College Planning & Management

JUN 2013

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more — now accessible on a single screen, once coveted materials now sit nearly untouched. Charlotte Ford, associate professor of library science and director of the library at Birmingham-Southern College, noted that by just spending roughly $400 on power strips the library was able to handle all of the rigors of the digital age, allowing students to charge phones, tablets, and laptops without needing to travel to various corners of the building to fnd an outlet. "The computer labs are also more collaborative than ever before," says Ford. "Birmingham-Southern has changed its emphasis from quantity to quality, upgrading to fewer, but higher-quality machines with bigger screens that are more conducive to group work. Several fat-screen TVs are also mounted throughout the library that are capable of connecting with laptops to appeal to even larger groups." A Plan to Secure Success The same holds true at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA. Messiah recently spent roughly $3M to upgrade its Learning Commons, effectively bringing other student support services, such as the Writing and Learning Centers and Disability Services, under one roof. A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME. Library or learning commons? In recognizing how technology is used to enhance the learning process, academic libraries are beginning to realize the possibilities of what a library can be. Whether the facility is called a learning commons, information commons, knowledge commons, or simply "library," new spaces and new partnerships are supporting the integrated service needs of the digital generation. fabric structures ing or growing, Whether playing, train vered. ClearSpan keeps you co Sustainable Design-Build Solutions Low in cost per square foot. Natural daytime lighting. Easy to relocate. Expandable. Call one of our ClearSpan specialists today at 1.866.643.1010 or visit JUNE 2013 / COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT 45

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