LRC to receive modern makeover

Reid McClure and Crystal Kohout

There comes a time when buildings go through various renovations. The Shake Learning Resource Center (LRC), which is an older building, is undergoing substantial renovations. During this time, the library has been moved to the Beckes Student Union, which will be used temporarily until renovations for the LRC are complete.

“It’s the best place for it and it’s not too far from the library,” said Dawson Bundren, program game developing, Scottsburg.

Due to funding availability, the university will be adding on to the new library several new features such as a disabilities center, a center for teaching and a coffee shop. There will also be more group studies rooms and quiet spaces.

The reason the old student union was chosen as a temporary location because the building itself had enough space to accommodate for the resources that were available from the LRC. The Shake library staff had few challenges moving the resources they needed over to the old student union. Even though they are acclimating to the current location, some students tend to lean more towards the original library location.

“I prefer its old location due to it being more centralized on campus,” said John Vinnedge, IT, Winslow.

The staff also wants the new library to be treated as a study area where many students can socialize and work together on various projects. The LRC will be getting a more modern look that is similar to the Jefferson Student Union with more collaborative furniture and available space.

“Libraries are always changing and growing to keep up with modern technology,” said Charla Gilbert, director of library services. The LRC staff are always open to suggestions and feedback from the students. LRC renovations are tentatively scheduled to be completed at the start of the next fall semester.