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!

3 Must-Have Features for Your Next Projector

While projectors have been a staple in academia for decades, technology has contributed to its advancement as well as its obsolescence.  More and more classrooms are adopting individual screens such as laptops, iPads and tablet computers.  Simultaneously, the continued innovation of projectors has led to an emphasis on energy efficiency, enhanced screen output, and portability.  These options give schools tremendous flexibility in leveraging the optimal combination of technology based on their curriculum and budget.  Projector carts have also innovated which has led to organized presentations, lesson plan flexibility, and a centralized A/V storage thus making them invaluable for any learning environment.  If you’re looking for a projector cart that can wear many hats, check out these three important factors to look for when picking your next projector cart.

The More Shelves, the Merrier

The main or first shelf often holds the projector but having multiple shelves allows the projector cart to be utilized as a mobile classroom.  Everything from papers and folders to lesson plans and additional A/V equipment can be stored which means added flexibility if the teacher needs to hold class at a different location.  The Marvel Vizion Presenter Multimedia Cart offers multiple shelves and ample space to get your lesson plans done.

Marvel Vizion Presenter Multimedia Cart

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Logistics with Technology can Improve Classroom Operations

While incorporating technology such as iPads, laptop computers, and portable LCD projectors have revolutionized classroom learning, there is still a fundamental lesson that can help make these technological marvels more efficient.  One of the best ways to keep your classroom running smooth while teaching discipline and responsibility is to empower students with organizational tasks.  Establishing technology procedural policy is a practical way for your classroom’s Audio and Visual Multimedia Furniture and Laptop and Tablet Storage Carts to be secured, charged, and ready to deploy at a moment’s notice.  Below are several examples:

Establish a Centralized Cart Area

Charging carts are designed for  classroom visibility.  A dedicated space means easy device access and charging while also being able to monitor devices. Most carts have safety measures such as inside cable management reducing the likelihood of a rat’s nest of cables while other carts have a lock feature to keep devices secure.  The Oklahoma Sound TCSC Tablet Charging Cart combines ample access with solid cable management as well as security.  Having one designated area ensures everyone knows the go-to place for electronic classroom devices.

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Why Invest In A Permanent Booth

Industry tradeshows and product & service conventions are the ultimate arena for generating new sales leads.  However, not all booths are created equal and sometimes setting up a booth is more trouble than it’s worth.  Not sure if yours makes a solid impression on prospective clients?  Investing in a Prefab booth not only creates an eye-catching visual, it allows you logistics mobility which translates into easy set up & tear down so you can get more done in less time.

A Practical & Cost-effective Setup

If you find yourself planning out a schedule of tradeshows that requires constant booth set up, a Prefab booth is a practical way to meet your needs. They can go up year after year, saving time & money when it comes to how you set up your booth. Opportunity Cost dictates that if you’re spending large amounts of time setting up & tearing down, that’s missed opportunity exchanging business cards with vendors and closing sales.

Marvel Vizion Event Booth W/ Computer Monitor Mount Marquee Header

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