Portable Assistive Technology to Borrow in Newman Library

portable text reader in library

OrCam Text Reader

The Newman Library has added a set of portable assistive technology devices to help ensure that all library users have access to the collections and services we offer.  Each item was selected in consultation with the College’s Office of Services to Students with Disabilities.  The devices are available only for use within the Newman Library by all current CUNY students, faculty, and staff.  Items are loaned at the access services loan desk on the 2nd floor of the library and must be returned before that desk closes for the day.  To avoid incurring an overdue fine borrowers should check with the library desk staff regarding the time that an item is due to be returned at the time that it is borrowed.

The following are the devices available for loan at the time of this post.  Other devices will be added based on recommendations from library users and the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities.

  • Audio Technica Noise-Cancelling headphones
  • Dell Latitude – software includes Dragon Naturally Speaking, ZoomText/ZoomText Fusion, Jaws for Windows, OpenBook
  • Explore 5 Video Magnifier – used to magnify text
  • Focus 40 Braille Display – Braille input device
  • iPad – has built-in assistive technology
  • MacBook Pro – software includes Kurzweil 3000, Dragon Speaking Naturally
  • ORCAM My Reader – allows users to take photos and device will read back text or describe items
  • Orion TI-84 Talking Graphing Calculator – talking version of standard TI-84
  • Rock Adapted Joystick – alternative to a standard mouse
  • Roger FM System (includes Pen, Table Mic & Mylink with headphones) – used to amplify/hear voice
  • Ruby 7 HD Video Magnifier – used to magnify text
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab – has built-in assistive technology
  • UbiDuo – pair of screens with integrated keyboards for real-time face-to-face interaction
  • Victor Reader Stream- used to amplify sound
  • Wave Rollerball – alternative to a standard mouse
  • ZoomText Large Print Keyboard- keyboard has oversized keys

Atrium Ceiling Glass Replacement Project

The scaffolding in the Library has been constructed to enable workers to replace the glass in the ceiling of the atrium, which has been the source of flooding in the building.

It will take approximately three weeks for the scaffolding to be fully built and it will occupy the entire atrium space.   The project will take at least six months.

Library users should follow the signs to navigate safely around the work area and to locate services that have been temporarily moved.

Library Atrium Scaffolding on Day One

First day of construction of the scaffolding

We regret the inconvenience to library users while this necessary repair work is done.  The project reflects the longstanding commitment of the College to maintain our building for the benefit of current and future members of the Baruch College community.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this project.

 

UPDATE: October 24, 2018

The scaffolding now extends farther to the west side of the floor (see accompanying photo.).  Once completed it will enclose the entire interior of the atrium space on the 2nd floor with a central passageway leading from the entrance to the spiral staircase

Library Atrium Scaffolding on Day 2

Second day of construction of the scaffolding

The reference desk has relocated to room 225 on the northeast side.  Signs are posted to direct library users to the new location.  Today the standing workstations in the center of the atrium space will begin to be relocated to the perimeter of the space.  Students who use these computers to submit print jobs are reminded that the College provides a mobile printing service that enables students to submit jobs from their own mobile devices whether on or off campus.  Students do not need to log into a computer on campus to print.  Details on the mobile printing service are provided in a previous news post.

UPDATE: November 13, 2018

The construction of the scaffolding has progressed past the library floors and has almost reached the atrium ceiling.

Scaffolding near roof of Library

Scaffolding on November 12, 2018

Mobile Printing for Baruch Students

Students may use their printing accounts to send documents from their mobile devices to any printer in the Library or the computer labs.  There is no need to wait on line to log into a computer workstation on campus just to print.  Students may send documents to the print queue from home, the local Starbucks®, or anywhere with a wifi connection.  The print job can be released at any student print station on campus.  The charge to the printing account occurs only when the print is actually produced.  Remote printing requests that are sent to the queue, but are not printed are automatically deleted with no charge within a couple of hours.  Students can use mobile printing by the cloud service via any web browser (https://printing.baruch.cuny.edu/) or by installing an app that is available for Apple and Android devices.  Details are provided on the Wireless Printing web page.

How to Borrow a Calculator from the Newman Library for Fall 2018

graphing calculatorThe Library has 677 TI-89 graphing calculators available for Baruch College students to borrow for the fall 2018 semester.  Students who are interested in borrowing a calculator must enter their Baruch email address on the calculator distribution entry form.

Students will be selected from the list at random at 7:00 a.m. on September 4, 2018 and notified by e-mail to come to the circulation desk to pick up the calculator.  Students who are selected from the waiting list will have until 10:00 p.m. on September 10 to pick up the calculator.  Calculators that are not picked up by that time will be distributed at the 2nd floor circulation desk on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9:00 a.m. on September 11.  Each student may only submit one entry to the waiting list.  Multiple entries will result in disqualification from the calculator loan process.  Entries must be submitted by 7:00 a.m. on September 4.

