Students are more likely to check out a laptop than a book from SUNY Canton’s Southworth Library.
During most of the year, the library loans out its laptop computers nearly 500 times a week, according to Molly A. Mott, Dean of Academic Services and Retention, who supervises the library and it’s evolution.
“The expansion of digital communication methods has spurred growth and innovation in the way our library operates,” Mott said. “The library has grown into an interactive learning environment with more opportunities for research and student engagement than ever before. It’s not just a location to store printed materials, but a place to create and share ideas.”
SUNY Canton will be holding an open house to highlight some of the most recent upgrades beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 16, in Southworth Library. The event is free and open to the public.
Recently, the library integrated the college’s learning support centers, including the math, writing, and technology tutoring labs, and a dedicated “Silent Zone” area for students. Southworth is also home to a new “Connection Room” which was designed as an innovative teaching and learning space for students and faculty. “Graphic and Multimedia Design students will be using this new space to videotape living histories of our emeriti faculty and distinguished guests,” Mott said.
The circulation desk also holds reserve copies of textbooks for many courses and on-demand video technology rooms give students the convenience to view class-required videos. The library is also home to the Information Services Help Desk, which provides computer support. The Writing Center and Math Lab are also housed at Southworth.
“Many of our most recent upgrades stemmed from student suggestions,” noted Library Chairperson Andrew R. Urbanek. “We have more laptops to lend at the circulation desk and we’ve extended our hours to become more flexible and convenient. If a student needs help after hours, they can use our ‘24/7’ on-line library support.”
Approximately two years ago, the College began the physical renovations of the library building. Upgrades are part of the overall master plan to enhance the entire campus in line with the growth and expansion in enrollment and degrees offered. The library has been totally repainted using a dynamic color palette and new vibrant furniture and carpeting adorns the public spaces.
The open house will begin with an address by SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy, and will feature the College’s Gospel Choir and Sassy Steppers. Student artwork is also on display throughout the library. There will be drawings for Amazon Kindles at the event.
Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.