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Enhanced Libraries electronic classroom becomes much-sought-after space

November 6, 2013
The Fordham Lab

The Fordham Lab

In early September, without much fanfare, the Libraries advised its staff and campus partners that a space in the Douglass Library had been reconfigured to better serve instruction purposes. The response from academic faculty has been quite encouraging.

The Sharon Fordham Multimedia Lab, located on the ground floor of the library near the front staircase, previously served as both an electronic classroom for use by classes and a space where individual students could use cutting edge software on Macintosh computers for digital projects. Over the summer the space was enhanced to better support instruction in music and dance, with audio mixers and piano keyboard inputs added to each computer station. The lab can accommodate up to sixteen students, with a separate fully-equipped workstation for the instructor.

The Fordham Lab was added to the campus classroom scheduling system and made available for academic departments teaching multimedia classes. In the fall semester, five classes already made good use of the space:

  • Introduction to Music Technology
  • Dance Production
  • Dance Videoart Workshop
  • Jazz Composition & Arranging
  • Introduction to Music Technology

In the spring 2014 semester the space will be available for departments other than music and dance who can use the multimedia resources with their classes. When the lab is not being used by a class, it will be open for general use.

A separate area of the library, located at the back on the same level, has also been reconfigured for multimedia computer use. The new area, named the Fordham Commons, features 13 Macintosh computers and a staffed help desk nearby, with peripheral technology such as mixers, keyboards, and headphones available for check out and use with the computers.

The computers in both the Fordham Lab and the Fordham Commons also feature state-of-the-art video editing software that can be used by classes or individual students interested in video production.

To schedule class use of the Fordham Lab electronic classroom through the course scheduling system, contact Kevin Viscariello at kevinv@rci.rutgers.edu. For more information on the classroom's capabilities, or to reserve the room for individual use, contact Music and Performing Arts Librarian Jonathan Sauceda at jonathan.sauceda@rutgers.edu or 848-932-9023 or Library Supervisor Andy Martinez at maran@rulmail.rutgers.edu or 848-932-5006.

The computer workstations in the Fordham Commons are available for use by individuals on a first come, first served basis.