As the number of laptop users has signficantly increased over the years, the library needs to adapt accordingly. I believe there is a serious paucity of available electrical outlets on the 3rd and 4th floors. In order to accomodate our technological society, the library should adapt accordingly. Most important would be the increase in electrical outlets, but if possible I would like to see available ethernet ports (similar to first floor tables).
Thanks and hope to see some changes soon.
Jimmy Ghaphery, Head of Library information Systems, replies...
Dear Mystery Undergraduate Poster,
Your observations on the differences between Cabell Library 1st floor and the rest of the building are both astute and welcome. The 1st floor of Cabell Library was renovated during the 2001-2002 school year. You may enjoy the photo gallery on our old renovation page for a look at that project.
Despite the renovations, the lack of electrical and network outlets throughout the building is part of a larger challenge with the Cabell Library facility. More on that challenge can be found in this blog response
Of the two issues you raise, electrical expansion is the hardest as we are running at full capacity and an electrical infrastructure upgrade would be very costly. Thanks to Student Technology Fees, we do plan to add more network ports in the 2nd floor group study area and in the 3rd floor group study rooms this spring. We also intend to invest in upgrades to the wireless capabilities in Cabell. In addition to the tables on the 1st floor, there are also electrical outlets and network ports in the coffee bar and in the 1st floor group study rooms.
Keep those batteries charged in the meantime!