May 21, 2022

Cal State University: “Turning Libraries into ‘The Living Room of the University”

From CSU:

​More and more, university libraries are helping to meet these needs.
Though the mission of CSU Libraries — to enhance teaching, learning, research, and scholarship — hasn’t changed, many of the system’s campus library deans have found themselves launching new programs as well as leading physical changes to their libraries.


“The library has evolved from its classic role as a container for collections to a central role in support for student learning, exploration, discovery, connections and cultural enrichment,” says Karen Schneider, Ph.D., Dean of the Library at Sonoma State University.

In fact, she likes to call Sonoma State University’s Library  “the living room of the university, where students study alone or together, congregate, relax, or simply reflect and refuel.”

Clem Guthro, Ed.D., Dean of the Library at California State University, Fullerton agrees, adding that “the library has moved from supporting passive learning to supporting multi-modal learning,” bringing together services like tutors, the library’s reference desk and IT into a single location.

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