In preparation for a fall 2013 opening, construction recently began on a new collaborative space that will combine the Writing Center and Student Technology Studio (STS) on the second floor of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library. The new space will work to integrate the current services of both areas as well as add a research assistance component. This will create a “one stop shop” for students where they can receive one-on-one research and writing help and technology assistance. The renovated space will feature a glass “storefront,” which will not only make the space more inviting to users, but also increase visibility of its location across the east wall of the library.
The Writing Center and the Student Technology Studio have experienced an increase in the number of questions that they were receiving for each other’s services. In response to this, conversations began in 2011 between the Library System and the Writing Center that focused on ways that the two groups could work together and, from those discussions, the idea to combine into one space evolved. They explored similar projects at other universities and made a site visit to the Academic Project Center at Eastern Michigan University, a service facility that offers one-to-one writing, research, communication and technology assistance. This research served to shape the planning for services and space at Wayne State University.
Construction is expected to take from six to eight weeks. During the construction, the STS will be closed for the summer and the Writing Center has temporarily relocated to room 1150 on the first floor of the UGL. For current hours and to stay up-to-date on the construction, visit http://clasweb.clas.wayne.edu/writing