March 1: A Special Tour

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Members of the Learning Commons Executive Building Committee – including President Mary-Beth Cooper – got a special tour of the construction site. Library Director Andrea Taupier and Director of Communications Steve Roulier sent along some photos they took, which are available on the Springfield College Library Services Facebook page:

Extended Hours for Finals

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As the campus gears up for finals, times and locations of available study space is a topic of utmost importance. We are happy to announce that in addition to extended hours in existing library and study space locations, we have reserved the Dodge Room in the Flynn Campus Union and the Harold Smith Room in Judd for additional space for students to study. The following locations will have available study space during finals for the listed hours:
Judd West Gymnasium
Dec. 19, 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Dec. 20-21, 8 a.m. – midnight
Dec. 22-23, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Harold Smith Room, Judd Gymnasia
Dec. 19, 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Dec. 20-21, 8 a.m. – midnight
Townhouse Basement
Daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Health Sciences Lobby
Dec. 17-22, 4 – 10 p.m.
Flynn Campus Union
Dec. 19, 7 a.m. – midnight
Dec. 20, 7 a.m. – midnight
Dec. 21, 7 a.m. – midnight
Dec. 22, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Dec. 23, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Dodge Room, Flynn Campus Union
Dec. 21, 7 a.m. – midnight

Furniture Try-Outs!

The designers at ICON Architects have reached the furniture stage of the planning process. While they plot out what couches, chairs, ottomans, tables, desks and more will be featured in the new Learning Commons at Springfield College, they are dropping off samples of some of the possibilities for display and use at the temporary library space in Judd West. Come try it out and visit frequently, as the options will change!

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A Sneak Peek

A/Z Corporation, the construction company working on the Learning Commons renovation project, gave a guided tour to a few lucky members of the Springfield College community. Director of Facilities and Campus Services Greg Walters; Project Manager Jennifer Vigneault; Library Director Andrea Taupier; Chief Information Officer Danny Davis; and Director of Communications Steve Roulier joined Matt from ICON Architects and Rick from A/Z to talk a walk though the construction site. Photos courtesy of Andrea Taupier.

The transition begins!

The Learning Commons is more than a building; it’s a state of mind. The various departments that will be co-located in the new Learning Commons when it opens for fall 2017 are already beginning efforts to collaborate and merge services and resources that will continue in the new space.

Earlier this month, the Technology Solutions Center and Media Services announced a streamlining of services from a single point of contact. That means that any calls to the TSC for technology help (ext. 4872) or to media services for multimedia equipment or staffing (ext. 3113) will be answered by a single receptionist, who will then answer or forward the request to an appropriate expert. In addition, the TSC helpdesk currently located in Judd West Gymnasium will include both TSC and media services experts to help with whatever technology needs the students, faculty, or staff of Springfield College might have.

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Alyssa and Vicente from the TSC, along with Babs, the Learning Commons mascot

According to Media Services Manager Mike Ahearn and Technology Solutions Center Director Trish Dalessio, the service desk will now include:

  • Single point of contact for loaning equipment.
  • Extended hours for media services questions.
  • Additional resources for improved classroom support.
  • Single-user support for creating technology job tickets.

By combining forces now, the TSC and media services will have several months to familiarize themselves with each other’s services and address any major hurdles before moving into the combined desk in the new Learning Commons.

Congrats to the TSC and media services!

“Libraries are as essential to the classroom as an artery to the heart”

Why is it so important for colleges and universities to invest in 21st century academic libraries? Inside Higher Ed tackles this issue.

Some key quotes:

“…engagement with the library builds student confidence with the research process and contributes to persistence and retention in first-year students.”

“…students who receive information-literacy instruction as part of their courses achieve higher grades and demonstrate increased research fluency…”

“…a library’s research and study areas offer a destination for those who can’t afford quiet space as well as fostering social and academic community among students.”

And so much more!

Springfield College leaves its mark!

Last month, Springfield College students, faculty, and staff were encouraged to sign three maroon panels that would be used to cover the open areas of the Learning Commons construction site during the winter months. Yesterday, the panels were installed, displaying the names, messages and signatures of countless members of the campus community!

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President Mary-Beth Cooper added her John Hancock to the board

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