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  1. 1. Learning Commons Announcements Week of April 20th 2009 “Nobody ever graduated from a library. Nobody ever graduated without one.”
  2. 2. 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.
  4. 4. 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/
  5. 5. During a FIRE ALARM what do I do with a LIBRARY LAPTOP? IF YOU CAN CARRY IT: IF YOU CANNOT CARRY IT: Bring the laptop with you. Leave the laptop where it is. Return it within 4 hours of the Library reopening. Once you are safe, call (413)545-2358 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
  6. 6. Study Abroad Advising at The Link Mondays: 1:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesdays: 11:15 a.m.—12:15 p.m., 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesdays: 1:00-6:00 p.m. Thursdays: 2:00-4:00 p.m. Brought to you by the International Programs Office, 545-2710, www.ipo.umass.edu, abroad@ipo.umass.edu
  7. 7. The UMass Amherst wireless network is now available on every floor in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. To access the network: 1. Connect to the ‘UMASS’ wireless network. 2. Open a browser. 3. 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.
  8. 8. Remember to:: Save to an external source such as a USB drive or UDrive to avoid data loss if the computer is shut down!!!
  9. 9. “Natural History Prints” by John Green An exhibit of photographs by the Artist, Naturalist and Guide. January 5th to May 8th ISEL: Integrated Science & Engineering Library
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11. Workshops, Spring 2009 With RefWorks, citation management is a snap! Bibliographies are a breeze! Take a workshop and learn more. Registration is required: refworks@library.umass.edu Location: Integrated Science and Engineering Library (ISEL) Dates & times: Tues. 4/27, 7-8pm NOTE: The content of ISEL workshops is the same as those in Du Bois, except science databases will be used as examples.
  12. 12. Remember to:: Save to an external source such as a USB drive or UDrive to avoid data loss if the computer is shut down!!!
  13. 13. 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 For more information, contact Rachel support research, teaching, and Lewellen, Assessment Librarian at coursework. 545-3343 or rlewellen@library.umass.edu.
  14. 14. 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!
  15. 15. 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.
  16. 16. 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 = you are here
  17. 17. 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 = you are here
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. Printing files from SPARK? Avoid problems! Before you print, SAVE YOUR FILE TO THE DESKTOP THEN, open it and print.
  20. 20. 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
  21. 21. Remember to:: Save to an external source such as a USB drive or UDrive to avoid data loss if the computer is shut down!!!
  22. 22. 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
  23. 23. 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
  24. 24. 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!
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. 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!
  27. 27. 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.
  28. 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) • 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
  29. 29. 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
  30. 30. 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)