The big thing at my place of work that has been occupying much of my time is the recent opening of our library’s Research Commons.
The concept is based on some international libraries such as Duke University, Washington State University, North Carolina State University, University of California Los Angeles, and StellenBosch University
Ultimately the space allows for interaction between researchers and graduate degree students as well as supporting services within the purpose built space. With the creative studio and Vis Lab development of research and interaction using data visualization. On campus there are currently two VisLabs This new one being in the central library space and having current state of the art technology will hopefully allow for more collaborative research opportunities and industry engagement. With the available breakout space and rooms it is also hoped to utilize the research commons for seminars and conferences as the Lab has video conferencing facilities.
During these early days we are working out process and procedure and coming to terms with the possibilities for use of the space. There has also been the ability to familiarize ourselves with the Visualisation Wall and work out how to use the basics to train others. The creative studio is not completed and over the first few weeks of opening there have been various technical and building issues to iron out and fix. All being well we are aiming for a soft launch in July, tours during open day in August and a more formal launch later in the year.