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Gift from Schumacher Foundation Supports Baylor Libraries

Oct. 28, 2018

WACO, Texas (October 28, 2018) – When the Baylor Libraries began planning for the next generation of classroom instructional technology, the team in charge of what would become the Moody 104 Active Learning Lab (ALL) knew the acquisition of the latest equipment would be key to the project’s success. Today, thanks in part to a gift from the Schumacher Foundation, the ALL features rich technology centered on the concept of flexible learning “pods” in a modern space housed in a historic 50-year-old building.

The technology in Moody 104 is integrated around a system that allows small groups to 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.

Moody 104

“The total investment in technology for Moody 104 topped $100,000, marking a significant investment in leading edge technology for the benefit of the entire campus,” said David Burns, the Libraries’ Director of Learning Spaces and Media Services. “We are grateful for the generous support of partners like the Schumacher Foundation, whose gift allowed us to make the purchases we needed in order to make Moody 104 a truly transformational space.”

The Schumacher Foundation is a private entity founded in the early 1950s by Frederick W. Schumacher. While the foundation is headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, it supports activities in Waco because it was the first city Mr. Schumacher called home when he arrived as an immigrant to the United States.

The unveiling of Moody 104 is part of a year-long celebration of Moody Memorial Library’s 50th anniversary year. The midcentury modern building, long seen as the academic life center of the university, opened its doors in 1968 and currently hosts more than one million visitors per year.

For more information about Moody 104, visit the Baylor Central Libraries blog at


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 17,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.


The Baylor University Libraries support excellence in teaching and learning, enhance research and discovery and foster scholarship and success. Through its Central Libraries and special collections – Armstrong Browning Library, W.R. Poage Legislative Library and The Texas Collection – the Libraries serve as academic life centers that provide scholarly resources and technological innovation for the Baylor community and beyond.