January 22, 2022

Canada: The $205 Million Taylor Family Digital Library Formally Opens at U. of Calgary

From the Calgary Herald:

Five years ago, then U of C president Harvey Weingarten convinced Taylor to donate $25 million in seed money toward the new library, which opened to students in September.

The $205-million facility is the antithesis of a stodgy old archive. It has been touted as one of the most advanced academic libraries in North America.

It combines a library, art gallery, archives, rare collections and the latest digital tools for learning and research. The six-storey building features touch technology, an interactive digital globe, more than 200 computer workstations, video editing suites and a high-resolution video wall that can display detailed maps and other scientific data.

“I’m amazed at what they’ve managed to put together here, and to have our family name associated with it is a great honour,” said Taylor, founder of Engineered Air.

“Today, it’s now reality, and it’s exciting to see it all and the impact it’s going to have on the university and the community in general.”

The library was originally supposed to open in March, prior to final exams. But during the move from the MacKimmie Library tower, a design flaw in the heating and cooling system was discovered that required the mechanical system to be refitted.

Much More in the Complete Article

See Also: “Grand opening of the library of the future” (via U. of Calgary)

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.