New Prescott Valley Public Library Opens with State-of-the-Art Virtual Interactive Room with Funding by Northcentral University
Prescott Valley, Arizona, October 9, 2009 — The new 52,000 square-foot state-of-the-art Prescott Valley Library opening tomorrow in Prescott Valley, Arizona features something no other public library in the nation can offer: a 21st century Virtual Interactive Room (V.I.R.) funded in part by Northcentral University (www.ncu.edu), an innovator in 100% online higher education.
According to Dr. Clinton Gardner, President, Northcentral University donated in excess of $100,000 to make this Virtual Interactive Room a practical reality experience for area citizens. In fact, the room will be named in honor of the University in recognition of the generous support provided over the last two years.
Furthermore, Northcentral University's Associate Professor and Director of Academic Services, Dr. Renee Ramsey, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Board of Trustees of the Prescott Valley Library.
"Northcentral University is deeply committed to making an Internet based educational experience available to every citizen of our community," said Dr. Gardner. "Our support of the Virtual Interactive Room reflects this commitment, and we look forward to supporting similar projects in the future."
The new V.I.R. contains projectors that display all online research content and multimedia in an area the size of a conference room. The system enables visitors to use body language to interact with the technology. By standing up and gesturing with hand motions, users can operate the system; activate workspaces and access online resources. For the more conventional technology user, there is a mouse and computer keyboard available.
Architectural firm Richard & Bauer LLC of Phoenix is credited for both their architectural and interior design work on the new library. The firm designed the library around Prescott Valley's rich, natural surroundings and received the "2008 On the Boards" award by the American Library Association/International Interior Design Association.
In addition to the V.I.R., some of the library's amenities include elevated redwood ceilings, a café, observation terrace, computer banks, fireplaces, a crystal meeting room, separate children's interactive wall and teens' meeting room, a 200-seat auditorium, a student commons area and classrooms.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by the Town Council, architects and other local dignitaries will mark the grand opening tomorrow at 9:30 A.M. Afterwards, tours of the new library will be given every half hour and members of the community will have the opportunity to sign up for new library cards.