Thomas C. Wilson
Associate Dean for Library Technology
University of Alabama
Starting in late 2007, the University of Alabama Libraries, with a growing instruction program, indentified a need for a more intimate setting for smaller groups of faculty and graduate students. At the same time, the University’s Faculty Resource Center needed additional space for its program, particularly in a central campus location. Thus, a marriage of convenience was born. In the midst of planning and repurposing space in the Gorgas Library, a new vice president-chief information officer arrived with a vision to expand the services available in this space. Needing a similarly sized space to institute an AccessGrid node on campus, he recommended that we build out the room appropriately to add this capacity. This presentation will focus on the planning, specifications, implementation, and collaboration pay-off in other similar projects underway.