Horace W. Sturgis Library renovation
KENNESAW, Ga. (Jun 7, 2016) — Libraries often are the “intellectual hub” of college campuses, and the Horace W. Sturgis Library at Kennesaw State University is a little “smarter” today, following a $4.4 million renovation focused on technology and collaborative spaces.
At a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday, Kennesaw State President Daniel S. Papp said the renovated library will give users a place where they will be better able to study and learn.
“Today is indeed a great day for Kennesaw State University,” Papp said. “Historically, libraries have been at the center of great universities, and even in the digital age, this remains true today. It is vitally important that great universities — and KSU is a great university — have first-class and up-to-date libraries.”
The first phase of the renovation project was construction of a new entrance to the library directlyacross from the student center. When students walk in the door, they are greeted by a large computer area complete with a circulation and help desk.
Phase two of the project included the creation of a dual-purpose room for teaching, which will be open to the public when no library classes are scheduled. There is also a 16-foot data visualization wall for faculty modeling and big data analytics. It’s the same type of wall seen behind anchors on evening newscasts. Library staff teach almost 8,000 students annually how to use the library and some 300 instructional sections to faculty.
“We’ve gone from 80 computers to 153, and every one of them is being utilized daily,” said David Evans, assistant vice president and dean for library services. “Research shows when students come into a library, they are looking for two things: computer resources and their friends. And, we’ve created that type of space.”
According to newly elected KSUStudent Government Association President Victoria Brock, more space for students and studying was at the top of her peers’ wish lists.
“I know students are very excited about this new space,” she said. “You walk in and almost every seat is filled, which is exciting, so thank you very much.”
From whiteboards to the visual data wall, and from wireless technology to collaborative technology tables, the renovated library space reflects larger trends in higher education, Evans said.
“This is how students are learning, and it’s how faculty are working,” he said. “The library has to reflect how teaching is taking place in the classroom; the library can no longer be a collection of books.”
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.