Amy Jones-Timoney

By

College: Libraries

Innovation at Young Library Spurs Students to Perfect Projects, Presentations

Published: Nov 19, 2013

 

Video By UK Public Relations and Marketing.

 

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 19, 2013) — University of Kentucky students are busy creating and collaborating thanks to new technology, unique spaces and thoughtfully designed furniture at the W.T. Young Library.

 

By now, most UK students have noticed and even utilized some technology upgrades in one of the busiest buildings on campus.

 

Over the summer, crews completed work on a nearly $350,000 project to transform areas of the second floor of the William T. Young Library into more active learning centers designed to facilitate collaborative learning and group study. The newly renovated reference area on the north wing and the learning space on the south wing now feature group study rooms that are not only more conducive to study, but also feature technology that allows students to share images and content with one another from their laptops.

 

"We have several media scape units which allow students to connect a laptop, or several laptops, to a monitor and work in groups, practice presentations and those sorts of things," UK Libraries Associate Dean Stacey Greenwell said. "These types of technologies allow students to work on their assignments that they have for class, which in many cases mirror real-world work assignments that we’re given."

 

Students, faculty and staff were involved in planning the second floor renovation, and funding was made possible by annual gifts from friends of UK Libraries and UK alumni.

 

In addition to the recent upgrades on the second floor, The Hub has seen major advancements in technology over the last year as well. UK Academic Planning, Analytics and Technologies (APAT) has created a student digital media space to provide online support, recording equipment, editing stations with software, as well as technical support for students’ development of their academic media projects. Called the Media Depot, the facility features recording rooms, a green screen room, editing machines for group work, and an orientation station staffed with “media experts” to assist students with projects.

 

Along with new tools, APAT staff members are providing students with new skills through the Media Depot.

 

"It’s something different that wasn’t here before," said Kirk Laird, manager of Young Media Depot. "A student doesn’t have to know anything to come in here and work. We sit with them, we’ll help them learn how to do the camera, how to develop an idea and we’ll help them edit too. It’s been a huge success so far."

 

Broadcast journalism junior Arion Wright, who not only uses the Media Depot for her own studies but also works there, thinks the new technology at Young Library is a great new resource for her fellow students.

 

"Some students don’t really like to write essays, so this is a way to express themselves through another source of art — multimedia. They can create videos, they can create different projects, so it’s just another outlet to show their ideas and express themselves.”

 

Young Library houses UK's general undergraduate collection, as well as social science, humanities, business, biology and agricultural materials. As the central library in the university library system, it also is home to the Dean's Office and a number of centralized services. 

 

Watch the video above to discover what staff members from UK Libraries and Information Technology (IT) hope to accomplish by teaming up to help students. 

 

13-14_content_calendar_photo_branding.jpghub_-_media_depot_2013-11-12_016_01381505.jpghub_-_media_depot_2013-11-12_019_01394602.jpghub_-_media_depot_2013-11-12_020_01402405.jpghub_-_media_depot_2013-11-12_026_01442423.jpgwt_young_-_new_2nd_floor_rooms_2013-11-12_009_01515513.jpgwt_young_-_new_2nd_floor_rooms_2013-11-12_014_01552615.jpgwt_young_-_new_2nd_floor_rooms_2013-11-12_005_01474109.jpg
September
 
1
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Labor Day - Academic Holiday
Mon
2
Employee Educational Assistance Award
Internship Info Session
Student/Faculty/Staff Mixer
Tue
3
Employee Educational Assistance Award
LNFS Presents: The Wolf of Wall Street
Last Day to Add a Class
Last Day to Drop a Course with 80% Refund
UK Volunteer Fair
Wed
4
LNFS Presents: Children of Men
LNFS Presents: How To Train Your Dragon 2
Black and Latino Male Initiative
Advance Your Swagger: A Night with Fonzworth Bentely
Thu
5
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Northern Iowa
Kentucky Volleyball vs. USC
LNFS Presents: Spirited Away
LNFS Presents: Mulan
Fri
6
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Kentucky Football vs. Ohio
#maxfest (Ukirklex Campus Ministry)
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Creighton
Lets Swing Dance!
Sat
7
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. Morehead State
Sun
8
Diversity Organization's Council
Kosher/Soul? (Jewish, African American & Appalachian culture Fuse)
Mon
9
Working Moms Connection
Job Club - Job Search Strategies for Fall
Rock Star Professionalism Series
Tue
10
Massage on the Go
College: Do the Right Thing- A conversation with Dr. Smith
The Future of Islam
LNFS Presents: Fight Club
Wed
11
9/11 Vigil
UKNABJ presents: Ferguson, Missouri: A look at media, politics and black youth in the U.S.
LNFS Presents: Mr & Mrs Smith
Duo Damiana, Molly Barth and Dieter Hennings
LNFS Presents: 22 Jump Street
Thu
12
LNFS Presents: Searching For Sugarman
LNFS Presents: Sin City
Fri
13
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Men's Soccer vs. ETSU
Sat
14
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. Pepperdine
Sun
15
Kentucky Week Farmer's MarCat and Craft Fair
Majestic U.N.I.T.Y.
Mon
16
Justice Delayed not Justice Denied: A Talk with Dough Jones
PRHBTN Gallery Reception and Concert
Men's Soccer vs. Xavier
Chellgren Seminar Series: Buck Ryan
Tue
17
Internship Info Session
Last Day to Drop a Course Without Appearing on Transcript
Caregiver Support Group
LNFS Presents: The Immigrant
Big Blue Commonwealth
Wed
18
LNFS Presents: Watermark
LNFS Presents: X-Men: Days of Future Past
Ryan Gardner Guest Trumpet Recital
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Lipscomb
Thu
19
LNFS Presents: A Band Called Death
LNFS Presents: Prisoners
The Case for Fossil Fuels-PEIK Seminar
Men's Soccer vs. Furman
Fri
20
Rock Climbing @ Red River Gorge
College of Pharmacy Open House
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Xavier
Sat
21
 
Sun
22
Diana Ferrus: 'Writing poetry has allowed me to live': Cultural Resistance in South Africa
Kentucky Law Schools Forum
Mon
23
Pinterest Party
University of Kentucky Chamber Winds
Employer Showcase
Job Club - 10 Questions to Ask Prior to Starting a Business
Men's Soccer vs. Lousville
Tue
24
Employer Showcase
Last Day to Drop a Course with 50% Refund
UK Elder Care Lunch & Learn
BPH Open House
Documentary Film Screening - Heaven + Earth + Joe Davis
LNFS Presents: Saving Mr. Banks
Wed
25
LNFS Presents: Culture Jam
LNFS Presents: Maleficent
¡Baila!
Thu
26
LNFS Presents: Ponyo
LNFS Presents: The Little Mermaid
Opening Night Bohemiam Festival
White Water Rafting @ Chattooga River
Women's Soccer vs. Mississippi State
Fri
27
White Water Rafting @ Chattooga River
Kentucky Football vs. Vanderbilt
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Green Apple Day of Service: "Pick It Up"
Swing Dancing!
Sat
28
White Water Rafting @ Chattooga River
UK Chorale
Dirty Dancing Trip
Kentucky Women's Soccer vs. Auburn
Sun
29
 
Mon
30
#TrendingTopics: Immigration Reform
Apollo Duo - Flute and Percussion Guest Recital
Tue
 
 
 
 
Sep 18
LNFS Presents: Watermark 09/18/2014

Thu, 09/18/2014

Reset Page