October 29, 2013

New headphones for use in UMC Library

Our supply of audio headphones has been increased and become colorful if not fashionable. We have added to our collection new white, red and black Sony MDR-ZX100 headphones

These are for in library use and are available at the circulation desk. We will check them out to you.

March 4, 2011

UMC Library has five Kindles

UMC Library has five Kindle electronic book readers from Amazon.. We have a Library Kindle page which gives the details and lists the books available on the Kindle. Request a Kindle at the Circulation Desk. The loan period is four weeks which should be long enough to read a book or two during the busy school year.

Please send your suggestions for books you would like to read on the Kindle to us Books for Kindle

January 18, 2011


The UMC Library purchased two TOMTOM XXL GPS units. These were Black Friday specials. They come with lifetime maps. We have downloaded the current maps and have done the basic set up.

We have set the checkout period for four days. Vision was that these would be used for trips to Grand Forks, Fargo, and the Twin Cities but would also be useful to those unfamiliar with Crookston street addresses.

These units can be checked out at the Circulation/Reserve Desk at the entry to the Library.

October 27, 2010

Try the Library's Kindle eBook reader

UMC Library has acquired two Kindle electronic book readers from Amazon and added them to the Library collection. We have a Library Kindle page which gives the details about this experiment.

Currently we have drafted a few students to test them for us. We have a signup sheet at the Circulation Desk for anyone who wants to try these readers out for a few days (3 or 4) and give us feedback. Next semester we will use a four week loan, which is the same as our other books

There is a place on the signup sheet for your suggestion of a book or books you would like to read on the Kindle or send your recommendations to us Books for Kindle?

January 8, 2010

New Equipment @ Library - Livescribe's Pulse Smartpen

The UMC Library has acquired a Livescribe's Pulse Smartpen .
The Pulse Smartpen is is part pen, part voice recorder, and part graphic tablet. The Pulse captures what you write and what you hear simultaneously and synchronizes the writing and audio, so when you tap a particular word, you can hear what was being said when you wrote it.


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November 19, 2009

More Webcams - longer checkout period

Just in time for the Holidays the UMC Library acquired additional Webcams and extended the circulation period to 4 days. For those on campus for the holidays and for those who just want to keep in touch these are the newest version of Logitech's basic webcam. They are designed to work on laptop computers and generally can be plugged into an USB port with no other additional software to install.

October 19, 2009

Flu? Missing class? The Library has Digital Voice Recorders

The Library has two Two Olympus Digital Voice Recorders VS 100 available for student use. These record audio in Windows Media Audio (WMA) format. They can be directly plugged into the usb port on your computer for uploading. The files can be posted on the web as well.


April 11, 2007

Our first Mac is a 24 inch IMAC

The UMC Library has installed a 24 inch IMAC with 2 GB memory 250GB hard drive and NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT graphics card in the UMC Library Technology area. Here is a photo of the IMAC taking a picture of me taking a picture of the IMAC. We are in the process of selecting software for the machine. Instructions on how to turn it on are posted next to the machine.

March 16, 2007

LP to Digital Recording System

UMC Library has acquired an Audio-Technica’s AT-PL50 stereo turntable which has a built-in switchable phono preamp that allows direct connection to your computer.

The turntable comes with a copy of Cakewalk PYRO software; an audiophile-quality phono cartridge; and an adapter cable. The system can be used to transfer your (your parents) old tunes off the vinyl recordings and into a format that can be used on a portable player. Using the system requires some set up and using the software requires some attention to detail. View the turntable.

February 21, 2007

Video Transfer Station

The UMC Library circulates a Sony Digital Video camera. This camera uses Digital 8 tapes which can not be viewed in a VCR without an adaptor. The transfer station consists of a Sony DVR/VCR with a small LCD television. The digital video camera can be connected ot the DVR/VCR and the small digital tape can be transferred to either a DVD or a standard VCR tape. This permits easy home use of the video. This unit is located on the second floor of the UMC Library in the Student Technology area. Instructions on use are posted next to the unit. The remote controls needed to operate the unit are available for check out at the Circulation Desk at the library. Image of the transfer station

Highspeed Scanner - Podcasting Kit

Highspeed Document Scanner

The UMC Library has purchased and installed a 20 page per minute two sided scanner for scanning long documents into .pdf format. This scanner can make short work of scanning longer documents, everything from handouts from class that you would rather have in digital format to personal documents like estate planning documents and other legal documents. The software with the scanner does a reasonable job of OCR (optical character recognition) so the scanned documents are able to be searched.

Podcasting Kit

This scanner is located on the first floor of the library. Basic instructions on operation are in a display next to the machine. Image of scanner

January 9, 2007

New Equipment for Students

The UMC Library has added additional equipment to its collection for UMC Student use. This equipment is housed at the Library. We have a web page with a list of the items and links to more information.
We added:
• Six (6) Canon PowerShot A540 digital cameras.
• Canon PowerShot S3 IS digital camera.
• Two New WebCams
• Four new 2GB Jump Drives
• Crucial Technology Multislot Card Readers
• Sony noise cancelling headphones
• Seagate 160GB Portable External Hard Drive.
• Two Wireless notebook Presenter Mice
• Two Olympus Digital Voice Recorders VS 100
• Two Canon CanoScan Lide 600F Scanners
• Canon High-speed Document Scanner DR-2050C
• IRIS pen scanner
• Station for videotape to DVD transfers
• Sony Digital Video Recorder and monitor to transfer from video the Sony Handycam to a standard VCR tape or DVD.

The new equipment was funded in part by the UMC Technology Committee and a special grant from the UMC Administration.

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