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Posts tagged: learning spaces

Aug 21 2013

What’s that great new space on the second floor of the D. H. Hill Library?

Looking for a comfortable, light-filled place to study in D. H. Hill?  One with modern, comfortable furniture and color bursts that create a Hunt Library vibe?

New spaces to study at D. H. Hill

Students are finding some new favorite spots to study and collaborate at D. H. Hill Library.

This colorful new lounge on the 2nd floor takes its cue from the modern, funky vibe at the Hunt Library.

Check out the new lounge on the second floor of the D. H. Hill Library’s south tower.

Moving 1.5 million books into the bookBot at Hunt last year opened up much-needed space in our original main library, and we’re using it—as resources become available—to create more study and technology spaces in the D. H. Hill Library.  Instead of generic book shelves, the area next to the Unity Lab on the second floor is now a bright, energizing area with fifty seats for individual or group work.  Enjoy it!

And in the north tower of the second floor, you’ll also find fifty new seats (though the furniture is a bit older) in spaces where we’ve been able to take out bookshelves and place more tables and chairs that let you spread out and get your work done.

Coming soon—the Visualization Studio

The D. H. Hill Library was the testbed for many of the pioneering technologies now in the new Hunt Library.  And, as funding becomes available, we hope to continue to equip the D. H. Hill Library with many more of the state-of-the-art tools that have brought international recognition to the new library.

The new Visualization Studio will open later this Fall.

The Visualization Studio, for which funding was awarded last spring in a competitive, university-wide process, is the next step toward realizing that goal.  Located behind the bright yellow wall in the new second-floor lounge, this new room—scheduled to open by late September—will give you twelve projectors that let you display on all four sides of the room at once.  This immersive 360-degree view makes it easy to gather in groups and explore data that becomes all the more powerful when it’s experienced rather than read off a spreadsheet.  In the Visualization Studio:

·         Students will have a powerful way to work together on group projects, to boost their presentations to new levels, or to study complex ideas and phenomena at a large scale, seeing them spread out around the room.

·         Professors can conduct interactive classes and engaging seminars that surround their students in images, documents, movie clips, and data visualizations.

·         Researchers will be able to work collaboratively to develop grant applications, collectively review code, or analyze large maps, imagery, or detailed documents—or to give dramatic presentations of their results to their sponsoring agencies.

Apr 23 2012

Seminar to Explore Student Use of Library Spaces

Annotated map from student interview

Annotated map from student interview

With over 10,000 visits a day, D. H. Hill Library is undoubtedly a popular campus destination, but have you ever wondered exactly what our students do while they are here? Ph.D. student Dana Gierdowski and librarian Kim Duckett turned that question into a research project. Next Monday, April 30, at 11 a.m., they will present their findings in a talk entitled “Assessing Student Perceptions and Uses of Library Spaces” in the Assembly Room of D.H. Hill Library.

Over the past couple of years library staff have used a variety of strategies to understand how students do their work as well as their perceptions and uses of existing library spaces and other non-classroom spaces. This presentation highlights one project which focused on students’ perceptions and use patterns in the variety of new learning spaces in D. H. Hill Library’s West Wing. In this seminar, Gierdowski and Duckett will share an overview of the project and key findings.

Dana Gierdowski is a Doctoral Candidate in the Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media Program at North Carolina State University, where she studies formal and informal learning spaces in higher education.
Kim Duckett is the Principal Librarian for Digital Technologies and Learning at the North Carolina State University Libraries.

This seminar is presented by the NCSU Librarians’ Association (NCSULA). NCSULA’s mission is to provide members with professional enrichment opportunities. This event is free and open to the public.