The Lamson Learning Commons opened Sept. 29 with a well-attended ribbon-cutting ceremony. The $650,000 project provides integrated library, information technology and academic services to the college and community. The Learning Commons features access to high-end computer workstations, multi-media presentation development, computer support, laptop computer checkout as well as book lending services.
PSU President Dr. Sara Jayne Steen snipped the ribbon officially opening the new facility, remarking, “This beautiful facility embraces both traditional library services in combination with sophisticated audio and visual technology. This concept really shows Plymouth State University is at the forefront of providing both the academic community and the region with a full-service learning center.”
David A. Beronä, Library Director, says combining traditional library services with high-technology is the wave of the future.
“New technologies and other forces are changing the structure of the library workforce, library services and type of work performed by librarians. The Learning Commons is one of these changes that redefines our library and provides our students with multiple services at one location. In addition, we have utilized space efficiently by creating a new classroom and inviting the PASS office and The Writing and Reading Center into Lamson. I am proud to be part of this dynamic initiative.”
Dwight Fischer, PSU Chief Information Officer, agrees, saying, “The Learning Commons places reference librarians close to multimedia support staff. It places experts in academic areas next to experts in the technologies at PSU. Multimedia computers are available for students to integrate text, audio, video and other presentation features to convey their messages.”
Additionally, Lamson Learning Commons features a café offering Starbucks coffee, snacks and wireless internet connectivity. Access to the wireless network is available to those with a valid Plymouth.edu account, though traditional book lending and research continue to be available to the public.
The Learning Commons will also serve as a valuable resource on evenings and weekends as programs expand for students from the College of Graduate Studies and the Frost School for adult learners.