Satellite office available for reserve at Woodruff Library

Published 07-15-2013

Tina Colvin, a doctoral candidate in English, tests a video chat capability in the "touchdown space" at the Woodruff Library. The space, set up in Room 102, is a type of satellite office that gives staff and students a private space to meet one-on-one, make a phone call, check email or conduct a phone or Skype interview. The computer recently has been upgraded to an iMac.

Need a quiet place for a private phone call or a one-on-one conversation? Woodruff Library has created a “touchdown” space for such situations, located in Room 102 on level 1. This office-away-from-your-office, found around the corner from Jazzman’s near the microfilm area, is equipped with a computer and a telephone and is open to students and staff members on campus.

“We had requests for something like this from several students and staff members directly,” says Charles Forrest, director of facilities for Emory Libraries.

He says students had expressed interest in a space to use for job interviews via Skype or to take an online test without noise or distractions. Staff members had inquired about space to conduct one-on-one meetings and performance reviews, check email between meetings when they’re away from their desks or make the occasional confidential phone call.

“Many people work in an open-space environment now,” Forrest says. “Very few people have offices anymore.”

The touchdown space can be reserved for a maximum of one hour, using the same procedure as the group study rooms – it can be booked up to 24 hours in advance but must be reserved in person at the library security desk on level 2.