Frantically hunting for a power outlet to plug in your laptop. Sitting on the floor propped up against the wall because no workspaces are available. Crowding a group of five around a table built for one. These will all soon be distant memories for ECU students, thanks to the establishment of Joyner Library’s new Collaborative Learning Center (CLC).
ECU will recognize its grand opening with a celebration on September 1 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. The center emphasizes the importance of enhancing students’ educations by encouraging them to work and study together.
Events at the CLC
Technology Petting Zoo
August 26, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
This is an excellent opportunity for faculty and staff to get hands-on experience with hand-held book readers. These include the Amazon Kindle, the Barnes and Noble Nook, the Sony EReader, and the Apple iPad. The sessions will be held in Rooms 1426, 1418, and 1415 at Joyner, and library and ITICS professionals will be available to answer questions and provide assistance.
CLC Grand Opening
September 1, 3:00-5:00 p.m.The grand opening of the CLC, a Passport Event, will include a short self-guided tour, refreshments, give-aways, free T-shirts for students, and a WZMB live broadcast.
An official ribbon cutting for the CLC is being planned for later in the fall.
With the CLC, seating on Joyner Library's first floor will increase from 345 to more than 525. Indeed, the new computer stations, tables with built-in power outlets, and ergonomic lounge chairs and booths will provide an environment that is more conducive for students as they learn together.
“Collaboration is an important focus because the only way you are going to grow as an individual is if you learn about other people,” said Joshua Martinkovic, Student Government Association vice president. “Collaboration in anything that is done, here on campus, in the city, or in the country, is not just about one person completing a project. It’s about many different components coming together. This new center will give everyone a central place to meet.”
Not only will the CLC be equipped to accommodate more students, but the center also offers a variety of other educational opportunities students can take advantage of.
Through Ask-a-Librarian Services, students will be able to get in touch with librarians in person as well as through e-mail, instant messaging, text, or phone. This service is available anytime the reference desk is open. Reference desk hours are Sunday, noon–midnight; Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m.–midnight; Friday, 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.; and Saturday 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
“I’m excited that Joyner Library’s new furniture configurations and technology upgrades will increase collaboration and production among our students,” said Mark Sanders, head of reference. “And of course, the reference department remains positioned to provide research and instructional support in person, via telephone, email, instant message, or text message.”
Direct emails to firstname.lastname@example.org and AOL instant messages to the screen name joynerref.
Text messages should be sent to 265010; start messages with the screen name joynerref.
The reference desk can also be reached by phone at (252) 328-6677 or 1-866-291-5581 (toll free).
“The Ask-a-Librarian services are much better than other search resources, such as Google,” said Yasheka Batts, a student worker in the library’s administrative services. “When you send a text to a reference librarian, you will get a response right away. You will get the exact information you need, which saves time.”
In addition, students can schedule an in-person or online research consultation with a librarian for individual help on research projects and papers. During the consultations, librarians help students learn about successful search strategies and finding resources for papers and projects.
Along with undergraduates, graduate students are also a top priority at Joyner Library. Room 1101, adjacent to the CLC, is the graduate-student lounge, where graduate students can take advantage of the comfortable tables and chairs, two computer stations, power outlets and wireless networking, and a white board and bulletin board. Graduate students can use this space to study, grade papers, collaborate on projects, or just relax between classes.
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