Libraries Technology Update

3D scanning

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The Center for Information Management (CIM) now provides three-dimensional (3D) scanning for patrons. 3D scanning is the process of digitizing objects into computer file formats to allow users to incorporate physical characteristics of real world objects into a virtual setting.

The process of digitizing objects is a delicate operation and since every object is completely different in size, shape, and color, the settings must be adjusted for each object. Trained CIM staff can assist with step of the process. Each item can take up to an hour to complete. The scanned files can be edited with 3D design software in over 20 different file formats for using with various other applications.

Quick Response Codes

The libraries have begun to use QR (Quick response) codes to serve many of our patrons who always have their cell phones handy. The codes allow mobile users to quickly access information (URLs, text, or numbers) by scanning the matrix code with their camera phones.

Codes are in all the study rooms and other places that allow students to get to the library's mobile help page directly. There are others in the public computer areas that give information on the kind of software on the computers in the particular area and some which send patrons to the library's mobile website. More codes will be added in the future.