Academic Center and Library
The world of learning and information has undergone significant transformation since the Robert E. Kennedy Library was completed in 1980. The IBM personal computer (PC) was introduced in1981, the Web first gained attention in 1993, and in 2004 Google announced its intention to digitize over 10 million volumes from the holdings of major research libraries. Each of these milestones has had a significant impact on campus learning environments and the way libraries provide access to information.
Program planning for an expanded library and academic center is currently underway. While detailed building plans are still evolving, we know there are some elements that lie outside the State standards and will require private support. These resources include: a multidisciplinary exhibit gallery appropriate for art, science or technology inspired events; a formal presentation venue appropriate for guest speakers or student entertainment; and, a large conference room with catering facilities appropriate for college symposiums or presidential meetings.
In addition to funding needs for the technology infrastructure, tables and chairs, and audiovisual equipment, naming opportunities will be available for internal spaces as well as for the new building.