Amanda Gipson Photo by Casey Petty.
As Lynn notes, these changes were carefully thought out, as part of the Knowledge Commons. As the PSU Collegian previously re- ported, the Knowledge Commons process was started last summer. Library staff spent the summer months culling the library collection to address issues of currency and space in preparation for the massive changes the Knowledge Commons will bring.
“These chairs have wheels for greater mobility,” Lynn says adding this is done to allow students to work collaboratively in the new spaces envisioned by the changes.
In the future, perhaps as close as the Fall 2013 semester, there will be further changes in the form of tables.
“The new tables also have 2 wheels and 2 glides that will en- able students to move them around to create their own learning environments,” Lynn adds,
In the face of such progress, one might wonder where the old chairs have gone. Library staff, in efforts to be as environmentally friendly as possible, recycled the chairs that have served the campus since 1972. After being such a fixture of the library landscape for so long, one student said they were excited for the changes. After her departure from campus last spring, Kelly Pandolpho, a junior at University Park, said she “wants to see the new library” that she passed so much time in while at Hazleton.
The library is an active place on campus and students should keep a look out for more changes ahead.