Introducing PaperCut: A New Printing System for Students

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PaperCut has launched at the Main Campus Library this week. PaperCut is a print management system used to seamlessly monitor and control printing and copying. With PaperCut students are able to print and copy documents.

PaperCut will be implemented in other computer labs and at other campuses at a later date.   

How does it work?

 Each Durham Tech student is issued a PaperCut account which is used to print and copy documents across all campuses. When a user prints or copies anywhere on campus, the total cost of the print job is deducted from their account balance. The costs for printing and copying across all Durham Tech campuses is as follows:

·         Black-and-white printing costs 10 cents per page ($0.10)

·         Color printing costs 25 cents per page ($0.25).

An initial $10 non-refundable print credit is applied to each student’s PaperCut account at the start of each term for which they are enrolled. Students may continue using Durham Tech print services until their PaperCut account balance reaches $0. Once a student’s PaperCut account balance reaches $0 they will not be able to print or copy documents until additional print credit is added to their account at the Library circulation desk. A user can check their print credit balance by accessing their PaperCut account online at

PaperCut: Frequently Asked Questions

Which Students Have Accounts?
Any student currently enrolled in a course that has started for the an active term should have a PaperCut Account. Users who do not have a PaperCut account may still print by creating a guest account at by clicking the “Guests click here to Register!” link on the login page.
How Do Students Access Accounts?
Visit  papercut.durhamtech.eduHere students are able to login and see their print history, reset their Identity PIN (for quick access to copier/printers), and view any pending print jobs.
What’s A Student’s Username and Password?
Students are able to login to their PaperCut account, the identity Pop-up, and Copiers using their Durham Tech Username and Password.
Username: The Username is the student’s last name followed by first initial and the last 4 digits of your Student ID number
How Do Students Print?
Print your document from your application (e.g. File > Print) You will need to remember the printer you selected to release your document. DOUBLE-CHECK YOUR PRINT SETTINGS (Color, Black & White, 2-Sided etc.) Once the print job is submitted the Identity Pop-up is displayed. Enter your Durham Tech/WebAdvisorUsername and Password, then Click OK. Once the print job is authenticated you will see an additional pop-up informing you that your document is waiting to be released. NOTE: Your document will be waiting to be release at the printer/copier selected in step 1.
How do Students Copy?
Locate a printer/copier.  Press the keyboard icon and enter your Durham Tech Username and Password
Select Access Device, then select Copy. Once you are ready select start to begin copying documents.

Ada Lovelace Day Celebrates Women in Science

The second Tuesday of October is Ada Lovelace Day and celebrates women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with the hope of inspiring future generations of young women to study and work in STEM fields.

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Ada Lovelace was an English mathematician and writer who created the first program for Charles Babbage‘s analytical engine. She is known as the first computer programmer and has a computer programming language from the Department of Defense named after her. (From The Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientific Biography)

Read more about Ada Lovelace and ways to support women in STEM fields here:

You can also explore these books in the library’s collection which feature Ada Lovelace and other important women in science, mathematics, and history:

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Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

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Rejected princesses : tales of history’s boldest heroines, hellions, and heretics by Jason Porath

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

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Headstrong: 52 Women who Changed Science – and the World by Rachel Swaby

Headstrong: 52 Women who Changed Science – and the World by Rachel Swaby

New Computer Books available

Want to brush up on your HTML skills, create an app, program with JAVA or SAS, repair a PC, or learn PHP 7?  Check out some of our new computer books selected by Tom Murphy, Assistant Dean, Information Technologies Programs. 

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Also explore, ebrary’s Computer and IT books e-book collection online.  There are more than 3,000 titles! Click on the Computers & IT collection to browse books or search for topics or titles individually.

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New Resource: Films on Demand Streaming Video Collection

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Films On Demand is a streaming video platform that features high quality educational video content.  The collection includes more than 20,000 films and is constantly growing!  The collections include award winning documentaries, instructional and vocational training videos, interviews, archival primary source materials, historical speeches, newsreels, and videos aligned with college curriculum. Subjects include automotive, business, economics, health, medicine, humanities, social sciences, mathematics, natural sciences, and vocational trades. Also included are travel and fitness programming, how-to videos, and popular music and dance performances.

Some of the benefits and key features of the platform include:

  • Films are segmented into easy-to-use clips
  • Powerful browse & search tools
  • Ability to share, save, and organize videos and custom playlists
  • Closed-captioning and transcripts on thousands of titles
  • HTML embed code that allows direct access to videos from Sakai
  • Email alerts can be set up under preferences for a particular subject or discipline when new content is added
  • Citation options
  • iPad friendly

Explore Films on Demand today!  Create a free account to get started.  Let the library staff know if you have any questions.  The helpful user’s guide will orient you to this new resource.

