Summer and fall 2014 kept the project team busy with a few major initiatives: updates to furniture and technology in the library instruction rooms, the creation of a new tutoring lab, acquisition of mobile dry erase markerboards, and the completion of wireless network upgrades.
Additionally, the team spent much of summer and all of fall planning for space enhancements on the second floor of Lied Library (flexible group areas, leisure reading, charging zones, and more) as well as working on the development of our digital information and directory system.
- Library Instruction Rooms
- All of the library's four instruction rooms (Amargosa, Eureka, Pioche, and Rhyolite) received new technology to support library instruction; this included new instructor's stations/lecterns, SMART Podiums, projectors, screens, and Crestron control systems.
- The Eureka and Pioche rooms received new furniture and were slightly reconfigured to increase fixed seating capacity.
- The Amargosa room was redesigned to create a flexible, interactive, group learning environment. New rolling tables and chairs were procured for the space, along with the installation of 10 computer + large screen pods.
- All rooms received fresh paint, and magnetic markerglass boards were installed.
- Photos: Amargosa Construction Amargosa Furniture & Technology Install Eureka Construction Pioche Construction Completed Project
- Tutoring Lab
- The Academic Success Center (ASC) Tutoring Lab was relocated to a larger space on the second floor, which was made available due to the removal of compact shelving that previously stored the government publications collection.
- A welcome desk was built using a modular office system, and rolling chairs and tables were purchased. The new furnishings increased seating capacity by more than 60 percent, and allow for convenient on-demand reconfiguration of the space.
- Photos: Tutoring Lab Construction & Furniture Install Completed Project
- Mobile Dry Erase Markerboards
- The library acquired and distributed 25, 48" wide mobile dry erase markerboards. These new boards replaced a small aging fleet of boards, and allow students an additional option when creating their own learning environment.
- Wireless Network Upgrades
- The new wi-fi system is faster, more reliable, has broader bandwidth, conforms to the latest standards, and offers more coverage in all parts of the building.
- The upgraded network should keep pace with the increased number of library services and collections designed for cross-platform use (e.g., databases optimized for mobile devices).