Collaborative Workstation now available in Blissell Library

November 06, 2012

Penn State New Kensington’s Blissell Library recently unveiled a two-monitor computer system that is designed for group projects and meetings.

The Collaborative Workstation allows multiple participants to work on a document or project by viewing large computer screens. The area is equipped with a conference table and six chairs. Up to six laptops or iPads can connect into the hub in the center of the table. The monitors can display two of the laptop screens simultaneously, so the group can work as a team.

“It is starting to catch on with the students as student groups began using it last week,” said Jennifer Gilley, head librarian. “We have also had faculty and staff use it for meetings that involved technology.”

There is no formal reservation system set-up, but requests can be made at the library’s front desk. Laptops can be signed out for use at the site. The collaborative station is free to students, faculty, staff and the general public.

Blissell Library is a government depository library, which means that it serves to make selected government documents accessible to the citizens of Westmoreland County. It is only the second library in the county to serve in this capacity and the only Penn State campus library other than University Park to be so designated.
Because of the University's status as a state-related institution and its strong public service commitment, the resources of Blissell Library, including all online databases, are available for public use. To take advantage of the library's resources, come in and fill out a form to receive a Penn State library card.

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  • Up to six students can work together on a project at the Collaboration Workstation.

    IMAGE: Bill Woodard

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Last Updated November 06, 2012