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Maggie Kierl: public relations class of 2009, Oklahoma City
The OSU Library is like a second home to me. If I’m not in class or at my house, I can pretty much always be found on the east side of third floor in the library.
I think the most beneficial thing about the library, is that every person who works there is willing to help students find the information they need to succeed.
Last semester I was in a reporting class, and it just so happened that I was chosen to cover the library. I remember walking into the library and not knowing where to start. I decided I’d go to the information desk and ask them where to begin. One of the ladies took the time to walk me upstairs and introduce me to the communications coordinator for the library.
Once introduced to the communications coordinator, I was set for the rest of the semester. She was a world of information and always helped me find the right person to talk to.
At the end of the semester, I pretty much knew all there was to know about the history, important people and events at the library. There are so many things that the library does for OSU students; I wouldn’t even know where to start. From putting together projects like BOSS, to helping students with something as simple as finding a book, or providing scholarships, the OSU Library and its staff is focused on making sure OSU students excel.
Maggie Kierl served as the spring 2008 communications intern for the OSU Library.
Help students like Maggie...
There are many opportunities for you to support quality service at the OSU Library. Gifts of any amount to these existing funds enable the Library to provide increased scholarship support to select outstanding employees each year. Opportunities also exist to underwrite student internships.
The Library has identified a need to further supplement the continuing education of our staff. Currently, the university waives 50% of employees’ tuition and fees. A gift of $50,000 would enable the Library to establish a fund that would waive the remaining cost for one or more outstanding employees each year.
Germaine Paul: public relations class of 2009, Euless, Texas
Many students utilize the Library to study with friends, conduct research and check out books for assignments or to write a paper. As a senior, the Library’s services have become very integral for the level of involvement required in my classes. The quiet study area on the fourth floor of the Library is an excellent place to study. I study there on a weekly basis. There are no distractions on the fourth floor, I just get a chance to sort out my study materials and study in peace, while listening to my iPod.
With the semester coming to a close, semester group projects are due. The group I’m working with on a project meets at the Library, we check out laptops from the circulation desk and go to either the group study area on the second or third floor. The tables for the group study areas are very spacious so each member of the group can work separately and discuss items of business when they need to be addressed.
Help students like Germaine...
Students have a variety of needs and they use the Library in different ways. We constantly strive to improve service so we can meet all the needs of today’s student.
Many students work in large groups on collaborative projects. The Edmon Low Library has nine study rooms providing an ideal setting for students working together on projects. The rooms are well lit and are furnished with conference-style tables and dry erase boards.
Others students need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the busier areas in the building and find a quiet and tranquil corner where they can submerse themselves in study. For these students we provide quiet and silent study areas on upper floors, away from the busier areas on the first floor. Some of these areas are furnished with individual study carrols; others have soft inviting lounge chairs with ottomans and end tables.
There are several ways to support the renovation and maintenance of study spaces at the OSU Library. Gifts of any amount to the Furniture and Renovation Fund help to ensure students have the highest quality desks and chairs for their work. (see related story on page 5 to learn more.)
Larger gifts can actually fund the renovation or maintenance of an entire study space. A gift of $50,000 will endow a group study room, providing ongoing funds to furnish, maintain and update technology in the room. A $100,000 donation will enable the Library to renovate and refurbish the fourth floor silent study area, mentioned by Germaine and one of the most popular silent study spaces in the building.
For more information on giving to the Library contact the Brandy Cox, Senior Director of Development, at bcox@OSUgiving.com or 405-385-0715.