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Library Technology


Technology Loans

Requesting Library Technology

The Tyler Libraries will be offering semester-long loans for technology devices. The libraries offer the following devices for loan: 

  • Laptops and Chromebooks
  • Calculators
  • Webcameras
  • Wifi Hotspots

Some devices may have different due dates based on criteria set by the owning department/instructor. Availability of devices, and class schedule.  Placing a request does not guarantee a loan for the requested device(s).  The Tyler Libraries will honor all requests within the technology/device capabilities and supply.

If requested during the business week, you will receive a reply from the Tyler Libraries within 48 hours.  The reply will contain information on device loans and availability of the requested device(s).  Pick-up of devices will take place at the Midlothian campus security area in the Administration building and the Chester campus library.  Students will need to make an appointment for pick-up during scheduled hours. Questions about technology loans should be sent to library@jtcc.edu. Please use the button below or the following form to place a request for library technology. Please return laptops and devices to designated return areas in the libraries or at campus security. Do not place devices in outside bookdrops. 

 

 

 

Computers

Both campus locations provide computers, printers, and Wi-Fi for public and student use. Currently limited to students-only during the pandemic. 

Chester

  • Windows 10 and Office 2016
  • Laser printers. Color and black and white available
  • ADF scanner

Midlothian

  • Windows 10 and Office 2016
  • Laser printers. Color and black and white available
  • One flatbed scanner and one ADF scanner

Laptops and Tablets

Laptops and tablets are available for checkout at both campus libraries. 

  • Current students
  • Must sign library technology user agreement. 
  • Students are responsible for the entire cost of the laptop or Chromebook if stolen or damaged. This may be over $1000
  • Files are not permanently saved to library computers. Students should back up all files to an external device or online storage (i.e. external hard drive, flashdrive, Google, Dropbox, etc.) 
  • Chester offers Dell laptops
  • Midlothian offers Dell laptops

Chromebooks

The following policies apply to Chromebooks. 

  • Current students
  • Must sign library technology user agreement.
  • Students are responsible for the entire cost of the laptop or Chromebook if stolen or damaged. This may be over $1000
  • Files must be saved to a Google Drive account or some other method (Chromebooks will not retain files)

Calculators

Both Libraries have graphing and scientific calculators available for checkout. 

  • Students enrolled in specific math courses may be able to borrow calculators for the length of their course
  • Students will be asked to provide proof of enrollment (schedule or Canvas course page) for semester loans
  • Students who are not enrolled in the specified math classes may borrow calculators for one week
  • All students will sign the calculator user agreement for checkout
  • Students are responsible for the entire cost of the calculator if stolen or damaged. This may be over $100

During the COVID-19 pandemic, printing will be at no cost.  The Libraries have suspended the Pharos Print system at this time. Please see library staff for instructions on how to print.  

The library provides access to laser printers from each computer. Each library also has a public copy machine. The college has a low-cost pay-to-print system.

Overview
  • Black and white and color prints from any computer in the library and through online uploads.
  • B&W and two-sided copies from the copy machine.
  • Per-page rates starting at $0.10.
Getting Started
  • Sign into your Pharos account online by visiting https://mobileprint.jtcc.edu and entering your myTyler username and password.
  • Upload documents to print and view your account information though this site.
  • Students can use their student ID card or their myTyler username and password to access printers.
  • Community members are issued guest cards and accounts to access print stations.
  • Students and community members may add value to their printing accounts using a credit or debit card on the mobile print website: https://mobileprint.jtcc.edu and selecting the "Add Funds" link. 
  • Students and community members can also add cash (bills only) to their accounts with the PHIL machines at each campus library.
  • If using a student ID card for the first time, please swipe and manually log into the print release stations before sending, releasing, or adding money for print jobs. This process will connect your ID card to your myTyler and print accounts.
Releasing a Print Job

Students

  • Upload your document to https://mobileprint.jtcc.edu. Be sure to make any printing settings/adjustments before going to release stations.
  • After uploading your document to print, go to one of the print release stations and swipe your student ID card or enter your myTyler username and password. 
    • First time users will be prompted to log in with myTyler username and password at release station.
  • Review the value available to your print account.
  • Select your prints from the list of available print jobs. 
  • The total price for the prints will be deducted from your student ID and the prints will release from the printer. 

Community 

Community members must see library staff to set up guest printing account.

  • Upload your document to https://mobileprint.jtcc.edu using the account information provided by the library staff. Be sure to make any printing settings/adjustments before going to release stations.
  • After uploading your document to print using the provided credentials, go to one of the print release stations and swipe your printer card. 
  • Review the value available to your print account.
  • Select your prints from the list of available print jobs. 
  • The total price for the prints will be deducted from your print card and the prints will release from the printer. 
Printing FAQs

Why do I have to pay for printing?

  • Recoup some of the cost of printers, toners, maintenance and paper.
  • Reduce waste; encourage students to print only what they need.
  • Fairness. Students that use the service pay for it, rather than charging all students whether they use it or not.

I don’t want to pay to print - what are my alternatives?

  • Save your work to a flash drive.
  • Email your work to yourself.
  • Write it down! Sometimes a few notes are all you need.

