Information Update - Spring 2014

Reilly Learning Commons Construction Moves Forward

As you may recall from the Fall Information Update, the Library has secured funding to develop the Reilly Learning Commons located on the first floor of the Weinberg Memorial Library. Plans are moving forward for construction within the space to take place in summer 2014, directly after spring semester finals. The space will be designed for innovation, collaboration and flexibility. Construction will include the addition of group study rooms, including a special Lecture Capture space for students to practice presentations, record them and save them to share with classmates or instructors.
 
The space will also include several high-end PCs and, something entirely new to the Library, a bank of iMacs. These additional computers will have specialized software to meet growing student needs for video and audio editing, graphic design software, and more high tech features. The space will also feature large screen monitors with outlets that allow students to plug in their laptops or tablet computers and project them onto the screen for collaboration on group projects. We will be ordering new furniture for the space, including rolling chairs, larger desks for small group collaboration and modern couches.
 
The Reilly Learning Commons is named after Joseph C. Reilly who generously donated his estate to the Weinberg Memorial Library. An additional donation was also made by Joseph Reilly’s sister, Kay, to help ensure the implementation and construction of the Learning Commons. Without the generous support of the Reilly family, we would not be able to bring this vision to light. Funds will continue to be raised in the future, with additional software, hardware and furniture being phased into the space over time.
Sheli McHugh