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NC LIVE’s Home Grown eBook Project

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Sample ebooks from the collection

NC LIVE, North Carolina’s statewide library consortium, is experimenting with a new eBook project that gives North Carolina library patrons unlimited access to more than 1,200 eBook titles from North Carolina-based publishers. This collection offers a wide range of content, including novels by popular North Carolina authors, poetry, short stories, and non-fiction. The eBooks are available for public use on the BiblioBoard platform from featuring titles like Guests on Earth by Lee Smith and North Carolina and Old Salem Cookery by Beth Tartan, among many others.

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NC LIVE’s Homegrown ebook collection interface

NC LIVE partnered with eight local publishing houses to purchase the eBooks, including Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (an imprint of Workman Books), Crossroad Press, Gryphon House, Ingalls Publishing Group, John F. Blair Publishing, McFarland, Press 53, and UNC Press. Unlike traditional library eBooks, this collection features always available, unlimited simultaneous user access during the life of the pilot, meaning patrons will not have to place a hold or wait for an eBook to become available. Additionally, the BiblioBoard platform allows users to view the eBooks in a web browser or download them to their tablet devices via the BiblioBoard Library app.

Explore the homegrown ebook collection today!

Coding and Social Networking

The college experience isn’t just about taking classes. It can be about networking with other students, exploring different careers or industries, finding internships, and getting involved with organizations on campus and in the wider community.

Peach logo says, "Girl Develop It. don't be shy. develop it."If you are interested in developing your coding skills and networking with others, Girl Develop It is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing, “affordable and accessible programs to women who want to learn web and software development through mentorship and hands-on instruction.” They have a local chapter in the Raleigh-Durham area, which hosts free classes, including an upcoming class on WordPress, and coding events, which can be casual chances to meet with their group and do a bit of coding over coffee. See their Meetup page for more information.

If you’re interested in learning computer coding, we have library resources to help, including the items below. If you need help finding other items, please let us know. We have more than just what is noted here.

  • iOS 7 app development essentials (QA 76.8 .I64 S693 2014)
  • Microsoft Visual C# 2013 step by step (QA 76.73 .C154 S53 2013)
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 2013 step by step (QA 76.73 .M53 H358 2013)
  • Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript (QA 76.73 .P224 N593 2009)
  • Learning Python (ebook)
  • Microsoft C# Programming for the Absolute Beginner (ebook)

If you’re interested in social networking, these books may help:

  • New rules for today’s workplace (HM 742 .L56 2011)
  • Job searching with social media for dummies (HF 5382.7 .W35 2011 – In the library collection at Orange County Campus. Books at one campus can be brought to another campus for you to check out.)
  • Get hired in a tough market : insider secrets to find and land the job you need now (HF 5382.7 .D4 2010 – Orange County Campus Library)

Our Library Computer Lab

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In addition to our computers upstairs, our main campus (ERC) library is glad to be able to offer a computer lab that is open to all current Durham Tech students!

In the ERC lab, which is down the stairs inside the library and immediately to the right, our lab monitors offer technical support, a scanner is available, and you can print up to 10 black and white pages for free each day. Subsequent black and white pages are 5 cents each, and all color copies are 25 cents each.

The lab is available to students whenever the library is open, except for times when librarians are teaching library instruction classes. During these times, which are posted on the lab door, the lab is reserved for students in these classes only.

We want the lab to be a quiet area dedicated to academic work, so please keep our policies for using the lab in mind:

  • Only current Durham Tech students may use the lab, and a new or updated Durham Tech ID/proof of current student status is required. No children are allowed (no one may accompany students into the lab).
  • Only academic work is permitted.
  • No food or drink is allowed.
  • Cell phone use is prohibited.
  • Keep it quiet–no loud talking or headphone noise is permitted.
  • Students are expected to comply with Durham Tech’s Appropriate Use of Computing Resources Policy.

Let our library staff know if you have any questions, and thank you for complying with our policies and keeping our lab a great place for students to work! And remember, students must also show their current (new or updated) Durham Tech student IDs to enter both the library and the lab.

Great apps for college students!

There are excellent free apps available for mobile devices that can help you be successful at Durham Tech!  Check out this great list from Consumer Reports which features apps for time management, studying, voice recording, wellness, and more.

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ERC computer lab

We are happy to say that the ERC library computer lab is now up and running again, as of Wednesday afternoon 1/11.  This lab is open to all current Durham Tech students (current Durham Tech ID required) doing academic work.