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What’s New With Computing Sites

The Blake Center in the Ellicott Complex on North Campus

Article by Blake Cooper / Photos by Douglas Levere

Published September 12, 2014

Among the many changes that took place on campus during Summer 2014 (did you notice those freshly-paved roads?) are a few important changes to UB’s public computing sites. Here’s what you need to know:

Blake Cooper (UB Student, Class of 2016) is originally from Canandaigua, NY. He is studying Spanish, Linguistics and Comparative Literature, and beginning work on translating an Argentinian novel into English.

UB's public computing sites offer a convenient place to go online, print or scan assignments and study. Workstations offer the latest UB-licensed software titles. The Lockwood 2nd Floor Cybrary also offers a walk-up counter for the CIT Help Desk.

Scanners Across the Campuses

Lockwood 2nd Floor Cybrary, North Campus

What began as a pilot program in Capen Hall has now been expanded to include the Lockwood Library as well as the Health Sciences Library, Music Library and Law Library. These locations are now fitted with a book-edge scanner station, specifically designed to generate better scans from books without damaging the binding. Students can scan an image, manipulate it with the native software and save it to a thumb drive or send it as an email attachment.

The scanning stations are free to use for all UB students. They are replacing the conventional copiers in the libraries, which previously operated by purchasing a print/copy card. Anyone with print/copy cards with a remaining balance can take them to the circulation desks at these locations.

Software Updates

Capen 1st Floor Cybrary, North Campus

Software titles on public computers have received upgrades for the fall semester; notably, Microsoft Office 2010 has been upgraded to Office 2013. FireFox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome, the three Internet browsers available on the public machines, have each been updated as well.

Software upgrades were also made to the assistive stations, wheelchair-accessible machines that include text-to-speech software (JAWS), speech-to-text software (Dragon), software that enlarges text on the screen (ZoomText), and other programs you'd find on a Cybrary station. The specialty software can be useful to those with motor skill issues, dyslexia or visual impairments.

JAWS and Nat Speaking/Dragon Launcher both received version upgrades.

Faster, More Efficient Printing

Lockwood 2nd Floor Cybrary, North Campus

Two new printers in the 2nd floor Lockwood Cybrary have the potential to make printing faster and more efficient.

Each Toshiba eStudio 1135s will replace multiple printers that were previously in use. The new machines are rated to print 135 pages per minute, which makes them three times more efficient than the previous models.

“We’re going to be testing these printers through the next semester,” Scott told us. “But from what we’ve seen so far, they churn through things like graphics-heavy PowerPoint presentations, which used to slow the old printers down.”

Aside from the potential for faster printing, Scott said there won’t be any difference in how the printers release and receive their print jobs.