Library Instruction Classroom

Use of the Poynter Library Instruction Classroom is intended to support USF’s library instruction, research and service goals, promote user education and emphasize information literacy.  Companion pages for this resource consist of a physical space overview, as well as a related guidelines overview that should be consulted before scheduling this area for use.  After reviewing the space guidelines, you can request use of the space for USFSP one-time scheduled activities through the POY 218 Lab Request Form.

Equipment & Setup

The Hardware & Software Resources Guides contains a complete listing of all the software & hardware currently available in the room. Secured using a combination of mandatory profiles and system policies, student access to machines is provided according to the needs of the instructor. Software installations cannot be initiated by instructors or users, but will be performed by in-house technicians only. Twenty seven Dell GX 780 computers with 17 inch flat panel screens are available for use as student machines. One instructor machine with a larger 17 inch flat panel augments the instructor desk, all computers employ Windows 7, are fully networked and have unrestricted internet access. The lab is further equipped with two dry erase boards and a PROXIMA 6850 ceiling mounted projection system. The projections system as well as all student machines are set to a resolution of 600X800, although the instructor station and projection system are capable of 1280X1024 resolution with thousands of colors. Also available to the instructor is a Sympodium instructional display system, a videocassette recorder, and a laser pointing unit.


Printing is provided at cost through a Ricoh mulitfunction system on the first floor, providing printouts at a maximum of 600dpi. Printouts are to be released and paid cash.

Classroom Equipment Instructions

The Instructor Station is equipped with a Sympodium desktop control system, which allows the user to use a pen to control the computer or overlay any existing screen with handwritten input. Also included are an equipment management switch, that allows the operation of an overhead projector, DVD/VCR combination unit, as well as assessory inputs for laptop connections.Also available at the Instructor’s podium is a Cisco IP based telephone, which uses the number 973-4594. The phone is handy for web conferences or training sessions with remote audio, and is affixed to the instructor’s podium.To get started, open the left-hand cabinet door to access the computer. Press the power button to turn on the computer, and make sure the display power is also on. Next, open the right-hand cabinet door, to access the switch that controls the overhead projector and all accessory equipment.
Photo of library classroom podium

Press the ON button in order to power the overhead projector:


When you first push the button ON, you will hear a short tone, and then the light will blink for several seconds. This is normal, and will also occur when you push the OFF button. The time delay is a protection mechanism for the projector, you will have to wait for the light to remain solid before pressing any other buttons on the switch.

On the right-hand side of the switch, you have the option to select an input, of PC, or DVD, or LAPTOP:



Also included on the switch is a volume control, but do be careful to note that the audio levels are determined by the result of BOTH the switch volume and the MS Windows Volume control panel. Please remember to turn the overhead projection system OFF when you leave the room.

Using the Sympodium Unit

The Sympodium unit acts as the primary display for the instructor, but also has several additional buttons available on top of the unit as well as through a left-hand display tab. A simple overview document is available in PDF format. The most often issue with the Symposium pen is that it can become misaligned. To align the pen, use the left-hand Symposium menu on the desktop, choose options, and then calibrate the pen through the Orient/Align option. For a visual aid, you can use these instructions in PDF format.

If you have any questions or concerns, please use the contact information on the left navigation bar to contact Library Systems.


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Contact Information

Berrie WatsonHead, Systems & Digital Technology

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Last edited on May 10, 2016