Updated Library Virtual Tour Released
SEATTLE – (February, 2003) The Seattle University Law Library is proud to announce the launch of its new virtual tour.
At a time when students are increasingly working in an electronic world, the Seattle University Law Library has created a stunning new virtual tour, introducing visitors to the physical space of the Library.
“It is ironic,” states Executive Law Librarian Kristin Cheney, “that we are using a virtual tour to introduce students to the library as a physical space. But it makes sense because for many of our students and other patrons their initial contact with the library is electronic, whether through our on-line catalog, remote access databases, or e-Reference Service. There is a great deal of information available on the Internet; however, there remains a wealth of legal materials that is only available on-site. Moreover, the intellectual discourse and sense of community generated by in-person contact with our highly skilled and experienced library staff can never be replicated in a virtual world.”
Using the latest in Macromedia Flash technology, the tour allows visitors to view the library from all directions, click on areas for more information, and follow arrows from one section of the library to another. By using Macromedia Flash’s ability to offer a rich visual environment while maintaining a small file size, the tour offers a dynamic introduction to the Library viewable over all bandwidths. Alternate accessibility has been provided through the inclusion of a textual tour, available from the same URL.
The new tour is the product of collaboration between the two departments making up the Seattle University School of Law Information Services department. Library staff provided content and structure, while Technology staff directed the development and implementation. “This kind of collaboration is what the law school envisioned when we created the department,” said Stephen Burnett, Professor and Associate Dean for Information Services. “We are continually striving to merge the talents of both groups in non-traditional ways to improve access to all of the resources available throughout the law school and on the Web.”
Seattle University, founded in 1891, is one of the nation’s 28 Jesuit colleges and universities. It is the largest, most diverse and most comprehensive independent university in the Northwest. Approximately 6,000 students are enrolled in 44 undergraduate and 23 graduate programs, including doctoral programs in law and education. U.S. News and World Report ranks Seattle University among the top 10 universities in the West that offer a wide array of undergraduate and master’s degree programs.