Teaching and learning have changed dramatically in recent years, and university services, resources, and facilities must continue to evolve to meet the needs of our 21st century students and faculty. As Pace moves forward with expanding our undergraduate opportunities and graduate programming, the Library must be positioned to provide materials for these new and advanced degree programs.
Here are a few things that we can look forward to seeing at the Library in the near future:
- Increased acquisition of materials driven by the patrons. The Library will be conducting a pilot study that will help librarians begin to start judging student interest in using e-books, subject areas that may lend themselves to e-books, and the continued long-term use of patron purchased books.
- Increased support for mobile devices and applications. With the use of Student Technology Fee funding, 120 wall outlets were added in the Birnbaum Library and 36 were added in Mortola. In addition, the Birnbaum Library installed a number of electrical outlets on the floor of select areas on the library’s second floor to allow for a variety of connectivity spots. Also added to the Libraries this summer were additional and improved wireless connectivity points.
- Unique spaces and configurations for those participating in collaborative learning and those seeking solitary study space. Large tables were moved down to the first floor of the Mortola Library, while the second floor was reconfigured with quiet study carrels for more individual spaces and limited to two chairs per table. Book stacks are being reconfigured for 8 new quiet study locations. Plans are also underway to repurpose existing space for faculty/staff/graduate students who need to reserve a quiet work location in the library.
- Increased use of technology to provide easier access to rare collections and showcase new works. The Digital Commons currently houses many digitized photographs from the University Archives. We will continue to add additional digital artifacts, making it possible for otherwise fragile documents to be accessible to interested users while preserving the originals. We are in the process of rolling out an added feature called SelectedWorks™, where faculty works can be showcased and displayed as part of individual faculty web pages. With the introduction of SelectedWorks™ and subsequent planned outreach we hope to attract more faculty contributors to the Digital Commons by summer 2012.