University of Maryland: “McKeldin Library Receives a $500,000-Plus Makeover”
From The Diamondback:
In an effort to provide a more inviting and attractive space conducive to both group and individual study time, McKeldin Library has implemented hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of upgrades and renovations this summer, library administrators said.
Completed thus far are two of the three main classrooms on the sixth floor and one on the seventh floor, said David Rivard, the University of Maryland Libraries assistant dean for administrative services. Funding for these projects came from library technology fees, library plant reserve funds and campus facilities management, he said.
“We’re trying to be the place where people can learn and play with more stuff,” said Carleton Jackson, Library Media Services director. “We want to learn from the people using [McKeldin] too.”
Social media has been a key component of gauging student needs and concerns, Jackson said, adding that providing space for small groups to assemble is a high priority.
“We’re trying to open the front entrance up, change the flooring and lighting, and centralize the information services desk so that it’s the first thing you see when you walk in,” Rivard said. “We want to make it more inspired and welcoming.”
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