MARSTON SCIENCE LIBRARY TURNS FIRST FLOOR INTO COLLABORATION COMMONS
The first floor of the Marston Science Library is being renovated over the summer to add over 700 seats, including 21 group study rooms available through an online reservation system. The 26,000 sq. ft. Collaboration Commons will have 82 new computers, each with 24" wide screen monitors and the same software found on UFIT lab computers, including Adobe programs, AutoCAD, MATLAB, SAS and SPSS.
In addition, a multipurpose conference room will be available at scheduled times and by request, featuring a multi-touch visualization wall. Multiple users can work together on presentations and on data visualization or GIS applications.
The first floor will also be home to MADE@UF, a collaboration space created by the Libraries and Academic Technology. This space will be used for creative activities such as mobile app development, 3D scanning and other "maker" initiatives.
The floor will open in August in time for the fall semester. Previously, the first floor housed the Government Documents Department and the Map & Imagery Library. The government documents have been moved to an off-campus library storage facility and are available by request through the catalog or at any service desk. The Map & Imagery Library has moved to a newly-renovated space on the first floor of Smathers Library (East).