Those entering the newly renovated Candler Library may not be
aware of the new technologies that propel the 75-year-old classic
Emory structure into the 21st century.
careful renovation and design, modern bells and whistles such as
new computer kiosks and high-end presentation equipment were discreetly
integrated into the common areas and classrooms of the building.
The newly renovated classrooms, supported by the Information Technology
Division (ITD), reopened in August.
initiative was a team project with contributors from Emory College,
ITD and Facilities Management (FM), together with outside contractors
and vendors. The new design creatively adapts and recycles what
had become an obsolete facility, giving it new life. Another important
aspect of the renovation was the implementation of LEED (Leadership
in Energy and Environmental Design) principles throughout the design
and construction of both the renovation and the building's new
and Emory College overhauled 15 classrooms and conference rooms,
filling Candler Library with some of the most flexible, well-engineered
and technology-rich spaces on campus.
(AV) upgrades include shared smart classrooms (scheduled by the
registrar's office) for use by faculty and students campuswide.
Department-specific seminar rooms were outfitted for African American
studies, classics, the Center for Teaching and Curriculum, Jewish
studies and women's studies. These rooms are equipped with dedicated
computers, document cameras and DVD and VHS players. They offer
Emory cable television and data network access, laptop display
capabilities, and Crestron control user interface systems. Each
room's AV lectern is equipped with an innovative electronic locking
system, designed to increase equipment security while allowing
easy access for campus users.
meeting rooms for college administration and the Graduate School
of Arts & Sciences also have been brought into the state-of-the-art.
Technology in both areas was designed with user-friendly, lighted
touch-panel controls to display computer and laptop presentations
or video from a VHS or DVD player. Each room features a document
camera for display of black-and-white or color documents, drawings
or three-dimensional objects.
presentation equipment in Candler classrooms is supported by Classroom
Technologies, which is located in the Computing Center at Cox Hall
and is part of ITD's Academic Technologies Group directed by Alan
Cattier. In preparation for the more than 100 classes scheduled
in Candler this semester, Classroom Technologies expanded its training
initiatives, offering in-class sessions for faculty and support
staff. Initial feedback indicates that both faculty and students
are comfortable with the new technologies and pleased with the
cameras that display crisp digital images now stand where AV carts
and chalk-dusted overhead projectors once were," said Steve Witte,
customer service lead for Classroom Technologies. "It's an exciting
time for the University and for faculty who are integrating technologies
into their teaching."
computing power of the new classrooms allows for easy data connections
via the Emory network, offering quick access to teaching tools
like Blackboard, the web and LearnLink, and the availability of
Emory cable TV adds another programming option. Candler's hallways
and lobbies are dotted with walk-up iMac computer kiosks; students
have discovered that the kiosks and their surrounding areas are
quiet, comfortable places to relax between classes and enjoy the
elegantly restored building.
technology resources and the people who support them play an important
role in building community as well as enhancing teaching and scholarship
in today's university," said Don Harris, vice provost for information
technology. "Having spaces like this is critical in allowing Emory
to achieve the 'academic destination' status described in the draft
version of the University's Vision Statement."
more information about the academic computing and classroom support
services of ITD, visit http://it.emory.edu/ .