The first floor computer lab in Portland State University Library has undergone a significant renovation over the past several months. The Learning Ground, the new name for this updated space, occupies the north corner of the Library building and traditionally has been the most popular computer lab on campus. The Library and Office of Information Technologies jointly proposed renovating this space to the Associated Students of PSU, who were looking for projects to fund from student fees.
With funding from ASPSU, OIT, and the Library, the new lab space opened during the fall term. The lab area features additional desktop PCs and Macs as well as several quick-print workstations and a dedicated counter area for laptop users.
In January, we opened the Sandbox, an expansion into the area formerly occupied by the New Books browsing area and adjacent to the computer lab. The Sandbox is an experimental, collaborative space with a range of technologies aimed at fostering student collaboration, including wall-embedded LCD displays, touch-screen computers, floor-to-ceiling writeable wall surfaces and whiteboards, and a variety of seating and workspaces.
The Sandbox is designed to evolve; the technology and space will change with students’ use and needs, and we are glad to have this new space to meet the needs of Portland State University students.