New media lab brings robust technology to the library
The new International Media Room boasts a high-tech, high-touch environment.
In the early fall, Kimbel Library began to transform the computer lab on the second floor into the high-powered International Media Room. The transformation included the addition of twelve flat panel monitors; two high-definition webcams; two high-sensitivity microphones, and a control center complete with a touch screen panel.
The lab was enhanced to provide faculty and students a place to connect with individuals or other groups from a distance, which is made possible with Adobe Connect. This software allows multiple users to interact using text, images, video, and voice. Users may also share data on their computer screens with all members of the session.
Window at entrance to new media room.
Flat panel monitors were installed to facilitate video conferencing.
Students work on computers in the nearly complete International Media Room.
In addition to the technology boost, the international media room also received some cosmetic improvements such as new carpeting and fresh paint. To make space for the new technology, several lab computers were relocated to the first floor of Kimbel Library where they can be used for both individual and group study.
Many Coastal Carolina University faculty members have already expressed interest in using the international media room with their students. Dr. Cheryl Ward of the Center for Archaeology and Anthropology intends to use the room to teach students on campus from her archaeological digs in Egypt. Dr. Darla Domke-Damonte of the Wall College of Business plans to use the room with her Cross-Cultural Management class this spring. She and her students will experience cross-cultural communication first-hand while communicating with professors and students from around the globe in real time.
To operate the room, faculty must attend training provided by the TEAL Center. Reservations for the room may also be made through TEAL. The room can be reserved on an hourly basis or as a permanent location for a semester-long class. Kimbel Library is excited about the educational opportunities the international media room will provide, and hopes that everyone will take the time to experience this new resource for learning beyond the Coastal Carolina Campus.