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Inside JCCC – LIB (Library Building)


Welcome to “Inside JCCC.” My name is Joe Sopcich and I’m the president
here at Johnson County Community College. “Inside JCCC” provides you with a behind-the-scenes
look into what goes on in one of our over 20 buildings that we have on 234 acres here
on our campus. But what’s really important is what goes on
behind those walls. Our faculty and staff put on the best programs
possible that will ensure success for our students and help them in the classroom and
beyond. So sit back and enjoy and welcome to “Inside
JCCC.” Welcome to Johnson County Community College. This time we’ll take a tour of the Billington
Library at the heart of JCCC. The Billington Library is one of the original
buildings on JCCC campus, dating from when the college first opened its doors on this
site in 1972. Originally called the Educational Media Center,
it was renamed the Billington Library in 2000 in recognition of one of the college’s founders,
Dr. Will Billington, the chairman of the college’s first board of trustees. Through the Billington Library, patrons have
access to thousands of books, journalism, videos, music recordings, and art and architecture
images. In addition to the college archives, the library
has computer work stations and wireless access, as well as the space for students to study
alone or in groups. Hello. My name is Mark Daganaar. I’m Director of Library Services at Billington
Library. Dr. Will Billington worked for the Federal
Reserve Bank of Kansas City for 35 years, retiring as executive vice president. In the 1960s, Dr. Billington was asked by
the county commissioners to chair a committee that would study the feasibility of creating
a community college in Johnson County. The group published a written report unanimously
recommending the creation of such a college here. Dr. Billington was elected to the college’s
first board of trustees in 1967. Receiving the largest plurality of votes among
more than 30 candidates serving from 1967 until 1975. As chairman of the board, Dr. Billington and
his fellow trustees produced the college’s blue book, a working philosophy that helped
guide the selection of administrators and the development of the college’s curriculum
for the following decades. In January 2000, the JCCC library was named
for Dr. Billington in recognition of his years of support of the college. Through the library’s OneSearch discovery
of online, digital and print resources, patrons have access to more than 130,000 books and
as many electronic books, 50,000 journals, 15,000 videos, 45,000 music recordings, and
over 1.5 million art and architecture images. During the regular semester, the library’s
hours are 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7:30 to 5:00 p.m. on Friday; Saturday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 6:00 p.m. My name is Jessica Tipton and I’m an associate
professor and reference librarian at Johnson County Community College. The library provides a wealth of resources
to support students, faculty, staff, and the community at-large. We have everything from books to DVDs to computers
to study rooms. We really try to have something for everyone. The first floor of the library is our active
floor. It’s where students come to get help with
their research projects from librarians. We have our circulation desk on the first
floor, and that’s where students can check out materials such as books, DVDs. They can check out a laptop to use throughout
the building as well. Students can also get their student IDs made,
and all of our materials that might be on reserve for a class will be at that desk as
well. One thing I always make sure to tell people
is that you don’t have to be in the library to use the library. Many of our resources are available online
24/7, anywhere with an Internet connection. We actually have more online resources than
print and physical resources at this point in the library. That’s the way research is going. If someone is looking for a book, we actually
have more e-books than physical books at this point, so usually we just send them to Summon,
which is our search box on the main screen of the library. We kind of call it Google for library because
it searches through almost everything we own from one search box. One other service that people may not know
about is that we have something called interlibrary loan, so if there’s something that you want
that we don’t have, we can find a way to get it for you. We borrow books, DVDs, articles for journals
from all across the United States and Canada. We just fill out a request form on our website
and our staff will be able to get it for you. The library has some things that people may
not know about. One example is, one of my jobs is that I’m
in charge of the McNaughton Collections at the library. These are our “New York Times” bestsellers,
our DVDs and our audio books. So some of the things you would find at a
public library you can actually get here as well. Something else people might not know about
the library is that we’re open to the public. Community users can come in, if you’re a resident
of Johnson County you can actually get a card at our library and check out materials. And we do get quite a few people come in here
evenings and weekends from the community, both people just wanting to have access to
an academic library, as well as high school students. The library provides many services to faculty. We buy materials to support faculty’s courses
that they’re teaching. We teach library instruction sessions, and
that helps students get started with their library research for specific papers and projects
that they have in their courses. We also provide copyright services for faculty,
so if faculty have any questions about copyright and fair use, we’re happy to help them with
that. The second floor of the library is where most
of our collection is. The second floor has thousands of books that
