North Central State College's Bromfield Library & Information Commons

The Bromfield Library & Information Commons at North Central State College seeks to offer quality resources and services tailored to meet the academic needs of the students and staff. Their mission is to provide a friendly, welcoming environment that encourages learning and collaboration with open access to information, resources, and technology in an atmosphere that recognizes the value of diversity with a professional and knowledgeable staff dedicated to providing quality service.

OhioLINK recently spoke with Vanessa Kraps, the library’s director, to find more about what makes the Bromfield Library & Information Center so impactful.

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

Newly renovated in 2014, we've given the Bromfield Library & Information Commons a more modern feel with lots of light and open seating for library patrons. A shared space between North Central State College and The Ohio State University at Mansfield, our focus is on student success. Our top three points of pride include:

  1. Our Learning Collaborative Classroom, upgraded study rooms, and the sound studio. -Funding for the Learning Collaborative Classroom was generously provided by the Richland County Foundation, and is an innovative space with mobile furniture, an adjustable teaching station, touch screen computers, and removable white boards. This room has been used for semester long courses, board meetings, conferences, and special trainings.
  2. On top of that, the BLIC is now equipped with six study rooms; each space contains a dry erase board, and a large touch screen computer complete with audio and video recording capabilities. Students have the option of picking rooms with a tranquil view of the surrounding woods or a blank wall for those who need minimal distractions. Seating capacity ranges from four to ten people, depending on the room.
  3. For our third point of pride, I would say the sound studio in the library which is open to the entire academic community on the Mansfield campus. Often used by professors and staff to record lectures and training videos, students also have the opportunity to reserve time in a room with audio and visual recording capabilities, enhanced sound proofing, a green screen, and computer programs like Camtasia. Many students like to use this space to record their own music.

What is the most popular spot in your library for patrons?

Typically the computers and booth seating at the front of the BLIC compete for the most popular spaces among students, but come exam time the study rooms win hands down.

How long have you been a member of OhioLINK?

We are a proud member of OhioLINK!

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