HICLAS (Health Information, Campus LIfe, and Academic Sucess Digital Sinage System)
The goal of the project is to enhance the health and wellness of MidAmerica Nazarene University students. This will be accomplished by addressing the following objectives: (1) providing students with current, relevant health information, and (2) providing students with current, useful information about campus life. Thus, the two outcomes of the project will be students who: (1) are empowered to make more informed and healthy lifestyle choices, and (2) have a stronger sense of identity within the university community. This project will enhance the capacity of our library to offer electronic health information services by supporting the purchase and installation of hardware and software that will be utilized to ensure access to high-quality health information that is relevant to students. Our specific project will be to develop, implement, and maintain a dynamic (digital) signage system in two locations in the open, public areas of the Learning Commons. The physical infrastructure is simple, being comprised of flat-screen television displays with the ability to play images and videos from a USB stick. As slide shows are revised (at least once monthly), the media file would be replaced on the USB drive attached to the television displays. These digital displays will continuously repeat slide shows, which will contain health information of interest and relevance to college students. These slides will be interspersed with additional slides containing information about Learning Commons services and campus events. Wellness content will be developed and contributed by the Director of Wellness@MNU, as well as by professors within the health and exercise science department. Other relevant content will be contributed by a variety of constituencies around campus. The Learning Commons faculty will review all contributed content, assemble a refreshed slide deck once monthly, and ensure the continuous operation of the HICLAS system.