students can use. It’s also our quiet floor, so if someone needs
to get away from it all and really have a quiet place to study, the second floor is
the place to go. The library offers many resources for students. Students can access help from librarians both
in person and online. They don’t have to be in the library to use
the library. Some other services that we have for students
in the library is access to technology. So we have Wi-Fi throughout the building,
of course, and we have almost a hundred computers that students can use throughout the building,
access to printers, copiers. It’s really a one-stop-shop to, you know,
do your project from start to finish. My name is Molly Khan. I’m the college archivist at Johnson County
Community College. The purpose of the Johnson County Community
College archives is to preserve records of enduring value. So we have anything ranging from board of
trustees meeting minutes to campus photographs taken since the beginning of campus, to items
relating to campus activities and posters and different departmental records, as well
as records of people who have contributed to the history of the campus throughout the
years. We preserve the records for enduring value,
as well as access for when people want to conduct research or find out the history of
their department or other buildings around campus and programs that we have here. Some of the more interesting items we have
here are original ink drawings from the early graphics department with advertising and covers
of class schedules and other publications throughout campus, as well as an original
land grant. Some of the future plans for the archives
are to digitize more of the collections and make them public, as well as expand the collections
we do have and reach out to other departments around campus. At the archives, we have both original physical
items, as well as digital records that are created currently on campus and digitized
items, so we have digital copies of photographs and other heavily used items, as well as the
original format that it was created in. We have records here ranging from the creation
of the college in 1969. The original campus was in Merriam, Kansas,
at an elementary school. And then the current campus was built here
and opened in 1971 and 1972, so we have records from both the original campus, as well as
the current location. My name is Ed Lovitt. I’m the Director for Distance Learning here
at Johnson County Community College. There’s a couple of different ways that students
can find out what courses we offer online. One is to go to the main Johnson County web
page and look for the course offerings and the course schedule, and they can actually
do a filter looking for different delivery options, one of them is online, or hybrid. Another way is for them to go to our distance
learning page, and we try to put each semester’s online courses available so they can see what’s
— what’s out there for them. The online courses here at Johnson County,
the majority of them will use our learning management system, which is Desire2Learn,
or D2L, and what a student will do is log in and they’ll typically check to see what
assignments might be due for that week. That could be something as simple as reading
a chapter in a book and maybe responding on a discussion thread. It could also maybe include writing a paper
and uploading it into our dropbox tool. In other classes, it may also include quizzes
that can be taken at any time during the class. You can also put in there grades, so the student
might be, you know, trying to keep track of how they’re doing in the class. We actually encourage all of our faculty to
keep their grades in D2L so that students are always knowing how they’re performing
and how they’re doing in their coursework. So there’s a variety of tools that instructors
have at their disposal to use, but a lot of times we feel online courses are just as engaging
as what you’d find in a face-to-face class. You know, the question about do I have the
ability to talk to other students in my course, there’s always the opportunity to reach out
to other students and to either send them an e-mail or many times in courses there might
be a discussion thread that might, you know, ask your opinion on something, and it’s the
opportunity — or actually a better opportunity than a face-to-face because you can take your
time and compose your messages. I always tell students, everyone’s in the
front row in an online course because we all have equal time to, you know, contribute to
the course conversations that are going on. You know, the question about do I have to
come on campus to complete exams or quizzes, it really depends upon the course. Some courses that we have require a proctored
final, and we do have a Testing Center here at Johnson County Community College that you
can make arrangements to come on and take those quizzes. If you’re out of state, our instructors can
work with you to find a proctored environment, but not all courses require that. Many of them may basically give you deadlines
and due dates, and all the quizzes can be completed online. Is an online course right for me? It’s different for each individual. What I can tell you is that in most cases
it does take more time and it also is going to take a lot of skills in time management. You’re not going to have a specific course
to go to, a specific time. You’re going to have to carve time out of
your day, out of your week and figure out, you know, if you can make that commitment. You’re also going to need to be self-motivated. You’re also going to need to make sure that
you can get things done, you know, and not have to have somebody in front of you all
the time. So it is a good way to, you know, have a job,
have a family and continue your education. You know, I’ve worked here for 27 years, and
I still just enjoy coming to work every day. I think it’s working with students, that’s
one of the most pleasing things to my job. You know, I’ve taught classes here, but, you
