Sunday, March 11, 2012

Renovated Spaces are OPEN!!!

The Walker Library has fully implemented its Library Renovation Project. Spaces all over the building were updated with more technology and new furniture supported by funds received from state appropriated stimulus money.

These collaborative learning spaces grew out of conversations with students. They said that even though they have 24/7 access to information, they still need a retreat from their noisy dorm or apartment. Students told us they must have a place where they can get still get research help but also have a spot that is conducive to studying either alone or with a group. These spaces accomplish that.

Students now have full use of all of these remodeled and repurposed spaces!!

The library was designed to have areas for quiet study. However with the implementation of new Designated Quiet Zones (and the 7' signs over your head) it is now easier than ever to find a quiet place to go. Check out these new areas on the 3rd and 4th floor, just beyond the elevators.

As a part of the renovation project more Group Zones were created. Areas on the 1st and 2nd floors, Group Study rooms on all floors, and room 446 on the 4th floor are all designated as Group Zones. While individuals may work here, collaboration is encouraged and noise levels may be elevated.

Group Study Rooms are located on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors. All rooms have a computer and a whiteboard. Students can check out markers at the Service Desk on the 1st floor. The rooms on the 4th floor are reservable.

Presentation Practice Rooms—Two large group study rooms on the 2nd floor (248B and 201D) are equipped with large wall-mounted monitors and recording devices to allow students to practice and record presentations. These rooms are available to checkout online.

Meeting Place 2 & 4 are semi-enclosed spaces in rooms 248 & 446. The areas can accommodate up to 16 & 36 people respectively. The areas feature flexible furniture and movable whiteboard partitions. A laptop may be checked out and hooked up to large screen monitors for presentations.

The Research Commons on the 1st floor is a place to access, collaborate, create, and get help. Over 100 individual and team computer workstations; modern, flexible furnishings; and expert technical staff and research librarians are at your fingertips.

TeamSpot is located in the Research Commons on the 1st Floor. It features a wall-mounted large screen monitor and software capable of displaying several laptops at once. Sharing ideas with your study partners is easier than ever.

The Lounge is located on the 1st floor, just past the elevators. It has soft seating, newspapers, magazines, and a collection of the New York Times Bestsellers. There are also 2 large TVs w/ streaming news.

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