The Center for Student Innovation (CSI) is a newly developed space located on the lower level of Booth Library. It includes three large areas: an Active Learning Classroom with integrated Design Lab and adjoining breakout rooms; an Innovation Gateway and Community Wall; and a Collaboratory. Renovation of the first phase of the CSI project -- the Active Learning Classroom, Design Lab and breakout rooms -- was completed in November 2020.
Renovation of the first phase was possible thanks to a grant from the Charleston Area Charitable Foundation. The renovation included new flooring, electrical and Internet upgrades, updated lighting and paint. The space is home to a variety of new technology, including a podcasting studio, gaming computers, 3D printers, Google jamboard, large computer monitors and a green screen, purchased with a grant from the Illinois State Library. Patrons who would like access to the CSI technology should make an appointment with one of our staff members.
In addition, a Technology Checkout Station opened in February 2021. Students with a valid Panther Card may check out technology such as laptop computers, mifi hotspots and webcams for a limited period of time. During the fall semester of 2021, the CSI in Booth Library is open from 2-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and from 2-4:45 p.m. Friday through Dec. 17. The satellite location in Thomas Hall is open from 4-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday through Dec. 16. For the spring semester, the Booth CSI will reopen on Sunday, Jan. 9. The Thomas Hall location will reopen on Monday, Jan. 10. Funding for this program was provided through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief fund.
Programming in the CSI began in the fall semester of 2021. The Faculty Development and Innovation Center plans a series of Teaching and Learning Communities to meet in the Active Learning Classroom. Graduate assistants and student workers have been hired to oversee the space and implement the technology checkout system.
Special thanks to Samantha Osborne, assistant professor of graphic design, and EIU graphic design students Kelly Cothern and Katie Lewis, who designed this graphic for the north wall of the CSI.