Group Collaboration & Presentation Practice Rooms: LSU Overview

  

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General Information

The Group Collaboration and Presentation Practice Rooms is a project that is being developed in Middleton Library. Both serve as a valuable resource to LSU students. See the descriptions below for the specifics on both types of rooms.

  • The Group Collaboration Rooms consist of a single computer with a large plasma screen, seating for groups of 4 to 8 people, and collaboration software. The collaboration software allows group members to connect to a session with their laptops via wireless if they choose. Once connected, participants can be granted control of the central computer or share their screens with the group on the large screen.
  • The Presentation Practice Rooms are configured much like multimedia classrooms, consisting of a lectern, computer, and very large plasma screen. Additionally, video cameras are installed so that students may record themselves delivering their presentations and review their performance at their leisure.

Workspace Locations

First floor (Walk-ups)

  • Room 126: There are 4 walk-up stations to collaborate and study located around the corner from CC's. 
  • Room 141: There are 3 walk-up stations to collaborate and study behind the Reference Desk in room 141.

Third floor (Walk-ups and Reservations)

  • There are 4 Group Collaboration spaces: rooms 300 T, 300 V, 300 I, and 300 N. 
  • There is 1 Presentation Practice room on this floor, accessible from the third floor hall foyer: room 312. 

Fourth Floor (Walk-ups and Reservations)

  • There are 4 Group Collaboration spaces: rooms 400 T, 400 V, 400 I, and 400 N.
  • There is 1 Presentation Practice room on this floor, accessible from the fourth floor hall foyer: room 412.
     

Make Reservations

Rooms may be reserved in three ways.

  • ONLINE: Visit lsu.libcal.com 

    View available times/locations and reserve your room.
     
  • PHONE: Call 225-578-2058 

    Library staff will assist you in making a reservation over the phone.
     
  • IN PERSON: Come to the Circulation Desk on the first floor. 

    Library staff will help you make a reservation in person for one of the rooms upstairs.
     

Rules

  • All room reservations must end one hour before the library closes.
  • Rooms are available for reservation by current LSU students only.
  • Requests will be processed no later than the beginning of the next working day.
  • Please note that you are responsible to appear with at least two other LSU students on time for your reservation and you must present LSU IDs with legible text and photo.
  • Please also note that you will be held responsible for any damage to the equipment, furniture, or to the room itself during your reservation.
  • Reservations can be made up to one week in advance. The time limit for a reservation is 3 hours. You cannot make more than one reservation for one room at a time. Reservations made by one person apply to the whole group.
  • The room will be held for you for fifteen minutes past the reserved time. If you have not arrived by then, it will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis until the time for the next scheduled reservation.

Note: These rules are subject to change. Their interpretation is at the discretion of the staff member on duty in the stacks office. 


Training & Support

For assistance with the collaboration and presentation practice equipment contact the Lab Technology & Software Support Desk in Middleton Room 141.  (Phone #: 225-578-0008)

For wireless connectivity or logon questions contact the ITS Help Desk in Middleton Library Room 141.  (Phone #: 225-578-3375)


To open a trouble ticket: email helpdesk@lsu.edu.


Additional Features

BeamYourScreen is the software that allows you to show your computer screen to other users for easy collaboration. All Group Collaboration and Presentation Practice Rooms come equipped with computers that have this software, which allow you to join a session with your laptop. For more information on the using BeamYourScreen, see: Collaboration Learning Spaces: Using BeamYourScreen.

By using this software for the project, users can begin a session by first connecting via wireless. Once connected, the software uses remote control to allow a designated participant the ability to control the main computer by using their own laptop mouse and keyboard. Secondly, the software allows for a "switch presenter," which means the screen of a designated laptop can be displayed on the large plasma screen. This simply enables students to collaborate in a number of different configurations without having to huddle around a small laptop.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I connect my laptop to the plasma screen in the collaborative space?
To connect your laptop to the plasma screen in the collaborative space you will have to join a session. See the following article on joining a session in the collaborative space.

When I am finished working in the collaborative session, how do I close BeamYourScreen? 
All of the users in the collaboration session will need to leave the session first, and then the session administrator will need to close BeamYourScreen. See the following GROK article on How to Quit a Session.

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