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$18,500 Technology Grant Awarded to Atkins Library

Three group study rooms will receive significant technological and configuration upfittings, along with brand new 55" wall-mounted flat panel monitors, thanks to an $18,500 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant secured by Michael Winecoff, Atkins Library's associate university librarian for technical services.

Each room will boast a different technological arrangement, further facilitating today's academic trend of more collaborative learning experiences. They are:
  • Room Scenario #1:  A trapezoid-shaped table with five iMacs and a wall mounted flat panel.  The large, clear iMac displays will help those with visual impairment, along with the built-in Mac screen enlargement accessibility features.  This configuration will allow one iMac's display to appear on the wall mounted flat panel.  Students will press a switch to display the iMac of their choice.
     
  • Room Scenario #2:  A table with a power hub in the center for student laptops along with four VGA cables.  This will allow four laptops to be connected to the wall mounted flat panel, that can be displayed one at a time. Students will press a switch to display the laptop of their choice.
  • Room Scenario #3:  A table with a power hub in the center for student laptops and one VGA cable connected to a permanently affixed Library-supplied laptop.  This arrangement accomodates students who do not have a laptop or cannot borrow one from the library.  This laptop can be shared among all group study members. The laptop display will appear on the wall mounted flat panel. 

Upfittings will begin within the next few months.

This funding is made possible by a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal grant-making agency.  The LSTA grants are awarded in response to specific needs of public, academic, school and community college libraries. 
 

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