The Importance of Quality Conference Room Furniture

The conference room of any organization represents its culture, style, and professionalism.  Some organizations such as law offices and large multinational companies opt for a conference room that exudes a traditional, yet contemporary ambiance which is consistent with century-old firms while others go for a sleek, elegant, and trendy appearance to reflect its forward-looking culture.  IN today’s 21st century, we are also seeing a continued integration of technology in many aspects of the corporate arena.  Investing in modern conference room furniture projects your organization’s culture in a professional manner while simultaneously enhancing productivity with the integration of technology.

Here are several factors to consider when looking for conference room furniture:

Style

According to Jen Zobel Bieber who is a life coach based in New York,

“People draw opinions about who we are and how we operate based on what our space looks like, sounds like and even smells like,”

It’s human nature to form preliminary opinions about new places such as a new school, new employer facility, or new potential business venture office.  Having a conference room that visualizes your organization’s mission statement is critical to ensuring visitors, guests, and prospective clients feel comfortable, welcome, and get a solid first impression of your organization.  The PL Series Conference Table and Segmented Leather Conference Chair by NDI Office Furniture provides a classic, modern, and universal appearance that can accommodate different corporate cultures, non-profit organizations, and even library study rooms.

Pl Series Conference Table by NDI Office Furniture

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Modernize Your Library’s Learning Infrastructure

For the longest time, libraries were the go-to place for research (whether it was grade school or PhD.-related) or digging deep to learn about a particular subject such as how to start a business or the mystery that is Stonehenge.  However, the advent of technology has redefined the premise of a library.  Technology has provided a means for communication and indirectly encouraged collaboration which means libraries should follow suite by adapting their environments to accommodate these themes and go beyond simply offering books to check out.  Utilizing the right furniture to incorporate emerging technology will allow your students and customers to better tackle the daunting task of research while enabling easier communication and efficient collaboration.

Students have always considered libraries to be an invaluable place to focus, study, and get work done.  Whether it’s studying to prepare for mid-term exams or researching sources for a final semester paper, a spacious and quiet place to set up shop is paramount for student success.  The Maximum Privacy Carrell by Smith Carrel allows you to study in peace with ample space for laptops, textbooks and snacks.

Maximum Privacy Study Carrel by Smith Carrel

Many libraries today also have small rooms that can be booked for small group study sessions and for those individuals who absolutely want zero outside distractions.  Generating ideas can be better illustrated with dry erase boards.  However, chalkboards and dry-erase boards often become neglected due to budgetary constraints which means if you’re looking to overhaul your study room resources for the long-term, a modern glass dry erase board is definitely worth the investment.  The Aria Magnetic Low Profile Glassboard by Ghent not only provides ample space to visualize ideas, the selection of board colors helps students focus while the glass feature helps keep the board from developing ghost marks and streaks from cleaning.

Aria Magnetic Low Profile Glassboard by Ghent

The concept of teleconferencing is critical now more than ever.  Communicating via GoToMeeting, Skype, and WhatsApp are no longer limited to conference calls during business hours.  It’s also not uncommon to find one-on-one or group tutoring sessions conducted via online video conference calls.  Libraries can accommodate students who need real-time group communication by adding multimedia tables to their study rooms.  The Interchange Engage Multimedia Table by Smith System allows group interaction and can support an LCD monitor for tutoring and study conference calls while offering charging stations for laptops and tablets.

Interchange Engage Multimedia Table by Smith System

Because every library is different in its layout and services offered, we invite you to check out our comprehensive section of Library Furniture and we are more than happy to help you pick out the items that will help your students and customers succeed!

2 Ways Multimedia Tables Make Meetings Better

The idea of “Innovating From Within” is a relatively new trend where a company continuously finds ways to better itself internally to run leaner, faster, and stronger, all while reducing excess spending & consumption of resources which brings value back to its owners & employees.  One example is Google’s 20% Time policy where employees could spend 20% of their work week hours in a room on interesting projects or ideas that better the company.  One such product that was born from this was Gmail.  Unfortunately, there are often space limitations such as a lack of freely available conference rooms due to conflicting schedules.  The good news is that multimedia tables allow your teams to hold meetings and brainstorming sessions easily as these tables can be deployed in many locations.  Multimedia tables foster group collaboration and fuel innovation by providing a centralized location of resources and sharing technologies that allow the free flow of ideas that can help your company gain a competitive advantage.

Here are two reasons why multimedia tables are essential for planning and departmental meetings:

Convenient Visualization is Key  

While conference rooms often have a screen projector for everyone to view, having something more nimble that can adapt to changing perspectives and different talking points.   The Planner Multimedia Table by Smith System can share up to six laptops or tablet computers, allowing the group to easily see a member’s proposal on his/her screen which makes viewing and changing between multiple ideas, concepts, and projects very easy.  This table is also not limited to a conference room and can be easily moved to accommodate last-minute meeting location changes.

Planner Multimedia Table by Smith System

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Who All Can Use Flat File Storage Cabinets?

Academic projects take up space. If you’ve ever walked into an elementary classroom the day after a painting project is due or in the middle of a science experiment presentation, you know how quickly storage space can disappear.  However, there are practical storage solutions that can safely store projects, media, and important documents.  Flat File Storage systems provide an optimal space to store artwork, media projects, blueprints, and maps while keeping classrooms, libraries, and archive rooms organized.  Here are three applications where flat file storage can help keep you organized.

Libraries

Academic and public libraries store and archive a wide range of media for research and teaching purposes.  However, unlike textbooks, some media are sensitive and must be carefully stored. Librarians require unique storage that can hold 3-D representations, raised or textured topographical maps, and a wide array of transparencies. These materials must be stored in a flat environment, and counter space is often used for conventional applications such as reading surfaces and computer workstations.   The Flat File System by Shain features a stackable option which can adapt to a growing library archive.  Flat File System by Shain

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