Library multimedia center wins architectural award
1:34 p.m., Dec. 21, 2007--The Student Multimedia Design Center in UD's Morris Library, designed by the Clark Design Group, PC, received the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Delaware Honor Award, in the Delaware Business Award Educational Category. The award was given in recognition of architectural excellence and advancement of the client's business goals. The plaque will be hung in the center.
The Student Multimedia Design Center was opened Feb. 27, 2007. Located on the lower level of Morris Library, the state- of-the-art facility has six studios, two classrooms and more than 70 multimedia workstations with a broad range of multimedia software. The center was designed to be a flexible space with movable workstations, rolling chairs, Smartboards, white boards and privacy screens so that students can work in groups or individually.
Designed to meet current and future needs of the increasing number of classes which require multimedia presentations, the equipment and workstations are available for use by all UD students, faculty and staff to create and edit multimedia projects for courses and practice presentations. Video cameras, hard drives, light and sound kits and related equipment are available for loan by individuals or groups. The Student Multimedia Design Center is one of the largest academic facilities focusing on multimedia creation in the country.
A collaborative service of the UD Library and Information Technologies, the center was initiated by Provost Dan Rich. The planning and implementation process was led by Sandra Millard, assistant director for Library Public Services, and Leila Lyons, director of IT-User Services, with input from faculty and staff. Others in the planning group included librarians Shelly McCoy and Bryce Spencer; Carol Anderer, Jean Neff and Paul Hyde, all IT-User Services; and Carroll Schmitt, UD Facilities project manager.
“The new Student Multimedia Design Center will help meet the needs of students in every discipline to communicate effectively though multimedia,” Rich said. “This successful collaboration between the library and Instructional Technologies has created a unique facility that provides a flexible multimedia environment to meet diverse academic needs. I'm confident that UD students will benefit greatly from the distinctive learning opportunities supported by the new center.”
The Student Multimedia Design Center was made possible in part through funding from the Unidel Foundation and the Office of the Provost and also the state of Delaware.