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Proposal Title Mac/Apple Laptops for Library Checkout   Contact Name Christopher Van Dyck
Proposal Author Chris VanDyck   Contact Email
Area Innovative Technology & Education   Contact Phone +1 907 474 7023
Amount Reqested 8060   Group/Department Rasmuson Library; Info Svcs - Media Dept
Year Spring 2011   College UAF-LIB
Proposal Summary
Proposal provides Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch laptops for use by all UAF students, staff and faculty. This equipment will be available for checkout at the Rasmuson Library Media Desk and loans for a period of three days.

Items include 6 13-inch MacBook Pros, AppleCare Protection Plan and neoprene carrying case for each laptop.

All students, staff and faculty will benefit in that the equipment will be available to all of them for a three day checkout period. Any of these three university affiliated persons will have access to borrow this equipment during Rasmuson Library hours. The library is open 86.5 hours a week during fall and spring semesters. On average our current MacBooks check out every 5 days.  With 3-day checkouts, fewer checkout in the summer, and time spent sitting on the shelf for upcoming bookings. This means that they are in nearly constant use during the semesters. Stats for our oldest MacBooks #1-5: average 308 checkouts in 1571 days in the system = 1 checkout every 5.1 days.

The laptops can be used to type research papers, create spreadsheets, access course sites like Blackboard, access any web page, create/import/edit video, read electronic books, listen to audio books, access to library materials and catalogs, listen to recorded audio or video lectures, and many of the other broad uses that a computer can cover in educational use.

Budget detail: Requested from TAB Provided by Unit Total Cost
Personnel $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Contractual Services (Installation/Training) $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Supplies $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
(Hardware & software)
$8010.00 $0.00 $8010.00
Shipping Costs $50.00 $0.00 $50.00
TOTAL AMOUNT REQUESTED $8060.00 $0.00 $8060.00

Justification for any personnel or supplies requested:
Describe who will benefit in terms of numbers of students and classes:
All UAF students, staff and faculty will be able to check out these items at the Rasmuson Library Media Desk for a period of three days. Out of all the media items that the Library Media Department loans out, Mac laptops are the media item in highest demand in regard to library patron use. A specific example of a class that uses Mac laptops is American Sign Language. They create videos of signing to turn in to the instructor for grading. Two non-specific examples are any class where a written assignment that must be typed and turned in or any class using blackboard.
How does your proposal fit into UAF strategic goals and objectives?:
Having laptops available allows students to complete coursework by fulfilling the first UAF strategic goal* of enhancing technology, support services and facilities for instruction and learning.
(*1. Teaching and Learning for Student Success)
Outline the implementation schedule and staff responsible for the implementation and oversight:
Proposal implementation will reduce energy consumption and contribute to a sustainable environment because some students, staff and faculty may decide that they do not need to buy equipment of their own if they can borrow one. It is much more sustainable for thousands to share a few laptops than for everyone to go out and buy their own.
Please specify the building (with room numbers, if appropriate) where the technology will be stored, installed or used:
Items will be stored at the Library's Main Floor in locked cabinets and used wherever students, staff and faculty may need them.
13" MacBook pro specs and configuration:

   * 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
   * 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
   * 250GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm

Items Description
# of Units Unit Price Total Price
MacBook Pro 13" 6 1100.00 6600.00
Applecare 6 185.00 1110.00
Neoprene Carrying Bag 6 50.00 300.00
Shipping 1 50.00 50.00
Total     $8060

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