Bryan Information Commons Technology
Computer workstations are available in several areas on both floors of the library and commons. The commons has a total of 60 PCs and 24 Macs. Kimbel Library has a total of 114 PCs and 7 Macs.
Software is installed on various computers throughout the library and commons:
- All PCs in both buildings have Movie Maker, LockDown Browser, Google Earth, MS Project and Office 2010
- All Macs run OS X, and have iMovie
- The LAME MP3 encoder is installed on all Macs in the commons
- The Adobe Creative Suite 6 software package is installed on the 12 Mac workstations on the second floor of the commons
- Final Cut Pro X video production suite is installed on several of the above workstations
- SPSS predictive analytics software is installed on all PCs in both buildings and on all Macs on in the commons
- Audacity audio editor and recorder is installed on all PCs in both buildings and on all Macs on in the commons
- Six computers in the International Media Room have the Kurzweil 3000 screen-reading software
- Two computers in the International Media Room have the Adobe Acrobat PDF creator and editor
- Jing screencasting and screenshot software is installed on three computers: a Mac near the restrooms in the library, a PC outside of the Reference Librarians' offices in the library and a PC diagonal to the Bolton Help Desk in the commons
- The FlipShare video editing software program for Kimbel Library Flip cameras is installed on the Mac outside of the International Media Room
To find computer workstations locate computer icons on our floor maps.
To see whether computers are available please visit our real-time computer availability maps.
The Bryan Information Commons has 12 collaborative Mediascape workstations available for use. Kimbel Library has 3 workstations available. Mediascapes enable multiple users to display their computer screens on large group monitors. The technology that enables this interactivity also allows users to seamlessly switch between feeds, taking away many of the barriers to collaborative work. Food and drink will not be permitted at Mediascape workstations in order to protect the main hub computer stored inside. Mediascapes are located in the following areas:
- First floor alcoves
- First floor open areas
- Mediascape Study Rooms (Rooms 122 and 232)
- Second Floor Classroom (Room 234)
- First floor of the library
Eno Boards are interactive white boards that increase collaboration through the use of digital markers and magnetic control panels. The Eno Boards can be utilized by checking out an Eno Board Kit at the Peter C. Bolton Help Desk.
- 3 boards are located on the first floor in rooms 121, 122 and 123
- 5 boards are located on the second floor in rooms 228, 229, 231, 232 and 233
Presentation equipment is located in all presentation rooms and in some study rooms. Equipment can include lectern, monitors, formfit computers, projector and accessories, and wireless keyboards. Accessories can be checked out at the Peter C. Bolton Help Desk.
The Kimbel Library equipment checkout service is located on the first floor of Kimbel Library at the circulation desk. We offer laptops, iPads, and a multitude of other equipment for checkout to students. Item checkout times vary in length from three hours to three days. Information on the types of equipment and their availability can be found on the Kimbel Library Equipment Availability pages.
To see which Bryan Information Commons computers are available at any given time please see our Computer Availability Maps. The maps are updated every two minutes.