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AU Library's summer improvements

What's new in the library after a very busy summer? Come and see! The library stays busy every summer with special projects. Summer 2011 was no exception and brought with it organizational changes, many more electrical outlets for laptop users, new furniture, and other accomplishments to improve services and resources for AU students, faculty, and staff.

  • Many outlets have been added in response to student requests for more laptop support. The second floor has been upgraded with new furniture, including new tables, chairs, and lounge furniture for more relaxed study.? 
  • The library added two Bloomberg terminals, one of the most powerful business resources available, through a partnership with the Kogod School of Business.
  • The Digital Media Studio merged with the New Media Center (from Hurst) and relocated to the former e-classroom. (See below for more information about the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning and library changes.)
  • The library's largest workhorse public printers were replaced and upgraded. New laptops will soon replace older ones in the library's circulating collection.
  • Media Services replaced old monitors with flat screens and expanded its streaming video collection.
  • Cataloging staff added records for more than 2,000 titles at the Visual Media Center in the Katzen Arts Center to the ALADIN Catalog so that those materials will be more discoverable by the campus community.
  • Some academic technology services formerly managed by CTRL transferred to the library. Among others, the library welcomed Jim McCabe, the campus manager of Blackboard and Wimba courseware to room 321. Jim and his support group will also continue to assist faculty with other kinds of academic technology, especially the equipment now available for checkout at the library's Technology Services desk on the lower level. The New Media Center for video production and similar services also moved to library Media Services and is conveniently located next door. AV services for classroom and event support remain in the Anderson Computing Center and are now under library management. Academic Multimedia Services (iTunesU) also joined the library.