President's Message - Spring/Summer 2018
July 09, 2018
The shushing librarian plays a prominent role in our popular culture, witness Marian the Librarian of The Music Man. For many, the image of libraries isn’t very inviting, either. In the memories of many alumni, the college library is silent, filled with study carrels, and viewed as a solitary place for cramming.
It’s time to update those images. Librarians are now highly skilled users of digital technology actively engaged with students and faculty, and libraries are abuzz with students engaged in collaborative work.
This change is very evident in the Kolenbrander-Harter Information Center – KHIC for short – at Mount Union. Built in three phases (in 1950, 1975, and 2000), the KHIC is home today to academic departments, classrooms, computer labs, information technology (IT) offices, and the campus IT Help Desk. The KHIC’s Learning Commons includes individual and group study spaces, the Digital, Written, and Oral Communication Studio, and a café. Digital books and journals, streaming videos, and online databases are supplanting stacks, bound periodicals, and the card catalog.
There is more to come, as the KHIC is transformed to create an academic hub that hums just like our social hub in the Hoover-Price Campus Center. The work is beginning this summer and will unfold over several years as Mount Union secures gifts for the project. Read on to learn more.
Thanks for all you do for Mount Union!
President, Mount Union