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STUDENT COMPUTING SERVICES (SCS)

Gear2Go TUNE: Equipment Loans at TU Northeastern MD

OTS Student Computing Services (SCS) maintains a collection of digital cameras, microphones and other devices available to university students, faculty and staff for academic purposes.

Although all equipment is available to all TU students, items checked-out from SCS TUNE must be returned to SCS TUNE and items checked-out from SCS Towson must be returned to SCS Towson by the designated due date.

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A reservation request must include your TU email address, and you must present your valid TU OneCard when picking-up equipment.
 
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click for overview movieHow do I reserve equipment?

  1. Click the appropriate "Reserve It" button below to select a particular device.
  2. On the next page, click the "Book" button adjacent to the item you wish to reserve.
  3. Follow the screen prompts to complete the process.
  4. Watch your inbox for a message confirming your reservation.
  5. Read your confirmation message an inform SCS if you believe that it is inaccurate. 

If you prefer, you may call 410-704-5151 or visit the SCS Service Desk in TUNE Room 206 to make a reservation with staff assistance. But, we strongly encourage borrowers to make their own reservations online to avoid problems associated with miscommunication. SCS will call or email you if we are unable to accept your request for any reason.

It is our practice to cancel reservation requests made with any non-TU email address; only addresses ending in "@students.towson.edu" or "@towson.edu" are acceptable. 

jump to topHow long may I keep the equipment?

You may reserve an item in advance for a period of one to four days. This term is intended to  ensure fair access to our relatively modest inventory and to discourage borrowers from losing track of equipment. SCS may grant extensions under the conditions described below, but no item may ever remain checked-out for more than eight days without the explicit authorization of an SCS professional staff member. SCS retains the right to change this policy if necessary (providing advanced notice on this page) to insure equitable access and to prevent abuse.

  • Any student, faculty or staff client may request a reservation extension during an active reservation by calling, emailing or visiting SCS. Please do not simply make a new reservation online. You may inadvertantly reserve an item other than the one you already have; if this happens, we will automatically cancel the second reservation and email you.
     
  • Faculty and staff clients may make two back-to-back reservations in advance, if needed. To request a loan term exceeding eight days, faculty/staff borrowers should email or call Joseph Perkins (jperkins@towson.edu, 410-704-5738) or Robert Cave (rcave@towson.edu, 410-704-3024). Student clients may not make multiple back-to-back reservations in advance.
     
  • Please understand that if we are unable to grant an extension due to conflicting reservations, you must return the equipment by the agreed-upon due date of the initial reservation or we will consider it overdue.
     

jump to topWhat are the pickup and return procedures?

When you arrive to pick-up equipment, an SCS staff member will initiate the check-out process, confirm that all kit components are present, and answer any questions you may have. We no longer  print checkout receipts; however, we will gladly send you another confirmation email reflecting updates, if any, to your original reservation.

It is your responsibility to know and adhere to our terms and conditions.

When you return equipment, a staff member will inspect it to verify that it is undamaged and that all components are present. Then, we will record the date and time of the return. If components are missing or damaged, we will require more information to record the damage and determine who should be responsible for the repair/replacement costs.

We expect equipment to fail over time as a consequence of day-to-day use; we hold clients responsible
only for loss and damage beyond normal wear and tear.  
 

What happens if I return equipment late?

Your delay in returning equipment might prevent other clients from completing important assignments or projects on time. Consequently, we regard your due date seriously and ask that you call us immediately should an emergency situation prevent you from returning equipment on time.

SCS tracks the incidence of late returns. If a client reaches a total of 6 late return days* or 3 late return incidents, SCS will suspend his/her borrowing privileges for both off-site and on-site resources for 6 months. (*Because your late return of 3 items---for example, a camera, a tripod, and a microphone---could affect 3 separate clients waiting for those items, we record one day per item when equipment is late.) We will suspend indefinitely the borrowing privileges of clients who do not respond to our email or telephone alerts and make it necessary for us to secure assistance from the TU Police in recovering our property.
 

What happens if I fail to pickup equipment without notifying SCS?