know, helping students, whether it’s in the hallways to get to where they may need to
be or a conversation I may have with them on the phone, you know, to find out whether
Johnson County has a class or something available for them, I think working with students is
one of the greatest things that keeps me coming back every day. Hi. I’m Vincent Miller. I’m the Director of the Educational Technology
Center and Video Services at Johnson County Community College. Our faculty are very innovative, and they
come to the Ed Tech Center for assistance with a lot of different technology projects. Some of those include the learning management
system that we use on campus. We use that for online instruction, and we
also use that for a lot of our face-to-face classes. Our faculty like to put their syllabi out
there, they like to use it for uploading handouts and for putting grades in the online learning
management system. That’s really nice for the students because
the students can then go out and if they need to get a copy of what was done in class, they
can go out and get that from the learning management system, or they can look at their
grades. Our faculty also are doing a lot of really
interesting things in areas like video. A lot of them are recording their classes
or their lectures, and so they do that and then they put that recording out in our system
so that the students can go out later and look at that recording, and that’s really
nice for the students to be able to go back and review that material. The great thing about working at JCCC is that
our faculty are working with a lot of really interesting technologies, and our students
certainly benefit from that. One example is that we are working right now
with some faculty on what are called MOOCs. MOOCs are massive open online courses, and
that is a new way of teaching a course that where you put a course online and it’s open
to anybody in the world, but our hope is that people in Johnson County will be able to benefit
from that. So working with MOOCs is something that a
prospective student could go out and see the kind of teaching that we do here at Johnson
County Community College, even before they decide to come to the college. Students also come to the Billington Library
to study language. Another resource available to students is
the writing center. My name is Christina Wolff. I’m the Language Resource Center supervisor
here at Johnson County Community College. I’m also the healthcare interpreting and legal
interpreting supervisor as well. We have a lot of classes that are offered
here at the college. We have classes in French, Spanish, German,
a lot of credit hours offered, and as well on the continuing education side. The classes are offered in morning, afternoon,
and evening, depending on which language you want to study. So if it’s a well-taught language, meaning
French, Spanish, German, there’s a lot of sections offered, but if it’s a lesser taught
language, there are fewer offerings for those courses. We have a variety of people that teach here
in our department. We have people who are native speakers. We have non-native speakers. We have heritage speakers. We have people of all walks of life, so we’re
really fortunate to have people that have different levels of specialization in each
of the languages that we teach here. I think the approach in our department is
that we have the communicative approach. We want to have the students learn the grammar,
have a good time, but also learn to speak the language. Many people can learn to read and write a
language on their own, but it takes the face-to-face class that really helps you to practice the
language and learn to speak it well. Those students that meet in the face-to-face
classes, for example, let’s say it’s a five-day-a-week class or a three-day-a-week class, go to class
and often the teachers have paired activities that take place, conversational activities,
so there’s a lot of group work, pairing work that takes place to help students ask each
other questions in the target language, in the language they’re studying, and then they
just try to maintain the level of fluency that they can have at whatever level they’re
at. But the goal is to get the students to keep
speaking in the language that they’re learning as much as possible in the classroom. Our classes fortunately are very small. We don’t have any classes that are over 25. We’re very fortunate to have that possibility
of having small classes. Some classes can be as small as 10 to 12 students,
and that really allows our students to learn well. That gives them more time for practice, more
time for speaking, and you know, as you know, fewer numbers means more conversation taking
place in our language classes. Our foreign language students, once they finish
a course, for example, in an elementary class, we hope that they’re able to have some survival
skills. That means they can have a basic conversation
with someone. So we’re hoping that maybe they can tell someone
that they want to order something in a restaurant, talk about the weather, talk about themselves,
talk about their family. Their skills progress as they keep taking
more and more levels in a foreign language, but that’s, for example, what an Elementary
Spanish I or Elementary French I student might be able to do at the end of a semester. Foreign language students come to the Language
Resource Center, and when I say foreign language, I need to also include the American Sign Language
program and the AEIP. Those students primarily use this lab to do
a lot of practice work, to observe videos. We have rooms that are curtained off, that
can be curtained off so students can use the areas for either a private classroom setting
or to videotape themselves for classes. They come here to do group work, and then
foreign language students, the traditional what we think of foreign language students
come here and use video programs, as well as software that’s installed on our computers. So there’s a variety of things that students
