Use of the Poynter Library Instruction Classroom is intended to support USF's library instruction, research and service goals, promote user education and emphasize information literacy.
The Library Instruction Classroom is designed for both demonstration of and the practical hands-on learning with various library electronic information systems. Access is available to the Libraries of the USF System Catalogs, the Internet, and various software applications. The Hardware & Software Resources Guide contains a complete listing of all the software & hardware currently available in the room. Secured using a combination of mandatory profiles and system policies, student access to machines is provided according to the needs of the instructor. Software installations cannot be initiated by instructors or users, but will be performed by in-house technicians only. Twenty seven Dell GX 780 computers with 17 inch flat panel screens are available for use as student machines. One instructor machine with a larger 17 inch flat panel augments the instructor desk, all computers employ Windows 7, are fully networked and have unrestricted internet access. The lab is further equipped with two dry erase boards and a PROXIMA 6850 ceiling mounted projection system. The projections system as well as all student machines are set to a resolution of 600X800, although the instructor station and projection system are capable of 1280X1024 resolution with thousands of colors. Also available to the instructor is a Sympodium instructional display system, a videocassette recorder, and a laser pointing unit.
Note: Requests to adopt software in the Library Instruction Classroom must conform to the Software Adoption Guidelines, and be made to the Systems Office at 727 873-4402.
Reservation requests for the Bibliographic Lab will be scheduled by the Bibliographic Instruction Coordinator in accordance to the following order of priority:
- LIS credit courses offered by Poynter Library
- USF faculty requests for graduate/undergraduate class library research or user orientation instruction.
- Workshops or training sessions offered by Poynter Library.
- USF faculty and/or staff presentations /orientations.
- USF sponsored presentations for non-university groups. See schedule of fees below.
- Non-USF group presentations. A fee schedule applies, please contact Systems at 873-4402 for details.
Requests for use of the Library Instruction Classroom will be handled in the order in which they are received and student instruction will take precedence over other group instruction.
USF sponsored groups are considered those that are both HOSTED and ATTENDED by parties employed or funded directly by the University of South Florida. A Non-USF Sponsored group is any party not employed or funded directly by the University of South Florida. In accordance with USF and SUS policies and procedures, such groups will be charged for lab use whether hosting a session or receiving instruction, according to their profit or non-profit status. Any Non-USF sponsored groups as described above, must contact the Office of Systems & Digital Technology to verify any software or hardware requirements beyond those outlined in the Software Inventory and Hardware Specifications, and also contact Tina Neville (neville @ nelson.usf.edu) for availability and fee schedule.
No sessions will be conducted without the presence of a bibliographic instruction librarian, except by prior agreement.
No sessions will be scheduled until at least thirty (30) minutes after the regular opening time of Poynter Library and must be terminated thirty (30) minutes before the library’s regular closing time. Any request for an exception to these time limits should be submitted to the Bibliographic Instruction Coordinator at the time of reservation of the classroom.
No food or drink of any kind will be permitted in the Lab.
Equipment, furniture, or materials may not be removed or temporarily borrowed. The bibliographic Lab will remain locked when no session is scheduled. Appropriate use of the electronic facilities includes observance of copyright restrictions, respect of individuals’ right to privacy, and the prevention of unauthorized access by non permitted users.
Inappropriate user of the electronic faculties includes the downloading or copying of software or files when such action is not part of a classroom assignment or process; using library faculties to harass anyone or to transmit insulting or obscene electronic mail; using library faculties for commercial gain, or attempting to gain access to restricted resources. Such activities are governed by state and federal laws and may result in withdrawal of library privileges and / or further disciplinary action.
For more guidelines and contact information, visit the Poynter Library Public Spaces Guidelines Page.
Printing is provided at cost through a Ricoh mulitfunction system on the first floor, providing printouts at a maximum of 600dpi. Printouts are to be released and paid cash.
The Instructor Station is equipped with a Sympodium desktop control system, which allows the user to use a pen to control the computer or overlay any existing screen with handwritten input. Also included are an equipment management switch, that allows the operation of an overhead projector, DVD/VCR combination unit, as well as assessory inputs for laptop connections.
Also available at the Instructor's podium is a Cisco IP based telephone, which uses the number 973-4594. The phone is handy for web conferences or training sessions with remote audio, and is affixed to the instructor's podium.
To get started, open the left-hand cabinet door to access the computer. Press the power button to turn on the computer, and make sure the display power is also on. Next, open the right-hand cabinet door, to access the switch that controls the overhead projector and all accessory equipment.
Press the ON button in order to power the overhead projector:
When you first push the button ON, you will hear a short tone, and then the light will blink for several seconds. This is normal, and will also occur when you push the OFF button. The time delay is a protection mechanism for the projector, you will have to wait for the light to remain solid before pressing any other buttons on the switch.
On the right-hand side of the switch, you have the option to select an input, of PC, or DVD, or LAPTOP:
Also included on the switch is a volume control, but do be careful to note that the audio levels are determined by the result of BOTH the switch volume and the MS Windows Volume control panel. Please remember to turn the overhead projection system OFF when you leave the room.
The Sympodium unit acts as the primary display for the instructor, but also has several additional buttons available on top of the unit as well as through a left-hand display tab. A simple overview document is available in PDF format. The most often issue with the Symposium pen is that it can become misaligned. To align the pen, use the left-hand Symposium menu on the desktop, choose options, and then calibrate the pen through the Orient/Align option. For a visual aid, you can use these instructions in PDF format.
If you have any questions or concerns, please use the contact information on the left navigation bar to contact Library Systems.