DoIT Partners With University Libraries to Bring Knowledge Commons to Life

By: Nicholas Ciuffo
Last Updated: October 03, 2016

On Wednesday, September 28, Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. unveiled the new Stony Brook Foundation Knowledge Commons, formerly the Central and North Reading Rooms in the Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library.

This important presidential initiative features a fully modern transformation of the library. In partnership with the University Libraries and Campus Planning Design and Construction, the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) was called upon to collaborate on technology considerations for this state-of-the-art renovation.

Visitors of the Stony Brook Foundation Knowledge Commons will find over 100 revamped computer workstations, seating that is designed to foster collaborative learning and study suites equipped with the latest technology to meet the needs of today’s academic demands.

The challenge of meeting today’s technological demands requires experts in Wi-Fi design and network infrastructure. Kenneth Myung, Network Manager and Michael White, Infrastructure Manager, both of DoIT, partnered together to increase Wi-Fi access throughout the renovated spaces.  

A special thanks to DoIT employees Michael Ospitale, Senior Director of Customer Engagement and Support, Matthew Froehlich, Manager, Instructional Computing Systems, Jorge Lee, Hardware Systems Engineer, and Mary Kethman, DoIT Business Office, for their willingness to collaborate and their dedication to ensuring the demands for technology in these spaces were met.

DoIT looks to remain a strategic partner with the University Libraries and other groups on campus to provide support for creating a modern learning campus.

The Stony Brook Foundation Knowledge Commons is open in the Frank Melville Jr. Memorial Library and we encourage all members of our community to enjoy the new space.

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