Penn State is getting ready to unveil an exciting new library collaboration space in their Pattee Library. Called the Knowledge Commons, the space will feature 9 group work spaces outfitted in the latest collaborative technology. Up to 7 group members can hook their devices to the station, trading presentation rights to the projection monitor using a device called a puck. The space also features modular walls, un-lecture halls for classroom meetings, and video production spaces and equipment.
This update is part of a larger academic library trend of offering innovative and flexible spaces in lieu of endless stacks of physical books. Book collections are moving offsite (or to subterranean, robot-controlled vaults) in greater numbers and as purchasing increasingly favors digital content, academic libraries have had to reform their image and rebuild for a mobile and device-adorned patron base.