While the grand opening isn’t until fall 2016, work already has begun to revitalize outdated Moffitt Undergraduate Library and create UC Berkeley’s first 24-hour library space. When it’s done, Moffitt won’t be your mother’s library, or even your big sister’s, for that matter, says Elizabeth Dupuis, associate university librarian.
“A library for undergraduates is no longer just about studying quietly with your textbooks,” she says, “but a bridge between class and one’s future career. Today’s student also wants 24/7 access, the option of sitting or standing at a computer, places to meditate and nap, both solitary and collaborative work spaces, and coffee and solid fuel close at hand.”
Dupuis describes the future fourth floor as a “hyper-collaborative, loud, co-working space” with movable walls that students don’t need permission to reconfigure to section off places for study groups or other teamwork. The walls will be colorful, transparent and awaiting students’ sketches and calculations. Two meeting rooms for up to 12 people are being designed for Web conferencing and video capture so students can prepare for class presentations or interviews.
Read more about the new library space on Berkeley News.
UC Berkeley also has a new university librarian — Jeffrey MacKie-Mason — a scholar with expertise in human interaction with online information, economics and public policy, along with administrative experience in higher education. Learn more about MacKie-Mason on Berkeley News.