By Diane Knights, associate director for public services, O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center, and Janice Kragness, director, Charles J. Keffer Library

Wouldn’t it be great if you could do your research and write your paper all in one place? Across the country and here at UST, the information commons movement is changing the way you access information, making it easier for you.

The information commons movement across the country
New physical partnerships among computing, media and library resources and services are occurring all over the country and are generally called "information commons."

Under one roof, you will be able to access both information resources and the technology you need to work on class assignments, run software programs, do word processing, catch up on e-mail and do a little surfing, plus meet your friends. Of course, you also will be able to get help from both technology lab consultants and the reference librarians with your information, research and technology needs.

Here at UST
The Learning Center, on the lower level of O’Shaughnessy Educational Center, will move to O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center next summer. A similar initiative will take place on the Minneapolis campus when the Computing Resource Center moves out of the lower level of Terrence Murphy Hall into the Charles J. Keffer Library in Opus Hall (although the timing of this move has not been finalized).

What happens next?
Lab consultants, reference librarians, Physical Plant staff and others are planning these transitions to carefully develop innovative spaces for students. Regular project updates will be coming, including requests for your feedback on many issues.

The Information Resources and Technology (IRT) division is committed to this project’s success, providing new physical and virtual spaces for campus life. We look forward to keeping you informed, addressing concerns, and seeking your ideas.

Find out more
The planning staff has posted all information in Blackboard. To find out more, log into Blackboard and enroll yourself in the Information Commons Project Team community listed under "UST Community – University Projects." This is updated frequently, so check often for information and chances to contribute your thoughts and ideas. If you’d like assistance with enrolling, contact the IRT Tech Desk.

Watch Bulletin Today or in the libraries for more information.

If you have questions about this information or other technology-related issues, please contact the IRT Tech Desk, (651) 962-6230.