Kent State University-Tuscarawas

Kent State Tuscarawas’s recently renovated library, Makerspace and Video2Go studio come together to create the Academic Learning Commons (ALC). Its ALC provides students with an innovative space to study, collaborate and experiment.

OhioLINK recently interviewed Cherie Bronkar, the director of the ALC, to learn more about what specific resources students have access to on their campus.

Interview:

What are your top three points of pride in your library?

The Video2Go Studio: The studio is set up for beginners and those with more experience as well. The basic system allows students with no experience to walk in and leave with a finished video. The system speaks to the student who enters the room and prompts them to insert their flash drive, stand on the “X”, tap a button on the floor to begin recording and tap again when they are finished. The MP4 video is recorded to their flashdrive and they are ready to go. The studio features a boom microphone, an automatic “recording in progress” screen that comes down to cover the window, a green screen, professional quality video recorder mounted to the ceiling, and a teleprompter.

The Makerspace:  It’s a space where our students experiment with new technology and bring their ideas to life. This space supports our mission to develop our student’s and the community’s entrepreneurial spirit. We provide a means to test ideas and build those ideas into entrepreneurial ventures with the addition of business development support through Kent State LaunchNET, the Ohio Small Business Development Center and the Office of Business and Community Support. We have seven 3D printers, electronic project equipment, virtual reality and augmented reality systems, graphics software, button makers, vinyl cutters and more. We add new equipment each year and have an abundance of faculty support in the form of including the Makerspace in their curriculum.

Makerspace

Our Library Instruction Sessions are booming. Each semester we have more and more requests.  We provide LibGuide supported instruction both in the classroom and in the library. We have fantastic faculty who show support of the library by being very involved in our instruction sessions and presenting workshops in conjunction with the library.

Our library is a point of pride for the entire campus. We are a bustling center of activity, our group study rooms are always full and there’s rarely an empty seat. We provide students with a place to study, hang out, collaborate and just be part of a library experience that reaches out in many directions. Oh and did I mention we give out free coffee, tea and cocoa? If you’re here on a Monday, you’ll also notice the smell of free popcorn wafting into the hallway.

What’s the most popular spot in your library for students and patrons?

On Mondays it’s the seating by the popcorn machine….the rest of the week, it’s a toss up between our new meeting rooms, especially the one with our touch screen monitor system and our booth seating. Students are using our spaces in more collaborative ways every day and we are glad that we can now provide the connectivity and spaces students need to learn, study and create together.

How long have you been a member of OhioLINK?

We’ve been with OhioLINK since its inception.

OhioLINK is a valuable service to all our libraries. Accreditors are always amazed at the resources we can provide as a regional library. OhioLINK resources are vital to our collection and enhance our library by offering our students the ability to have the same resources available at larger campuses.