SRU’s Bailey Library to host ‘Renovation Celebration’


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Nov. 6, 2015

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - A celebration to commemorate the completion of renovations to Slippery Rock University's Bailey Library will feature games, prizes and tours of the newly renovated spaces Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to SRU faculty, staff and students as well as community members.

SRU President Cheryl Norton, Provost Philip Way and Associate Provost Brad Wilson will offer special remarks at 3 p.m. The ceremony will also recognize the winners of the Marjorie Stephenson and Maltby scholarships and celebrate the library's 50 years as a Federal Depository.

The current changes - focused on the library's second and third floors - were influenced by data from the 2012 LibQUAL+ library service survey. Qualitative data from the survey determined some of the renovation design decisions. Aside from those considerations, both floors received new carpeting and environmentally friendly, motion-sensitive lighting.

Due in part to survey feedback, goals for the renovation included ensuring the second floor Instructional Materials Center would facilitate additional study space, while remaining a strong resource for the needs of education students; while another was to make sure that the third floor remained available for quiet study while adding study space where possible.

On the second floor, IMC shelves have been reduced to half-height to provide more natural sunlight and visibility, while the IMC itself has been moved to the front of the floor.

Following the renovations, only shelves for A-C of the main collection remain on the second floor. All other titles were moved to the third floor.

The Math Emporium and room 215C, an area ideal for student tutoring or study, have been added to the second floor. Both have been outfitted with new furniture and additional computers.

On the third floor, the reading room, which focuses on current fiction and non-fiction with an emphasis on popular reading, has been relocated to the area that was formerly the third floor lobby and has been completely refitted with new furniture, carpeting and shelving.

That floor's computer lab was upgraded with new flooring, furniture, and lighting and individual computer stations. The University Archives were remodeled and upgraded, while the Special Collections Room has also found a new home on the floor, having previously been on the second floor.

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