Baylor Libraries Unveil New Active Learning Lab, Celebrate Moody Memorial Library’s 50th Anniversary

Sept. 24, 2018

WACO, Texas (September 24, 2018) – In a project that brings innovative technology to a formerly underutilized space, the Baylor Libraries launched the Moody 104 Active Learning Lab (ALL) in Moody Memorial Library at the start of the fall 2018 semester. The ALL, which features rich technology centered on the concept of flexible learning “pods,” is the latest upgrade to the library as it celebrates its fiftieth anniversary of service to the university.

“The Moody 104 Active Learning Lab is a big step forward in terms of learning spaces at Baylor,” said David Burns, the Libraries’ Director of Learning Spaces and Media Services. “It gives our campus teaching faculty a highly configurable space for traditional lectures, independent small group activities, guided discussion, and instant feedback. The ALL was designed to meet the needs of instructors from all disciplines across campus, and we really focused on keeping it flexible to meet those needs.”

The technology in the ALL is integrated around a system that lets small groups working at “pods” project their laptop or mobile device’s screen to a large monitor attached to their individual pod, or to send the image to one of two large mounted screens on the walls so the entire room can view their content simultaneously.

The ALL project was partially underwritten by a $100,000 grant from the Moody Foundation of Galveston, Texas. It is the foundation’s second major gift to the Libraries: the Foundation provided the original $1 million lead gift that built Moody Memorial Library in the late 1960s. In appreciation for the funds, the building was named in honor of foundation founder William Lewis Moody, Jr.

Celebrating Moody Memorial Library’s fiftieth anniversary has been a year-long affair, with projects such as the restoration of the original upper-level façade lights, new directional signage, upgrades to the Prichard Family Study Commons, and the ALL taking place since the start of the year. Interim Dean of Libraries John S. Wilson said the projects were much-needed and have been warmly welcomed by Moody’s learners, which total more than one million annually.

“Giving our patrons the study spaces, resources, and expert support they require for their academic success is at the heart of our mission,” Wilson said. “We are excited to see these upgrades come to fruition and look forward to more innovative upgrades in the future.”