Mills Learning Commons
We’ve just about finalized our floor plans for the Mills Learning Commons and would like to know what you think of them.
Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) is now available on selected computers in Mills, Innis and Thode. Look for the "Microsoft available here" stickers on computers in Mills and Innis, or ask at any help desk for more information.
Before you build it they will come. At 9 a.m. on the first day of classes, students were already lined up at library computers - a very visual demonstration of the need for the Mills Learning Commons facilities and services.
As part of Phase I of the Commons project, McMaster University Library is pleased to announce new and innovative campus partnerships with the Centre for Student Development (CSD), University Technology Services (UTS) and the Centre for Leadership and Learning (CLL). Together, we are offering new and enhanced services to facilitate learning and research on campus:
- IT Help Desk - visit the IT Help Desk for expert assistance with all your computer questions from setting up accounts (WebCT, MAC ID, etc.) to various computer applications, wireless access and setting up your laptop to use MacConnect (Wireless) and Library public printers. Get help Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to midnight, Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- IM the Library - Instant Messaging is now available Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Services for Students with Disabilities - new full-time co-ordinator, Library Services for Students with Disabilities (Harry Ennis, e-mail: email@example.com; phone: 905-525-9140, ext. 26058.) LSSD is located in Mills Room 218A/A. Drop in Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or by appointment. Later this fall, look for more computers with adaptive technologies such as Kurzweil, Zoomtext and Jaws
- Writing/authoring help - beginning on Sept. 26, CSD staff and peer helpers will offer writing clinics and academic skills counselling in the Learning Lab (Mills Room 218/A). To register for a session, click here.
Some of our enhanced services for this year include:
- in-depth research consultations with librarians. Need help with a class assignment or follow-up on an instruction session? Book an appointment with a reference librarian.
- instruction -sessions on writing skills, IT skills and RefWorks (a citation management tool) have been added to our menu of help sessions.
- Data Services- expert help with specialized electronic research data. This office has been temporarily relocated to Mills 114, and will move to its new permanent location in Mills 111 in mid-October.
In the next few months, we will add approximately 40 computers and more software applications (MS Office, etc.) to the Learning Commons. In Phase II (summer 2006), the McLay Reading Room will be renovated to house additional computers, a quick access area, collaborative study rooms, soft seating and more individual study spaces.
For more information on the Mills Learning Commons Project, visit the project Web site.
Located in Mills room 218/A/A for this academic year, the LSSD is a new service made possible by an innovative partnership between the Library and the Centre for Student Development. Thanks to this partnership, a new full-time Coordinator, Library Services for Students with Disabilties has been appointed (Harry Ennis, email: firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: (905)525-9140, ext. 26058). Make an appointment, or drop by anytime M-F from 9am to 1pm.
In response to high demand for computers on the 2nd floor of Mills, four stations directly across from the Research Help / IT Help Desk have been designated as "Quick Access." Signs have been posted at these stations asking users to restrict their use to 5 minutes.
Get help with setting up your laptop to use MacConnect (Wireless) and Library public printers. Bring your laptop to the IT Help Desk located next to the Research Help Desk (formerly the Reference Desk) on the 2nd floor of Mills Library. IT Help Desk hours are Monday to Friday 10am - midnight, Saturday 10:30 am - 6pm, Sunday 10:30 am - 11pm.
Beginning on Monday, Sept. 12, Library IT staff and student consultants from University Technology Services (UTS) will be available at the new Library IT Help Desk to help you with your computer questions. Assistance will be provided in setting up accounts (WebCT, MAC ID, LibAccess, etc.), printing documents, using various computer applications and obtaining wireless access. The IT Help Desk is located next to the Research Help Desk (formerly the Reference Desk) on the 2nd floor of Mills. Hours are Monday to Friday 10am - midnight, Saturday 10:30 am - 6pm, Sunday 10:30 am - 11pm.
The Library Data Service (LDS) has moved temporarily to room L114, the former "Support Services Room" across from the Interlending office. The LDS promotes and facilitates the use of specialized electronic research data products for McMaster affiliated users (i.e. current McMaster faculty, students and staff). As part of the Mills Learning Commons Project, LDS will soon move into newly-renovated space near the Map Collection. For more information on the Library Data Service, check the LDS Website.