Collaboration and Learning Commons in the Science and Technology Library is now open
By Nancy Crabb, Director of Marketing & Communications, University of North Texas Libraries
Featuring moveable walls and furniture, Smartboards, group study rooms and both Mac and PC workstations, the Collaboration and Learning Commons was created to provide group study and collaboration space for the University community. This redesigned space in the Science and Technology Library is outfitted with technology that supports the creation of multimedia presentations and projects.
Key features of the renovated library include: commons area with moveable walls and furniture, allowing patrons to form group study areas; whiteboards and Smartboards for writing and projection; and hardware and software to create and project multimedia presentations. Two group study rooms are still under renovation—check with the circulation desk for availability.
Workstations provide access to both MAC and PC computers and are equipped with software that includes Adobe Photoshop CS5, Microsoft Office, Visio Professional 2010, Google Earth, Google Sketch Up, Handbrake and Audacity.
Access to work spaces with Smartboards and TV monitors is first come, first served and the equipment checkout is valid for 2 hour increments. The group study rooms (upon completion) will be available through a reservation system.