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Texting the Information Commons

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By , November 3, 2009 3:45 pm

Now you can get research assistance from the Information Commons via your cell phone. You can always call us at 317-940-9235 and talk to us but now you also have the option of texting us.

Just text 265010 and in the body of the text type
buinfocommons: yourmessage.” (Note: You may be charged by your wireless service provider.)

Visit for more ways to contact the Information Commons.

Chalk & Wire

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By , August 28, 2009 3:30 pm

If you are a student interested in training for Chalk & Wire, please visit the list of I.T. Training Sessions. The Information Commons will be supporting use of Chalk & Wire, but not actually performing initial training. That will be done in the I.T. Training Sessions and in individual classes as professors begin to use it.

New Computers in Irwin

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By , August 10, 2009 10:24 am

There are now computers available to students in every quad/section of Irwin Library. We’ve had to use the built-in wireless capabilities of the iMacs to install some of them, which meant removing all Macs from the Reference Lab area. The end result is six more computers available to library patrons in different parts of the building.

Current Summary:

Basement: 2 PCs and 2Macs
in the Education Commons, 1 Mac in the Rich Media Room, 2 PCs in the
General area (where the newspapers used to be)
Main Floor: 25
PCs in the main lab (1 with Scanner), 1 group workstation in the back
of the Reference Collection, 2 group workstations in the Collaborative Learning Spaces
2nd Floor: 1 PC in SE quad, 2 wireless Macs (1 usable as a group workstation) in SW quad, 1 PC & 1 wireless Mac (group workstation) in NW quad, 1 PC in NE quad
3rd Floor: 1 PC in NW quad, 1 wireless Mac in NE quad

Groups in the Library

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By , October 30, 2008 8:35 am

Do you have a group project to work on? The libraries are excellent places for this work. Rather than take up lots of space in the main “computer lab” areas, the libraries encourage you to make use of the spaces that have been designed for group work.

The Science Library has four small group study rooms upstairs. There are no computers in these, so if you need one, you can either bring your own or check out a laptop from the Circulation Desk. There are also two computers across from the Circulation Desk specifically for groups to use.

In Irwin Library, there are three computers on the main floor that are designated as Group Workstations. Downstairs there are a couple more. You can also check on the availability of room IL119, our library instruction room, which is available when a class session has not reserved it. Group study rooms are available downstairs and on the second floor.

If you have any special needs or requests, please stop by the Circulation or Reference Desks or use the Ask A Librarian link on our website.

Reminder: Use BUFiles

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By , March 24, 2008 10:09 am

This is your regular reminder to use BU Files for saving documents, papers, class projects, etc.

Every student (and employee) has space on BUFiles for saving these kinds of files. This is typically mapped to your H: drive, so if you go to any lab computer and click on My Computer, the H: drive should point to your space on BU Files, which is entitled with your Butler username.

Do NOT save important documents to the “Default” or to “My Documents” on the computer you’re sitting at.

ALWAYS make sure you’re saving things to BUFiles (or H:).

Local computers get reimaged, have profiles deleted, etc., causing your files to disappear. This will NOT happen if you save your things on BUFiles. Plus, they will then be accessible from another computer on campus.

Every semester it seems we have a few students in the library who lose documents because they were not saving them to BUFiles. We hope you will read this and act on it before writing your big papers this semester.

If you have any questions about where to save files when you are using library computers, please ask at the Reference Desk.

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