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:
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
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 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.
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.