|Vol. XVI, no. 2||TCU Library Newsletter, Web Edition||March 2004|
Information Commons Today
A great number of students are very happy about the 20 new state-of –the-art laptops we have been able to add to the 10 that were already available for checkout at the Information Commons (IC) Desk. The wireless library environment makes these computers especially convenient for web searching and group work. Four or five students grouped around a table with a laptop are a common sight in the various seating areas of the library.
Several committees have worked diligently to improve assistance to faculty and students in the Information Commons (IC). The most promising project is separating the Information Services Phone Help from the walk up service in the IC. Some construction is planned to allow a sound barrier between the phone center and the rest of the IC. The desk staff will be able to provide assistance in an unhurried manner and give the students in the building their undivided attention. Other plans include spaces for more “group computing”. There is also a need for a place where computer specialists or librarians can spend time, by appointment, with one or more students for in depth training or problem solving.
This school year has seen an increased understanding of what the IC can do for the TCU community. The student technicians, the librarians and the computer consultants are all in close proximity. They can often step into a problem from different angles and together help with defining a research topic, find suitable resources and help with accessing and using appropriate software.