4 of 9 Funded: Group Study Rooms
Students are changing, and the way in which they use libraries is changing too. Students everywhere are increasingly working in collaborative study groups of their own making. This enables them to engage more strongly and often more adventurously with their coursework. Today’s library is a destination that supports new, technology-driven teaching, learning, and research. We offer everything from books to digital databases to suitable spaces for students to work together in small project-oriented groups.
Until recently, only two small meeting rooms were available to Library users. The Jessie Thatcher Bost Room was built in 1990, and the H. Louise Cobb Room was completed five years later. Part of the OSU Library strategic plan is to create more collaborative workspaces for our users. A step in reaching this goal was taken in the summer of 2004 when work was completed on three group study rooms on the first floor of the main library.
These spaces provide an ideal setting for students working on group projects. The rooms are well lit and are furnished with conference-style tables and dry erase boards. The two larger rooms accommodate twelve users; the smaller room accommodates eight.
The Library is seeking endowed funds to furnish, maintain, and update technology in each of the rooms. A gift of $50,000 will name a room.
Endowed funds are invested and only a percentage of the interest is spent annually. The remaining interest is reinvested. This allows the endowment to continue to grow and provide increasing support over time. Endowments may be donated in increments, but must be fully funded within five years.
Priorities for expenditures from this endowment are updating technology and furnishings in the room, and maintenance of the room. Upon agreement of the donor, excess funds may be used to provide materials and programs that support teaching and learning within the Library.
For more information on giving to the Library contact the Brandy Cox, Senior Director of Development, at bcox@OSUgiving.com or 405-385-0715.