By Wendy Sarubbi | May 22, 2012 12:02 pm

Rosella Rowell couldn’t wait for the yellow ribbon to be cut at the six new iMac stations at the UCF College of Medicine’s Harriet F. Ginsburg Health Sciences Library.

“The iMacs are more eye-catching and have better flexibility” than PCs on the main UCF campus, said Rosella, a master’s student in healthcare administration. She had traveled from the main campus to Lake Nona to complete some online coursework and was on hand as library staff unveiled the iMacs on May 17.

Medical informatics librarian Michael Garner explained that the  iMacs have 27-inch screens for better visibility and run both Mac and Windows programs.  With a click of an icon, a user can work in either a Mac or Windows environment.  The iMacs also boot up faster than the PCs they replaced, Michael said.

“The iMacs fit the mission of a 21st- century library,” said public services librarian Shalu Gilllum.

The iMacs are available for use by students, faculty and staff, and the public whenever the library is open .

More than 40 people enjoyed a lunch of pizza and fruit before library director Nadine Dexter cut the yellow ribbons at the two iMac pods.  In addition to work- and study-oriented programs, participants enjoyed checking out some of the more fun software, including GarageBand and Photo Booth, on the iMacs.  Four $25 iTunes gift cards and a large, VIP bag of popcorn were also raffled off.

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