A Message from the Dean, and University Librarian
Welcome new and returning students for the start of the 2019-2020 academic year! It is an exciting time of year, when we can share new initiatives and directions.
In October, we launched a new exhibit in Special Collections and Archives titled—Full Circle: The Life and Legacies of Katie Lee. Cline Library is pleased to serve as the home to the Katie Lee Collection, featuring prominently in the new exhibit. Katie was a vivacious, dynamic, and complex individual who lived as a folk singer and songwriter, an actress, author, advocate, river-runner, explorer, and traveler. The exhibit celebrates her life and legacies.
In February 2019, the library enthusiastically launched two new programs. First, the Virtual Reality Learning Studio was developed and implemented with the assistance of Giovanni Castillo, Director of the Immersive Virtual Reality Lab in the School of Communication. It is a program that offers students a place to learn and explore in immersive environments using the latest virtual reality technologies, such as Oculus Rift. Three individual consoles may be scheduled by students, faculty, or staff at NAU or CCC.
Another notable addition is the One Button Studio. As more students are creating multi-media projects for course assignments, it made sense to design a space that helped simplify the video recording process. It affords the novice as well as experienced user the opportunity to quickly and easily record a professional quality interview, presentation, or performance with the click of a button.
The future remains bright for Cline Library. We have finalized our strategic plan and are now embarking on a master planning process for the building. Offering a robust and positive user experience remains a significant focus for everyone at Cline Library. We just returned to 24/5 hours for the academic semesters. The expanded access to library services affords students, online, internationally, and on campus the opportunity to choose the best time to study in the library and access library services, whether it is early in the morning or late into the evening. Staff are available to help with research assistance, multi-media equipment, and study spaces. We invite you to stay up with us or catch the sunrise!
Building and Spaces Accordion Open
Cline Library is the largest computing space on campus for students and faculty. Users have access to height adjustable workstations, a wireless network, color and black/white printing and scanning throughout the building. The Studios offer users access to multi-media production studios, virtual reality technology, and audio/video recording equipment in an iMac and Dell Precision computing environment. A variety of computing options are available to NAU and CCC users, including PC and MAC desktop computers, and PC, MAC, and Chromebook laptops. We are committed to providing technology that helps make computing and content accessible to everyone.
Library spaces include: individual and group study rooms, graduate and faculty carrels, quiet study and computing spaces, and a silent study area on the 3rd floor of the building. Of note, the MakerLab offers the NAU, CCC, and members of the local community access to 20 3D printers, electronic prototyping equipment, design resources, and more. Learning spaces include a 400-seat Assembly Hall for classes and events as well as the Learning Studio, a highly configurable 70-seat advanced technology classroom designed to support innovative teaching and learning methods.
Special Collections and Archives offers access to millions of photographs, manuscripts, moving images, maps, and oral histories documenting the rich human and natural history of the Colorado Plateau as well as the institutional history of Northern Arizona University.
Scholars’ Corner Café serves Starbucks coffee, beverages, and light snacks during the academic year. Users can also find snacks and cold beverages in vending machines throughout the library. Select furnishings feature wood and granite salvaged during recent library projects for reuse. Energy-saving features include a plumbing system with low-flow faucets and toilets to reduce water use, an optimized heating and cooling system, and an energy-reducing lighting system.
Art Accordion Closed
Upon entering the library, users will see a Limestone and bronze sculpture in front of the library, “1996: The Year of Science” created by Budapest artist Peter Parkanyi Raab during his appointment as an NAU visiting artist. Above the Jean Collins Reading Room, Stained glass windows were a gift to the library and the university from Jean Collins, Emeritus Dean and University Librarian, upon her retirement. Local artist Vickie Belman created the windows from a joint design with Dean Collins. A showcase piece titled Monument Symphony, a giclee’ print of an original painting by Shonto Begay, 2011 is located on the 2nd floor of the library near our Writing Commons.