The Lydia M. Olson Library is currently undergoing downsizing changes in hopes of creating space for updated books and incorporating new features like the virtual reality and digital tutoring lab, According to Dean of Academic Information Services Leslie Warren.
“Libraries like ours are always going through a weaning process,” Warren said. “Even if we weren’t planning on renovating, we are always looking at our collection to make sure it is the right collection for our campus.”
This weaning process happens yearly, she said. Library staff looks at what books haven’t been used, if they are still up to date on accuracy, and if they are in useable condition. The goal is to keep a collection of books that are of value to both students and staff. With the larger renovation coming up in the near future they are continuing with the normal weaning process, but on a larger scale.
The library tries to continuously incorporate new technology to enhance the library atmosphere. A year ago, they added a digital tutoring media center and this year virtual reality was added. Next year’s idea is still in process. Right now the space for new technology is small and somewhat limiting, but when the full renovation begins these spaces will flow better throughout, Warren said.
“We are on a path that is going to make the library much more user-friendly,” she said. “It’s going to have much more collaborative space, it will have more study spaces, and it will have more space for creative problem solving with technology.”
As of now, there is no budget or set date to start the major renovation. Currently, the library is in the process of waiting on an updated timeline. Once the full renovations plans are set changes will be happening to both floors of the library. These plans will include creating a designated quiet study space, place for all tutoring to be this includes bringing the math center over, and better ways to support the students. At the end of the renovation the goal it serves our campus in more ways.