The Library continues planning for the second phase of the John T. Richardson Library Renovation (scheduled for Summer 2013) with campus partners, including Faculty Information Technology Services (FITS), the Writing Center, the Digital Humanities Interest Group, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Information Services, and the Office of the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.
During Summer 2013, the first floor of Richardson Library will be reconfigured as an “Information Commons,” providing access to a suite of academic and research support programs in a technology-rich environment. New furnishings and new technology will provide the setting for the next generation of library services, which will be designed and delivered in collaboration with campus colleagues sharing the library’s mission of support for teaching, learning, scholarship, and service at DePaul. While the summer will present challenges to our staff and our users as the first floor is reconfigured, our plan is for the Information Commons to be available to you and your students in time for the start of the 2013-14 academic year.
In addition to new spaces for individual and group study, and familiar features such as the Richardson Library service desk, the Information Commons will feature a new home for student-centered academic services which we are currently referring to as the Learning Commons, and a new resource for faculty and students pursuing advanced work in areas including the creation and use of digital texts, images, and media files, as well as social science data, GIS, text mining, and more, that we are currently referring to as the Scholar’s Lab. Both of these new spaces are being designed in collaboration with colleagues from across campus, and we look forward to sharing more information about them as we get closer to Summer 2013.
The next phase of John T. Richardson Library renovation promises great opportunities for faculty and staff pursuing library teaching and research, but we will be asking you to “pardon our dust” over the next several months as we prepare for the renovation. Print materials will be moved to new spaces in the library or to off-site shelving, according to the collection management plan approved as part of the renovation last year. You may continue to request materials from off-site shelving through the library catalog, and you will find more and more journals and books available to you electronically as we continue to build our digital collections. Many materials have already been moved from the second floor of the Richardson Library, and we will begin moving materials in the spring from the first floor into newly-available space on the second in order to allow the summer renovations to begin on time.
Please look for future announcements regarding the library renovation on our Web site and in news items posted to the site, as well as to the DePaul Library’s Facebook page (link). As always, our goal will be to continue to provide excellent service to you and your students even in the midst of these changes. If you have any questions about the renovation, about new programs, or about how to gain access to library materials, please contact your liaison librarian. Questions or comments about renovation planning can be directed to Chris Hoeppner, Assistant Director of Libraries for Administrative Services, or to Scott Walter, University Librarian.