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Orientation for New Students

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

Library Services and Collections

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 and white boardTables 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.) 

Letter T in a white square which is within a purple circleMicrosoft Teams

Is your class using Teams or other virtual collaboration tool? We can help! Reserve an individual study room or group study room by using this scheduler, calling the Circulation Desk at 316.978.3582, or stopping 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! 

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.

Several people are facing a presenter and a large, mounted monitor. Digital Scholar Commons

The Digital Scholars Commons has a large state-of-the-art touchscreen for teaching and presentations. There are also several high-end computers with software for Geographic Information Systems, statistical analysis, digital humanities, and other applications. Individuals and groups can work on various types of digital projects in this space or in one of the two reservable study rooms in the back. Contact the Circulation Desk or your subject librarian to make reservations. 

Man stands behind clear glass wall facing cameraLightboard Studio

The 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.

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.

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 Presentation Tools page in this guide as well as the links below for more about equipment at University Libraries. 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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