Mac and PC computers in Woodruff
Mac and PC workstations in Woodruff Library Learning Commons
Woodruff Library Learning Commons is a predominantly Mac computing environment. Our experience is that Mac computers are more reliable and are much easier to manage. This gives us the ability to keep the workstation downtime to the minimum and translates into better quality of our services to our patrons. In addition, Mac computers can be configured as dual-boot machines giving the user a choice between Mac and Windows OS. 39 Mac computers in LC are already set up as dual-boot machines, and we would like to increase their number in the future. Finally, our statistic data shows that 95% application usage in Woodruff Learning Commons divides between non-Windows specific applications such as Internet Browsers, LearnLink, and Microsoft Office. Other popular applications – SPSS, MathWorks, STATA, R - also do not require Windows OS. A few Windows specific applications, such as ArcGIS and MAXQDA are installed on the Special Use PC computers on Level 3.
Learning Commons computers may be found in the following areas and spaces:
(The current availability of computers on Levels 1-4 is displayed on the large TV monitor accross the Library Service Desk).
Level 1 - 36 iMacs, 4 PCs
Level 2 - 81 iMacs, 5 PCs, 1 Mac mini in Group Study room 212, 1 iMac in Group Study room 213
Level 3 - 7 iMacs, 3 Mac Pros, 10 PCs
Level 4 - 8 iMac workstations, 25 Mac laptops and 16 PC laptops
Level 6 - 3 iMacs in Group Study rooms 656, 664, and 665
Level 7 - 3 iMacs in Group Study rooms 756, 764, and 765
Level 10 - 2 iMacs (MARBL stations)
In addition Learning Commons features 39 dual-boot Mac computers in three classrooms on Level 3. The classrooms are made accessible to library patrons during the peak times.
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