New Spaces in Bellevue
The Bellevue College Library Media Center (LMC) has revamped several physical spaces and non-tangible services during the 2016-2017 school year. This includes the creation of a Collaboratory and a Tech Hub, co-locating the eLearning team within the Library Media Center, and adding an Outreach Services Librarian. eLearning houses the instructional designers that provide BC instructors with the assistance they need in creating engaging online learning resources. This group now resides in the LMC and they have an inviting space to conference with instructors.
The Tech Hub service desk provides a space for Tech Rovers, who are student workers, to answer many general questions and support the computer lab. We have moved our Reference desk deeper into the library, giving librarians the opportunity to provide in-depth reference service to students.
A Collaboratory space was created in a place that formerly held stationary furniture. Mobile furniture, whiteboards, high bar tables, and plug in ports, provide flexible spaces for students to use the Collaboratory for group interactions as well as for instructors to use it for active learning classes. Multiple STEM related events have been held in the Collaboratory this year to highlight our BC Reads book, The Martian. The latest one included a panel of 5 women who work in STEM positions ranging from the US Department of Energy, to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to Food Safety at Amazon. Over 100 people attended this impactful event.
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