21st-Century Learning – Drexel Library Learning Terrace

The Drexel University Library finally opened its new Library Learning Terrace after a 2-month delay in schedule on June 3 –
Drexel University Libraries unveil Library Learning Terrace to over 250 in attendance at opening
The Terrace is about allowing students to take ownership of the place to shape their own environment for collaboration and learning. It is wireless-enabled and accessible 24×7 .  The place is equipped with movable, reconfigurable and colourful Herman Miller furniture,  whiteboards (including a “whiteboard wall”). All the furniture (except for one) from chairs and tables to whiteboards are all on wheels, thus allowing students to freely move them around according to their needs.
Another feature point in the Terrace is a “Hub” which is meant to be a consultation point. Students can use this hub (shaped like an onion with a swivelable skin) as private discussion points with lecturers, friends and even librarians. The Drexel Library Learning Terrace is in line with the university’s strategic direction to better support the changing teaching and learning needs, with greater emphasis on “Collaborative Learning” as well as “Student-centered learning” (vs “Curriculum-centered learning”) along with other ebook initiatives.
Here’s a videorecording done up by one of the University students on the opening day of the Terrace:

[By the way, you may also want to check up on Drexel University’s new “Personal Librarian Progam” which started in 2010. This program matches 2800 incoming students with their 26 librarians to provide a personal touch in guiding the freshmen through the library resources.]

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Director, Civica Library & Learning ... got teleported from the academic library space to the commercial library space in 2005 ...
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