How much does it cost to print?

  • Black and white - 10 cents per page
  • Color - 50 cents per page
  • Photocopies - 10 cents per page (B&W only)

Where can I print on campus?

  • Printers are located in each campus library. There are two print kiosks per campus.
  • The Chester Library is located in Moyar Hall on the second floor in M216.
  • The Midlothian Library is located in Hamel Hall on the second floor in H202.
  • You can find a map of each campus here.

Do I have to pay for copies I don’t want or don’t like?

  • The college cannot give refunds for printer malfunctions or unintended copies.
  • Print carefully.

How can I save money while using the printers?

  • Print carefully. Use Print Preview to check documents and sites before sending.
  • Print Multiple. PowerPoint can be printed multiple slides per page. Staff members are happy to show you how.
  • Print only what you need. Do I really need this? Can I use this in another form…or can print just part of it?

How do I add funds to my Pharos account?

  • Students may add value to their printing accounts using a credit or debit card on the mobile print website: https://mobileprint.jtcc.edu
  • Students and community members can also add cash (bills only) to their accounts with the PHIL machines at each campus library..

I’m a student, but I don’t have a student ID.  Can I still print?

  • Yes.  You can print without a student ID by logging into the print stations with your myTyler username and password. 

I only have cash. Can I still print?

  • Yes. Pharos accepts cash, but you must have your student ID or guest print card to add value. PHIL machines do not give change.
  • Library staff members are not able to make change for bills or coins.

Can I add value with a credit or debit card?

  • Yes.  Both students and community patrons can add value to your print account by logging into https://mobileprint.jtcc.edu and use the link to "Add Funds" to use a credit or debit card online.

I can’t remember my Pharos username/password. What can I do?

  • Pharos usernames and passwords are the same username and password used to access myTyler applications like Canvas, SIS, and Gmail. Pharos will accept your current myTyler password. Example: John Doe’s username may look like jd1234 or jdoe1234.  Your username is the first part of your John Tyler email address.

What file types are accepted?

  • Pharos accepts .DOC(X), .PDF, .XLS, .PPT, .RTF, .TXT, .PNG, .JPEG, .GIF, .TIFF, .XPS
  • If you have another file type, see library staff for more information on converting to an accepted file type.

Are there any restrictions on file names?

  • Yes. File names must be a minimum of 5 characters and a maximum of 20 characters.
  • Some characters in your file may be changed to accommodate Pharos.

Is there a limit on file size?

  • Yes. Files may be a maximum of 50MB each.
  • Please keep in mind that large documents will take longer to upload and appear at the Pharos release station.

My document failed to print. How do I re-release it or get a refund?

  • Speak to library staff about options to resend or re-release a print job.

Can I print on my own paper or on legal paper?

  • No. Patrons cannot add their personal paper to the printer. Legal size paper is not provided. Documents formatted for 8.5x14 will need to be converted into an 8.5x11 sized document. See library staff for more information.

For more questions and instructions for printing, please see the Technical Services Research Guide for more information. 

The Tyler Library installs software to library computers as requested by JTCC faculty members. The following software is available at the campus libraries.

Midlothian

  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Adobe Dream Weaver
  • Finale notepad
  • Military CAD card program
  • Net Beans
  • Python
  • AutoDesk Inventor Suite
  • AutoCAD
  • Integrated Accounting
  • IBM Statistics
  • MAT Lab
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Visual Studio

Chester

  • AutoDesk Inventor 2018
  • AutoCAD
  • AutoCAD Architecture 2018
  • Military CAD card program
  • Revit 2018
  • IBM Statistics
  • Adobe Dreamweaver CS6
  • Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5
  • Visual Studio 2013

Additional Software Resources

Tyler offers all students the opportunity to access Kurzweil 3000, an educational technology that provides reading assistance, comprehension support, and support for improving writing and test-taking skills. 

What does Kurzweil do?

Assists users in reading volumes of text including a variety of text-analyzing tools such as—

  • 31 natural text-to-speech voices
  • 18 languages available for text-to-speech
  • a customizable reading rate/presentation,
  • the ability to create MP3 files of readings and much more. 

Utilizes a talking calculator that will read-aloud basic math as well as the ability to close the software and resume reading exactly on the page a user/student finished on upon re-opening the software.

Offers many dictionaries with one-click access to American Heritage dictionaries, picture dictionaries, and a talking dictionary.

Provides a variety of note tools including sticky and voice notes as well as bookmark tools.

Allows users to translate words and/or full passages in up to 70+ different languages.

Provides users with a writing path that supports writing from beginning to end, a space for mapping ideas with brainstorms and graphic organizers, and the tools to create writing template outlines.

Similar to the capabilities of many phones and other typing devices, Kurzweil 3000 is also equipped with word prediction, as well as spell-checking and speech-to-text tools.

Kurzweil 3000 can create a test/assignment using a Test-Prep toolbar and also  lock features of the software to allow for a more realistic examination environment. Users/Students can create assignments, essays, multiple choice, short answer, and even true/false testable questions.

For complete information on registration and technical support for this service, please visit the following pagehttps://www.jtcc.edu/services/kurzweil