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Hifi House/AVSG Helps Usher In Future of Library Science

Princeton Library installs state-of-the-art multimedia information system (October 11, 2004)

Comfortable chairs nestled among bookcases and magazine racks, with a beautiful view of the neighborhood. Private study rooms and group study ?carrels, complete with broadband-powered PCs outfitted with the latest software. Small conference rooms and large community rooms, replete with 60 plasma TVs, projection computers, and interactive electronic white boards. Lively ?living room areas where kids can be kids, and pre-teens, teens, and ?tweens can socialize.

This was the vision and is the reality of the trustees and staff of the Princeton Library. And the Audio Video Systems Group (AVSG) of Hifi House, the regions leading supplier of exclusive, high-end audio and video electronics for homes, businesses, educational institutions, and other organizations, is helping this new location in Princeton, N.J., prove that public libraries are not just about books anymore. In a dramatic break with tradition, the new Princeton Library, founded in 1909 and rebuilt in 2004, ushers in an exciting new era for the library information sciences; one which sets a new standard - for collecting of knowledge, organization of information, dissemination of education, and service to community.

This lofty standard, which will be emulated by public libraries across the country and around the world for decades to come, could not have been achieved without AVSGs project expertise and faultless installation of the librarys high-end audio and video systems. The experts at AVSG also sourced and provided virtually all of the audio/video hardware, software and wiring that fill the Princeton Librarys 61,000 square feet. Pervasive multimedia content can be locally controlled by individual remotes, or centrally managed through a single remote that can independently program audio and video content, computers, and lighting across multiple multimedia zones.

?We wanted to create a true community space that was more than just a bigger building to put books in, says Leslie Burger, Director of the Princeton Public Library. ?We spent a lot of time envisioning a public library in the digital age, with non-stop media and people living very busy lives. Technology is an integral part of how we get information and spend our lives. So we came up with the concept that a library should be the ?communitys living room; a place that brings people of all ages and backgrounds together to learn, connect, and grow. The completely integrated audio/video information system provided and installed by Hifi Houses AVSG is a cornerstone of that concept.

In addition to housing some 120,000 books in its stacks, the Princeton Library features twelve uniquely designed rooms that span three floors. The following rooms feature high-end audio/video equipment professionally installed by the AVSG team:

* Four independently programmable flat-screen TVs and tuners situated throughout the building, including one NEC 42 flat screen at the entrance thats used as a ?digital bulletin board to announce library events; and two NEC 42 Plasma ceiling-mounted screens in the main room where among many activities DVDs, videos, and recorded books play.

* A public Meeting Room on the first floor outfitted with a ten-foot screen and a Sanyo high resolution LCD video projector, where up to 165 patrons can kick back and watch live TV, or select from over 15,000 DVDs and videos. The meeting room also offers the latest corporate conferencing and multimedia presentation technologies, including a computer projector, Dolby Surround sound system and synchronized automated lighting, all of which can be controlled by a single wireless touchpad.

* A public Tech Center on the third floor that features an electronic ?white board with a 60-inch NEC plasma screen and interactive touch-sensitive overlay control panel, allowing instructors to interact with project computer data, images, and live notations.

AVSGs installation complements the existing fleet of 101 Windows-based PCs, each outfitted with DELL 17 flat screen high-resolution flat-panel screens, broadband Internet connections, and over 1,000 software programs available, including popular applications such as Microsoft Office. Broadband Ethernet ports and WiFi hot spots are also available throughout the buildings interior and exterior areas, allowing visitors to plug in (or roam) with their laptops or other Internet-enabled devices.

Later this year the library will unveil a new outdoor plaza, which will be used for programs such as movies, live music, public readings, etc. It will be fully outfitted with Internet data ports, wireless hot spots and high-end built-in amplification.

This historic, year-long project required tight synchronization with architects, designers, and independent building trades; and was completed on time and on budget - underscores how Hifi House/AVSG maintains its position as the regions leading supplier of exclusive, high-end audio and video electronics for homes and offices.

?We are extremely proud to have played a key role in bringing the Princeton Librarys ideas from futuristic vision to concrete reality, says Ken Adelberg, president of AVSG. ?This is precisely the type of highly creative, yet complex and challenging integrated audio/video installation project we excel at. It was a great opportunity for us to participate in and support a historic initiative that will define the state of the art for library information sciences for years to come.

About AVSG
Audio Video Systems Group (AVSG) is a full-service audiovisual systems integrator specializing in design/build projects of corporate boardrooms, distance learning and training facilities along with professional video conferencing suites. AVSG provides every facet of audiovisual systems design and installation from the initial conceptual design through service contracts after the system is complete. AVSG is a subsidiary of Hifi House Group, which has been serving the Philadelphia area for more than 40 years with exclusive, high-end audio and video electronics for homes, businesses, educational institutions and other organizations. Hifi House is located on the Web at

For more information on Hifi House, contact Kathryn OConnor at Gregory FCA Communications Inc., at 610-642-8253, or [email protected].


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