These spaces showcase instructional innovations like SMART Board and
Sympodium technology, and are used for faculty and graduate development
programs and initiatives, as well as for literacy instruction.
The library instruction room at Arizona State University has been renovated
with new projectors on either end of the room; mobile and reconfigurable
furniture; “nest” or pod arrangements of desks; and new computers. Students
now have “equal access to their instructional materials and their instructors.”
McGill University’s Cyberthèque facility sports an “e-classroom” for
information literacy instruction.
Galleries, Art, Exhibits, Performances, Events
Many responding libraries mention art, lectures, displays, and performances as being
important assets to the spaces they are creating. These properties showcase the
intellectual outpouring of the university and celebrate the creative mind. Many of these
spaces serve other purposes, and “transform” into their special properties as needed.
The Mann Library’s new Mann Gallery is a highly visible “community
display space” showcasing artwork and multimedia creations by Cornell
University students that arise from coursework across the curricula. The gallery
is easily adapted to a wide range of media, suffused with natural light, and
heavily booked by the Cornell University community. It was the brainchild of
“two forward-thinking undergraduates as part of their collaborative senior-year
project.” Campus faculty “show high enthusiasm,” in part because the gallery
has as its mission to showcase some of the “outside-the-box thinking that
Cornell students and researchers are known for.”
The new gallery in the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library at the University of
Michigan “improves access to the unique and remarkable treasures held in the
library.” The gallery was formerly home to a portion of the library’s technical
services operation. It mounts local and traveling exhibits, hosts lectures and
presentations, and will soon feature displays from special collections. As the
gallery becomes known across campus, other units approach the library for use
of the space, often in collaboration with the library.
Learning and Research Spaces in ARL Libraries: Snapshots of Installations and Experiments
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JUNE 2009 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A BIMONTHLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC