Students asked, and we listened: Technology upgrades in the Library

The Briscoe Library building was completed in 1983 when laptops, cell phones, iPods, iPads, and other mobile computing devices were just a gleam in someone’s imagination.  Today, most students and others who enter the library building have a need for electrical power to keep their mobile devices charged up and ready to go.  Students have often requested more electrical outlets in the Briscoe Library building for laptop use.

In 2009 and 2010, the Briscoe Library was upgraded with additional electrical outlets on the main floor Information Commons.  This still left the library lacking in electricity to most study tables on the upper floors.  As an interim measure, in August electrical power strips were added to a number of study tables on the 4th and 5th floors of the library.  In addition, D-rings were added to some study tables so students can easily attach laptop security cables.

Robert Zuniga, Library Technology Assistant, worked diligently to come up with a solution for laptop security and electrical improvements as well as completing the installation.  In addition to these improvements, badly worn study tables with peeling finishes have been laminated in order to restore a smooth finish and better appearance.

Rajia Tobia
Executive Director of Libraries

Robert Zuniga installs security anchors to library tables