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The Information Commons Challenge MARS Chairs Program 2003 Allison Cowgill Colorado State University June 22, 2003.

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2 The Information Commons Challenge MARS Chairs Program 2003 Allison Cowgill Colorado State University June 22, 2003

3 Morgan Library offers the campus community the EIC - an information commons that is: - extensive - accessible - centrally located

4 The Electronic Information Center (EIC) is more than a general computing lab and more than a reference desk. It is a synergy between: computer support information production... the user support skills of computer staff, the information skills of reference staff, and the production skills of media staff. - Donald Beagle

5 Login to WebCT; check course syllabus Search full-text databases - find some great articles yourself the articles; your prof the citations Write a paper in Word After class, come to the library - grab some Coffee Find a computer! Meet some friends – scan some photos - compose a PowerPoint group presentation

6 300+ public computers Reference Desk Electronic Information Center #1 Loan/Reserve Entrance Interlibrary LoanNS EW #2 Assistive Technology IVAC Courtyard Morgan Library First Floor Public Computer Locations Productivity software Full Internet access 2 teaching labs Laptop checkout and wireless network

7 Electronic Information Labs 1 and 2: 28 & 30 PCs respectively Hands-on instruction Rooms can be reserved General use overflow General use PCs: Internet access Microsoft Office CD burning Specialty computers: Assistive Technology Room UniPrint® Networked print system Managed by CopyRite II Copy card required 12¢ black and white 50¢ color CD-ROM database stations (2) Scanning stations (6) GIS stations (2) Self-service software installation Staff Assistance Library online resources Data recovery Internet/ /WebCT Software applications Printing

8 The Electronic Information Center (EIC)

9 Variations on the Information Commons Theme Information Commons and Small Libraries Information Commons and Library Administration Information Commons and Library Staff The IC A User-Centered Resource

10 The Evolutionary Future of the Information Commons: Finding the Optimal Fit? A Forum for Exploring and Anticipating Adaptation in the Digital Information Environment to Best Meet Student Needs A Mechanism for Feedback to Fully Understand How Students and Faculty Use Digital Resources A testbed for experimental collaboration between campus units and departments: portals bibliographic instruction digital library resources digital courseware The Information Commons will permit special adaptations to the digital environment that are ongoing. - Donald Beagle


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