MacPháidín Library Announces Opening of Brian J. Flynn '92 Discovery and Collaboration Space

September 4, 2014

Over the summer, the MacPháidín Library’s computer lab classroom, originally named for alumnus Brian Flynn ’92 for his support during the construction of the Library in the late 1990s, was renovated through grants received from the George I. Alden Trust and an anonymous donor. The new Brian J. Flynn '92 Discovery and Collaboration Space, dubbed “The Flynn DisCo" for short, serves as a highly interactive space that utilizes advanced technology and innovative learning space design to maximize student learning outcomes. An open house of the renovated space was held on Friday, September 5.

Designed to support today's technology, the space includes 30 HP ElitePad 1000 tablets, four 42-inch HDTVs, wireless access, two projectors and six desktop computers. The room has the flexibility to be used by librarians for teaching Information Fluency, by faculty as a collaboratory for single classes, and by students to study, collaborate on projects, and relax.

 “The ultimate goal of the Flynn DisCo is to enable Library staff and faculty to engage students in the learning process, whether it is through general information fluency sessions or discipline-specific instruction,” said Cheryl McGrath, director of the MacPháidín Library. “We have created a number of teaching templates to provide faculty with ideas about how the new space can be used for interactive learning,” she added.

In preparation of the classroom renovation, and to better understand how the project would impact students, faculty and staff, the College’s Faculty Learning Space Advisory Group surveyed student, faculty, and library users of the existing classroom space to better understand how the space was being used, and to determine what would be required to build an ideal technology space.

As part of the room's renovation, ADA and accessibility features, including an adjustable height mobile instructor's podium, a "pod" of tables with adjustable height legs for group study, a motorized adjustable height table in the stationary desktop area, and more, were added to the space.

To help students and faculty navigate the new technological features of the room, Library staff have organized training sessions in addition to the teaching template they created to help faculty find innovative ways to use the new space.

For a complete overview of the new Brian J. Flynn '92 Discovery and Collaboration Space, visit here