Hodges Library Commons to Open at the End of the Month

Students will have more group study spaces, improved video and sound editing rooms, expanded academic support, and additional access to Starbucks when the Hodges Library Commons reopens at the end of this month.

The Commons, which encompasses the second floor of the library, has been under renovation since the summer.

The updated space will feature enclosed group study rooms. Some of the rooms will have interactive smart boards.

More group study spaces “is one of the enhancements students asked for,” said Rita Smith, the libraries’ executive associate dean.

Mediascape furniture—U-shaped tables with monitors that will allow students to connect their computers into the table and work together on a project at the same time—will be available throughout the Commons.

The Commons will feature a larger zone that is dedicated to tutoring and academic support. It will include the Student Success Center, the Writing Lab, and the Stat Lab.

A second door will also be added to Starbucks, a popular destination for many students.

To reduce inconvenience to students, library staff wearing “Ask Me” buttons have been greeting library users at the second floor Melrose entrance where most people enter the Commons.

There also has been plenty of signage to direct patrons to relocated library services.

“We realize it’s stressful for the students,” Smith said. “We’ve been sensitive to the fact that it can impact their work and we don’t want that to happen.”

Commons Renovations Still Underway

MainStreet3If you have visited the Hodges Library lately, it will come as no surprise that the much-anticipated renovations to the Commons will not be completed by the beginning of the fall semester.

But we promise it will be worth the wait! The pay-off for some temporary inconvenience will be more group study spaces, more natural light, and exciting new media:scape furniture to facilitate collaborative projects. Services will be better organized, grouping academic consulting in one area and all equipment checkout at a single service point.

In the meantime, Commons services will be available at these temporary locations:

SERVICES LOCATIONS Beginning of Fall 2012
Circulation/Media/Reserve 2nd floor, Melrose entrance
Digital Media Service (DMS) 2nd floor, Rm. 209
Instructional Support (formerly ITC) 1st floor, Rm. 135H
Laptop and Equipment Checkout 2nd floor, Melrose entrance
OIT HelpDesk & Computer Support 2nd floor, Rm. 251
OIT Lab Services 1st floor, Reference Rm. 135
Research Assistance 1st floor, Reference Rm. 135
Starbucks 2nd floor, Main Street
START Program 1st floor, Rm. 135H
Stat Lab No service point until September
Student Success Center Greeve Hall, Rm. 324
The Studio 2nd floor, Rm. 211
UT Bookstore 2nd floor, Main Street
Writing Center 1st floor, Rm. 135G

 

TECHNOLOGY LOCATIONS Beginning of Fall 2012
Adjustable Height Workstation 1st floor, Reference Rm. 135
Color Printing
 
1st floor, Reference Rm. 135
2nd floor, Studio/Rm. 211
Copier (VolCard) 1st floor, Reference Rm. 135
Copier (CopyCard) 1st floor, Special Collections Rm. 121
DART Machine 1st floors, Reference Rm. 135
Print Express 1st floor, Reference Rm. 135
Sorensen VideoPhone 2nd floor, Studio/Rm. 211
Wireless Printing Stations
 
1st floor, Reference Rm. 135
Floors 3-6, across from elevators

We apologize for the inconvenience, noise, and dust. Please continue to visit the Commons on the 2nd floor of Hodges Library for your research and technology needs. The Commons is open every day. And, Sunday through Friday, we're open round-the-clock!

Commons Progress Update from Rita Smith

If you have walked around the 2nd floor lately, it will probably be no surprise that the renovations will not be completed by the beginning of fall semester or even by the September 3rd date that was in the contract. Commons South and North and Room 245 areas will remain closed. 

 It is a complex project and delays do happen when dealing with infrastructure like lights, ceiling, electrical and networking issues. But I know it is going to be worth waiting for. Today at the construction progress meeting I came away with some estimates on when various areas may be ready.  These are estimates and can change quickly if something doesn’t work out the way it has been planned or plans have to be changed as the construction progresses.  

 We are expecting that the new Circulation front service desk area and back staff office area could be ready to move into — that is furniture installed and staff moved back in— by the last week of August.  That is pretty good news.

 Commons North and the first floor areas in Room 170 and 171 could be ready for occupancy by mid-September.  

 Commons South including room 245 most likely will be ready for occupancy by early October.   

