Take a Break during 24-hour Study at Irwin Library

By , November 9, 2015 8:04 pm

By popular demand, Irwin Library will again host 24-hour study on Sunday, Dec. 13, and Monday, Dec. 14.  We are also providing some stress-less activities:

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Students taking a break with the Paws & Think therapy dogs last December


Dec. 13 – Free pizza and soda at 9:00 pm (Irwin Atrium) & mini-massages (tentatively scheduled – hours TBD)

Dec. 14 -Paws and Think therapy dogs (tentatively scheduled Irwin Atrium- hours TBD).

Free coffee will be available from Midnight to 7:30 am on both nights. Library staff will also be available to provide research assistance and encouragement at the Information Commons desk.

Irwin Library 3rd Floor Renovation

By , October 20, 2015 7:14 pm

If you’ve visited the 3rd Floor of Irwin Library recently, you’ve probably noticed that two quads on the north end of the building have been emptied of book stacks.  The library received capital project funding to renovate the northwest quad for relocation of the Center for Academic Technology (CAT) from the basement of Jordan Hall.  The move is scheduled for the beginning of spring semester.

The Center for Academic Technology provides expertise and leadership in the intersections of technology, teaching, and learning in support of the academic mission of Butler University. CAT employees support faculty and staff through consulting and development opportunities and student academic success through the Information Commons program.  CAT employs thirty Information Commons student associates, offering Butler students work experience in a professional environment.

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This rendering shows the Information Commons workstations in the CAT office.

Computer rendering of a demonstration theater with a large monitor and laptop on a cart and semi-circular bench seating, behind which are high counter tops and six stools for additional seating.

The CAT office will include a demonstration theatre for presentations about and using instructional technologies.

Phase One of the project (currently under way) includes adding electrical and data infrastructure to support the expanded use of technology in this area. Electricians and network technicians will be installing an additional electrical panel, and  Room IL-116 (currently a small individual study room) will be converted into a data closet. This work includes drilling into concrete walls. Library staff will notify the Butler community in advance about anticipated noise levels whenever possible.

Phase Two will include moving furniture out of the two quads in order to paint the walls and to replace the carpet. We anticipate the painting to take place the week of Nov. 16th, with carpet removal and installation to begin on Nov. 23rd.

Phase Three begins after fall semester ends.  Rather than construct walls within the open quads, we will use a modular frame-and-panel system to create an open-plan office, including: a demonstration theatre and a “genius bar” for exploring new instructional technologies; workstations where Information Commons students will work with faculty on projects; an equipment charging and storage area; a “huddle space” for small group meetings and collaboration; and office spaces for CAT employees. This flexible system may be reconfigured depending upon future needs

Concurrently, starting in November the restrooms in the basement and on the 3rd floor of Irwin Library will be closed for renovation. This much-needed update will include new fixtures, stall partitions, ceiling tiles, and more.  Public restrooms will still be available on the 2nd floor of Irwin during November and December.

The northeast quad of Irwin will also be painted and re-carpeted as part of this project. Study tables and soft seating will be placed in this quad for Spring Semester, pending approval of a capital proposal to install a library instruction room in this space in 2016-17.

For more information about this project, please contact Heather Vaughn at 940-9926.

Don’t Miss the Duck Drop at Irwin Library Aug. 22

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By , August 10, 2015 8:22 pm

Geek_rubber_duck_2 Make a splash! New students and their families are invited to participate in the annual Welcome Week Duck Drop at Irwin Library on Saturday, Aug. 22 from 2:00-4:00 pm!

Sponsored by the Butler University Libraries, the Duck Drop is a chance to cool off, have some fun, and perhaps win some Butler swag.

Each new student gets to select 3 rubber duckies to throw into the library’s fountain from the 3rd floor.  If you hit three targets, your name is entered in a drawing for a gift basket.

The library will also have free frozen treats for everyone.  We hope to see you there!

Business Research Workshop

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By , July 16, 2015 3:52 pm

Butler Business Librarian, Teresa Williams, presented a poster on open access resources for business information at the 2015 American Library Association conference held in June in San Francisco.  The poster session was a great opportunity to share information about the Business Research Workshop series sponsored by Butler University Libraries.  Over 20 Butler students have completed the workshop to learn about open access resources they can use for their business information needs both now and after graduation.  TW ALA 2015 posterFor more information or to sign up for the fall Business Research Workshop series, contact Teresa at twilliam@butler.edu

Libraries Closed for Semester Break and July 4th Weekend

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By , June 25, 2015 9:33 am

Butler University Libraries will be closed this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 27 and 28, due to the break between Summer I and Summer II sessions.

In addition, the Libraries will be closed Friday through Sunday, July 3–5, in observance of Independence Day.

For all the latest library news and announcements including upcoming breaks and holidays, visit the Libraries website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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