Weekly Tips & Tricks: Placing a Hold

Welcome back to another edition of weekly tips and tricks. This week we are going to go over how to place a hold on a book. This process allows you to “reserve” an item that is currently checked out so you’ll be the next in line to borrow it.

To place a hold on a book that is already checked out you can either come to the circulation desk in person or call us at (845) 848-7505.

Simply present the clerk with your Dominican College ID or if you are calling over the phone your name and the title of the book you wish to place a hold on and one of our clerks will put it in the system for you. When the book has been brought back you will be notified by phone that it is available for pick up.

 

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Weekly Tips & Tricks Scannx Accessibility Tools

Welcome to another edition of weekly tips and tricks. This week we are going to go over the accessibility tools on the Scannx machine.

To access the accessibility tools simply click on the Accessibility Tools button on the main screen before beginning to scan. There are audio and visual assistance tools.

  1. Audio Assistance Tool: a text-to-speech narrator that will narrate on-screen options as well as respond to any buttons selected by a user.
  2. Visual Assistance Tools: a magnifier that will enlarge text when you hover over it with the mouse, and a high contrast mode.

Other small notes are that we have installed new touch screen monitors if you would prefer using it over a mouse and also we have installed another Scannx machine in the Huston room. Note that the other Scannx machine is in the Periodicals room.

Questions, comments, concerns?  Give us a call at 845-848-7505 or email sullivan.library@dc.edu!

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Weekly Tips and Tricks – SMART Board Basics

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Welcome to the first Weekly Tips of the semester! This time we are going to go over the basics of the SMART Boards.

 

To use a SMART Board make sure the projector is on and have a laptop connected to the board. SMART software is required, however, so you will need to borrow a laptop which we can provide. You will need to plug in the blue Ethernet cable, tan USB cable, and the black HDMI cable.

 

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With everything on and plugged in on the bottom tool bar of the the computer click on SMART board, which is a small blue circle, and a list of options will appear. Click on SMART settings. In SMART settings you will find how to orient the SMART board. Click on the icon and follow the steps on the screen. Next go to SMART ink, also in SMART settings, and make sure this option is turned on.

 

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Once done you can now use the SMART board properly. The SMART board allows you to draw in SMART board notebook, Firefox and Microsoft Word. If you have any more questions you can refer to the reference sheet in each Learning Commons room or ask a staff member for more help.

Questions, comments, concerns?  Give us a call at 845-848-7505 or email sullivan.library@dc.edu!

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Weekly Tips & Tricks – Using the Scannx

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It’s Thursday!  That means it’s time for another Weekly Tips & Tricks post!

This week we will introduce you to our fancy new scanner, the Scannx Book ScanCenter! The Scannx is located in the Periodicals Room. The machine makes scanning a much easier (and fun) process. Unlike traditional scanners, this machine provides the option of saving in a variety of file types (including making an MP3 file out of a scan of words). Additionally, you can save and send the scan four different ways – through a smartphone, email, Google Drive, or using USB. There are also helpful accessibility features!

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