Beyond the Library
The modern academic library doesn’t just exist inside one building—it’s in a smartphone, a residence hall, or even a Starbucks thanks to Wi-Fi internet connections. Moving outside the library’s physical structure allows librarians to meet users at the point of need and to fully become a part of student learning and research.
For a decade, GW’s education and instruction librarians have taught sessions on information literacy and research skills for academic programs across all of GW’s schools and colleges. When the university began to expand its academic offerings and classroom spaces on GW’s Mount Vernon Campus (MVC), it became clear that library instruction needed expanded space as well.
A space in the newly renovated Ames Hall—a central hub for activity on the MVC—became available, and through a partnership with GW’s Academic Technologies, the dream of a dedicated, active-learning classroom became a reality on GW’s Mount Vernon Campus.
Whether for graduate students in sciences or freshmen in the arts, a broad range of library instruction has already enriched students in the Ames library classroom. Professor Mary Buckley’s students from the Women’s Leadership Program have greatly benefited from classes in the space.
“Each cohort meets in that space with a librarian at the beginning of their first semester,” says Professor Buckley. The flexibility and technological capacity of the classroom design supports great interactive work.”