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Research Commons Grand Opening - Allen Library South, November 9, 3pm

November 3, 2010


Contact: Lauren Ray
Research Commons Librarian
(206) 543-6847

Media Contact: A.C. Petersen
Libraries Communications Officer
(206) 543-9389


November 3, 2010

University of Washington Interim President Phyllis Wise will kick off the grand opening and official ribbon-cutting of the UW Libraries new Research Commons space on November 9, 3:00 p.m, on the ground floor of Allen Library South.

Additional remarks by Dean of University Libraries, Betsy Wilson and Research Commons Librarian, Lauren Ray, will be followed by an unveiling of artwork from the Bringing Art Into Technology exhibit by Professor Albert Folch, of the UW Department of Bioengineering's Folch Lab.

UW Capital Projects provided funding to transform the ground floor of Allen Library South into the Research Commons, a response to new student and faculty needs that are emerging with the growth of data-driven research, digital scholarship and interdisciplinary studies.

Sporting non-traditional colors including Feverish Pink and Paradise (a vibrant green), the space features collaborative areas in which students and faculty can work together in a technology-rich environment. Plasma screens, comfortable chairs and whiteboards, in addition to copiers and printers, are arranged to create a place for students to get together to explore and create knowledge.

"Students will find a welcoming environment where they will have all the tools for research in one place," said Lauren Ray, Research Commons librarian. "In addition, the flexible spaces and moveable furniture will add to the collaborative and interactive feel of the Commons."

Researchers can receive support from Libraries staff on questions regarding copyright, preparing for poster sessions and presentations, media literacy, grant writing and how to conduct research.

Learn more about the development of the space, and the soon-to-launch Virtual Research Commons, at the Research Commons blog: <http://uwresearchcommons.wordpress.com >

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contact: A.C. Petersen, Libraries Communications Officer