Laptops, tablets, cell phones — all devices that our patrons are using these days to help them do their research inside the Thompson Library have one thing in common: They all have batteries that need to be charged. Often.
Up until now, the best seats in the house — the study tables beside the three story windows in the Library Atrium — lacked easy access to electrical outlets.
Devices that need a charge and tables with no outlets created a problem. And as we all know, a problem is just an opportunity in disguise.
The wonderful people at UM-Flint Department of Facilities and Operations — the people that Make Blue GO! — took on that challenge.
The ingenious Brad Smith (Facilities) is the man who came up with a solution and put together the outlet boxes for us.
He examined the problem. Checked out the logistics. Then, by applying a little of his innate creativity, devised a cost-effective way to meet our request for additional outlets.
As of this week, there are now boxes available to all patrons on many if the tables in the Library Atrium that not only offer two (2) electrical outlets — per side — but also two (2) USB outlets — per side.
That’s right. Each of the 8 little black boxes now installed and sitting atop the study tables offers
4 electrical outlets — AND — 4 USP outlets
to help you charge those ubiquitous electronic devices that have become so invaluable (and inseparable) in our daily lives.
Student response to these boxes has been immediate and positive. The atrium study tables are now more inviting than ever
Several students have already mentioned to library staff how grateful they are to have access to outlets exactly where they need them. The new availability of the USB ports was an unanticipated, but most welcome, bonus.
We are extremely grateful to Brad and Facilities for tackling this dilemma and providing a solution that will help all library patrons.
Facilities does all sorts of things that support student learning, but usually go unnoticed and unappreciated (or at least, unacknowledged) for their efforts.
With this solution to an ongoing problem in place AND such positive feedback from students, we want to let Facilities know how appreciative we are of their many efforts to support student-learning and improve the learning-landscape in the Library.
Never again fear to bring your chargers with you to the library.
We have a solution, just for you!