The Digital Den at BEST Library!

This fall marks the opening of B.E.S.T. Library’s newest service point, The Digital Den. This area, located directly behind the glass artwork in the lobby of B.E.S.T. Library, has 7 iMacs and 6 PCs, a 3D printer, and a 3D scanner. We also have a large format scanner, black and white printer, and an all-in-one copier/scanner/color printer. To better serve you with your technical questions, we’ve staffed this area with specialists capable of helping with ArcGIS projects, Adobe Creative Suite, iMovie, 3D Modeling, Microsoft Office Suite including Excel, and many of the general computer problems you may encounter. The Digital Den Help Desk is staffed Monday through Thursday, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-11pm.

Perhaps the most exciting feature of the Digital Den is its commitment to 3D printing and scanning. The centerpiece of this new service is the MakerBot Replicator with dual head extruders capable of printing out 3D models rendered in ABS plastic (multiple colors available). This machine is able to print 3D objects from .STL files, Google Sketchup drawings and objects rendered in Maya. We are currently accepting print jobs in any of these formats, at a cost of $0.20 per gram of the finished project. We would be happy to answer any of your questions about 3D printing at either the Digital Den Help Desk or the B.E.S.T. Information Desk.

In addition to these services we also offer statistics help at our Statistics Help Desk. Geared for those needing assistance with statistics problems in their coursework, students are welcome to stop by, no appointment required, for help with course assignments but also assistance with stats software including Excel, JMP, SPSS, Minitab, R, and MATLAB. Hours for the Statistics Help Desk are:

Monday: 7pm-9pm
Tuesday: 10:30am-12:30pm and 6pm-8pm
Wednesday: 3:30pm-5:30pm
Thursday: 1pm-3pm

For more information on any of our new or existing services you can stop by the B.E.S.T. Library Information Desk during our normal business hours: Sunday 11am-Midnight, Monday –Thursday 7:30am-Midnight, Friday 7:30am-5pm, and Saturday 11am-6pm.