Dear Faculty and Staff,

Welcome back!  We hope you had a relaxing, yet productive summer!  Below you will find information about significant changes that have happened in Library and IT.  If you have any questions, please contact Jason Snyder.

Contents:

Digital Scholarship Center

Faculty Reading Room

New ITEC Space

Research Help Area

Library Services Desk

Seating and Computing Reconfigurations

Internet Bandwidth - KINBER

Classroom Technology

Academic West

Humanities Quad

New Statistical and Qualitative Software

New Curriculum Management System


Digital Scholarship Center
We have created a Digital Scholarship Center in the area where some of our ITEC staff had been based, immediately adjacent to the Teaching & Learning Center.  We see this new space as the base for our work with faculty and students on a wide range of Digital Scholarship projects.  We expect to use this as a consultation area, workshop area and place to experiment with new technologies.  The Center will enable the activities made possible by the Mellon Foundation grant that Bucknell received this year.  We look forward to offering some new programming in the space later this Fall.

Faculty Reading Room
We have created a dedicated Faculty Reading Room in the library.  The new Faculty Reading Room is adjacent to the TRR.  Here, you'll find a dedicated gathering space for scholarship, research, interdisciplinary work, or just a quiet place to read.  The room is outfitted with tables, comfortable chairs, and a moveable LCD.  We hope you will find it to be a comfortable work space or just a nice place to run into colleagues.  This room is on the card access system, so please bring your BUID. 

New ITEC Space on Level 3
Our ITEC team has been scattered around the building for quite some time, which has made it difficult for faculty to find and collaborate with the various experts in the department.  You'll now find our ITEC team in their new suite on Level 3 of the Library!

Research Help Area
We've created a new 'Research Help' consultation area just inside our Research Services office area on the main level.  While we have seen a steady decline in the number of basic walk-up reference questions at our ASK desk over the past few years, we have seen an increase in the number of students who need more in-depth research consultations.  With the increase of collaborative learning assignments, we also meet much more frequently with groups of students.   As these requests require more time and can feel awkward to students talking over a public desk, our new consultation area should better serve their needs.  

Consolidated Library Services Desk
You'll also notice the ASK Desk is gone!  Most of the questions posed at the ASK Desk were simple holdings inquiries and directional questions.  The circulation desk also received many of these same types of questions. In order improve service and decrease the number of referrals back and forth between the two desks, we merged our ASK Desk and BORROW Desk areas into a single library service desk.

Seating and Computing Reconfigurations
With these changes to the service desks, we have been able to consider some other modest reconfigurations of our main level.  We have added a seating area and additional study tables in the area where the desk had been as demand for these continues to grow.  We are also relocating 18 computers from the main level to create some quieter individual computing areas on Level 2 and Lower Level 1, and thereby also give some of our existing computer areas on the main level more space for materials and collaboration.


Internet Bandwidth - KINBER
As a result of Bucknell's participation in the KINBER project, the speed of Bucknell's primary internet connection was doubled this summer, from 1Gbps to 2Gbps.  We also have a 1Gbps backup connection available through Windstream.  One of the most significant developments is that our membership in KINBER has not only increased our bandwidth, but has also significantly reduced our monthly cost.  For more information on KINBER, see Bucknell's press relase.

Classroom technology
Library and IT continued our annual upgrade of pedagogical technology in one auditorium plus a subset of existing classrooms to include widescreen projection, improved digital touch control systems, and multi-region Blu-ray players.  This summer's classrooms include the six on the ground floor of Coleman, three in Vaughan Literature, plus one in Dana Engineering.  Rooke Auditorium has the improvements listed above plus dual projection with the option of projecting two independent sources.  In addition, the Langone Center's Gallery Theater now includes a surround-sound audio system and a premium Blu-ray player, making it suitable venue for cinema projection applications.

Academic West
Academic West has twenty-eight rooms that feature technology, including 83 student computer workstations.  All nine classrooms, three conference rooms, and one seminar room have digital control systems, widescreen projection or flat panels, and multi-region Blu-ray players.  Window shades and lighting are controllable through the instructor's touch panel in most rooms.  Classrooms and computer labs include ceiling-mounted document cameras and back wall mounted webcams, and lecture capture software is installed on instructors' stations.  Larger rooms have systems for hearing-impaired individuals, back-wall mounted flat panels, and speech reinforcement.  Two rooms - one seventy-seat classroom and one seminar room - contain video conferencing equipment. Three group study rooms are equipped with Steelcase media:scape tables, and there are numerous locations in which students can connect laptops to large, flat panel monitors.  There is also a computer lab dedicated to GIS instruction and classroom integration.

Humanities Quad
The Coleman Foreign Languages Hearth is both a performance and collaboration space with computer projection, speech reinforcement, and a flat screen television that includes media sharing and technology integration in the collaborative area.  A Media Lab suite is being installed in the basement of Marts Hall to facilitate the production of academic video projects, including film production and digital editing.  Projection and control systems are also being installed in both the new Coleman costume shop and the Vaughan Literature archaeology lab.

New Statistical and Qualitative Software
Library and IT has arranged for campus-wide licensing of JMP and is currently finalizing a campus-wide agreement for NVivo.  JMP (pronounced "jump") is a statistical analysis software package published by SAS and is available for installation on university-owned Windows and Macintosh computers.  NVivo is qualitative analysis software published by QSR and will be available for installation on university-owned Windows computers soon.  A Macintosh version of NVivo is forthcoming and will be available to the university upon release.



New Curriculum Management System
Library and IT has been working closely with the Registrar's office to implement a new Curriculum Management System.  Currently, the production of the University catalog involves a complex set of cross-office interactions that begin in the Provost's Office and the Registrar's office, then expand to include all major offices and departments across campus, and then become more localized with redundant tasks among the Provost's office, the Registrar's office, Web development, and Communications. 

The new catalog and curriculum management process will ensure that all stakeholders (particularly the Associate Provost and Registrar) are aware of curricular change efforts, especially as related to catalog modifications and changes. In turn, this will further facilitate the process of catalog production by decreasing the need for verification of approved course and curricular changes.
The project is rolling out in phases with the first phase this fall.  Once complete, the key outcomes of the project will include:

  • Replacement of the current curriculum change process with a paperless online course approval process and department-specific workflows for review, commenting, tracking, and approval.
  • Increased efficiency and greater likelihood that the catalog will be ready when needed
  • Direct integration with Banner catalog content, and information status for improved efficiency and accuracy of information
  • Departments will easily see where their courses are listed in the catalog and will know the impact that course changes will have on other departments
  • Standardization of the the submission, proposal review, and committee evaluation of curriculum change requests, up to and including approval for the catalog.

If you would like more information about this project, please contact Melissa Weber in the Registrar's Office.


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