Friday, May 24, 2013

Library Gets a Face Lift

For the first time in over 20 years, the TCTC library will be remodeled.  This summer project will include new furniture, a new circulation and reference desk area, new carpet, new paint on the walls, and a café area.  We are especially proud of the anticipated updates to the large study rooms.  These rooms will include a large screen monitor that is hooked to individual input stations.  By using this technology students can bring 21st century skills to their team group projects.  See Backbone Media Platform. Additionally we will be adding a Mac Bar area that will include Mac computers. Colors will focus on the TCTC colors of red, black, and khaki.  Planning for this project started a few years ago and ramped up in December, 2012, with the choice of KI as the furniture vendor and designer.  During January, February, and March, colors, patterns, and furniture was discussed between a number of staff and faculty and students. In April, the library staff began the process by shifting some of the shelving so that the large back window area became more open.  We are in the process of moving the bound periodicals to another location. That area will become the Legal area and support the new paralegal program that starts in Fall, 2013.  The next steps will be redoing the carpet, painting the walls, and updating the study rooms. There will be different times that specific areas of the library will need to be blocked off to accommodate all these adjustments.  Furniture should arrive by the end of July.  We anticipate the entire project to be complete for the beginning of the fall semester.  A color board and design plans are at the circulation desk. Feel free to stop by and look at the redesign.

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