Wednesday, November 12, 2014

CSI Lab Grand Opening: November 20, 2014

Please join us for a short ceremony to celebrate the official opening of the Collaborative Student Innovation (CSI) Lab on the second floor of the library on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 10:30 AM.

The CSI Lab was implemented for collaborative student
study and project development in early fall 2014.
As part of our commitment to develop information literate students of the 21st century, the Darling Library has partnered with the Treasures N Beyond Board(1) to facilitate collaborative and innovative study activities with the support of several departments on campus.

Standard Four of the Information Literacy Competency Standards of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) asserts that, "the information literate student, individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose."

Among the indicators that a student has achieved competency in this area are their ability to apply "new and prior information to the planning and creation of a particular product or performance... and [to communicate] the product or performance effectively to others."

The only room with walls that go to the ceiling,
the CSI lab provides a much needed group
study space for students in the library.
Key outcomes include choosing "a communication medium and format that best supports the purposes of the product or performance and the intended audience" and using "a range of information technology applications in creating the product or performance."

We intend for the CSI Lab to provide a place for students to explore the use of communication media and information technologies that are not otherwise available to them. Groups of two or more HIU students may check out a key to the Lab for up to four hours at a time. A variety of cables and adapters are available as well to enable them to connect, collaborate, plan, and create.

The event will start at 10:30 AM immediately after chapel on Fall Preview Day. The library is closed from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM for chapel. The event will begin immediately upon reopening.

Please take a few minutes to see the Lab help us show our appreciation to the volunteers of the Treasures N Beyond board for their generosity in funding the project as well as the Information Systems, Conference Services, and Operations Departments for their expertise, installation, configuration, and set up that made it all possible!
Early innovators (circa 2012). Students make
their own collaboration space in the library,
demonstrating the need for a sound-proof room.
(1) Treasures N Beyond is a thrift store that was established by the Pacific Christian Women’s Association as a way of supporting the students of Hope International University. Profits made from the sale of donated items go to fund projects that directly benefit Hope students. The store is located at 400 E. Commonwealth Ave in Fullerton and staffed with volunteers. For more information call (714) 447-3016.

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