Gleeson Library installed a new LCD in the library a few weeks back and a number of questions have come up about how we got it (thanks Dean Cannon!), how it works and how we decide what content is displayed.
Dean Cannon charged the Gleeson Public Services Council with the project in 2007. After much deliberation and consideration of the possible impacts to service, locations, atmosphere (a TV in the library? sacrilege!!), possible content, costs etc. etc., the council chose a location near the main entrance to the library in the Geschke Learning Resource Center.
Once we had a location and ideas for content, we selected a 46” Sony Bravia. If you are considering an LCD for your department/library, there are many good sources for info on hardware out there – a good place to start with product reviews is CNET and they have tips on the LCD vs. Plasma issues we found very helpful. The Sony Bravia was also recommended by folks in the USF Classroom Technology department.
We also pulled coax (USF cable TV signal) to the LCD and we have shown a very limited amount of broadcast content (e.g. 2008 Presidential candidate debates with the audio off and closed-captioning on). We are considering broadcasting graduation ceremonies for folks who can’t get a seat in Saint Ignatius Church.
Content is focused on library events and programming and has been selected informally by the council with input from Dean Cannon and the Library Leadership Team. Examples include a summary of the library instruction courses being taught for a given week, updates on exhibitions in the Thacher Gallery and other library events/updates. All of the content was created by Randy Souther in Gleeson’s Reference and Research Services department.
Randy, you rock!
At the moment, Public Services Council does not have a formal process to chose content – but we will. If you are on campus and would like something added, you can start with an email the any of the librarians currently serving on the Public Services Council.
Shawn P. Calhoun – Access Services
John Hawk – Rare Book Room
Karen Johnson – Systems and Reference & Research Services
Locke Morrisey – Reference and Research Services
Vicki Rosen – Distance Learning and Reference
Thanks for all the feedback so far and please keep the ideas and comments coming!