />Save your<br /> Work!!!<br /> <br />Save to an external source such as a USB drive or UDrive<br />to avoid data loss if the computer is shut down!!!<br />
  32. 32. Services: LC & Technical Support Desk<br />Learning Commons & Technical Support Desk<br />Get help with…<br />Hardware & software questions<br />Accounts, passwords, connections <br />Navigating the library and Learning Commons<br />Stop by, call, or instant message us<br />Open every hour the Library is!!!!<br />
  33. 33. Services: Reference & Research Assistance<br />Reference & Research Assistance<br />Find the perfect sources for your papers and other research—work with a librarian!<br /><ul><li>Stop by the Reference & Research Assistance Desk anytime it is open…
  34. 34. Make an appointment to work with a subject specialist librarian…
  35. 35. Or, ask a question via phone, email, or IM.</li></ul><br />
  36. 36. Services: Writing Center<br />Writing Center<br />Stop in or make an appointment to get 30 minutes of assistance on your writing project from trained experts. <br />All levels and disciplines are welcome!<br />
  37. 37. Services: Academic Advising Link<br />Academic Advising Link<br />Academic advisors can connect you with the right academic programs and opportunities and support your journey to academic success.<br /><ul><li>Advising resources
  38. 38. Campus-wide academic support
  39. 39. General Education Requirements
  40. 40. Registration rules & regulations
  41. 41. Special Learning Opportunities
  42. 42. Degree Progress Audit
  43. 43. SPIRE </li></li></ul><li>Services: Learning Resource Center<br />Learning Resource Center<br />(10th floor of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library)<br /><ul><li> Tutoring and supplemental instruction for many difficult first and second year courses.
  44. 44. Drop-in help and weekly sessions
  45. 45. Students helping students!
  46. 46. Opening Monday, September 21, 2009
  47. 47. Sunday 5 -10 P.M.
  48. 48. Monday - Thursday 1 - 10 P.M.</li></li></ul><li>Looking for quiet?<br /><ul><li>Quiet study areas on 2nd and 3rd floors provide comfortable seating, electrical outlets, and wireless Internet access
  49. 49. Drop-in carrels on 7th and 10th floors offer individual study space; day-use lockers also located on these floors.
  50. 50. 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.</li></li></ul><li>Sample question from OIT Copyright Quiz<br />What is the minimum the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) can make you pay for infringing copyright on just one song?(Choose one)<br /><ul><li> a. $0.99 per song
  51. 51. b. $75.00 per song
  52. 52. c. $100.00 per song
  53. 53. d. $500.00 per song
  54. 54. e. $750.00 per song</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>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. 7/31/09
  55. 55. That is the equivalent of 115 years of in-state tuition at UMass</li></ul>Visit for information.<br />
  56. 56. Sample question from OIT Copyright Quiz<br />What is the minimum the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) can make you pay for infringing copyright on just one song?(Choose one)<br />Inform yourself. Protect yourself.<br />Take the OIT Copyright Quiz:<br /><br />
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  58. 58. Did a slide go by too quickly?<br />View these announcements on the Web!<br />Visit the Learning Commons website:<br /><br />and click Weekly Announcements(under News)<br />