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General Information

The Classroom Technologies Support Department serves the multimedia needs of the St. Thomas University Law School community through classroom technology support, equipment loans, special events recording and more.

Hours and Location

Regular Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:30am – 9:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Sundays: Closed
Holidays: Closed

Holiday, Break and Inter-term Hours

The department is closed on all holidays on which there are no scheduled classes. During all breaks and between terms, the Classroom Technologies Department will be open from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm Monday through Friday and closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. The department is closed any additional days that the Library is closed.

Location

The Classroom Technologies Department is located on the first floor of the Library behind the Circulation Desk. Ask at the Circulation Desk for assistance.

Classroom and Events Support Requests

Making a Request

To make a support request, fill out the web request form. Please include event name and sponsoring group/faculty member, date, time, location (e.g. classroom number), and needed equipment. E.g. "I need a laptop hooked up to a projector for a presentation in Classroom 1 on Sept 14 from 2:00 to 3:00 for a Student Bar Association meeting."

Please allow for enough lead time to schedule your request. See our specific policies below. Please note that the Law Library does not schedule classrooms, including classrooms located in the Library (e.g., 109-A). Please check room availability and contact the Law School Registrar's Office at (305) 623-2360 to schedule a room.

Request Policy

All requests for media equipment or assistance during usual Classroom Technologies Department hours, Monday through Friday, must be made at least 24 hours in advance via the web request form. All requests for equipment or assistance during Classroom Technologies Support Department hours on Saturday must be made at least 48 hours in advance. All requests for any equipment or assistance outside of media department hours (including Sundays and holidays) must be made at least 15 days in advance of the event and will be accommodated only at the discretion of the Classroom Technologies Support Department and dependent on staff availability. Classroom Technologies Support Department and Library Administration reserve the right to deny any request made outside of normal operating hours. Please contact the Classroom Technologies Support Department via email with any questions.

We will attempt to accommodate all requests but the Department reserves the right to deny any request made outside of the above time frames. Classroom setups are ordinarily scheduled for 10 to 15 minutes before the start of the class, but may be affected by room or personnel availability. All equipment and schedule times are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. To ensure equipment and staff availability, all requests should be made as early as possible.

Please be advised that library does not take responsibility for problems occurring due to late or last minute requests or requests made in a manner other than as indicated above. All requests received before noon on Friday's will be confirmed within 24 hours. Requests after noon on Friday's will be confirmed on the next class day.

Video Recording Policy

Video recording is available for make-up or review classes, student assignments, religious holidays, guest speakers, and on-campus student organization meetings/events.

  • Please note that all video recording requests of any class or school sponsored event can only be honored if made in writing (by email preferred) from the faculty member whose class or event is to be recorded or by request of the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, John Hernandez.
  • Make-up classes or any recording of a class that will only be made available to a limited number of that class' students must be made through the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, John Hernandez. The Law Library Classroom Technologies Department will not respond to any requests of this type not made by the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs.
  • All class recordings will be made available online via our Echo360 platform. Links will be made available to students only at the request of the professor or the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs.
  • Video recordings and their contents are the property of the event organizer. Distribution of recordings in a method other than streaming via our Echo360 platform (e.g. DVD, MP4, etc.) is only available upon request by the individual or organization representative who organized the recorded event. Requests for alternative formats must be made in writing to the Classroom Technology Department. Please note, it may take as much as 14 days to fulfill such requests.
  • Class recordings are generally available for the remainder of the semester unless otherwise specified.
  • A copy of each recording will be provided to professor/event organizer, at their request.
  • Recordings are generally not available until 2 working days (48 hours) after the event ends.

All video recordings will be started as soon as the camera is setup, unless indicated to do otherwise by the Faculty/Staff contact for that class/event. The Faculty/Staff contact must indicate that they will take responsibility to start the recording if they do not want it to be started immediately upon setup, and take responsibility for the recording thereafter. All excess footage will be edited out prior to distribution of any recording.

Classroom Equipment

The following equipment is available in all Law School Classrooms:

  • LCD Projector and screen, with HDMI and VGA connections.
  • DVD video players.
  • Wireless and wired internet access.

The following additional equipment is available in Classrooms 102, 104, A111, A112, and 219:

  • Public address system with wireless microphone. (Wired microphone attached to the podium only, in A111).

The Moot Court Room features a full public address system, podium, a variety of wired and wireless microphones and an LCD projector and screen.

Rooms outside the Law School

The Law Library Classroom Technologies Department supports events in Law School buildings. The St. Thomas University Office of Information Technology coordinates all audio-visual support for the rest of the campus. The lone exception is regularly-scheduled law school classes in O'Mailia Hall. The classrooms in O'Mailia Hall have LCD projectors and screens, DVD players, built-in computers and VGA ports for laptop computers. The Law Library Classroom Technologies Department will coordinate audio-visual support for law school classes in O'Mailia Hall only. For classes in Dooner Hall or any other non-Law School building, please contact the Office of Information Technology.

Computer Technology

Some Law School classrooms do not have built-in computers. Library laptops are available for presentations. All Library laptops have Windows 7, MS Office and Acrobat Reader installed. The laptops have available USB ports and DVD/CD-ROM drives. Presentations should be on a USB drive, DVD-ROM or CD-ROM in an appropriate file format. Advance notice is required for any presentations from other types of media.

Alternately, presenters can opt to provide their own laptops for presentation. All rooms have a VGA port for connection to the room projectors. Presenters with laptop computers with any other video port should provide an adaptor or consult with the Classroom Technologies Department prior to the presentation. The Law Library can provide adaptors for certain Apple laptops, but this must be requested in advance.

Facilities and Equipment

Equipment available for in-library use

Microform readers. One microform reader is available and allows viewing and printing of microfiche materials. The machine also allows viewing and printing of microfilm materials and scanning of microfiche and microfilm materials.

Video cameras. Hard drive and flash memory cameras are available for students to complete assignments if required to complete course work. All camera requests must come from the faculty member requiring their use. Cameras are checked out for four hour periods. Reservations may be required at peak periods. Law School and campus events take priority.

Equipment available for out-of-library use

Video cameras are available for students to complete assignments if required to complete course work. All camera requests must come from the faculty member requiring their use, and that faculty member takes responsibility for the camera. Cameras are checked out for four hour periods. Longer times can be arranged, depending on availability, by contacting the Head of Classroom Technologies Support or the Head of Public Services to make arrangements. Reservations may be required at peak periods.

Laptop policy

Law Library laptop computers are for training and classroom use only. The Law Library will provide a laptop computer for classes or events requiring their use for a PowerPoint or other presentation.  Such requests should come from the faculty member if related to a course. Laptop computers are not available for checkout, including during examination periods. Law faculty and staff requiring computer service or assistance should contact the Office of Information Technology.

Other equipment loans

In some cases, equipment may be loaned to faculty members or student groups for off-campus events. Decisions on these loan requests are made on a case-by-case basis. Please note that in no case does the Law Library provide support for off-campus events. In all cases, student groups will be responsible for replacement costs of any lost or damaged equipment.