Ohio University students have a new tool at their disposal to help them find study spaces on the Athens campus.
The Study Space Locator, published this month, makes it easier to discover study spaces by location. Users can select indoor or outdoor spaces to read descriptions, review available amenities, and access links to review space hours and reservations. Indoor study spaces are indicated on the map by the dark campus buildings, while outdoor spaces are indicated by the red dots. Users can also activate the app to help them find the closest study space to their location.
Students need a variety of convenient study spaces to meet their needs throughout the semester. Whether it’s close to class, food, or the parking lot, or offers scenic views for quiet inspiration, this tool helps students explore and experience Athens campus spaces to maximize their study time.
El Polinski, a senior English student and library student, remarked, “This will be especially helpful for students looking to get out of their dorms and find another place to study on campus.”
The Study Space Finder was originally designed by the OHIO Campus Study Space Task Force, which consists of students, faculty, and housing and community representatives. Residence Life, Baker University Center, University Planning, Office of Information Technology, and University Libraries.
The working group first created a main list of on-campus study spaces which are open to all students, regardless of major or academic affiliation. The information was then integrated into Study Space Locator, a web application built with the ArcGIS mapping platform.
Dr Kelly Broughton, Vice Dean of Research and Education Services and Chair of the Task Force explains, “We were fortunate to partner with the design and construction staff to create the application in ArcGIS. We are happy that [the] Library staff are able to maintain and update content in the future.
These staff will share information and future plans for the tool at the University’s GIS Day on November 16.