MERIT Staff to Move January 5

The School of Education is relocating MERIT’s Education Building offices to the Teacher Education Building and the Career Center to the Education Building in an effort to better serve our students and departments. The MERIT move will happen on January 5, 2016.

In a memo circulated to chairs and directors in late September, Dean Diana Hess stated “These relocations are opportunities for both units to develop new collaborative relationships and centralize the services they provide across the School.”

Dean Hess further wrote:

MERIT’s support of the School of Education’s information and technology environment will be aided by:

-Providing a one-stop experience for students, staff, and faculty who rely on MERIT services

-Creating a more cohesive environment for MERIT staff, providing better adjacencies, and more opportunities for informal communication and colleague coverage on service delivery

-Improving the School’s public information environment for faculty, staff, students, alumni, PK12 teachers, and the general public

MERIT appreciates the cooperation of our patrons and clients as we’ve prepared for the move. Email and telephone numbers will remain the same.

Beginning January 5, you will be able to find MERIT staff in the following Teacher Education offices:

IT Consultants
Jason Erdmann – 109g
Sabrina Messer – 376
Jason Paulsen – 109

Instructional Support & Library
Vince Jenkins – 368
Jenny Nygren McBurney  – 332
Donna Meicher – 368
Megann Schmitt – 332
Catherine Stephens – 109j
Jim Jonas – 308a

Classrooms & Labs
Ella Benson – 330
Adam Wiesenfarth – 123

Media Development
Linda Endlich – 109k
Eric Rajala – 109m

IT Infrastructure
Chris Dowling – 109b
Dean Winger – 356a

Web Development
Felipe Gacharná – 109a

Anna Lewis – 368b
Brenda Spychalla – 109d
Barb Smith Simons – 109e
Lori Zradicka – 368

Spring Semester Library Reserve Requests due by January 4th

SoE Faculty, TAs, and Instructional Staff:

Please note that reserves requests for the Spring Semester are due at MERIT Library by January 4th, 2016 in order to be available at the start of the semester.

EReserves appear online as part of a web resource called “Library Course Pages”.  Within the MyUW portal, students will find EReserves, along with library resources posted by library instruction staff.  “Library course pages” are intended to be collaborative between faculty and library staff, and serve as a web vehicle to post both EReserves and library instruction resources online.

Contact Jim Jonas with questions about adding library instruction resources for students.
COURSE-RELATED CUSTOM INSTRUCTION SESSIONS focused on technology skills, technology integration, and information literacy are also available from MERIT Library.  Please see our Course Related Instruction webpage for more information.

Keep the following in mind when submitting Reserves requests:

— Provide complete citations for items being placed on electronic reserves.  We need the author & title of the book/journal, copyright date and copyright holder.  For books, you can simply photocopy the title page and (usually) the back of the title page, which gives the copyright information.  If you need assistance in identifying the citation for these materials, please ask MERIT Library reference staff for assistance.

— If you would like items that are currently on reserves (from fall) kept on reserves for the spring semester, please let me know as soon as possible.  If I do not hear from you, they will be removed at the end of the fall semester.

You may print the Reserve List request form, fill it out and return to Donna Meicher at 368 Teacher Education Building.  Or, you may submit your request electronically using our online request form.

For more information, see our guidelines for placing items on reserves at MERIT Library.  You may also want to review the campus libraries reserve policy.

If you have questions or concerns about the MERIT Library reserves process, you may contact Donna Meicher.

MERIT Improves Remote IT Support Access

For many years, MERIT has made remote connections to computers to provide IT support using a tool called Bomgar. While the tool works great once you are connected, getting connected has sometimes been a challenge. To make this easier, effective Monday, December 14, MERIT is deploying a desktop icon for Bomgar, called a Bomgar Button.

For all new computers that we set up, an icon that looks like the MERIT logo with the title “MERIT remote IT help” will be installed. We will also push this button out to all Windows computers on our network. The Bomgar Button can manually be installed on Macintoshes.

For step-by-step instructions on using the Bomgar Button after a support session has been initiated, we have created a tutorial document for your reference.

For additional information, contact Jason Erdmann.

MERIT Hires Computer Lab Consultant

Please join MERIT in welcoming Ella Benson to our staff!  Ella provides consulting and lead technical and operational support for MERIT computer labs in the Teacher Education Building, as well as, consulting for computer labs throughout the School of Education. She promotes and supports faculty and instructional staff use of computer labs and related technologies, researches related new technologies, and supports public print services. Please contact Ella Benson for your information and technology integration needs.