The Library Learning Commons buzzed with activity as students, faculty, and community users gathered to celebrate this new dynamic, collaborative space at its January 27, 2011, official opening.
University President Brian Stevenson welcomed the crowd and made a surprise announcement this morning: Lakehead University launched the first campus wireless network on campus, located on the main and second floors of the Chancellor Paterson Library. Now, the Learning Commons provides flexible social learning space for individuals and groups, access to in-depth reference services, dedicated IT help, as well as, wireless connectivity. Plans to extend the wireless network are well under way.
From L-R: Provost and VP (Academic) Moira McPherson, MPP Bill Mauro, Lakehead University President Brian Stevenson, University Librarian Anne Deighton, Chair of the Board of Governors Colin Bruce
Bill Mauro, MPP, Thunder Bay-Atikokan, was enthusiastic about the extensive renovation made possible through the over $13M ($13,024,834) in provincial funding given to Lakehead University through the Strategic Capital Infrastructure Program administered by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. From these funds, Lakehead University administration allocated $1.2 million to create the Learning Commons. Mauro thanked Lakehead students who invested in their own success by contributing over $60,000 through a Computer Enhancement (Technology) fee to purchase computers and seven flat screen monitors for the presentation/group study/tutor rooms.
The Learning Commons integrates academic services traditionally found in many locations around campus. Moira McPherson, acting Provost and Vice-President (Academic), is excited that these new services, clustered in the Learning Commons, will make a "one-stop shop" for students looking toimprove their skills in research, writing, and math. Lakehead's Technology Services Centre, Math Assistance Centre, and Writing Centre, have collaborated with the Library to offer these vital services that will help to improve student success.
Following the ribbon cutting, many guests took the opportunity to tour the renovated space with library staff. Anne Deighton, University Librarian, is thrilled with response to the Learning Commons so far, "We've heard so many positive comments about the changes. Students just love these study booths and rooms, and the availability of coffee and food. We're rarely quiet now, and that's just the way we like it."
Renovations, Improvements and Upgrades
computer lab (26 computers) with videoconferencing capabilities
- total of 67 computers throughout the Learning Commons
- group study areas include: four tutoring/group study rooms, one presentation practice room, and two group study rooms
- new Research Help/IT desk with dual computer monitor
- new Circulation Desk
- new consolidated print and copy area with new printers
- enhanced seating choices: booths, tables, casual seating
- improved technology with additional power outlets and Internet connections
- new flooring and paint
- 60% of the ground floor was renovated to accommodate collections relocated from the main floor
32 ground floor individual study spaces, and a 900 square foot student group study area, with power and Internet connections
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For further information about the Library Learning Commons, please contact Anne Deighton, University Librarian, at 807-343-8125 or firstname.lastname@example.org.About Lakehead
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With a main campus located in Thunder Bay, Ontario and a campus in Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead has over 8,280 students and 2,250 faculty and staff, and is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In 2006, Research Infosource Inc. named Lakehead University Canada's Research University of the Year in the undergraduate category. For more information on Lakehead University, visit www.lakeheadu.ca