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ViewHub: Putting People and Screens on the Same Page

By Maureen Schlangen

Roesch Refresh is more than a renovation; it’s a reimagining of library spaces and services — including the adoption of innovative technologies that support the University’s learning, teaching and research mission.

The newest — a wireless presentation and collaboration tool called ViewHub — became available this week in Huddle Room 223 on the second floor.

Modeled on the ThinkHub technology installed in the Learning Teaching Center Studio, it has similar functions to Roesch Library’s popular technology-enabled “team tables” — but without data ports, plugs or wires.

ViewHub, a product of the company T1V, enables users to share content from multiple device screens onto a single display.

“It’s great for team projects and presentation planning, but it’s also capable of seamlessly bringing in people and devices from remote locations,” said Fran Rice, associate professor and director of information systems and digital access. “One of the priorities we identified in our strategic plan is ensuring that our technological infrastructure meets current and future needs. We’re continually gathering feedback from users, and collaboration spaces and technology are consistently among the most valued qualities our students and faculty have for the library. This tool will answer both of those needs.”

The ViewHub is available on demand whenever it’s not reserved in advance, though reservations are recommended. To book the space, open LibCal; select “Huddle Rooms” and choose 223.

To use the ViewHub

1. Download and install the AirConnect app on your laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

2. Turn on the Display using the “Display Power” button on the wall panel to the right of the ViewHub monitor.

3. Once you’ve installed AirConnect, open the app and use the ViewHub AirConnect credentials (available in the top right corner of the ViewHub monitor; photo in gallery below shows what they look like; they change throughout the day, so use the numbers on the screen, not the ones in the photo) to enable your device to “cast” its screen onto the monitor.
Note: If you have an iOS (Apple) device, you’ll need to turn on “Screen Mirroring” in the device’s Control Center.

4. To display your screen on the ViewHub, choose “Cast My Screen.” To show the ViewHub monitor on your screen, choose “Access ViewHub.”

To disconnect

1. Click disconnect from the AirConnect app. Those with iOS (Apple) devices also need to turn off “Screen Mirroring” in the Control Center.

2. Turn off the ViewHub by pressing the “Display Power” button on the wall panel.

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