5.0113 UofIowa: Interactive Information Learning Center (1/45)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Fri, 31 May 91 15:28:22 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 5, No. 0113. Friday, 31 May 1991.

Date: Thu, 30 May 91 13:47 CDT
From: Edward Shreeves 319-335-5867 <CADATKTS@UIAMVS>
Subject: Interactive Learning Center at Univ. of Iowa

University of Iowa Libraries establish Interactive Information Learning

The University of Iowa Libraries has received a grant of $752,432 from
the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust to establish an Interactive
Information Learning Center (an early task will be to come up with a
better name). The Center, to be located in the Main Library on the
Iowa City campus, will provide members of the university community with
services and technological resources to acquire sophisticated
information skills and obtain access to a wide range of information in
a variety of electronic formats. The facility will have a classroom
equipped with 26 workstations, and another 56 workstations for
individual and group activities for a total of 80 state-of-the-art
workstations. There will be access to bibliographic and full-text
databases as well as a variety of software to support computer assisted
instruction and access to communication networks for classroom teaching
and individual projects. It is expected that one of the major functions
of this facility will be to make available a number of full-text
databases in the humanities as well as software to be used in their

The proposal for the Interactive Information Learning Center was
developed as a collaborative effort by librarians, faculty and
technologists on campus. This collaborative approach will be sustained
in the development of services for the Center and in the evaluation of
services and programs over the next three years.

The Center will provide a place where faculty and students can gain
assistance from librarians and computer specialists in the use of an
array of information technology. The emphasis on the Center will be
service--people helping people to use information technology in creative
and innovative ways to support undergraduate teaching, independent
learning and research.

The Carver Trust was established in 1982 by industrialist Roy J. Carver
to support medical and scientific research, scholarships for
disadvantaged students and other university programs. The grant from
Carver Trust provides support for three years after which The University
of Iowa will provide full financial support for the Center.

Further information about the Interactive Information Learning Center
can be obtained from Larry Woods, Director Information Systems and
Technology, University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa 52242. Bitnet
address: LWOODSTS@UIAMVS. If you have advice or information to offer
from experience with similar efforts, get in touch with Larry directly.