September 10, 2001
fourth floor, the media is the message
In elementary schools around the country, the library is often referred
to as the media center. This fall, the folks at Woodruff Library
are taking that term seriously.
After being officially dedicated on Aug. 23, the Marian K. Heilbrun Music
and Media Library is now open and ready to provide Emory faculty and students
with a dizzying array of programming through a truly daunting variety
of media. Housed on the just-completed fourth floor of Woodruff, the $2.4
million media library boasts state-of-the-art technology to accompany
its ever-growing collection of material.
The media library, spread out over 17,000 square feet and lined with
more than two miles of shelving, encompasses a new 18-seat Emory College
Langu-age Center (ECLC) laboratory, an 18-seat ECLC classroom, two faculty
study rooms, two group study rooms, the control room for Emory Television
and a digitizing suite, as well as staff offices and student carrels and
workstations. The facility will provide a permanent home for the media
library, which had been housed temporarily in Candler Library since 1997.
We were totally out of space in Candler Library, said Joyce
Clinkscales, music and media librarian. These facilities were designed
specifically for media library services and media library collections.
The compact, moveable shelving system, designed with oversized shelves,
were built with room for 10 years of collection growth, Clinkscales said,
adding that she doesnt have to send any materials to the librarys
outside storage space, making life much easier for the faculty person
who assigns the random or little-used concerto for required listening.
This brings everything related to music and media togetherprints,
scores, the audio and visual materials, said Joan Gotwals, vice
provost and director of University Libraries. I also think of it
as another wonderful way to link the library and the Information Tech-nology
Divisionthe digitizing suite is to be shared between the Music and
Media Library and the [ECLC], and thats a good focal point for collaboration.
The language lab marries the capabilities of two previous labs, one located
in Candler Library and the other on the third floor of Woodruff. Now language
students can go to one location to find online language materials available
on both Macintosh and PC platforms. Many of the materials are accessible
from any remote location, such as a students residence hall room,
but the lab features special language software and even computer games
to assist in learning.
Weve got software that writes right-to-left for students
learning Arabic, and another that suggests Chinese characters from words
typed in phonetically, said Jose Rodriguez, ECLC technology coordinator.
Rodriguez said the first class he turned loose recently in the language
classroom used every one of its capabilities, including 10 wireless laptops
connected to the Emory network, electrical and Ethernet connections at
the base of the couch-type seating that lines the rooms perimeter,
and the large-screen display. Everything worked perfectly,
Regular tours of Woodruff Library, of course, now visit the fourth floor,
but both Clinkscales and Rodriguez said they have given orientation sessions
for faculty groups by appointment.
To learn more about the language labs, contact Rodriguez at 404-727-9351.
To learn more about the Music and Media Library, contact Clinkscales at