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Shengsheng Zhou, past president of the Graduate Student Organization, tests a new book scanner at a new study space dedicated to graduate students at the Glenn G. Bartle Library.
Photo by Jonathan Cohen
New graduate study space opens in Bartle Library
January 5, 2017Tweet
As the grand opening celebration of the new Graduate Study Space in the Glenn G. Bartle Library got underway Dec. 7, a graduate student was already hard at work on one of the room’s new scanners. Jin Liu paused long enough to express her “happiness and surprise at the discovery of this quiet, much-needed space to do her work.”
A secure, dedicated space designed to accommodate the study and collaboration needs of more than 40 graduate students at a time, the room is located behind the Reference Desk in Bartle Library. A bank of windows brings light into the space, which has been freshly painted, carpeted and furnished. Graduate student Alysa Pomer said she appreciated “additional quiet space you don’t have to fight for!”
Technical amenities include access to a Knowledge Imaging Center (KIC scanner), three computers and a printer/release station. James Conroy, assistant director of technology support services, pointed to the abundance of plugs and USB ports, intentional to the design because it’s “so common to see students, cord in hand, searching for a place to plug in phones and laptops.”
The new space was made possible through the support of University administration, the collaborative efforts of the Libraries and the Graduate Student Organization (GSO), and in coordination with Information Technology Services (ITS) and Physical Facilities.
President Harvey Stenger thanked a number of people for the successful completion of the project, which was originally proposed by the GSO.
The initiative originated with GSO President Samantha Fox in 2014, continued throughout the administrations of presidents Alison Coombs and Shengsheng Zhou, and culminated in the grand opening under current GSO President Plash Sachdeva.
“The first thing I looked for when I saw the new room was my 5 a.m. nap place,” Sachdeva said jokingly, adding that he was grateful for both the space and the efforts of all who had a role in bringing the vision to life.
Sachdeva also spoke of a benefit yet to be realized – the additional library seats that will now be available for undergraduates. The Libraries administration estimates that the migration of graduate students to this location will free up at least 58 Bartle study spaces for undergraduate use.
“The speeches today reminded me of what can be accomplished through collaboration,” Zhou said. “I also appreciate that our University leadership recognized the contributions of the graduate student body by providing this space.”
“The GSO worked tirelessly with the Libraries – attending meetings, selecting designs, layouts, furniture, even colors,” said Curtis Kendrick, dean of the Libraries. “All graduate students owe them a debt of gratitude.”
“Graduate students are an important part of our campus. Through their support and contributions to both research and teaching, they offer our University invaluable intellectual vitality,” said Provost Donald Nieman. “I hope this new space helps them be more productive and that it serves as an oasis.”
Zhou said a survey will be distributed to graduate students through the GSO newsletter in early spring 2017, to collect input for future initiatives that can continue to “make both life and study easier for the graduate student body.”