can do when they come to the Language Resource Center. So the students go to a separate area, it’s
different from the Language Resource Center, in order to get tutoring done. They go upstairs to GEB 316, and that’s where
all our language tutors are housed except for the American Sign Language tutor. She works here. But the other languages, French, Spanish,
Russian, German, Japanese, and Chinese work upstairs, and the students just come when
the tutors are working. There’s a drop-in service, and our hours are
listed on our main website and students just show up when the tutors are working for help,
and then they tell the tutor what they need help with, whether it be conversation, grammar,
or homework. In addition to being the Language Resource
Center supervisor, I run two interpreting programs, and they’re Spanish and English
programs. We have a healthcare interpreting program
that started several years ago, and our students learn to hopefully become qualified interpreters
to work in the medical field. So they could work in a clinic or a hospital
setting. They could also just completely change their
career and work as an interpreter in another field. Our legal interpreting program started recently,
and those students hope to work in the legal setting, such as a court, a courtroom, or
in a law office. The difference with the two programs is that
the legal interpreting students could sit for the Missouri state exam and then become
a qualified court interpreter after more training. What our programs do is help facilitate their
learning and make them better than if they were to take their two language skills in
Spanish and English and apply to be an interpreter. We teach them to be an interpreter, to understand
the code of ethics and a variety of other things, such as culture, and that really helps
them when they go out in the job market because they I think are better prepared than someone
who knows both languages and goes for a job interview. The demand for healthcare and legal interpreting
jobs is growing. We have almost all of our students that graduate
with the healthcare interpreting program find jobs right away. We have employers that contact our healthcare
interpreting instructor asking her to send students on for interviews. Another resource available to students is
the writing center. My name is Kathryn Byrne, and I’m an associate
professor here in the English Department and I’m director of the Writing Center. The Writing Center is a service that the college
provides to students, the general public, anybody who actually wants to come in and
get some help on their writing. We will help them at any stage of the writing
process, from development all the way to the end of their paper. When it needs to be edited, we’ll show them
how to edit their papers and what to do. We have multiple ways that they can do that. They can sit down with a tutor. They can access the grammar software. We have editing software for people who just
want to run their papers through and get a diagnostic. The Writing Center has 96 handouts that cover
a variety of writing concerns. Those are all free to anybody who wants to
come and pick one up in the Writing Center or you can access those also by our website. We have a grammar hotline where you can call
us and ask a quick question. We have an OWL where students are allowed
to submit their papers to us electronically. It takes about 48 hours turn-around time. We also have some binders in the back room
that span the disciplines the college offers, and it holds a syllabus, a writing prompt,
and what that teacher thinks is in a paper, so students can see what the workload in that
class may be. The Writing Center offers several different
classes. They start out at parts of speech, they work
over to the sentence level, and then they work over into paragraphs and then eventually
a student who wants to learn how to write in the genre other than MLA can come in and
learn how to do that. The Writing Center is staffed by teachers
and students. Students have to have taken Comp I class and
gotten a B or better in their class, and then they go through extensive training through
me. The Writing Center’s open Monday through Thursday
from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; from Fridays on 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; Saturdays we’re
open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and Sundays we’re open from noon until 4:00 p.m. In the summer we’re only open on Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesdays, Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Students who come to our center should
just walk in and say hi to the desk person. This person will ask them to scan in, we’ll
ask you if you’ve been here this semester already. If you have not, we’ll build a folder for
you, and if you have, we’ll get your folder and hand it to you and you can proceed into
the center to do whatever it is that you came for. It’s a drop-in service only, so you don’t
need to make an appointment. Just show up and tell us what you want to
do and we’ll be happy to help you. A writer who comes to see us is welcome to
stay as long as they’d like to stay. A tutoring session only lasts an hour, but
if they go and revise their paper and they want to sit with a tutor again, they’re more
than welcome to do that. Quick questions, they can ask as many as they
want throughout the day. A lot of our students and writers will come
in here and they will sit for four or five hours and draft a paper. So here you’re talking about English, right? The library also houses the college’s Graphic
Design Department and the Journalism and Media Communications Department. Hi, my name is Jim Lane. I am the Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social
Sciences, and interim chair for the Graphic Design Program. The Johnson County Community College Graphic
Design Program is a two-year career program designed to give you an Associate of Applied
