FVSU library upgrades technology offerings

July 22, 2013 –When Fort Valley State University students walk through Henry A. Hunt Memorial Library’s doors this fall, they might be in for a pleasant surprise. The library is refreshing its technology offerings for the campus community. Patrons visiting the library for a group study sessions, to research class assignments or to grab a fresh, hot espresso, can also receive a quick energy boost for their electronic devices at several charging stations in the library, watch hundreds of free educational videos or explore the facility via an interactive kiosk. The new upgrades will be available by the first day of class on August 12.
“[The] Hunt Memorial Library is more than just a physical structure on campus,” said Frank Mahitab, FVSU’s interim library director. “We are into electronic access, digital learning and being mobile-ready. As a library, we strive to keep information relevant, engaging and creating an atmosphere for students to gather and enjoy their experience.”
According to Mahitab, the upgrades were originally planned for the 2012-2013 school year, but postponed due to budget cuts. Additional funding became available during the new 2013 fiscal year, and the project resumed.
The interim library director believes that once the changes are complete, they will help attract more patrons to the facility.
Mahitab said that the facility is adding four KwikBoost stations that will charge mobile devices (including iPads, iPods, cell phones and tablets) faster than traditional electric outlets. The stations will be available on each floor, including the building’s computer lab.
The university is also installing one stand-alone Podium HD 42” LED Touch Display Kiosk.
“The kiosk will have interactive floor maps of the library and campus information to help students to get a better feel of the place that they’re in,” said Mahitab.
Additionally, the library subscribes to the DigitalCommons database, which is a institutional repository platform licensed by Berkeley Electronic Press. DC is an open-access repository that showcases resources such as image galleries, display videos, audio, scholarly research and interactive maps.
Students can subscribe to Films On Demand, available through GALILEO, a virtual library developed by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. The platform provides more than 14,000 quality, curriculum-based programs and clips in a variety of topics from more than 800 top producers. Mahitab says that students can watch video clips from any computer throughout campus.
There will also be more convenient locations for students to return books. Students can now drive up or walk to book returns near the Academic Classroom and Laboratory Building and Wildcat Commons.
For more information about the library’s offerings, contact the circulation desk at (478) 825-6753, visit library.fvsu.edu, or send a text message to (478) 569-6994.
The library also is accessible on Facebook (fvsu.library) and Twitter (@askfvsulibrary or@fvsulibrary)
Christina D. Milton,writer
Fort Valley State University
Office of Marketing and Communications
(478) 822-7589, miltonc@fvsu.edu