About the Learning Ground
The Library’s renovated technology lab features a range of technologies and workspaces for students. The space encompasses the north wing of the Library’s first floor, and includes an expanded computer lab, upgraded computer tables, improved assistive technologies, window seating conveniently located for access to power, wireless printing, technology support, and a new experimental area designed to offer innovative technologies for student collaboration.
Overall, the updated space is made up of three distinct areas:
Window study spaces: A counter running along the front window of the Library has a number of stools for seating, ready access to power outlets, and a great view of the park blocks.
The Sandbox, an experimental collaboration space: Adjacent to the computer lab, this creative technology space offers a range of technologies aimed at fostering student collaboration, including wall-embedded LCD displays, touch-screen computers, floor-to-ceiling writeable wall surfaces and whiteboards, and a variety of seating and workspaces. All LCD displays and monitors may be used with personal or library laptops (available at Circulation).
Computer lab: Featuring 58 computers (both Mac and PC), three high-speed printer/scanners, color-printing, quick-print kiosks, flatbed scanners, and several assistive technology workstations, this area continues to be one of the most welcoming and busiest computer labs on campus.
This project is a joint effort of the University Library and OIT, and is funded by both departments and the Associated Students of PSU Student Building Fee.
June-July 2011: Computer lab shutdown and computers moved offsite for the summer.
August 1, 2011: Construction began.
August 31, 2011: The construction team began building the walls that will frame out the computer lab. Final decisions made regarding all of the technology that will be featured in the experimental space (multiple displays embedded in the walls that you'll be able to plug your laptop into, several touch screen monitors, and more).
September 26, 2011: The lab re-opened with about half of the computers.
October 10, 2011: The computer lab fully re-opened with all 58 computers available for students.
November-December 2011: The experimental space (Sandbox) was constructed.
January 2012: The experimental space (Sandbox) opened on January 10th, 2012.
March 12, 2012: Learning Ground grand opening.
Slideshow courtesy of Michael Brown, PSU Library's Coordinator of Computer Support Services and System Administrator.