By Hannah Mason, Assistant Editor
On Monday, Dec. 1, the Elbin Library will be hosting a Library Open House event called “Merry Tech-Mas,” from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to enjoy cake, punch, and the chance to win door prizes, in celebration of the Elbin Library’s new technological advances this semester.
Library Director Cheryl Harshman and Digital Services Librarian Lu Ann Johnson are excited to showcase and celebrate the library’s latest improvements. “We see this as our gift to the campus,” Harshman said.
The library updates were paid for by a donation from Dr. Elbin, the library’s namesake and former president of West Liberty.
The updates include new, visible additions to the library such as the four new egg chairs and two creation stations, as well as dramatic (though invisible) improvements to the overall wiring and network of the library. “You see the egg chairs and creation stations,” Johnson said, “but the bulk of the project went into building upgrades.”
The egg chairs feature virtually soundproof, acoustic foam, and four new iPad Airs, and the creation stations come complete with 47-inch flat screen televisions, Apple TV connections, laptop cable connections, and tabletops coated in white board material so that students can write on their surfaces. “The creation stations,” Johnson said, “are designed for small group work,” to accommodate the rising trend in group projects in college classes.
But most of the funding went into wiring updates, which the library staff are particularly proud of. “We know that the internet is not going away,” Johnson said. “It’s only getting bigger. We felt that this was a good time to upgrade.”