Metal shelving made it possible for Thomas Jefferson University’s Scott Learning Resource Center to keep their clinical education models safe, yet accessible to students.
Thomas Jefferson University (TJU), located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a private health sciences university. The University consists of six different colleges and schools, and has the reputation for being a prestigious program, having been ranked #42 among the nation’s medical schools by U.S. News & World Report.
Within TJU, there are two resource centers that service students on a daily basis—the Jefferson Alumni Hall Resource Center, and the Scott Resource Center, which services the entire university as well as the nearby hospital community. For that reason, it was important to Martha Ankeny, the Director of Learning Initiatives at TJU, that the Resource Center be inviting, attractive, and scientific-looking.
With these words in mind—inviting and accessible—the storage team at DSSI went to work, designing a series of cantilever shelves with transparent doors. Through this solution, the models, equipment, and software that was housed in the resource center could be accessed when needed and locked at the end of the day. In addition, the built-in lighting in these “shelving cabinets drew attention to the interesting models, and a modular storage rail held the larger ones (such as full-size skeletons) in place.
Ankeny says that overall, the staff of the Scott Resource Center are beyond happy with the solution—and even have the approval of the TJU’s Dean and the university’s Library Director. “The dean thought it was beautiful, and the University Librarian says that in his nearly 20 years on campus, he’s never seen the Learning Center look better,” she says.
“For years, I had been wanting to take away the old shelving and put up something that was more inviting and accessible.”Martha Ankeny - Director of Learning Initiatives, Thomas Jefferson University