Summer Construction in H-L Library

Two renovation projects are planned for the 1st floor of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library this summer that will both enhance student space and improve access to staff.

The study area adjacent to the suite of librarian offices on the south side of the floor will be enlarged to create a Research Commons. This re-envisioned space will promote active learning and collaborative work among students and between students and Librarian Liaisons, who are being called upon increasingly for in-depth research assistance and consultations on group projects. The Research Commons is planned as a flexible collaboration space that will reduce barriers between student researchers and librarians to facilitate this evolving support model.

At the same time, staff from Academic Technology & Consulting (AT&C) will move to the space currently occupied by the Library’s Technical Services Department on the north side of the floor (Technical Services will relocate to the current home of AT&C, on the 3rd floor of Hawthorne-Longfellow Hall). The move will provide AT&C with a more visible location on campus and support the department’s efforts to engage actively with faculty and students. With staff offices placed around the perimeter, the space will include a central common area for consultations, discussions, hands-on workshops, presentations, and sharing innovative technologies to support teaching, learning, and research. Part of the existing solid wall that currently separates the space from the reading room will be replaced with glass to provide the campus with a “window” into the creative work of the staff and their ongoing collaborations with students and faculty. During the renovation period AT&C staff will continue to work on campus from both the Media Commons and their temporary office space in the Pierce Reading Room on the 2nd floor of H-L.

In preparation for the renovations, which will begin the week of June 5th and continue through mid-August, librarians have been conducting a review of the reference collection. Given the changing nature of the use of reference sources, we expect to transfer a number of volumes into the circulating collection, where they will be more accessible and will better serve researchers, while retaining in the reference area those materials most useful to the research librarians and to students and faculty.

We look forward to welcoming the campus community to a celebratory open house at the start of the fall semester. In the meantime, for more information, contact Marjorie Hassen, College Librarian, mhassen@bowdoin.edu | 207-725-3281.

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