Nancy Baker Speaks at LISSO Meeting

Nancy Baker Speaks at LISSO Meeting

At the LISSO meeting before Spring break, SLIS students gathered to hear University Librarian Nancy Baker discuss the creation of the new Learning Commons on the first floor of the Main Library. 

The Learning Commons will house computer terminals and plug-ins for laptops, dedicated individual and group study spaces, and an expanded Food for Thought Café. It is hoped that this space will become a 24-hour study space and a hub for student life on campus.

Construction is already underway in some parts of the building to make room for offices now housed on the first floor.  A number of the stacks have been relocated, and library staff members are preparing to move into newly created space on the fifth floor.  

Part of the renovation includes new space for University of Iowa graduate students on the third floor of the building where Government Documents was located.

The major construction will take place over the summer when the east side of the first floor will be gutted to make room for the Learning Commons. For much of the upcoming school year, the north entrance of the library will provide the sole access to the Library.

As users who spend hours in the building, SLIS students have a vested interest this large remodelling project.  A number of current students interested in academic libraries will have the opportunity to witness an ambitious plan to reinvigorate a large university library.