Yesterday the Health Sciences Library held a celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the newly renovated “Novitch Computer Lab.” The room is named for Mark Novitch, MD (Class of 1958), the benefactor who made the renovations possible. The celebration began with thanks by Ralph O’Connell, MD (Provost & Dean, School of Medicine), Diana Cunningham, MLS, MPH (Associate Dean & Director, Health Sciences Library), Michael Wolin, PhD (Professor and Chair, Library and Academic Support Committee) and Julie Kubaska, MS (Vice President, Development & Alumni Relations), who cut the ribbon officially marking the reopening of the lab. As part of the proceedings a Prezi-created presentation describing the new functionality of the Novitch Computer Lab was displayed on the newly mounted 60-inch LCD monitor. Library classes will begin in the lab immediately, and the lab is open to walk-in users when not otherwise reserved.
The state-of-the-art facility houses nine new, powerful computers including one MacPro, the most powerful Macintosh to date. The remaining PCs are equipped with Windows 7 with 8 GB RAM designed to work with high-end graphics programs, and Microsoft Office 2007. All PCs are loaded with Adobe Creative Suite 4 which includes Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, Illustrator, Soundbooth, Acrobat Professional and more. This suite of software was selected to create a lab where the NYMC community can develop multi-media presentations for education and professional purposes. Additionally, Adobe Captivate software will be available on some of the machines for the development of interactive online tutorials. The instructional faculty of the library will be developing training on select software components in the coming year.
The Novitch Computer Lab is designed as a multi-purpose facility with priority reservations given to the education and training programs of New York Medical College. Reservations by groups needing the functionality of the lab can be requested via the Library’s EventKeeper system. Computers will be otherwise available on a first come first served basis. The room is fully networked for videoconferencing and will be an ideal place to view webinars as a group as well as to participate in web conferences. The next installment in our “Useful Web Gizmos” series is a session on the use of Skype and alternatives for placing audio and video calls via the computer.
Other features of The Novitch Computer Lab include a scanner, NetSupport School for teaching and helpdesk functions, modular furniture allowing rearrangement of the room, and white boards/flip chart panels on a track system.
The room is open for walk-in use when not otherwise reserved and is under recorded video surveillance. The Novitch Computer Lab is a welcome addition to the university’s computing facilities — and we hope to develop more! It will be heavily used. Our thanks once again to Dr. Novitch for making this renovation possible.