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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REPRINT OF AN EARLIER POST

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.

New Look for the Home Page Search Box

Today, we are updating the library home page with a redesigned search box that offers easier and more intuitive access to key library resources students and faculty want. Featuring a more modern, clean look, this new design draws on insights gained from a year’s worth of research into the preferences and habits of our users. With their participation in three rounds of usability testing, Baruch students played a central role in shaping the look and feel of the search box.

Old Design (2011 – 2016)

Old Library Search Box

 

 

New Design (2017)

Library Search Box 2017

 

 

A drop-down menu in the new design offers a clearer set of search options (as well as a few new choices):

library-search-box-2017-submenu

 

We hope you’ll give it a try and share with us any feedback you have about the new look.

 

 

 

The Renovation of Baruch College’s Main Student Computer Lab Has Begun!

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.

 

lab-rendering-south-side-with-collaboration-rooms

South side of the lab including collaboration rooms

 

 

lab-rendering-south-side-with-help-desk

South side of the lab showing the help desk

 

 

lab-rendering-south-side-from-above

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

 

 

lab-rendering-north-side-from-above

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

 

 

lab-rendering-printer-alcove-and-byod-area

Printer alcove and bring-your-own-device area

 

 

 

 

 

Baruch Presentations at the 15th Annual CUNY IT Conference on 12/1/2016

The 15th Annual CUNY IT Conference will be held on December 1 and 2 at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

The full conference program and registration information are available on the conference web site.  Listed below are the sessions that include presentations by Baruch College faculty and staff.

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Thursday, December 1 at 1:00

“Technology Accessibility Task Force: An Update on Initiatives to Promote IT Accessibility Across CUNY”

Explores IT accessibility needs at CUNY and recent initiatives to promote accessibility tools and awareness at CUNY. Will highlight the new Accessibility website, recent surveys on needs in classrooms and other spaces, and recent initiatives to make IT more accessible to those with disabilities.

Arthur Downing, VP for Information Services and CIO, Dean of the Library, Baruch College

Caryn Giananti, Senior Research Analyst, Office of Institutional Research, CUNY Central

Carlos Herrera, Task Force Coordinator; Assistant Director, Services for Students with Disabilities, Queensborough Community College

Joseph Sherman, Accessibility Specialist, Office of Computing and Information Services, CUNY Central

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Thursday, December 1 at 2:15

“Redefining ‘Success’ in the Hybrid Course”

How have hybrid courses complicated traditional notions of success in a classroom? What are the challenges in comparing the “success” of a hybrid course with the “success” of a traditional course? Current and former Center for Teaching and Learning directors and the faculty liaison at Baruch College discuss how hybridizing has created shifts in assignment design, student learning outcomes and student self-perceptions of learning that challenge and redefine success.

Allison Lehr-Samuels, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Baruch College

Kannan Mohan, Former Director of the CTL, Baruch College

Cheryl Smith, Faculty Liaison to CTL, Baruch College

Laurie Hurson, Hybrid Coordinator at the CTL, Baruch College

Lindsey Albracht, Hybrid Coordinator at the CTL, Baruch College

Baruch Presents at the Annual CUNY IT Conference

Baruch College faculty and staff are making four presentations at the 13th Annual CUNY IT Conference, which will be held on December 4 and 5, 2014.  The information regarding those sessions is provided below.  The full conference program and registration information may be found on the conference web site.

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E Pluribus Unum: Coordinating Digital Programs at Baruch College

(Federated Systems Track) – 12/4 @ 1:00 p.m.

Baruch College Library’s Digital Initiative builds bridges to connect disparate digital assets management solutions across campus. Faculty librarians outline their approach to establishing a campus-wide policy and workflow to collect, digitize, and ingest digital materials for user access and long-term preservation. Pioneers from the Office of Communications and Marketing discuss the challenges of this collaborative process, changes in practices, and the upcoming transformation of their photo library.

Speakers:
Arthur Downing
, Vice President for Information Services and Dean of the Library, Baruch College
Kimmy Szeto, Assistant Professor – Metadata Librarian, Newman Library, Baruch College
Jessica Wagner, Assistant Professor – Digital Initiatives Librarian, Newman Library, Baruch College
Jean Strong, Digital Communications Manager, Office of Communications, Marketing & Public Affairs, Baruch College
Amalia Reinhardt, Graphic Designer, Office of Communications, Marketing & Public Affairs, Baruch College

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Building Pedagogically-Sound and Technologically-Smart Hybrid Courses

(Pedagogies Track) – 12/5 @ 9:30 a.m.

Baruch’s Center for Teaching and Learning supports the College’s effort to bolster its online and hybrid course offerings with seminars that guide faculty through the process of transitioning from a face-to-face to a hybrid mode of instruction. Faculty members from multiple disciplines think, write, and talk through how hybridization may augment existing learning goals, the ideal architecture of online spaces, and how assignments and assessments should be reshaped.

Speakers:
Luke Waltzer
, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Baruch College
Kate O’Donoghue, Hybrid Coordinator, Center for Teaching and Learning, Baruch College
Debra Caplan, Assistant Professor of Theatre, Baruch College
Antonietta D’Amelio, Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages & Comparative Literature, Baruch College
Kannan Mohan, Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems, Baruch College

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Utilizing Technology to Foster and Empower Student Entrepreneurship Across CUNY

(Networking Track) – 12/5 @ 1:00 p.m.

