“The library computers were a lifesaver!” says Jason Vergne, B.A. ‘19. After all of the hard work it took to get into GW, there was still one big thing standing between Jason and his dream of a bachelor’s degree — his laptop. When he got to campus, he found that his existing laptop couldn’t run academic software required for his classes. He couldn’t afford a new computer, but soon learned about Gelman Library’s George W.G. Stoner Commons — full of PC and Mac computers and open 24 hours during the academic year — and spent two years using them almost daily.
“Often we make assumptions about the technical savvy and computing resources our students bring to campus,” says Jared Johnson, associate dean of academic technologies. “Technology is an integral part of the student experience, so GWLAI provides the resources to make sure technology isn’t a barrier for any of our students.”