Traditional library space reconfigured for new high-tech learning

The high school library is located in a large room with high ceilings. It once served as a ballroom when it was a former mansion.  It is a true blend of modern technology, furniture and textures with traditional architecture.

“I was actually on the committee that worked together to bring the money in to redo the library,” explained senior student Andrew Beecher.

Canisius senior Andrew Beecher said this new space preserves the integrity of the traditional design. It still features grand chandeliers and archways, but now provides students with new high-tech study space.

“Keeping the integrity of the space and still modernizing it, because we have all this beautiful artwork and chandeliers, and it’s just a beautiful, historical space but we were able to incorporate comfortable seating and new computers and big screens—so I think it works well together,” Beecher told WBFO.

Senior student Bernard Dent added his take on the newly completed space. “Well I think that it’s important to kind of try to keep the library with the times,” he said.

Senior Bernard Dent said the new space allows students to study and hook up their iPads for learning.

“All my textbooks are on my iPad so I didn’t really frequent the library before because I didn’t need books. If anything, it was just a place that I would be standing around waiting for my mom to come pick me up from school,” Dent added.

“You can go to it for whatever and even if you have a question on something, the librarian, or even other teachers that are roaming around – you’re able to just go to and ask,” student Randolph Chi told WBFO.

Randolph Chi is a junior. He said the library offers students a chance to get their school work done and then hang out for conversations. The new space allows students to work as a team on studies or there are private study rooms if they want a quieter section.

“You always say that you want to come into the library to get your work done –and then things like hanging out, like the furniture and everything, you just want to hang out sometimes so there’s just so much you can do,” Chi added.

WBFO also spoke with Eric Amodeo, director of educational technology at Canisius about the space’s transition into a high-tech learning lab and how the transition has been received.

“So far, to date I would say that it’s paying off. It’s getting a lot more use that it ever has so it’s been pretty positive, said Amodeo.


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Santosh is an international development specialist and author of several publications on socio economic development. Santosh is a regular contributor to online article sites on the topics of on line education, underserved peoples, scholarship and educational excellence.