The CUNY Center for Student Entrepreneurship (CSE) is a Baruch College led University-wide network to support/ encourage student entrepreneurship. The student Incubator “kicked-off” July 1, 2014. More broadly, technology is essential to link campus-based outposts with CSE to inform and engage interested students and faculty, culminating in an incubator/accelerator experience. This session will present convening, supporting and servicing elements, forming an emerging entrepreneurship technology platform across CUNY.

Speakers:
John Clark
, CUNY Central Office, Acting Executive Director, CUNY Center for Student Entrepreneurship, (CSE).
Edward Rogoff, Baruch College, Co-Academic Director, CSE
Stuart Schulman, Baruch College, Co-Academic Director, CSE
Christoph Winkler, Baruch College, Director, Technology, Innovation and Research, CSE
Edgar Troudt
, Kingsborough Community College, Director, Technology, CUNY Institute for Virtual Enterprise (IVE)

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Vocat 3.0: Ongoing Use and Future Development

(Tools Track) – 12/5 @ 2:15 p.m.

Since the release of the rebuilt Vocat in Spring 2014, evaluators have used the tool’s time-stamped annotations, peer review, server-side video processing, and video embeds in exciting ways. In this presentation, current Vocat users will share their innovative projects, and Center for Teaching and Learning staff will detail how current use is shaping ongoing development.

Speakers:
Luke Waltzer
, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Baruch College
Craig Stone, Educational Technology Specialist, Center for Teaching and Learning, Baruch College
Anderson Evans, Vocat Coordinator, Center for Teaching and Learning, Baruch College
Dennis Dolack, Writing and Communications Tutorial Coordinator, Student Academic Consulting Center, Baruch College
Julia Goldstein, Adjunct Professor, Communication Studies / Communication Fellow, Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute, Baruch College
Debra Hilborn, Adjunct Professor, Communication Studies; Communication Fellow / Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute, Baruch College

 

OneSearch, a New Tool for Finding Books, Articles, DVDs, CDs, in One Place

onesearch

This week the library is launching a new search tool called OneSearch. With OneSearch, you can go to the yellow search bar on the library website and search for books, articles, DVDs, CDs, and reports all in one place. In the past, you’d have to run separate searches to do that, but now you can use one tool to find a wide variety of sources.

OneSearch brings together:

  • listings from the library catalog for all the:
    • books, DVDs, and CDs we own,
    • journals, magazines, and newspapers we have in print or microfilm,
    • journals, magazines, and newspapers we have in e-formats;
  • a huge article database that represents the majority of all the articles from journals, magazines, and newspapers that we have in full-text online.

This new search service also represents a major upgrade over our previous  “Articles” search on the old search bar. You can still run articles-only searches from the search bar by using the “Articles” tab, but results now will be served up by our improved OneSearch engine.

As you search, it’s recommended that you sign in using your library ID number (found on the lower right side of your Baruch ID card) so that you can:

  • see all the possible search results,
  • request copies of books held at other CUNY libraries,
  • renew the loan period for any books you’ve checked out.

We think you’re going to find OneSearch an efficient way to search across a wide range of sources, especially when you’re not sure where to begin your search. As you use the service, we’d love to hear to what you think of it. Please share your experiences with it by using the green “feedback” button found on every page in OneSearch.

A New Master Plan for the Library – Input from Library Users Needed

Baruch College is undertaking an important study aimed at aligning our Library spaces with the changing needs of our users. The ultimate goal is to create a framework for phased renovation, adapting to the changing trends in how we teach and learn in a 21st century academic environment, that will enable increased collaborative and individual study, provide new and enhanced learning technologies and library services, and provide greater flexibility and choice of places to study and do work while maximizing the utilization of our space resources.

One of the critical first steps in exploring opportunities for improvement is to understand users’ needs and preferences. Over the next 3 months, we will conduct a number of activities aimed at better understanding these needs, including:

  1. Interviews and Workshops
  2. Online Library Performance Survey for Students, Faculty and Staff
  3. Observational Studies

Invitations for participation in these activities will be sent to members of the Baruch Community  shortly. Your input and support will be essential to the success of this transformational initiative.

Library Tests the Addition of Electrical Outlets to Study Tables

In response to a request from Undergraduate Student Government the Library is testing the addition of electrical outlets to the large study tables.  Each unit has 3 electrical outlets plus 2 USB ports for re-charging mobile devices.  The first unit has been installed on a table on the North side of the second floor (see photo below).  If the test is successful and users are satisfied, units will be installed on tables throughout the library.

outlet

So what are those New Media Artspaces, anyway?

New Media Artspace

It may have been the glimpse of a video that caught your eye as you rushed off to the elevator. Or maybe it was a brightly colored sign that caused you to pause on the way to checkout. Or maybe you saw students clustered around a screen on the 3rd floor and wondered… what are those New Media Artspaces?

By renovating the old pay phone booths in the library, the Department of Fine and Performing Arts and Newman created innovative exhibition space for the New Media Arts program. Underexposed, the first exhibition by the first cohort to complete the New Media Arts minor at Baruch, presents works in a range of media such as single channel video, animation, and photography.  Playing through August, Underexposed celebrates our New Media students while raising the profile of the arts at Baruch College.

Check out the current exhibition at the Artspace on each floor of the library, and expect more curated interdisciplinary artworks by international artists, students, alumni, and faculty showcased there soon.

For more information about the exhibition, please visit: www.newmediartspace.info