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Chaparral 2014-2015: 23.4 GCC Library

GCC Library (March 2015)

The Library at Glendale Community College: What's New?

by Eric Hanson

Dean, Library and Learning Support Services

 

photo of GCC libraryLast year, a consultant was hired to examine the library as a public space and make recommendations on how the library might be updated to better serve GCC students. In July of 2014, he completed his report and it is available in the library at the Circulation Desk.

Those who use the library on a regular basis may have noticed some changes as we are working to enact many of the recommendations from this report. The library currently has iPads and Chromebooks available for check out and we hope to provide more access to the latest technological hardware as we move forward.

On the upper floor of the library, nine rows of shelves have been removed in order to move study carrels into this space to maintain a quiet area for individual study.  In the future, we hope to remove the old carrels and replace them with more modern, comfortable furniture.  This floor will remain a space for quiet study and will continue to have individual study spaces.

photo of GCC library empty shelvesWe are currently working to remove the nine shelves located on the main floor of the library that currently hold the Reference Collection.  This space will become a learning commons where students will have access to computers and a more collaborative space where they will be welcome to work together on projects. The computer carrels near the windows will be removed and replaced with modern, comfortable seating and tables. The hope is that the removal of the various old study carrels combined with fresh carpet and paint, will allow more natural light into the library and provide a better environment for studying. We are examining how to provide more electrical outlets and ways to boost wireless internet access as well. Finally, depending on funding, we would like to fill the open space below the dome with couches and armchairs that support comfortable reading and create a place to relax.

As the library continues to work in its role as the heart of Glendale Community College, it will need input from faculty, staff, and students to make certain it is done right.  Faculty and staff participated in the consultation report discussed above and they will be asked for their input again as the library starts to look at furniture and the organizational layout of the research commons and quiet study areas.  If you have any comments or suggestions for the library, please write to library@glendale.edu with the word “comment” in the subject line.

 

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