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Anu Vedantham: Director of the David B. Weigle Information Commons
February 20, 2007, Volume 53, No. 23

Anu Vedantham

Ms. Anu Vedantham came to Penn last month from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey to serve as the director of the David B. Weigle Information Commons at the Library Center.

The Weigle Information Commons, which opened last April, (Almanac March 28, 2006) is a set of spaces created by the Libraries and the School of Arts and Sciences to support students’ collaborative learning, the use of technology in their work, and to provide consulting services on research, presentation, and communication skills. As Director, Ms. Vedantham will oversee programmatic development in the Commons. “The way students work and learn is always changing,” said H. Carton Rogers, Vice Provost and Director of Libraries. “Anu’s experience with instructional technology and her commitment to higher education will help the Libraries respond to programmatic and curricular changes at Penn, and help Penn students maximize the terrific resources available to them in the Commons.”

The David B. Weigle Information Commons is located on the first floor-west of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center. Consultation services are provided by the Critical Writing Program, Communication Within the Curriculum (CWiC), and the Weingarten Learning Resources Center. Study booths are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and group study rooms may be reserved at the Commons service desk.  The Vitale Digital Media Lab, also housed in the Commons, offers training and equipment for working with digital media—including video, audio, imaging, and web publishing. 

At Stockton College, Ms.Vedantham directed the Southern Regional Educational Technology Training Center (ETTC) for six years providing professional development and technology models for college faculty and K-12 teachers. She also served as Interim Associate Provost and as Director of Instructional Technology. Ms. Vedantham holds her New Jersey Principal Certificate and served for two years as Director of Grants and Community Initiatives at Stafford Township School District. In the mid-90s, Ms. Vedantham served as Program Officer at the Telecommunications Opportunities Program at the United States Department of Commerce. She has conducted global warming research at Environmental Defense and communications networking research at Bell Communications Research.

Ms. Vedantham received her masters in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and her bachelors and masters in electrical engineering and computer science at the MIT. She is pursuing her doctorate in higher education management at Penn’s GSE.

Almanac - February 20, 2007, Volume 53, No. 23