Learning Commons Technology

The Learning Commons provides:

  • 131 Mac desktop computers and 27 Macbook Pro laptos;
  • 9 PC desktop computers and 16 PC laptops;
  • 2 lynda.com stations;
  • 8 HP LaserJet black and white printers;
  • 6 HP Multifunctional Printers (BizHubs) for printing (all), photocopying (all), scanning (all), and faxing (the middle BizHub on Level 2). All operations can be done in both black and white and color;
  • 5 microfilm/microfiche reader stations able to print and scan.

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 users. In addition, our statistical data shows that 95% application usage in the Learning Commons involves Internet Browsers, PDF readers, and Microsoft Office, which are available on a Mac. Other popular applications – SPSS, MatLab, STATA, R - also do not require Windows OS. A few Windows specific applications, such as ArcGIS and MAXQDA are available on ECDS workstations 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, 2 lynda.com stations

Level 4  - 8 iMacs, 27 Mac laptops and 16 PC laptops

Matheson Reading Room - 6 iMacs.

Saving Your Work
Learning Commons workstations are configured for public use. Therefore, it is absolutely crucial that you save your work to an external media source (USB drive, external HD, etc.) or to a personal space on the web before you log out. Personal user files saved to Learning Commons workstations can be deleted any time. So saving your work to your own media/online storage is necessary to make sure your files are preserved.

Also, before you sart working on a file, please save it to a known location, such as the Desktop or My Documents folder. E.g., if you are working on a Word document attached to an e-mail message, save the document to a known location on the computer's hard drive before you edit the document. This is a good way to make sure that your modifications to the document will not be lost.