USF Library Undergoes Renovation in Preparation for the Fall Semester

The area will be staffed with student employees to help their peers with questions about using the new technology. Images courtesy of USF Libraries.

New technology, including access to high-end computers and software, will be available to USF students.

By Helen Bierko

USF News

TAMPA, Fla. - In the beginning of the fall 2014 semester, the first floor of the USF Tampa Library will be a newly improved modern and practical space for students to achieve academic success.

Dean of USF Libraries William Garrison said the renovation was prompted by students need for more technology that will support their coursework and research.

“After the Smart Lab was created on the second floor we saw use of the building explode,” Garrison said. ”The success of the second floor’s added technology and computers have inspired a similar theme for the first floor of the building."

New, more functional furniture will create a more productive study environment.

The wooden cubicles on the west side of the ground floor are being replaced with round tables that resemble those in the Smart Lab, which will allow for about 50 more computers in the area.

There will also be new and more functional furniture in the center of the library’s first floor. The center tables will run along a mid-height wall with a translucent glass divider to ensure the students’ privacy. This wall provides electric outlets available at each table for students to plug in their electronic devices.

The first floor bathrooms are also being renovated and the Writing Center is being moved to the second floor to make room for the newly expanded “Digital Media Commons.” In this area, students will be able to work on digital projects, using the university’s high-end computers and software, and they will also be able to check out video cameras and microphones.

The area will be staffed with student employees to help their peers with questions about using the new technology.

Promethean, a Leading Education Solutions Provider whose chairman is a USF graduate, will be donating two 8-foot computer boards and other technology tools that will give students the opportunity to work collaboratively in the Digital Media Commons.

The renovations are funded through the state’s Capital Improvement Trust Fund, which distributes money each year to Florida’s public universities.

New technology will aid students in their studies and research.

“This renovation moves us into a 21st century library,” Dean Garrison states. “We’re able to provide the latest technology to facilitate student learning and success. That’s the key.”

Helen Bierko is an intern for USF Communications & Marketing.