Starting in Spring 2013, the Oviatt Library will incrementally undertake a state-of-the-art transformation to meet the growth of internet-based research and instruction, facilitate an increase in student collaborative projects, and integrate the Library's resources and services into campuswide partnerships to further student learning and respond to faculty needs. The campus community can expect specific library infrastructure changes that will provide more open and flexible technology-enhanced study spaces with ergonomic, modern furniture, laptop checkouts, more power outlets, an expanded Freudian Sip cafe, and interactive digital signage. We will also be welcoming the Learning Resource Center into the third floor, east wing.
Technology has radically changed the way that librarians, students, and faculty think about searching for information. Mobile computing is on the rise, and scholarly communication and publication is becoming a much more open enterprise. There are many challenges on the horizon for academic libraries, but many opportunities as well.
The Oviatt Library is embarking on a number of initiatives that will change the face of our facility and our services. Perhaps our most ambitious endeavor is our goal of building a new Learning Commons which is due to begin construction in June 2013. The Learning Commons, which will extend throughout the 1st floor of the Oviatt (including the Core and both Wings), will integrate the new skillsets of librarians with 21st century technologies; provide students with ergonomic, portable, and flexible furniture; create a light and open space; be food friendly; and facilitate a teaching and learning dynamic. I have high hopes for the Learning Commons as a new pedagogical and technological model for the 21st century academic library.
I welcome you to the Oviatt Library. During this growth period there may be “hard hat” areas where patron traffic will be restricted, but the Library will continue to offer the excellent services and resources students, faculty and staff rely on. I will be updating you regularly on our progress, and hope to hear feedback from you on how we’re meeting your expectations. Whether you need to perform research in one of our many databases, watch a video, work with primary source materials, or simply need a quiet place to study, I hope you will find what you need in the Oviatt Library.
Mark Stover, Ph.D.
Dean, Oviatt Library