UBC Library has been gifted $5,000 from the UBC Grad Class Council towards the development of a multimedia studio on Level 3 of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre. The proposal was submitted by the Library Student Advisory Committee, a group comprised of nine students from across a range of faculties. The committee engages in open conversations about how to enhance Library resources and services, and how to facilitate an exceptional student experience at UBC Library.
Christine Park and Kai Ying Chieh are Faculty of Arts students who sit on the Library Student Advisory Committee. They felt that providing access to specialized equipment and software in a high traffic location such as the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre would be a significant benefit for students.
Says Park, “We saw this project as meeting an increasing need for technology at the University. Centralizing these kinds of resources will provide easier access to multiple kinds of technology all at once.”
Access to the high quality software and equipment will provide students with an opportunity to develop skills using tools that would otherwise be beyond their budget. These skills will have a positive impact on students’ academic and professional careers. Adds Chieh, “The multimedia room will have a lasting value for students.”