Results of the Technology Loan Service Desk Survey

student using tech loan kioskThe Library conducted its first formal survey of users of the technology loan service desk from April 23 through May 18, 2017.  We received 173 responses.  The winner of the $20 Amazon gift card incentive was Brenda Kuang.  We were pleased to see that overall satisfaction with the service is high with 96% of respondents reporting being satisfied or very satisfied.  We were also pleased that two-thirds of users reported waiting times of 2 minutes or less, while 92% of borrowers were served in 5 minutes or less.

However, we also learned quite a bit about what needs to be done to improve the service for our students.  Based on the responses, we commit to doing the following:

  • Install additional software: Adobe Creative Cloud, statistical software, video editing, Chrome, etc.
  • (Re)Enable Printing on the Baruch Network: This was available until we postponed an upgrade of our print management system.  We will make wifi printing active on all the laptops again.
  • Add equipment to loan:  Phone and laptop chargers,  headphones, mice, cameras, microphones, etc.
  • Upgrade equipment: We are replacing many units with newer models over the summer.
  • Increase the Number of MacBooks and units that loan for 3 days.
  • Continue to reduce waiting time: We are looking into additional staff and streamlined procedures.
  • Expand Self-Service: We are purchasing a new loan kiosk for the Library and an additional, larger one for the 6th floor computer lab.

The technology loan service is among the most heavily used services of the Newman Library with over 50,000 loan transactions recorded between February and May 2017.

 

 

 

Launch of Platform for Baruch’s Student Authors

The William and Anita Newman Library is pleased to announce the launch of Academic Works, a new online platform for showcasing the scholarly and creative work of Baruch students and faculty.

This service provides students with the opportunity to make their works of scholarship freely available online for the world to view and download. Not only is each work given a stable, permanent location on the web, it is also indexed automatically by Google Scholar and CUNY’s OneSearch system, thereby increasing the likelihood of easy discovery by searchers around the world. Since the launch of CUNY Academic Works at several CUNY campuses in 2015, hundreds of faculty and students have uploaded more than 14,000 items into their local campus collections.

Interest from scholars and students globally has been amazing: there have already been nearly 600,000 downloads of items from the CUNY collections. The launch of Academic Works at Baruch College is part of our effort to highlight the scholarship of our students. This new digital showcase, which already includes over 70 undergraduate honors theses, will soon include student posters from Creative Inquiry Day. For more information, please see the library’s guide to the service.

On a related note, the Newman Library is planning an exhibition of published works by Baruch students in fall 2017. Students who are interested in having their work considered for inclusion should contact cio@baruch.cuny.edu.

 

Academic Works Launched at Baruch

The William and Anita Newman Library is pleased to announce the official Baruch launch of CUNY Academic Works, a service that expands the reach of the scholarly and creative output of our faculty and students. This service provides members of the Baruch community with an online platform where they can make their works of scholarship freely available online for the world to view and download. Not only is each work given a stable, permanent location on the web, it is also indexed automatically by Google Scholar and CUNY’s OneSearch system, thereby increasing the likelihood of the work being discovered easily by searchers around the world. In our soft launch phase at Baruch this spring, we already uploaded over 200 items (articles, book chapters, honors theses, etc.), including more than 60 publications by Dean Aldemaro Romero Jr., and have seen those items downloaded seven thousand times by users from more than one hundred countries.

Since the launch of Academic Works at several CUNY campuses in 2015 hundreds of faculty and doctoral students from across the university have uploaded more than 14,000 items into their local campus collections. Interest from scholars and students globally has been amazing: there have already been almost 600,000 downloads of items from the CUNY collections.

In the fall, the library will offer a workshop for faculty about how they can use CUNY Academic Works to boost their scholarly profile and reach a wider audience. Details for this event will be announced in August. For more information about CUNY Academic Works, including instructions on how to upload items to the Baruch collections, please see the library’s guide to the service.

Computer Lab Renovation Update

UPDATE:  August 25, 2017

The Martin E. (’59) and Laurie Kaplan Computing & Technology Center is open on schedule.

Staff reasdy to assist users at the help desk counter

Staff at the New Help Desk

 

 

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The College is on schedule with a complete renovation of the 6th floor student computer lab that will provide all new equipment and furniture, group collaboration rooms, and an expanded help desk.  The new lab will open for the fall 2017 semester. The construction work has now progressed to the north side of the floor where the entire wall will be removed to extend student seating to the windows.  As a result, the lab will be closed from April 7 through August 25.

Dmolition of the North Wall in the Main Computer Lab

Removal of the North Wall (4/17/2017)

North Side of Main Computer lab facing the atrium under construction

North Side Facing the Atrium (4/17/2017)

To accommodate lab users during this construction period, additional computers were placed throughout the Library, including rooms 344, 444 and 544.  Printers were added to the Library’s third floor lounge area and in rooms 360, 460 and 560.  Computer labs will also be available on the east side of the Vertical Campus on the 6th floor from 8:00 a.m. until 11:30 p.m.