 In the meantime we are preparing to offer library and OIT services normally located in the Commons and room 245 in other locations.  Library and OIT service managers met last week to work on those plans.  Circulation services, the Studio, and the OIT Help Desk will remain in their current temporary locations until they can move into their new spaces.  Most computer access will be provided in the first floor reference room and we do have 75 laptops for check out. Staff whose offices are not completed will remain in faculty studies throughout the building.   More specific information will be communicated next week when we work out all the details. 

 Thank you for your continued patience during the project.  And please let me know if you have questions. 

Where did everything go?

Wonder where everything has been shuffled during the summer transition? See below:

Summer Commons Service Locations

Questions? Call 946-2100

 

SERVICE LOCATION
Circulation / Media / Reserve 2nd floor, Melrose Entrance
Computer Support (OIT) 2nd floor, Room 251
Copier (AllStar) 1st floor, Reference Room
Copier (Copycard) 1st floor, Special Collections
DART Machine 1st floor, Reference Room
DMS (Digital Media Services) 2nd floor, Same Location
HelpDesk (OIT) 2nd floor, Room 251
ITC (Blackboard) 108 Hoskins
Lab Services (OIT) 1st floor, Reference Room
Laptop Checkout 2nd floor, Circulation Desk
Print Express Stations 1st floor, Reference Room
Research Assistance 1st floor, Reference Room
Scan to Print Workstation 1st floor, Reference Room
Sorensen VideoPhone 2nd floor, Studio Room 211
Starbucks 2nd floor, Same Location
START No Summer Service Point
Stat Lab No Summer Service Point
Student Success Center 812 Volunteer Blvd
Studio 2nd floor, Room 211
UT Bookstore 2nd floor, Same Location
VHS Viewing Cart for Checkout 2nd floor, Circulation Desk
Writing Center 1st floor, Rooms 135G-H

 

  • There are now MAC computers on 1st floor
  • The entire library is open until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays to accommodate students using the computer lab
  • There are no wireless print release stations in the library this summer. Students needing to print wirelessly may do so at: 113 Presidential Court; 209 Perkins Hall; Room 315 University Center

Closure of Commons North

In preparation for continued construction on Commons phase 3, Commons North will be closing this week. All the furnishings, services, and equipment will be moved out.

Work on the Commons South and the Studio area is moving along but not ready for re-opening. Those who want to use a computer will need to go to the first floor Reference Room or check out a laptop for use on the wireless network. OIT lab services student assistants will move to the reference room to assist users at the computers.

The Studio continues to operate out of room 211. The OIT Help desk and Computer Support services will be moving to Room 251.

Construction will begin soon on the area in the vicinity of Starbucks. It should not affect Starbucks schedule except of a possible very brief outage in off peak hours.

We are in the thick of the construction work now and we could see some second shift work in the evening so that the construction does not run behind.

The Studio — It’s not just for artists

StudioGirls2Ten pages of double-spaced type? I don’t think so! Our tech-savvy students are just as likely to turn in a video as a term paper in response to a class assignment.

And where do students find the equipment and expertise they need to create movies, podcasts, web pages, graphics, and presentations? In the library, of course. The Studio, a media production lab in the John C. Hodges Library, provides computers, software, and experts to assist students in the creation of media-enhanced projects.

Students can consult one-on-one with Studio staff about their projects or attend short courses on how to use software such as Photoshop, iMovie, and GarageBand. Students also may borrow a wide range of media production equipment including video cameras and lighting kits, still cameras, audio recorders, microphones, and more.

Students get a chance to show off their graphics skills through the Studio’s yearly video contest. Contest themes have varied, from issues of national importance (such as the 2008 Presidential campaign) to topics that reflect campus initiatives (such as UT’s “Make Orange Green” and “Civility” campaigns). Thanks to the Studio, everyone on campus has access to the tools needed to participate in the video contest.

The Studio is part of the library’s Commons, a technology-rich, dynamic learning space that over the past seven years has grown to encompass the entire second floor of Hodges Library. In addition to the latest technology, the Commons offers group study areas, an inviting setting, and round-the-clock hours that make it one of the most intensely used study spaces — and social hangouts — on campus.

Visit the Studio website at library.utk.edu/studio. To view some amazing examples of student-created video, visit the archive of the Studio’s video contest entries at trace.tennessee.edu/utk_libstud.
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