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Orientation for New Students

Information about library services, collections and other resources for new WSU students.

Library Services and Collections

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Is your class using Zoom? We can help! Reserve a focus room or group study room by using this scheduler, calling the Circulation Desk at 316.978.3582, or stop by the Circulation Desk in person. Then, checkout a laptop, iPad or tablet from the Circulation Desk in Ablah Library. Checkout headphones, if you like. We even have a fisheye lens and a headphone splitter for up to five headphones if you have a group! 

Girl sitting at table with a couch and booth seating in backgroundE.K and Kathlien Edmiston 24-Hour Study Room

The 24-Hour Study Room has a variety of seating styles facilitating group and individual work. There are also six PC workstations, one Mac workstation, a printer, white boards, vending machines, emergency call buttons, and a restroom. 

Students at TV with study materials on tableTables With Tech

Four large group study tables are next to the Research Services Department and the Government documents stacks. Students may share a screen on the large TV monitor, and with the Clickshare connectors, may see up to 4 laptops either tiled or by scrolling. Two tables include Apple TV.

Girl is laying on table reading a bookLarge Tables for Collaboration

Other spaces on the second floor, main floor, and lower level provide additional space for groups to collaborate. (The third floor is a quiet floor.) 

University Libraries has resources to help you prepare and practice presentations. In addition to the spaces in Ablah Library listed below, a pocket projector, document camera, portable projector, microphones, still and video cameras, tripods, iPads, laptops, and other equipment may be checked out from the Circulation Desk. See the Communications 111 course guide for additional presentation tips and resources.

Man stands behind clear glass wall facing cameraThe Lightboard Studio allows the presenter to write on a clear board while facing the camera. This presentation method allows interaction with the audience while creating hand-drawn diagrams and notes that are legible to the audience. Carefully calibrated preset lighting and camera equipment in the Lightboard studio complete the self-serve video production. Library Systems staff are available for training and assistance. Check out this helpful video created by John Jones, Executive Director, Media Resources Center. Create a reservation with the online scheduling system and check in at the C-Space Help Desk when you arrive.

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Presentation Practice

Several types of collaborative tables and study rooms are available in Ablah Library. Reserve group study rooms and private focus rooms through the calendar.
two students are facing the large TV monitor at a collaborative study table

college-age female is standing in middle of room in front of green screen and behind microphoneOne Button Studio

A simplified video recording studio where in the students can record high quality videos without any hassle of setting up the lights and camera. Bring a flash drive to keep the file. Schedule through the One-Button Studio Calendar.

3 computers on a long computer table with chairs in front of the tableMedia Design Zone

The Media Design Zone is dedicated for media editing, recording, creative writing, website development and publishing. There are two Mac based workstations and one Windows 10 based workstation along with a sound booth.

shows college-age female using the mixing equipmentSound Booth

Schedule through the Sound Booth Calendar. Equipment includes a Mac based workstation, Yamaha keyboard and digital drums, a mic for audio recording, headphones, a speaker and a Xenyx UFX1204 sound mixer.

View of the front of Ablah Library from the north westUniversity Libraries has LOTS of services available for off-campus research! In addition to the services listed below, researchers may call the Circulation Desk at (316) 978-3582 or use the their online Wichita State University Libraries Catalog account to request books and other library materials. Items will be held for pick up at either Ablah, MALIC or Chemistry Library.

C-Space logo is on yellow hexagonUniversity Libraries has lots of different multimedia equipment available for students to use. Check out the links below for more information. Many types of equipment are even available to check out for a few days! See the "Technology for Checkout from Ablah Library" link below. 

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