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. RLI 264 14 Learning and Research Spaces in ARL Libraries: Snapshots of Installations and Experiments ( C O N T I N U E D ) JUNE 2009 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A BIMONTHLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC
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