Mediascape Tables Serve As New Collaboration Stations
Snell Library unveiled four new media:scape tables this week on its first floor to encourage innovative group work. The tables are a permanent addition to the Library’s available group study spaces that are open to all members of the University community. The acquisition is a direct result of student feedback.
Instead of clustering around a single, small screen, or working from individual laptops, each media:scape station allows users to plug in to a central outlet and display their laptop screens on a large monitor, allowing group members to share information visibly, easily, and in close proximity so that groups stay engaged and interactions are more productive.
The layout of each of the four modernly designed tables varies; some seating six while others seat four; some with two monitors and others with one; and some with stool seating while others are at desk height. All feature generous space to spread out projects in process, and comfortable ergonomic chairs. Mac users will be able to borrow adapters from the Library Circulation Desk.
In the fall of 2010, the Library placed a sample media:scape table on the first floor for three months to see if the product was something that students would find valuable. The tremendous volume of positive reviews from the survey and data collection encouraged the Library and the University to move forward with the purchase of these tables.
Betsy Habich, Administrative Operations Manager at Northeastern University Libraries, says "We are excited the Library is able to offer this innovative way to support student collaboration. In a shared digital information environment growing richer by the day, libraries need to include facilities that support research and creativity in new and exciting ways. The media:scape stations are a good first step in this direction for Snell Library, and we are actively soliciting user feedback to shape future decisions about types of study space, furniture, and equipment."
For more information about media:scape stations visit http://www.steelcase.com/en/products/category/workspace/freestanding/media-scape/Pages/overview.aspx.
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