Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Open Lab MIgration FAQ


Some departments utilized open labs for ad-hoc computer-based classes as well as summer youth programs. What will we do now?

There is a list of schedulable computer labs on our website, Any lab labeled “Reservable” is available for scheduling through the Michigan Tech Registrar’s office.


Will the total computer count decrease with the migration?

No, the total computer count will not decrease with the migration of open labs to the Library.


The library is has traditionally been a quiet study environment; this is important to me, and I don’t want to lose it.

The third floor of the Library is remaining a quiet study space. We will be updating the furniture and equipment to make it even more conducive to quiet study.


How hard will it be to get four adjacent computers between 7am and 8pm in the library?

With the placement of 250 workstations in the Library, there will be ample contiguous spaces for group collaboration.


Ready access to the faculty (and grad students) allows students to quickly ask questions; what are we supposed to do now?

IT is repurposing many of the existing open labs to be collaborative wireless lounges where students will be able to either bring their own devices. Additionally, IT will be placing a small number of short-term workstations in many of the lounges.


The software I need is only in my lab. What will do now that the open lab seats are in the ILC?

With one or two exceptions, all of the software on any MS Windows computer in a lab is on all MS Windows computers in all labs; the same is true for Linux and dual-boot computers. IT standardized the lab image across all operating systems in 2011.


What happens to the old computers and monitors from labs that are migrating to the ILC?

The old computers are always redistributed to other facilities around campus and replace slower machines in other labs or classrooms. Throughout this cycle, the oldest machines are cleaned up and re-imaged with a "productivity" campus software image (Microsoft Office and and other basic applications) and reserved for graduate student office computers. When a computer becomes unsupportable, their hard drives are properly disabled and responsibly recycled.