CIM Guidelines and Policy for Use

The Miami University Libraries support the research and teaching missions of the University by acquiring, organizing, preserving, and providing access to information in all forms. To be valuable, information must be transformed. That transformation may be the business plan of a senior marketing student, a research article prepared by a faculty member, or a World Wide Web home page designed by a first year education major.

This transformation from raw information to useful knowledge requires a synergy between information, ideas, people, and technology. A place where this synergy can be fostered is the Center for Information Management.

The Center for Information Management is an electronic facility designed to provide the tools necessary for students to make effective use of information. It is a place where individual learning is encouraged as well as group problem solving and interaction. It is also a place where students can master essential information technology tools in informal group and individual settings.

Intended primarily as a self-service facility, the Center for Information Management is a place where information is analyzed, manipulated, and transformed. The Center is designed to foster independent learning and experimentation. Students may work alone or in groups to define their information needs, locate and use appropriate information tools, and develop possible solutions. In addition, instructors using the Inez Kamm Instruction Room may extend the classroom experience into the Center to work with individual students or small groups of students outside of class. The Center's resources must be reserved in advance. (Time for advanced reservation will be determined later.)

Students using the Center have access to a multi-platform environment consisting of Windows PCs, Macintosh computers and eventually, Unix workstations providing access to the Center's and the Libraries' information technology collections and the Internet. Network ports are available for students to access the high-speed campus network with their personal laptops. Workstations in the Center provide students with the capability of transforming materials such as printed documents, photographs and analog video into digital formats using software and hardware tools. Students will then be able to transform this raw data into a final product and even create their own CD-ROM.

Usage Examples

The Center for Information Management (CIM) is designed to foster innovation and new ways of looking at information.

  • Video Creation and Editing

    Provides the ability to capture individual frames or entire sequences from analog video sources and convert them into digital forms. The CIM is equipped with video capture stations that allow live digital recording from camera or video capture from a standard video tape.

  • Digital Text Creation and Editing

    Digital text creation involves the scanning and capture of printed texts into digital formats. The CIM is equipped with scanning stations that allow for the capture of page images and optical character recognition (OCR) software for the transformation of images to electronic texts. In addition, the CIM provides software for creating and editing Adobe Acrobat documents. Students can use this equipment to convert resumes, portfolios, honors papers, theses, and dissertations into digital format.

  • Digital Image Creation and Editing

    The CIM is equipped with high quality color flatbed scanners to capture color photographs and images. In addition, specialized equipment for scanning slides or large format objects (maps, blueprints, etc.) is available. Once scanned, the digital images can be converted and manipulated with the use a variety of image manipulation/creation software.

  • High Capacity Removable Storage

    Multimedia projects can consume large amounts of storage making it difficult for students to transport their projects to home computers. The CIM is equipped with two high capacity storage systems. Student may choose to store smaller projects and data file on removable USB keychain devises. For final projects or very large data files, student may elect to use the higher capacity CD-ROM or DVD-ROMfor storage. Students will also be able to use a batch duplicating station to create duplicate CD-ROM's of their projects to perhaps distribute to potential employers.

  • OhioView Satellite Imaging

    Students will be able to access and manipulate digital images acquired through the OhioView project. The project is a collaboration among Miami University, OhioLINK, and NASA and USGS Eros to deliver high quality satellite images of Ohio in a variety of common views (ie. land use, vegetation, development, etc.) Workstations in the CIM will allow students to access, download, and manipulate these images.

General Use Policies

  • Use is limited to Miami University students, faculty and staff.
  • Instructors, including librarians, must go through an orientation before using the Center.
  • General help will be available from classified staff person, librarians, and from trained student employees.
  • For one-on-one assistance or group projects, it is recommended that advance reservations be made with available librarians.
  • Librarians can use the Center to assist clients outside the hours of daily operation
  • Miami University faculty may reserve resources for one class meeting for class related activities.
  • No food, drink or smokeless tobacco is permitted.

This facility is not intended for:

  • Word Processing
  • E-Mail
  • Instant Messaging
  • General meetings/conference room
  • World Wide Web browsing
  • Other general computer functions that can be done in the public labs or elsewhere in the Libraries

For primary use policy and guidelines, refer to the Policy on Use of Library Public Workstations: http://www.lib.muohio.edu/libinfo/computing.html

Computer Reservations

  • Workstations may be reserved for library-related instruction sessions.
  • Any special software needs must be identified and communicated to the Library Systems Department at the time resources are reserved with a 72 hours turnaround time.