Summer 2013 Academic Library Renovation Roundup #1: George Washington U., U. of Oklahoma, NC State U.
Here’s our first roundup with reports about renovation projects that took place over the summer at three academic libraries.
George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
The facelift of the building includes a sleek and modern entryway opening on Kogan Plaza, featuring an outdoor patio, dining area, convenient wheelchair access, and revolving doors leading into the space, redesigned to enhance the learning and research experience for GW students.
OU students will be able to hunker down in the library in an entirely new fashion this semester.
Various renovation projects in the Lower Level 1 of Bizzell Memorial Library were approved at the OU Board of Regents June meeting with a total renovation cost of about $5.7 million, said Chris Kuwitzky, associate vice president and chief financial officer for the university.
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
Looking for a comfortable, light-filled place to study in D. H. Hill? One with modern, comfortable furniture and color bursts that create a Hunt Library vibe?
Moving 1.5 million books into the bookBot at Hunt last year opened up much-needed space in our original main library, and we’re using it—as resources become available—to create more study and technology spaces in the D. H. Hill Library. Instead of generic book shelves, the area next to the Unity Lab on the second floor is now a bright, energizing area with fifty seats for individual or group work.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.