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Library Launches Innovative Instruction Lab

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University Library

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February 23, 2011

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  • Diane Brown
    IU Communications
    317-274-2195
    habrown@iupui.edu
  • David Lewis
    317-274-9833

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In information literacy classes taught by university librarians in partnership with faculty from across the campus, IUPUI students learn critical thinking and research skills that are vitally important to both their academic and professional careers.

The IUPUI University Library has launched an innovative new instructional lab designed especially for these library classes, which include all levels of students, but focus particularly on incoming freshman.

University Library will host a public opening and reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, 2011, in the new learning lab, located in the 2nd floor Reference Room of the library, 755 W. Michigan Ave. An interactive introduction to the new classroom will begin at 6 p.m.

Unique in its design, the learning lab’s mobile workstations and wireless configuration make it possible to quickly rearrange furniture and equipment to accommodate an array of teaching and learning styles.

Renee Jackson, director of information systems at the library says, “All the details of the technology, furniture and space were carefully considered and designed to provide total flexibility. Wireless, dual-boot iMacs inside mobile furniture with a programmable, surround-video system provide instructors and students with the power to choose just the right configuration for their instructional session or group research project.”

Designed by the University Library’s Client Support Team, headed by Jackson, the library’s wireless instructional space is equipped with: 40 mobile Apple computer workstations that run both Windows 7 and Mac OS Snow Leopard; two data projectors with 10’ projection screens; and six 46” group display monitors for students’ small-group discussions.

The lab also includes an instructor’s work station that allows librarians and faculty to manipulate all the equipment in the room. The station also a high-resolution document camera and an advanced audio system with ceiling mounted speakers and wireless microphones.

The new space can also be used by individuals and groups of students when classes are not in session.

David Lewis, Dean of the University Library explains that, “in today’s world technology is key to information discovery, evaluation, and use. This new space, which is very flexible, gives librarians the capacity to teach in multiple ways. Instructional space had been a constraint for our program, so this facility is a big plus for us.”