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January 28, 2009

New! ITS Kimmel Laptop Lab

ITS has just opened a brand new computer lab facility. The ITS Kimmel Laptop Lab, located on the fourth floor of the Kimmel Center (60 Washington Square South), features dual-boot Apple laptops running both Windows and Mac OS, as well as NYURoam wireless connections and team tables where students can work together on special projects and other collaborative assignments. For more information about the new lab and ITS' other lab resources, please visit .

ITS & NYU Libraries Classes

ITS and the NYU Libraries offer a variety of free classes that can help you take advantage of the technology and Library resources available to you in support of your research and coursework.

ITS classes ( include NYU Blackboard training (see recent Blackboard 8 item,), as well as workshops in the use of the NYURoam wireless network and (in collaboration with the Libraries) statistics and mapping software.

NYURoam Wireless Workshops are held throughout the semester every Wednesday from 4-6 pm in the Kimmel Center Second Floor Commuter Lounge. During January and February, additional sessions will be offered on Fridays from noon-2pm. Please see for the full schedule and to register for a workshop session.

Workshops and training in the use of GIS and statistical mapping packages are offered by the Data Service Studio, an ITS/NYU Libraries facility. In the coming weeks, these include SPSS (Introductory: Feb. 2, 10; Intermediate: Feb. 24), SAS (Feb. 9, 17), and Stata (Feb. 5), as well as classes in a variety of other research-computing related subjects. For further information and to register, visit

The Libraries also offer an extensive set of workshops, classes and tours in the use of Library resources and tools. Visit for details.

Blackboard 8 Is Up for Spring Semester Classes

The new Blackboard system is up and running! If you haven't taken advantage of ITS' training and preview sessions, now is the time to do so. A full training schedule for faculty and teaching assistants is being offered, complete with in-depth topic sessions. Spend time with our Blackboard experts exploring such topics as "Setting Up a Course", "Communicating and Collaborating", "Grading Student Work", "Presenting Content", and "Managing Assessments and Student Submissions".

For more information on these hands-on training sessions, visit .

The Blackboard Gradebook is significantly redesigned. We strongly recommend attending a training session on Blackboard Grading early in the semester if you plan to use this feature.

Spring Semester Hours at ITS Client Services & Labs

ITS Client Services
ITS Client Services will operate on the following schedule during the Spring 2009 semester.
For help by telephone: Call 1-212-998-3333 from 8:00am to midnight, Monday through Friday, and from noon to midnight, Saturday and Sunday.
For help online: Submit your question via the Ask ITS form on NYUHome or from the contact form at .
For in-person help: Visit ITS Client Services at 10 Astor Place, 4th floor, from Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 6:00pm. (For help with your laptop, please call 1-212-998-3333 to schedule an appointment.)

ITS Student Computer Labs
Regular semester hours at the ITS student computer labs have resumed. For the most up-to-date information on ITS computer lab hours, including those of ITS’ new Laptop Lab on the 4th Floor of the Kimmel Center (see preceding item), please visit .

January 16, 2009

January 20 Presidential Inauguration: TV and Webcast Viewing from On-Campus

On Tuesday, January 20, NYU community members on campus can watch the Inauguration ceremony from specially set-up viewing centers, academic and administrative buildings across campus, and residence halls. In addition, if you are on campus and can't make it to one of these locations, you can view the Inauguration via live web streaming from your NYU-NET-connected computer.

Please note that this live webcast, courtesy of NYU-TV and ITS, is for viewing from on campus. Due to great public interest in this historic event, our video streaming service may experience very heavy loads. We ask for your patience and understanding, should you encounter any performance reductions. NYU community members who are off campus are encouraged to view the Inauguration via TV or the Internet-based video streams at such public sites as CNN, ABC, CBS, Fox, etc.

Extended coverage begins at 10 a.m., and the ceremony itself starts at 12 noon. For event details and further information, including the link to the on-campus webcast, visit the Office of Civic Engagement website at