At the beginning of the fall semester, the Chief Librarian was alerted by the Office of Campus Planning that the long awaited construction of five (5) group study rooms on the second floor’s west wing was to start during the first week of October. This is good news for students as rooms for collaborative learning styles are sorely needed. The five (5) we currently have, equipped with seating for six (6) and whiteboard, are heavily utilized from 8am to 10pm, daily. Over the past two years, Reservations for group study rooms have increased 9% from 2009/10 to 2011/12. Indeed, the news of the pending construction of additional study rooms which would facilitate more collaborative study groups of 8 to 12 individuals. Two of the rooms will be dedicated for graduate students use and small seminar programs.
Over the next 90 days, please pardon the appearance of the second floor and bear with us as activities of renovation and construction (i.e. drilling, hammering, sawing, etc.) are undertaken. All study tables and chairs formerly in this section have been relocated to the first and third floors of the Library, hence maintaining the same number of seating. It is hoped that these rooms will be completed by January, in time for the beginning of spring semester. in the next newsletter we hope to bring you photographs of the newly designed spaces.
For more information please contact:
Wilma L. Jones, Ph.D.
Professor & Chief Librarian