Computing Lab Administrators
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What is TechFinder?
TechFinder is an application that updates a database of information about technology available to students in locations around campus. The information is displayed on the web using Google Maps at TechFinder and on mobile devices through LoboMobile.
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Why did we build TechFinder?
In the 2007-2008 accreditation process, an observation was made that perhaps UNM did not have enough computers available to students, citing 500 computers available in the IT Pods as the only publically available computers listed. At the Provost’s request, student-facing computers were inventoried revealing almost 3,500 computers available to students in 2009. The issue then for students became how do students know what technology is available for student use?

IT, in collaboration with other departmental IT groups, posted survey results for Fall Semester 2011 at TechFinder. TechFinder is where information relating to technologies available for student use is maintained by the departments who provide it.
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What is the security in TechFinder?
Authentication is managed by the CAS system; a UNM NetID is required for access. Authorization within the application is managed by the Super Admins of the application. These Super Admins are the managers of the IT Pods and Computer Classrooms. Any security issues should be addressed to the Applications team for TechFinder through the Help.unm.edu system.
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How do I log into TechFinder Administration?
You can log into TechFinder Admin by clicking the “Log into TechFinder Administration” link located at the top of this page, or by clicking here.
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Why can't I log in?
If you attempt to log in and receive an error message, you are currently not setup as an admin in the system. Please send an email to TechFinder Support.
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Who has to update or who "owns" content?
Any department who manages computer classroom(s) or lab(s) or tech commons available for student use (whether open to all UNM students, all departmental students or only students taking a specific class), is responsible to the Provost’s Office for updating this information and communicating it publicly.
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How many technical environments can I have?
As many environments as you manage that are available to students should be created and kept up-to-date in TechFinder.
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Why can't I edit my lab?
If you cannot edit a certain lab, you are currently not listed as an admin for that lab. You can either have a current admin for the lab add you as an admin, or, if there are no admins listed, send an email to TechFinder Support.
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How do I request that a new lab be listed?
Please send an email to TechFinder Support and provide the Lab name and NetID of an admin for the lab.
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How can I add another admin to the system?
If you are currently an admin, you add other admins to the system by clicking the “Create Admin” link located in the left-side navigation bar. Fill out the NetID, first name, and last name, then click "Create admin". If you accidentally submit incorrect data, please send an email to TechFinder Support to have it corrected.
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How do I request to have a value added to a value table?
First, compile a list of data pertaining the to value table you wish to have data added to. You can view the contents of a value table by clicking the corresponding link located under the “Values Table” header in the left-side navigation bar. e.g. To have a new software title added, click the “Software” link and provide the following: Software, Category, Contact, Viewable in Search and Comments. Then, click the “Request/change a value” link located above/below the value table and fill in the “Request/change to be make” textbox with the data for the new value. Click submit to finish.
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How do I report a bug or request a new feature?
We are currently in the process of adding TechFinder Administration to Help.UNM. Until it is added, you can submit a bug or request a feature by clicking the “Feebac k & Bug Reports” link located at the top of any page. The “Page in question” textbox will be pre-populated with the page you are on when you click the bug report link. If the bug is in reference to a different page, please provide the correct page. If this is a feature request and not a bug, please ignore this field. Use the “Description” textbox to give a detailed description of the bug/feature request. If this is a bug specific to one of the tabs used to edit a lab’s data, please provide the tab name.
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Other questions?
We are currently in the process of adding TechFinder Administration to Help.UNM. Until it is added, please send any questions to TechFinder Support.
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