(L to R) Trexler Library Director Joyce Hommel; President of AT&T 
Pennsylvania Mike Schweder; Muhlenberg President Randy Helm; Pennsylvania State Representative Jennifer L. Mann and Harry C. Trexler Trustee Kathryn Stephanoff at the
fall 2008 dedication of the AT&T Information Commons.


Local High School Students Get
Jump-Start in Research Using
Library’s AT&T Information Commons

March 5, 2009

This past fall, Muhlenberg College unveiled the new Information Commons as part of the 20th Anniversary celebration of the Trexler Library.  This Information Commons, made possible through the generous support and innovative vision of AT&T, is an interdisciplinary space that hosts a full suite of technological and scholarly resources and fosters collaboration among students, faculty and staff. 

The Information Commons is also accessible to the larger community. On February 19 and 20, Trexler Library hosted 55 honors English students from Parkland High School for a two-day research jump-start program in the Information Commons.  The students completed the research in preparation for a persuasive paper they were writing on a topic of their choosing (example topic: foreign language curriculum should be required in the elementary school curriculum).  This month, Allen High School honors students will participate in the same program.   

Muhlenberg has an ongoing and growing service learning program that includes partnerships with community groups such as the Hispanic American Organization (HAO), who will benefit from the Commons’ resources.  Additionally, local high school students who frequently study at the library, as well as K-12 teachers around the state of Pennsylvania who attend the library’s Urban Academy curriculum lab each summer, will have access.

Says Mike Schweder, president of AT&T Pennsylvania, “We support projects that create opportunities, make connections and address community needs where we – and our customers – live and work.”

Built in 1988, Muhlenberg’s Harry C. Trexler Library houses the College’s primary collection of information resources including books, journals, videotapes, government documents and electronic databases. The collection of approximately 200,000 books, 140,000 U.S. government documents, 4,400 audio-visual items (including 2,700 film and video titles) and 800 journal subscriptions meets the general instruction and research needs of undergraduate students.

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