Below are photos of the work in progress on the SOUTH side of the lab.  We look forward to announcing to the Baruch community the Grand Reopening of the Martin and Laurie Kaplan Computing and Technology Center.

Painting Lab Collaboration Room

Group Collaboration Room Being Painted

Wood base of future help desk

New IT Help Desk Under Construction

 

Lab Printer Alcove Under Construction

Building a Printer Alcove

Carpentry Work in New Aisle Toward Desk

Carpentry Work in Aisle Facing New Help Desk

Installing wheel chair height counters in lab

Installing Wheelchair Height Counters

Wiring Help Desk Staff Area

Wiring the Help Desk Staff Area

View of 2 study rooms from lab floor

Collaboration Area Before Installation of Glass Walls

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The Project

Baruch College is undertaking a complete renovation and upgrade of the main student computer lab on the sixth floor of the Information and Technology Building at 151 East 25th Street. Work will begin on Wednesday, November 16, and is expected to last through Summer 2017. Our goal is to have the entire facility renovated by the start of classes in Fall 2017.  Although we regret the inconvenience students will experience during the renovation period, the College looks forward to providing an outstanding, new student-centered facility.

The new features of the lab will include:

  • An expansion of the total area of the lab with student seating extending to the windows through the removal of the interior wall on the north side of the floor
  • Easy access to the help desk, relocated to the entrance hall area
  • 6 new student collaboration rooms with special presentation and conferencing equipment
  • New computers at every seat plus new printers, scanners, and other equipment for student use
  • New furnishings— tables, chairs, and lounge seating— to support group work as well as individual work
  • Electrical outlets at every table
  • A bring-your-own-device area

Schedules and Accommodations: What to Expect

The renovation will be accomplished in two phases.

Phase one will start with the construction of a temporary wall to separate the lab’s north and south sides. Full-scale construction will then begin on the south side, while the north side remains open. Once the south side renovation is completed, the south side will reopen.

Phase two of the work will focus on the north side.

Note: While each side is under construction, lab computers will be relocated and available on various floors of the Newman Library. To accommodate extra use of the library, temporary additional seats will be available on each floor for the duration of the project.

The architectural renderings of the renovated lab are provided below.

Architect's rendering

South side of the lab including collaboration rooms

 

Rendering of Baruch College wallpaper on lab wall

South side of the lab showing the help desk

 

Aerial view of corridor and help desk

South side of the lab from above showing help desk and entrance

 

Rows of tables with soft cusioned chairs along entrance corridor

North side of the lab with lounge seating and individual work stations from above

 

center table with printer on left and alcove on left

Printer alcove and bring-your-own-device area

 

Academic Works Launched at Baruch

The William and Anita Newman Library is pleased to announce the Baruch launch of CUNY Academic Works, a service that will greatly expand the reach of the scholarly and creative output of our faculty and students. This new service provides members of the Baruch community with an online platform where they can make their works of scholarship freely available online for the world to view and download. Not only will each work be given a stable, permanent location on the web, each work will also be indexed automatically by Google Scholar and by CUNY’s OneSearch system, thereby multiplying the likelihood of those works being readily discovered by searchers around the world.

To learn how to contribute, see the CUNY Academic Works guide.

North Campus HVAC Project Update

As reported earlier this month, Baruch College—in partnership with the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY)—is working to upgrade the HVAC systems of the North Campus. An important piece of this $14 million capital project is replacing the cooling towers on the roofs of the Newman Vertical Campus (NVC) and the Information and Technology Building. These towers play a significant role in the maintenance of temperature.

Unfortunately, this work has been slightly delayed. Here is an update:

This past Saturday, Jan. 28, a street crane successfully removed the existing cooling towers of the Information and Technology Building (see image left). The downside of removal, however, is that there is no direct way to modulate the temperatures throughout the NVC and the Information and Technology Building while work is in progress.

Crane lifting temporary cooler in place

Be advised that campus engineers are doing their best to accommodate temperature-related complaints. The problem: When heat is reduced in one area, another area becomes even colder, and vice versa. Unfortunately, we anticipate that this situation will continue through this week, until the temporary chiller‒moved to accommodate the crane and other connections‒is back in operation.

Expected to be operational by Monday, Feb. 6, the temporary chiller will make it easier to modulate temperature. The first of the new cooling towers should be operational at the end of March or beginning of April, and the entire project is scheduled for completion this summer.

When completed, this upgrade will allow campus engineers to control the numerous components that balance the heating and air conditioning to the North Campus floors and rooms.

We apologize for any inconvenience and will continue to keep you apprised of developments.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Lisa Edwards
Assistant Vice President of Campus Facilities