"People think a library has to be a quiet, stuffy place," says Stephanie Diaz, a reference and instruction librarian at Penn State Behrend's John M. Lilley Library. "There's value in that. But there's a lot more to what we do here."
The John M. Lilley Library at Penn State Behrend has adapted to the "knowledge commons" model of learning support: video booths, post-production software and technical help for faculty members who use media technology in their teaching.
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, has reached a 10-year agreement with three local taxing bodies to provide annual payments in lieu of taxes for property in Knowledge Park, a 106-acre innovation complex owned and operated by the campus.