1. Introduction and Approval of Minutes
At 2:01 P.M. Chuck Wigley convened the meeting in the Library Instruction Room. Marianne Djuth moved to accept, various people seconded and the minutes were approved unanimously. All ACAC minutes and related materials are available through http://www.canisiuscampus.net/acac/.
2. ITS Announcements
Estelle Siener made numerous announcements. First, some faculty have been invited to serve on a committee for furnishing classrooms in Science Hall. If anyone else is interested in serving on this committee or giving input, please contact Estelle. Because the classrooms, all of which will be on the first floor of the renovated building, except for two lower level computer labs, need to be ready for use in Fall 2012, decisions about the type of furniture, configuration of the rooms and what kinds of learning spaces are best need to be made. Dave Ewing is forming the committee.
Siener wants to know if anyone is using social media in the classroom. The Jesuit institutions are conversing among themselves about use of such features: wikis, blogs or Twitter in classrooms. Please contact Siener by phone or email so she can get an idea of the scope of use at Canisius.
ITS needs to get the computer labs and technology classrooms ready for Fall 2011, so please submit your software requirements. ITS must get the computers ready very early so as to test the software packages, both Mac and PC. Lisa Mastropaolo is in charge of the Windows platform and Scott Clark is in charge of the Macs.
3. Plans for Library Renovations
Joel Cohen talked about plans for Library renovations and presented a PowerPoint presentation, which is available here.
Cohen noted that Bouwhuis Library, renovated in 1988, was ahead of its time with a large number of group study rooms. With today’s emphasis on group projects, we need even more. Many significant changes have been made already, such as extended hours and bringing the tutors into the library, as well as the ITS help desk.
He presented an idea of a learning commons, which will incorporate traditional library functions with services of the Tutoring Center, ITS, the FACTS center, and other services.
When Cohen displayed an architect’s floor plan for the first floor, which is a little out of date now, he said that most will note the obvious lack of books. This is because most of the collection will be collapsed into compact shelving in lower level. This is the shelving that moves back and forth to allow for a much denser collection. The upper floor will have relatively few changes in use; it will still be the library’s quiet floor. Archives will have some improvements, and a large part of the library’s book collection will remain on the second floor.
Terry Mangione noted that Academic Support Services is partnering with the library to provide academic mentoring, supplemental instruction and a study center in the space where students congregate, eat, socialize and sometimes do academic work. Cohen noted that the students have wanted the library to be more than just a coffee shop, citing an editorial from the Griffin in 2006. He said students have desired the library to be the place to go for everything, including serious work..
Thanks to President John Hurley, one of the group rooms will soon be renovated using MediaScape furniture which incorporates laptops, electronic “talking sticks” and digital projection. Each student’s place at the table has a “hockey puck” and whoever touches it gets the screen to project what is on their laptop.
Cohen presented some interesting statistics. Circulation and attendance are way up, but so is wear and tear. The building is in bad need of new carpet, paint, blinds repair and many other maintenance issues.
Compared to other area institutions, Canisius is a little behind. Cohen showed us some slides of the new Daemen information commons which was recently dedicated and incorporates many of the same ideas Canisius wants to implement.
The timeline is for the first stage, the installation of compact shelving in the basement, to happen as early as this summer. Without the room to expand, none of the other changes can reach full flower. Once this is done, we will bring the architects back in. Other projects, especially Science Hall, which is now on an accelerated timetable, will impact the library renovations or be affected by it. For example, some of ITS is going into Science Hall, including Administrative Computing and infrastructure. Wehle might close ultimately, so ITS would have to move out. The library renovation is a very expensive project so the pace is determined by contributions. This summer’s project is not externally funded. Cohen reminded us that the Koessler Athletic center project took 4 or 5 years.
Garrity asked about budget cuts. Will these renovations save money in any way? Cohen said yes, especially if it has impact on retention. Not only will the new library be cool and comfortable but there will things in the library to help students succeed.
Meyer asked if a walkway over Jefferson Avenue, linking the library to Science Hall was planned. Cohen said he has seen it in architectural visionary plans, but it is outside the scope of anything planned in the foreseeable future. A bridge would not only be expensive but would require a second entrance to the library as well as involvement with the city. Cohen speculated that a bridge probably will be built in the long term, but presents many challenges.
More information is available at http://library.canisius.edu/learningcommons.
4. Demonstration of the ENO board
Wigley thanked Joel and Estelle and the ITS people and the FACTS center.
He then introduced Richard Mancuso and Adam Baczynski from Prentice Office Environments to talk about the demonstration ENO board that has been installed in the Library Instruction Room about three weeks ago. He invited any faculty or staff member to stop by and play with it.
Mancuso is a dealer for SteelCase, the largest maker of office furniture. He said the current emphasis is on collaboration, the way people learn today, and noted that it happens in private sector, too.
The ENO board, made by PolyVision, is an interactive whiteboard, Bluetooth enabled, made of ceramic on steel. It is similar in concept to a SmartBoard. But it is also a dry erase board and has a number of unique features, such as a moveable magnetic strip as the menu. It is its own special “board” with a pattern of dots on it. You can highlight on the screen to annotate, and these changes can be saved and printed. Someone asked about a zoom function, and the answer is no. Baczynski said most applications such as web browsers have their own zoom function. There are other features such as the ability to take 6 pages of notes and save them.
The board is manufactured in two sizes and versions: 4×6 and 4×8, frame version mounted on wall, or truncated version that can be tacked to an existing white board. The price is about $2500 not including the ceiling projector or computer.
Mancuso asked who is using Smartboard now and a handful of hands went up.
He noted numerous advantages over Smartboard. He also said students are used to this kind of interactive technology and mentioned some ways it can be used as an interactive teaching tool. The board is basically dumb, Mancuso noted, but the software is very smart. There are tiny fluorescent dots on the whiteboard that track the pens movement. The board is almost indestructible. Future advancements would be in the pen and in the software.
Cohen noted that the advantage of ENO is that this is a ceramic board upon which you can use a marker. Even permanent markers’ ink will come off. The disadvantage is that you have to use the pen; you can’t use your bare fingers like on a Smartboard. This is due to a difference in the basic technology: the SmartBoard is capacitive and tracks pressure, but the ENO causes remove IR tracking of the pen’s position.
Mancuso said you can use a separate slate to control the board, permitting roaming about the classroom. You can also remotely control a PowerPoint presentation this way.
First version was the Walk and Talk Board, Mancuso said, but you couldn’t write on it. Everyone said they wanted a whiteboard.
The current ENO has been on the market 18 months. Moleski asked if there independent testimonials. He asked about cleaning, since regular whiteboards accumulate a tarnish, called ghosting. Mancuso said ceramic on steel minimizes this and cleans much better.
There are Mac and Linux versions of the software that we can use for free.
Baczynski said there are suites of applications, comparable to what Smart markets. Style comes with a dongle but you can pair your computer with the pen via Bluetooth. Another is RM EasyTeach. You could even use SmartSoft with the ENO board, he said.
Comparing prices, a Smartboard is $1200-$2000, plus pens in the tray, without the computer.
Dan Drew noted that the Smartboard has a lot more interactivity, but SteelCase’s board is better for conference rooms where you need a dual board and not a lot of training. Smartboard allows interactive apps where students submit a right or wrong answer and get feedback immediately.
Mancuso noted that the ENO is not revolutionary, but is a better mousetrap.
We adjourned at 3:00.