Published On: Thu, Jul 3rd, 2014

USF students will be able to ‘check out’ drones at the library

Students at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Fl will be able to check out more than books and periodicals this Fall 2014 semester after updates and renovations in the the USF Tampa Library will allow for a wide variety of electronics, to include drones.

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Dean of USF Libraries William Garrison said the renovation was prompted by students need for more technology that will support their coursework and research.“After the Smart Lab was created on the second floor we saw use of the building explode,” Garrison said. ”The success of the second floor’s added technology and computers have inspired a similar theme for the first floor of the building.”

The Writing Center is being moved to the second floor to make room for the newly expanded “Digital Media Commons.” In this area, students will be able to work on digital projects, using the university’s high-end computers and software, and they will also be able to check out video cameras, microphones and even drones. Students, who will be provided training in advance, will be able to check out the small remote-controlled airplane containing a video camera, which can be used to capture footage from an aerial view.

The area will be staffed with student employees to help their peers with questions about using the new technology.

According to a USA Today report yesterday, the school purchased two $1500 drones that will be able to record video and fly up to 400 feet above the ground, Garrison says. He says the money to purchase the drones came from funds left over from a capital improvement and trust fund grant to build a “digital media commons” on the library’s first floor.

“This renovation moves us into a 21st century library,” Dean Garrison states. “We’re able to provide the latest technology to facilitate student learning and success. That’s the key.”

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