Archive for the ‘Technology’ category

Active Engagement in the Electronic Classroom

August 21st, 2018

This summer the Library’s electronic classroom underwent a complete renovation. The new space allows for increased group collaboration and active learning. Some of the new features include:

  • New PCs operating on Windows 10
  • Four mobile tables that promote active learning and engagement
  • Space for laptop use
  • 5 LCD monitors equipped with AirPlay and HDMI connection

All of our PCs are equipped with Faronics Insight, a software that allows instructors to take over student’s screens and display what is on the lectern’s screen. This feature is useful when guiding students through navigating the library’s databases and various other resources. The 5 LCD screens allow students to display their solo or group projects to the table, thus promoting collaboration and group feedback.  For more information on active learning, check out this article published in the Journal of Learning Spaces. Faculty are able to schedule instruction sessions in the e-classroom. More information on how to do that can be found here. 

Here are some photos depicting the upgrades and renovations.


Gleeson’s Newest Technological Additions

January 25th, 2018

The Reference Department computer lab by the entrance of the library now features brand new iMacs and Windows 10 computers, both of which are powered by super-fast solid state drives. If you’re looking to use Photoshop, head up to the iMac classroom on the 2nd floor — you can use it whenever there is not a class in there.

Reference Desk Moving / Computer Lab Closing

July 19th, 2016

Construction work in the Reference Room on the 1st floor of the library will begin the morning of Wednesday, July 20th, and be completed before the start of the Fall semester.

Reference Desk Services
During this time, Reference Desk services will move to the 2nd floor group study area, and remain there until construction work is completed.

Reference Room Computer Lab
The Reference Room Computer Lab will be closed during construction. ITS computer labs are available on the 1st floor of the library in the north-east part of the building, and on the 2nd floor along the windows on the north side of the building.

USF students, faculty and staff can also checkout laptop computers at the Access Services desk.

Pharos and Lab Closure October 14

October 1st, 2013

When you think of Gleeson Library, do you think of printers?

Most of the students who enter through our gates do, and I can’t blame them: I’m practically obsessed with the printers in the library since they tend to be the most used on campus.

ImageTypical day in the Reference Dept computer lab

You may have noticed that the campus has switched to printing through the photocopiers, a system dubbed Pharos. You may have also noticed the computer lab in the Reference department of Gleeson Library is still running on the old system, the retro GoPrint.

But no more!

On Monday, October 14, 2013 (the first day of Fall Break), the computer lab in the Reference Department of Gleeson Library will be closed so we can take out GoPrint, put in Pharos, and make sure everything is working correctly. We will have two dedicated Pharos black and white printers in the lab and one job-selection screen.

Once the equipment is installed and the computers are correctly configured, you can send print jobs from anywhere on campus (personal laptop/desktop or computer lab) and you can pick them up anywhere on campus (just find the nearest Pharos/Ricoh brand copier/printer)—the computer lab in the Reference Department will be just one more location you can do both.

Happy printing!

USF Book Club: April and May Selections

March 19th, 2012

Book Club is breaking out of our habit of reading books about boys/kids who have lost their fathers!

April 13, 2012 (Fri), 12-1 pm: A Private Life by Jane Smiley. Room 209 of Gleeson Library.

Gleeson library doesn’t have a paper copy of this one (yet?), so you’ll have to request it through Link+ (comes fast–in about 4 business days!), or read it on one of our iPads or Kindle. If all else fails, the public library has it in many formats.

[This] Pulitzer Prize–winning author offers a cold-eyed view of the compromises required by marriage while also providing an intimate portrait of life in the Midwest and West during the years 1883–1942. By the time she reaches the age of 27, Margaret Mayfield has known a lot of tragedy in her life. She has lost two brothers, one to an accident, the other to illness, as well as her father, who committed suicide. Her strong-minded mother, Lavinia, knows that her daughter’s prospects for marriage are dim and takes every opportunity to encourage Margaret’s friendship with eccentric scientist Andrew Early. When the two marry and move to a naval base in San Francisco, Margaret becomes more than Andrew’s helpmeet—she is also his cook, driver, and typist as well as the captive audience for his rants against Einstein and his own quirky theories about the universe. As Smiley covers in absorbing detail both private and world events—a lovely Missouri wedding, the chaos of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the wrenching death of a baby—she keeps at the center of the narrative Margaret’s growing realization that she has married a madman and her subsequent attempts to deal with her marriage by becoming adept at “the neutral smile, the moment of patient silence,” before giving in to bitterness. Smiley casts a gimlet eye on the institution of marriage even as she offers a fascinating glimpse of a distant era. –Joanne Wilkinson, Booklist

Make sure you speed through it and start this next one early because it’s quite long:

May 11, 2012 (Fri), 12-1 pm: Storyteller : The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl by Donald Sturrock. Probably in room 139 of Gleeson Library, or if the weather is nice, the USF Community Garden… stay tuned for updates.

Gleeson does have a copy of this, but it’s checked out. You can request it through Link+ and the public library has a few copies available. Of course you can also read it on one of our iPads or Kindle.

The first authorized biography of Roald Dahl [author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, most famously], Storyteller is a masterful, witty and incisive look at one of the greatest authors and eccentric characters of the modern age…

Granted unprecedented access to the Dahl estate’s extraordinary archives—personal correspondence, journals and interviews with family members and famous friends—Donald Sturrock draws on a wealth of previously unpublished materials that informed Dahl’s writing and his life. It was a life filled with incident, drama and adventure: from his harrowing experiences as an RAF fighter pilot and his work in wartime intelligence, to his many romances and turbulent marriage to the actress Patricia Neal, to the mental anguish caused by the death of his young daughter Olivia. Tracing a brilliant yet tempestuous ascent toward notoriety, Sturrock sheds new light on Dahl’s need for controversy, his abrasive manner and his fascination for the gruesome and the macabre. –

The USF Book Club is run by Kelci Baughman McDowell, Reference Library Assistant in Gleeson. For information or to sign up for the mailing list, email You can visit our wiki for more info, as well. (Please note, you do not have to join the wiki to view it.) No rsvp for the meeting is necessary–just drop by if you’ve read the book or if you’re interested in it. Lastly, feel free to bring your lunch. See you in April!