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Vol. XVIII, no. 1 TCU Library Newsletter, Web Edition November 2005

June Koelker and Trevor Smith“Frog Pods” Dedication

A short dedication ceremony was held at 4:30 p.m. September 13th to celebrate the “Frog Pods” group-computing project. Opening remarks were made by Nowell Donovan, Provost, Trevor Smith, Vice President for House - SGA, Robert A. Seal, Dean of the Library, and June Koelker, Associate Dean of the Library and Director of Technical Services. Following the formal presentation large white and purple banners were unfurled by Smith and Koelker.

A $44,000.00 gift from the SGA in the spring semester along with funding from the Library was used to install four group-computing areas just outside the IC Computer Lab located in the first floor of the Library. Recognizing a growing need to accommodate groups of two or more students working together on a computer based project the Library worked with multiple furniture vendors to create the “Frog Pods.”

A Frog PodEach Frog Pod is equipped with tables that can be moved around and configured as each group needs. Two 19" LCD monitors are attached to articulating arms and can function as two separate views or with a software choice can function as a single larger desktop. All Frog Pods include a PC and two Pods are equipped with Apple computers. A Frog Pod can be used for up to three hours at a time by checking out the wireless keyboards and mice from the IC Desk. Additionally each area has a fixed and a mobile white board for projects.

During the fall semester the “Pods” have proven to be very popular and widely used.

Photos: Top, June Koelker and Trevor Smith. Bottom, a Frog Pod.