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Library launches Beagle connections

By Leanne Coleman

The touchscreen kiosk is located in the Library Foyer, Casuarina campus The touchscreen kiosk is located in the Library Foyer, Casuarina campus

An information kiosk providing a one-stop-shop for people seeking information on English naturalist Charles Darwin and the connection to his namesake Charles Darwin University has been launched as part of the university’s 25th Anniversary celebrations.

Director Library Services Ruth Quinn said the “Beagle Kiosk” and associated website “Beagle Connections” brought together information about the scientist’s importance in history and his connections to both Darwin city and CDU.

“All the information has been gathered together and is accessible from one point,” Ms Quinn said. “The website links to resources and incorporates video, audio and interactive maps of Beagle voyages.”

Ms Quinn said the development of the kiosk and website occurred as part of the refurbishment of Level 3 of the Library on Casuarina campus now named “The Beagle Deck”.

“The aim of the refurbishment was to provide an attractive and flexible learning space for students as well as a public function space that could be used by members of the wider community outside of semester times,” Ms Quinn said.

The touchscreen kiosk is located in the Library Foyer, Casuarina campus where it is easily accessible. It is portable and can be used elsewhere if required.

Ms Quinn said the development of the kiosk was funded by a 2013 Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation Grant.

This year CDU is celebrating 25 years of university education in the Northern Territory with a range of projects and events.

For more information about the kiosk visit W: www.cdu.edu.au/beagle-kiosk/