ECU’s Joyner Library celebrates grand opening of Collaborative Learning Center

J.Y. Joyner Library at East Carolina University will celebrate the grand opening of the Collaborative Learning Center on Sept. 1.

The learning blueprint of today’s university student is far different than the traditional instruction received by East Carolina alumni. Independent study has largely been replaced by the collaborative learning model. As ECU prepares future leaders for eastern North Carolina and beyond, Joyner Library provides the venue for 21st century learning with the launch of a state of the art Collaborative Learning Center, located on the first floor of the library.

When classes begin this fall, Phase I of this transformation will increase seating capacity from 345 to more than 525. Comfortable yet ergonomic seats, high-tech computer stations, tables, lounge chairs, and booths will provide even better study and work conditions.

“I’m excited about the remodeling of the first floor. More space and better furniture will make working on team projects easier,” said Yasheka Batts, an ECU senior child life major.

“Joyner Library’s new furniture configurations and technology upgrades will increase collaboration & production among our students,” said Mark Sanders, head of reference services at Joyner Library. “And of course, the Reference Department remains positioned to provide research and instructional support in person, via telephone, e-mail, instant message or text message.”

State-of-the-art technology, especially in the new presentation practice room, will allow students to DVR their presentation or group project, play it back, and download to a flash drive. Wi-Fi is available throughout the library; laptops, camcorders, and ipods can be checked out by students.

To complete the comprehensive learning experience, the Pirate Tutoring Center and University Writing Center have moved to the first floor of Joyner Library. Vending areas offer a variety of food and beverages so students can take breaks on site.

“Joyner Library’s new state of the art Collaborative Learning Center will support ECU students by providing an encouraging environment for study, research, and social interaction,” says Dr. Larry Boyer, dean of Academic Library and Learning Resources.

The opening reception is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Sept. 1. Students are invited to participate in a self-guided tour, refreshments, and T-shirt give away. For more information, contact Dawn Wainwright at (252) 328-4090.

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