10 Jan 2017
Scientific Research Assistance
The Ideal Place at ETS for Study and Team Work
Do you think of the ETS Library as an austere place where some staff quietly dust off the books in the strictest of silence? Think again! The Library is the ultimate place to work with optimal concentration and is very popular. The following describes the type of spaces you can find at the Library. There is one for every need.
Noise Zones – Optimising concentration for all
The Library is divided into different zones according to the permitted noise level. These zones are identified by color-coded panels.
- Discussion Zone (green): conversations are allowed;
- Quiet Zone (yellow): whispered conversations are allowed, but for longer conversations it is preferable to go to a green zone;
- Silent Zone (red): conversations are not allowed in order to keep the area silent for people who wish to concentrate.
These zones make it possible for everybody to find the right library spot and not be disturbed by too much noise (or too much silence!) within their immediate environment.
Ideal for studying or for writing, 176 individual desks are available at the Library. They are all located in the “silent” zones to create a quiet environment and facilitate as much as possible the needed concentration for these activities. Furthermore, each desk located in these zones is equipped with an integrated electrical outlet. There is no need to walk far to recharge your wireless devices (cell phone, laptop, etc.); you are all set to stay for as many hours needed to further your work.
At the Library, there are several types of areas for team work:
The Team Work Rooms are small rooms where you can work behind closed doors with your teammates. No reservation is required, you only need to find a free room and to be a team of at least two persons to occupy it. These rooms are supplied with a table and chairs of course, as well as a white board or a screen where you may connect your laptop to view documents with the other team members.
The Collaborative Work Rooms, for their part, are a bit bigger and designed to accommodate three teams at a time. Sometimes, seeing other people also struggling to solve a problem can motivate us to work harder! In these rooms, you will also find a screen to which you may connect your laptop, as well as an interactive whiteboard (IWB). These work a bit like huge touch-based screens on which you can mark-up existing documents or like an ordinary whiteboard that captures what you write or draw. In order to use these, check out the required material (keyboard, mouse and stylus) from the circulation desk.
The Library also offers a modern space at your disposal for collaborative work: Espace 3C. Built in 2012, Espace 3C is dedicated to collaboration, creativity and exchange of knowledge. Its furniture may be rearranged by its users according to their needs and the whiteboards are large enough to hold all your innovative ideas. This produces a lively space, shaped by its users and always open to anyone.
The computer workstations are located in the Library “whisper” zone; so it is possible to work here with fellow students, as long as discretion prevails. The workstations are installed with the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.), with several web browsers, EndNote software, and a particularly useful application: Antidote. This software is used to detect spelling and grammatical errors in text and to suggest solutions. Which is very useful for making those final verifications the day before submitting an assignment!
Extended Opening Hours and Staff on site
Finally, these spaces are open to you for the most extended hours possible. During the semester, the Library is open 7 days a week, until 10 p.m. during week days (consult the complete schedule). And towards the end of the semester, to allow you to work even longer, it stays open until 2 a.m.!
Furthermore, when you are on site, there are information experts available to you who also work at the Library. Do you have a question? There is staff at the Library Service Desk (see the schedule) to provide you with answers, enabling you to return in peace to your studies with a few research tips under your belt.