Lee Van Orsdel Photo: Grand Valley State University
David Moore August 29, 2013 | WGVUThe
$65 million learning facility has been getting rave reviews, including students
who jokingly said they wanted to live there. Lee Van Orsdel is Dean of University Libraries and observes that most
students visiting the library, which is definitely non-traditional, are still
pretty much sticking to the “quiet” rule-at least for now.
Van Orsdel said “They (students) are so serious and so
quiet.And if we take tours through,
they give us dirty looks.So the library
is designed to be a good bit looser and a good bit louder, but so far, they’re
so intense with their first week of classes that it’s the librarians who are
disturbing the students rather than them disturbing each other."
library has space for 600,000 items in its automated retrieval system, and
another 150,000 on open shelves.It features
both a quiet wing, and an area where students can work together on
collaborative projects and speak in normal conversational tones.
There’s a community open house September 7 from 1:00-5:00PM.
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