When you make a reservation, the equipment is held for you. No one else can reserve it. If you don't pick up the equipment---in other words, you abandon the reservation---it remains unavailable to others, nevertheless. We recognize that plans sometimes change, but we believe that in such cases it is reasonable to expect the client to contact us and cancel the reservation. If your plans change and you will not be picking-up a reserved item, please email scs@towson.edu and include "Cancel Gear2Go" in the subject so that we may release the equipment for other borrowers.

SCS tracks the incidence of abandoned reservations. After a client's 3rd abandonment, SCS will suspend his/her borrowing privileges for both off-site and on-site resources for 6 months.


If my borrowing privledges have been suspended, is there somewhere else I can borrow a camera to complete an assignment? 

We are unaware of any other campus or community services of this type. However, if your need is urgent, you can ask your professor to request an exception on your behalf by writing to jperkins@towson.edu or rcave@towson.edu. In such cases, we will allow a suspended student to borrow a Gear2Go item for up to four days. 

jump to topWhat kinds of devices are currently available at SCS TUNE?

SCS TUNE circulates the following types of multimedia equipment. The numbers in brackets indicate the number of units currently offered. If you would suggest adding equipment not represented here, please let us know

bullet Pocket digital video camcorders, flash memory-based  [8]
bullet Advanced digital video camcorders, flash memory-based  [2]
bullet Digital SLR camera  [1]

bullet Digital point-and-shoot camera  [1]
bullet Tripods [4]
bullet Wireless lavaliere microphones  [2]

bullet USB desktop microphone [1]
bullet Wired headphones [5]  (for use on site only)

bullet Flatbed scanners [2]  (for use on site only)


jump to topDigital Video Camcorders

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Kodak Zi8 Camcorder  [5]

This pocket-sized 1080 HD camcorder is easy to use and features removable SDHC media and an external microphone port. Use the included AC adapter to power the camera and you won't have to worry about the batteries dying in the middle of a shoot.
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Cisco Flip UltraHD Camcorder  [3] 

This pocket-sized 720 HD camcorder is the easiest-to-use camera we offer. Two words: dead simple. In our experience, you can expect to get 60 minutes of recording from a set of 2 fully charged batteries. The kit includes 4 batteries (which must be returned) and a portable recharger allowing for two hours of recording. Battery recharging requires approximately 6 hours.
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Sony HDR-CX560 Camcorder  [2]

This full-featured 1080p HD camcorder records to both removable SDHC media and an internal 64GB hard drive. It features an high capacity battery and it supports manual control for the artistically inclined. It also shoots standard definition video and excellent 12.3 megapixel stills.
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Canon EOS 60D
Canon EOS 60D Digital SLR [1]
This professional-level DSLR camera records 18MP still photographs and full-HD video to SDHC media. It includes a Canon EF-S 18-200mm F3.5 lens* and a vast selection of automatic and manual controls. The 60D connects to computers via USB. (*Borrowers are strongly discouraged from removing the lens; open Kit Tips below for more information.)
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Some chapters are available without logging in. For full access, reserve LDC via SCS access.

To provide fair access to this popular but limited resource, clients may make only one four-day reservation at a time. This reservation may be made up to 30 days in advance. Clients may extend their due date on the final day of an existing reservation, provided that a kit is available. As mentioned above, DO NOT simply make a new reservation online. We will cancel it. Instead call or visit to request that your existing reservation be extended. These rules apply to our Canon 60D kits only.

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jump to topDigital Still Cameras

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Canon PowerShot A95  [1]  

This excellent 5.0 megapixel digital still camera sports a 3x optical zoom, an angle-adjustable view screen, and manual control options.
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jump to topDigital Audio Equipment

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audio-technica Pro 88W Wireless Mic System  [2]

This rugged, easy-to-use wireless microphone system offers two switchable frequencies and supports a 100'-300' range. It's great for video applications. The transmitter and receiver each use a single 9 volt battery.
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Blue Yeti USB Mic
Blue Yeti USB Mic [1]

This advanced multi-pattern USB microphone is well suited to recording a wide variety of audio sources--from narration to choral and instrumental performances--directly to a computer. There is a headphone port for monitoring.  
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Tripods 
 
 
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Sony VCT-R640 Video Tripod  [4]

These video tripods are light enough to carry around all day, yet sturdy enough to support rock-solid recording in all but the most extreme conditions. The pan-tilt head and quick release are perfect for your next video or photo project.
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Gear4Here Equipment
 
