NCET Tech Wednesday – University of Nevada, Reno Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center- August 12th

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Bricks and Mortar: The Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, built in 2008, is  nearly twice the size of its predecessor, the Getchell Library.

Bricks and Mortar: The Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center, built in 2008, is nearly twice the size of its predecessor, the Getchell Library.

University of Nevada, Reno Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
August 12, 2015
5:30 – 6:00 pm Networking / 6:00 – 7:30 pm Program

Visit MARS: No Space Suit Required

MARS is as close as the University of Nevada, Reno campus.

Not the red planet, obviously — but the Mathewson Automated Retrieval System, which is known on campus by its easier-to-reference (and remember) acronym.

Welcome to MARS: The Mathewson Automated Retrieval System   Photo credit: Theresa Danna-Douglas

Welcome to MARS: The Mathewson Automated Retrieval System Photo credit: Theresa Danna-Douglas

An insider’s look at the robotic book retrieval system is just one of the highlights of the upcoming Tech Wednesday tour of Nevada’s Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center.

If you graduated more than a few years ago, you may be familiar with more traditional college libraries, which featured a whisper-only policy, microfiche readers and card catalogs organized using the Dewey Decimal System.

But technology has ushered a whole new era of “library” into existence.

Come All to @One: Members of the library staff readily assist students with   computing and large-format printing in the facility.

Come All to @One: Members of the library staff readily assist students with computing and large-format printing in the facility.

Nevada’s Knowledge Center is known as the intellectual nexus of the region, housing an expansive collection of books, journals and data in both print and electronic formats, as well as an extensive collection of videos, DVDs and sound recordings that are accessible through state-of-the-art viewing and listening areas.

But the library has evolved into a technological marvel that goes beyond a repository for print and electronic information.

@One (With Technology): Students collaborate and innovate in @One, located  on the first floor of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center.  Photo by Jeff Ross

@One (With Technology): Students collaborate and innovate in @One, located on the first floor of the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. Photo by Jeff Ross

Tech Wednesday will introduce visitors to the 295,000-square-foot facility and provide an overview of:

  • The robotic MARS device
  • @One, an entire floor of the Knowledge Center dedicated to digital and multimedia production and application
  • Specialized labs within the Knowledge Center for data analysis, visualization and media production

    Easy Being Green: The Knowledge Center features a multimedia-studio green   screen.

    Easy Being Green: The Knowledge Center features a multimedia-studio green screen.

  • An overview of the makerspace in the DeLaMare Science and Engineering Library — a specialty library for earth sciences, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, geological, mechanical, metallurgical, and mining engineering

The Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center is online at http://knowledgecenter.unr.edu/libraries/

 

Register Now

 

August 12, 2015, 5:30 – 7:30

• $15 – NCET members
• $25 – non-members
• $10 – Children under 18 accompanied by parent or adult guardian

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University of Nevada, Reno Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno, Nevada 89557 (map)

 

The fine print:

• We encourage you to pay in advance as there’s a $10 service charge if you pay at the door.
• No-shows will be charged the full amount of the reservation unless cancelled at least 48 hours before the event.

For more information, contact NCET at (775) 453-0130 or info@NCET.org.

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