Over the last several years, the John C. Hitt Library has added a variety of technology equipment to be checked out to students. The laptop loan program was implemented in 1999 and has been expanded over the years. Through this program, users can check out a laptop and use it for 4 hours in the library. The first iPad loan program went live in 2010 along with loaning digital and video cameras, Blu-ray players, scanners which can all be checked out for a week. This proposal will outline a plan to provide Dell tablets as a complement and alternative to the iPad. In addition, public scanning stations will be proposed that will give students the opportunity to easily scan material, save it to a flash drive or “in the cloud.” Finally, the replacement of the large monitors in the collaboration space in the Knowledge Commons will be included along with the addition of collaboration systems that will allow students using the space to share their laptop displays on the monitors.
While many students have their own laptops and tablets, on a campus of 60,000 students there are still a substantial number who do not, which is borne out by the circulation numbers for the iPads and laptops. The availability of e-resources (including the emerging e-textbook market), access to streaming video of lectures, online tests, and the amount of campus business that is conducted solely online make access to a PC, laptop, tablet, or other internet-enabled device essential for keeping on top of information students are being sent. Providing scanning technology that provides the student the ability to capture material and save it in a variety of ways gives the student the flexibility to access needed resources and use them in assignments and papers from whatever location on campus the student happens to be. Finally, the ability to share work in a collaborative setting enhances the educational experience and creates an atmosphere for intellectual dialogue.
Without a dedicated technology budget, the Libraries relies on technology fee funding to implement new innovations and replace aging equipment. Extended warranties are included in all purchases and obsolescence is anticipated. By staggering purchases, surveying staff and users regularly, and monitoring new technologies, the Libraries keeps current on the technology needs of users. The Libraries’ IT staff support and maintain current equipment and plan for future enhancements.
The Dell tablets proposed will be configured to have the following: Intel Atom Processor (1.8 GHz), 2 GB memory, 128GB hard drive, Windows 8 (32-bit), 3 year warranty, keyboard case, and Computrace for security. They will be divided between 11 and 8-inch models, which are new in 2013. Library IT has been in negotiation with Dell and the Technology Product Center and the costs in the budget reflect a volume discount. Charging carts will house the tablets where they will be secured and re-imaged after each use.
The KIC Bookeye 4 is a planetary (scans from above) scanner housed in a workstation known for its intuitive design and flexibility. Image Access, with offices in Boca Raton, has provided pricing and specifications for the Bookeye 4. The scanner is widely used in libraries and has a good reputation for ease of use and reliability. The PCs for use with the Bookeye scanners are quoted separately and will be purchased through the Technology Product Center.
The 32” monitors in the Knowledge Commons collaborative work area would be replaced with 42” monitors. Six TeamWork collaboration systems, which will allow 4 laptops to be connected to each monitor, will also be installed. These connections are HDMI. One TeamWork VGA kit will be installed on one station to accommodate users without HDMI cables.
|Unit Cost||Number||Total Cost|
|KIC Bookeye 4||18,682||3||56,046|
|PC for Bookeye||1,200||3||3,600|
|Monitor replacement (42")||900||6||5,400|
|TeamWork collaboration system||2,100||6||12,600|
|TeamWork VGA Kit||679||1||679|
|AY 13-14 Request||176,585|
|AY 13-14 Award||124,835|
Note: The project was awarded funding for 50 Dell tablets instead of 100 and 2 carts instead of 3.
No space is needed for the project.
Last updated April 30, 2014 4:13:36 PM