Thursday, May 2, 2013

Ask the Masses: Library Instruction Space

This is a question I myself am asking because I'm curious about what's out there and am wondering what our imaginations can create.

Cara asks:

I'm really interested in library instruction spaces and design and am wondering two things:

  1. What type of instruction space do you have, how is it designed, and what sort of technology to you have within (Lab? Laptop cart? iPads? SynchronEyes? Smart Boards? Other cool fancy stuff?)?
  2. What would you change about that space to make it more info lit instruction friendly? What would your perfect IL space look like and what would be in it?

Right now we are very lucky to have one instruction lab within the library with a screen and projector hooked up to the instructor computer which is located at the back center aisle. We've rigged it with a wireless keyboard and wireless mouse so that we can be at the front of the room leading instruction and facilitating discussion. As it stands there are 30 computers, with 29 available for the students to use (the other for the instructor). We recently added Synchroneyes to the classroom, but it can be tricky to use when leading from the front of the room (because there's no instructor display--it projects the instructor's display to the projector which is shown to the entire class). 

When I was in grad school we had a fun project/assignment wherein we designed our ideal library instruction classroom.  Here's what I came up with: 

So, what do you have for your IL instruction and what is your dream space for teaching? 

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