 
Berhinger headphones Behringer HPS3000 Headphones [5]

These comfy, acoustically sweet headphones will allow you to crank it up in the SCS lab without disturbing others.
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This device is available for use on site (in Room 206) only.
Canon CanoScan LiDE110 Color Image Scanner  [2]

This 2400x4800 dpi flatbed scanner can be connected to any SCS computer for digitizing photos, art work or printed pages. 
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Gear2Go / Gear4Here Terms & Conditions

In taking possession of the equipment you are requesting from Student Computing Services, 

(A)
you attest that you are a Towson University student, faculty member or staff member and possess a valid TU OneCard identification;

(B)
you agree to take all reasonable steps to safeguard the equipment from damage and theft, to adhere to the SCS guidelines for equipment care and to return the equipment in the same state you received it;

(C)
you agree to return the equipment and all constituent components on or before the due date and time and to the location indicated in your reservation confirmation and receipt;

(D)
you acknowledge your understanding that if you do not return the borrowed equipment on time, SCS may deny your reservation and borrowing requests in the future;

(E)
you acknowledge your understanding that if you do not return this equipment within one week of the due date, SCS may bill you for the replacement value of the equipment through the Towson University Bursar's Office;

(F)
you acknowledge your understanding that if you repeatedly reserve equipment and then fail to pick it up without alerting SCS, we may deny your reservation and borrowing requests in the future;

(G)
you acknowledge your understanding that Towson University, the Office of Technology Services, and Student Computing Services will not be responsible for file or media loss due to equipment malfunction or misuse;

(E)
you acknowledge your understanding that Student Computing Services routinely deletes all borrower content (i.e., image, audio and video files) from returned equipment and that it is your responsibility to transfer your files to your own computer or storage device before returning borrowed equipment. 


Late Return Policy 

Your delay in returning equipment might prevent another client from completing an important assignment or project on time. Consequently, we regard your due date very seriously and ask that you call us immediately should an emergency situation prevent you from returning equipment on time. SCS tracks the incidence of late returns. If a client reaches a total 6 late return days* or 3 late return incidents, SCS will suspend his/her borrowing privileges for both off-site and on-site resources for 6 months. (*Because your late return of 3 items---for example, a camera, a tripod, and a microphone---could affect 3 separate clients waiting for those items, we record one late return day per item when equipment is late.) We will suspend indefinitely the borrowing privileges of clients who do not respond to our email or telephone alerts and make it necessary for us to secure the assistance of the TU Police in recovering our property.

Abandoned Reservation Policy  

When you make a reservation, the equipment is held for you. No one else can reserve it. If you don't pick-up the equipment---in other words, you abandon the reservation---it remains unavailable to others, nevertheless. We recognize that plans sometimes change, but we believe that in such cases it is reasonable to expect the client to contact us and cancel the reservation. SCS tracks the incidence of abandoned reservations. After a client's third abandonment, SCS will suspend his/her borrowing privileges for both off-site and on-site resources for 6 months.

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Media Advice

photo of SDHC media cardPlanning to use a device that records to removable SDHC memory cards? We suggest that you consider buying your own SDHC memory card, Class 10 or faster, for the peace of mind that comes with knowing your card's history and so that you can more conveniently access your recordings after returning the camera or recorder.


How Much Camcorder Do You Need?

Unless you require and are willing to spend time learning the special features of a more advanced camcorder, we suggest that you borrow one of our HD pocket camcorders.

The Kodak Zi8 and Flip UltraHD models are much simpler to use. And they produce very respectable HD video recordings that are often easier to process and edit than those from more advanced camcorders.

If high-quality audio is important to your project and you plan to use an external microphone, be sure to borrow a Kodak Zi8; the Flip UltraHDs do not have mic inputs.

If you determine that the Sony HDR-CX560 or the Canon 60D DSLR is better suited to your purposes, be sure to consult the manuals and decide how you will need to configure the camera before you start shooting. Also, be certain to shoot some test video with your selected settings and then import it into your computer to verify that your planned approach to editing and processing will be compatible with the video you capture.

The Sony HDR-CX560 can be set to record in standard definition (STD) as well as high definition (HD).

 
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