Sciences in graphic design. We offer classes Monday through Friday from
8:00 in the morning until 10:00 at night. This is an interesting one, the classes are
six-hour-long, one-day-a-week classes. They are studio classes like you’d have in
an art school where a professor would sit down with the class at the beginning and lecture,
and then the students would go out in the studios and work on their work and then maybe
during the last hour, hour and a half of class there will be critique sessions also. So it’s a long haul and the classes go from
8:00 to 1:30, 1:30 to 7:00, 7:00 to 10:00. The faculty in the Graphic Design Program
are made up of five full-time faculty and nine adjunct faculty. They’re right from the industry. They’re all very good. They have very high standards so that we can
challenge our students to be the best they can be and crank out the best students for
the industry possible. The classes are taught studio style in one
of our three labs where we have a computer portion to the lab. We have a cut and paste or drawing portion
of the lab, and we have critique room for each one. The students will come in and have an hour,
hour and a half of lecture. They’ll have three to four hours of work in-studio,
they can work on their projects, and then there might be another lecture portion at
the end. The class size is maxed at 18. We have 18 computers, 18 drafting tables and
18 critique chairs in each one of the labs, and so at any one portion, any one class,
the max you’re ever gonna have is 18. We find that’s the best in a studio-based
environment not to have too many and it provides optimal one-on-one situations with the instructors. We are very fortunate that we have great resources. We have three labs that are working morning,
noon, and night. They are fully equipped with Macintosh computers,
the latest Adobe software and all the graphic design software that we need, and the facilities
are adequate enough to handle the crush of students that we have every semester. There’s about 50% of the students that get
out of high school and think that graphic design is the area they want to go into, and
so between 18 and 22, 23 years old there are probably about 60 to 75 students. There’s another 75 students that come here
that already have a college degree and are looking to retool their portfolio, their r�sum�s
to get a job in something else. And what’s interesting, then, is that means
in any class of 18, you might have 18-year-old up through a 45, 50-year-old and it adds a
lot of diversity to the class and a lot of varied experiences in life, which is good
for all of them. And you probably do that because the characters
are bigger… Our goal for them is to walk out of here with
a knock-out portfolio. It is for them to leave here with the communication
and collaboration skills they would need to go out immediately, feel comfortable interviewing
for a job and getting that job. There are dozens of jobs each year that become
available, and the turnover rate is kind of high as people move in different branches
of it and there’s always job openings. And so we keep it up-to-date through the adjuncts
that teach in the program who are also working in the field. We keep it up-to-date through the internships
that we cultivate through the professional organizations around town. We have service learning opportunities where
students will perform non-profit or student classroom projects for groups around the city,
and it just helps add to their portfolio when they walk away. The program connects through the industry,
through its alumni, and we have students, former students and alumni that are all over
the city working, and they are continuing to be advocates for us. It works through the internships, professional
internships that the students have as they graduate and move out of here, and a lot of
times they’ll get jobs from those internships. And it benefits from the service learning
opportunities that our students as part of our classroom project will fulfill to help
out non-profit organizations or student organizations right here on campus. I am Mark Raduziner. I am a professor and the chair of the Journalism
and Media Communications Department here on campus. We have a wide range of courses, about 20
different courses from print journalism to broadcasting, strategic communication courses,
public relations, advertising. We have photojournalism and we also offer
internships to our students as well. Our broadcasting courses are really great. We offer an introductory course for students
interested in learning about the history and development of the broadcasting industry. We also have courses in video production and
broadcast performance, and those classes are offered at the same time and those students
work collaboratively. The most important aspect of our program is
we give students the hands-on training they need to get that experiential learning. So students in our news reporting classes,
they can write articles for our student newspaper. The students in radio production can produce
content for our campus radio station. And the students in broadcast performance
and video production actually create news feature, sports programming for JCAV-TV productions,
all of them student-run operations on campus. Thank you guys for tuning in as always… JCAV is our student video programming and
television arm of student media, and the students produce newscasts and feature programming,
sports programming, and talk shows using the experience that they’ve learned in their news
reporting and broadcasting classes, and EVAC, ECAV radio is our student radio station. And so those are the call letters for the
television and the radio station. We have incredible resources for students
to get involved in the journalism and mass communication field. We offer students internships, and after a
student completes three credit hours, just one class in our department, they’re eligible
to intern in the promotions department of any number of radio stations here in the Kansas
