More power to you

We’ve installed power bars at our public workstations to make it easier for you to use laptops alongside the desktop computers.  You’re welcome!

Power bars


Changing of the guard

Last September, we added two new Reference Assistants to the Steacie team:  Janet Howarth and Jaspreet Bhatthal.  Along with Ricardo Laskaris, you will see them staffing most of the shifts on the reference desk. Besides general questions, Janet can help you with map/geospatial questions, and Jaspreet can help you with applied health sciences and biology questions.

iPad on Reserve

We now have an iPad available on reserve; it can be borrowed for up to three days.

New computers at Steacie

Eight public workstations at Steacie have been upgraded to Dell Optiplex 980’s:

New computers

The upgraded workstations are the eight sit-down ones located directly in front of the Reference Desk:


The computers are each equipped with a DVD Multi Recorder, which is capable of writing to any format of blank DVD (+/-, R/RW), including Dual Layer.  Most importantly, they’re also fast!  They have 2GB of RAM, twice as much as the older computers.

Extended weekday hours

Steacie Library will have extended weekday hours from November 22 to December 22, closing at 1:00 a.m.

On weekends and on December 23 we maintain our regular hours.

The library closes from December 24 to January 3, and reopens with regular hours on January 4.

FAS Update

Conversion of library workstations from AcadLabs to File Access Service is still underway, and is expected to be complete by Friday, September 3.  All new students will have to create an FAS account to use library computer workstations.  All returning students will have their FAS accounts created automatically, but will have to reset their passwords.

Therefore, all users must log into Manage My Services, either from home or from one of the Catalogue Express stations in the libraries.

Changes to library computing

Due to maintenance being performed on the network, new Acadlabs accounts are not being created.  The Acadlabs service is being replaced with another service called “FAS – File Access Service”, which is expected to be in place in the libraries by the week of August 30.  Computers in the William Small Centre will be switched over earlier, by August 23.  Until these dates, users can still log in with existing Acadlabs usernames/passwords, but will not be able to save new files to their My Documents folders–all files will be read-only until the transfer to the new system is complete.  New users wishing to log into library computers before August 30 must request a guest account.

For more information, please see this announcement from University Information Technology (UIT).

Science Rendezvous 2010

Science Rendezvous 2010 comes to York Sat. May 8!

Extended Hours

Steacie Library will remain open until 1:00 a.m. on weekday nights from Mar. 29 to Apr. 16, except for Apr. 2, when all York Libraries will be closed for Good Friday.

Steacie Science & Engineering Library is now on Twitter!

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