Today marks the start of the Fall 2018 semester, and the University Libraries are celebrating with a whole slate of updated physical spaces for our faculty, students and staff to utilize all year long.
Moody 104 Active Learning Lab (ALL)
We’ve been updating our readers on the process of creating the Active Learning Lab (ALL) all spring and summer, so read here for the details, or just enjoy this photo of the innovative flexible classroom space in all its Leapfrog Green glory. (That’s the official name of the Sherwin-Williams paint color you’ll see throughout the Central Libraries in areas where we’re updating and refreshing spaces.)
New Carpet in Jones Library
We added some much-needed new carpet throughout Jones, giving the space an updated, clean look and feel. We’re also working to rearrange the furniture into groupings that are perfect for individual and quiet group study, so be on the lookout for a completed look to arrive soon. Oh, and new signage for the welcome desk (seen here) is on the way!
Directional and Welcome Signage (Moody and Jones)
Speaking of signage, the entire Central Libraries campus got lots of new directional and welcome signage throughout Moody and Jones. Using the color palette and font families of our current marketing and communications strategy, we’ve added signs to the entry doors, major area dividing doors and elevators, as well as refreshed standing signs in the elevator lobbies. More exciting signage executions will come in a second phase, but for now, we’re excited to help make everyone’s navigation of the buildings – especially our 3,300 new first year students – that much easier. (And yes, we repainted the space about the Moody 1st information desk, too. We’ve been very busy!)
Prichard Study Commons Refresh
One major space got a total makeover this summer as we put new artwork – drawn from the Harding Black collection – up on the walls in the Prichard Study Commons, as well as installing an updated display panel at the entrance, and new lighting fixtures on the walls. Updated seating and study tables are on their way as well, giving this 17-year-old quiet study area a modern, updated look.
Art in the Carrels (Moody 2nd)
During the process of refreshing Prichard, we wanted to find a new home for a collection of student artwork that was purchased for installation in the space when it opened in 2001. We decided adding them to a set of study carrels on the second floor of Moody would be a good way to fresh up the space and give users something to inspire them as they work on their studies. Each piece includes a caption label and a custom hashtag that we hope users will add to their social media when they tell us how the piece inspires them as they study. Look for Art in the Carrels next time you’re walking between Moody and Jones on the second floor corridor.
Light and Power Ports in the Harvey Garden (Moody Garden Level)
Finally, next time you’re looking for a power boost as you study in the Harvey Garden, look no further than these light towers. Slide up the panel on the front and you’ll find power outlets and USB ports perfect for keeping the study session going when your batteries are running low.
We’re excited about all the new touches we’ve put on the Central Libraries campus in the past six months, and we hope our users enjoy them as much as we do!