6.2 Invest in Robust/Flexible IT Infrastructure for Teaching, Research and Administration (Year 1-2: 2009-2011)
The University Libraries Knowledge Commons will provide enhanced library and technology services on the first floor of Pattee Library on the University Park campus. In October 2009, the new Maps Library and GIS instruction room opened on the ground floor of Pattee Library. The new Foster Auditorium, equipped with state-of-the-art media equipment, and a Reading Room will open for fall semester 2010. The next phases of the Knowledge Commons will include a multimedia classroom, collaborative workstations, group studies equipped with self-service technologies, video and audio production centers, and improved consultation services. Construction on that part of the project will begin early in 2011 and be completed by the end of that year. The knowledge commons concept has been in full operation in the Boskov-Lakin Information Commons of the Thun Library at Penn State Berks since 2001, and information commons elements have been designed into new facilities at York, Harrisburg and Wilkes-Barre. The University Libraries has raised funding for phases one to six (out of eight phases) for the Knowledge Commons.
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