By Liam Fry
November 24, 2009
The opening of the Fall 2009 semester brought exciting changes to ITS' public computer locations. Where formerly there were ITS labs and centers, ITS now provides new Academic Technology Centers and NYUHotSpots (or CoLabs), reflecting an important refocusing of operations and services.
The ITS Academic Technology Centers (ATCs) focus on specialized and advanced technology resources and assistance for your course-related work and research. Examples of ATC specialized services include assistive technologies, video, audio and image editing, high-end Windows, Macintosh, and Linux computers, flat-bed scanners, high-speed Internet access, web and print publishing, and staff to assist you in the use of ATC resources. The new NYUHotSpots are CoLabs, special facilities that encourage collaborative work and enable the use of personally-owned or ITS-provided computers in a flexible space designed to facilitate both individual work and informal teamwork. Each type of location fully supports NYURoam wireless access as well as convenient use of the new ITS Print Service, a "send-from-anywhere/print-from-anywhere" print service. (See the related article, A New ITS Print Service, in this issue of Connect.)
All four ITS locations now follow an easy-to-remember, standardized schedule. Each facility is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, both the Fourth Street ATC and the Third Avenue CoLab are open from noon until 8 p.m. (Please see www.nyu.edu/its/labs for the most up-to-date hours, including holidays and periods of expanded operation.) As before, the four locations are open to all NYU students in degree or diploma programs, NYU faculty and staff, and Lab Access Account holders.
The Fourth Street Academic Technology Center (35 West 4th Street, 2nd floor, formerly known as the Multimedia Center) maintains its assistive technology features, as well as its classroom spaces, and has increased its video editing capabilities. This location now boasts over 20 high-end video editing stations, each equipped with a 13" NTSC monitor and mini-DV deck and also houses a podcasting studio.
The Washington Place Academic Technology Center (14 Washington Place, sub-street level, formerly known as the Washington Place lab), traditionally a Windows-only location, has recently introduced 16 high-end, dual-boot Windows/Red Hat Linux computers, as well as a new ten-seat "video express" classroom with Macintosh computers. The summer also brought several physical changes to Washington Place, including an expanded lounge and refurbished restrooms. A wheelchair lift will be added in Spring 2010.
The Kimmel Center NYUHotSpot (60 Washington Square South, 4th floor, formerly known as the Kimmel Laptop Lab) features a lighter, "greener" dual-boot Macintosh/Windows laptop environment. The CoLab is currently expanding its seating capacity.
The Third Avenue NYUHotSpot (75 Third Ave, level C3, formerly known as the Third Avenue Collaboration Center) is currently undergoing its conversion into a full CoLab. While it will continue to support both Macintosh and Windows computers, the conversion will bring greater opportunities for collaboration and teamwork.
For more information on each location, including a full list of the hardware, software, and other resources available at each site, please see www.nyu.edu/its/labs.
Liam Fry is the Manager of Student Technology Services within ITS.
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