Tuesday, May 25, 2010

U.Texas San Antonio -- Phase Two

Phase Two (completion date: November, 2010) will integrate tutoring and the Writing Center into the John Peace Library Information Commons:
  • New spaces on the library's second floor for the Tomas Rivera Center (supplemental instruction and tutoring units) and the Writing Center will create a one-stop shop for student intellectual engagement and support.
  • An expansion of the Information Commons will integrate an additional 50 computers. Ten new instruction rooms also will be constructed.
  • By popular demand, a new quiet study room will be constructed in the northwest corner of the second floor.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

In the Works - NYU Bobst Library Research Commons

NYU's renovation project will transform two floors of the Bobst Library into a "research commons."  Work will be completed in November, 2010.  A libguide charts the progress and describes the planning process.  The project is the realization of a study begun in 2005 and reported in 2007 that lays out a detailed roadmap for creating "an environment that could be adapted to the needs of the future of scholarly research."  The full report of the study is available at: http://library.nyu.edu/about/KPLReport.pdf

Monday, May 17, 2010

In the Works - Coastal Carolina U.

Construction of the Bryan Information Commons, a 15,000 sq ft addition to Kimbel Library, will begin this summer with a target completion date of summer 2011.  A student advisory group played a major role in the design of learning spaces and the selection of furnishings.  The campus is less than 1/2 hour from Myrtle Beach, SC.

UPDATE: Construction photos from April, 2012.

In the Works - SUNY New Paltz

Sojourner Truth Library at SUNY New Paltz will undergo a $14 million renovation, including an Information Commons, scheduled for completion in 2012.  They have also launched a search for Head of Information Systems, a veritable Johannes Factotum, responsible for "the overall direction, administration, and management of all library systems and information technologies. Specifically, the incumbent will serve as system administrator for the library’s integrated system (Aleph), enhance and monitor the library’s web site, supervise computer staff in equipment maintenance, oversee the applications for interlibrary loan and electronic reserves, implement new initiatives to streamline operations and improve existing services, and provide expertise in the areas of emerging technologies."