City area. Got me a little bit more prepared. I got to learn… It gets a foot in the door and just really
gives them an opportunity of working with a professional mentor on-site. We also have three student media on campus,
so students can get involved in the campus radio station, the campus TV station, or the
student newspaper, and all of those student media activities really are sort of jumping-off
points from the classes that students can take here on campus, and they can gain more
of that experiential learning by being involved in student media. Aside from just learning in the classroom,
they also get to go out into the world of our campus and cover stories and produce content. The idea of the journalism program, too, and
of journalism as a field is that we are story tellers, and that’s what we really teach our
students is how they become story tellers, both visually through video work that they
do, photography work that they do, and also through writing about news and information
happening right here on our campus. How does it make you personally feel? Our program has a strong relationship particularly
with area Kansas City media and students have the opportunity to have internships at radio
stations or television stations, video production firms, newspapers, magazines, exposure really
all around Kansas City, which helps the students gain that experiential learning, but also
gets them to start networking with professionals in the field. And that’s really very exciting for us as
faculty in the department and it’s really exciting for students as well. My favorite part about teaching at Johnson
County and working in the journalism department is that no one day is the same. I think a lot of people probably feel that
way who teach here. The journalism and mass communication industry
is really changing and it’s changed certainly over the 30 years I’ve worked at the college,
so that keeps me on my toes and keeps me very excited about what the future possibilities
are for classes that we can offer and opportunities that we can offer our students. And finally, the college’s first learning
studio is in the library. The learning studio is a new classroom concept
that makes it easy for students to interact with their teachers and with each other. I’m Lin Knudson, Dean of the Academic Support
Division here at Johnson County Community College. I’d like to talk about an academic initiative
that we’ve undertaken here at the college called the learning studio, or active learning
spaces. The learning studio and the active learning
spaces is a new classroom concept to facilitate student learning and actually the instructor’s
facilitation of their learning. The learning studio is a different concept
than we’ve had here at the college in the past. And there’s really three major differences. One is the use of color in the room. The second is the furniture that we use in
the room. And the third difference is the technology
that we use in the room. There have been many studies on the effect
of color on learning among students, and they have found that color actually enhances learning
process. It stimulates the students’ enthusiasm and
engagement in the classroom. So these learning studios that you’ll see
have a different color palette than any of other classrooms on campus. They’re much brighter. We use several different colors in the room. The furniture is a lot brighter. The carpeting is a different color than our
normal classrooms. And so we’ve implemented this to test that
theory in our own classrooms about how color actually impacts student learning. One of our goals with the use of technology
in these spaces is to try to untether the faculty member from the technology, because
part of the design of this room is to get the instructor out among the students and
not standing up at the front of the room behind a podium. We’re trying to actually get away from the
whole idea that there is a front of the room. So the room is designed in modules of four
seats, and the faculty member then is free to actually wander out around the students
and be closer engaged with them rather than standing at the front of the room. In research parlance, that’s called the sage
on the stage versus the guide on the side. So what we’re trying to do here with these
active learning spaces is to implement more of the guide on the side philosophy with our
faculty. Each room is also equipped with a laptop cart. So every student in the class has access to
a Chromebook, which then in turn they can look up things on the Internet, they can access
Google Docs, they can do creative writing while they’re in the classroom. The standard set-up for technology in the
learning studio always includes a SMART Board. Some of them have two SMART Boards. They always have a document camera, instructor’s
computer, and they always will have the laptops for the students. Close to the end of every semester, I conduct
a focus group of the students in each class scheduled in the learning studio, and so I’ll
go in and I’ll ask them what do they like about the experience, what did they not like
about the experience, and we use that feedback very seriously as a way to continue to fine-tune
how these rooms are put together and if we need to change anything, add anything, take
anything away. The students are very upfront about what they
like, and they always mention color, they love the extra color in the room, and they
particularly enjoy getting to know their fellow students better. They always mention that they get to know
people better because they’re sitting in a group with people, they see their faces, they
learn their names faster, and that engagement, student-to-student engagement and student-to-faculty
engagement is one of the things that is the best in these spaces, and it really does facilitate
learning. Libraries are at the heart of any educational
institution, and as you’ve seen, the Billington Library is at the heart of JCCC.

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