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Carroll College converts is library to a learning commons

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Once the dirt settles, Carroll College will no longer have a library. Instead, it will house a learning commons.

"We
re looking at this to be a space that students want to call home 24/7," said John Cech, President of Carroll College.  

Not only will the name and look of the space change. Those in the Carroll community think this will alter the way college students learn.

"Get more information, sooner, with greater retention. Instead of spending five or six years trying to get a degree, get out of here in four," said Roy Simperman, Benefactor for the Learning Commons.  

They plan to make that happen with several building modifications. Some of the highlight will include unlimited access to the facility, a coffee bar, and a professional communications studio.

"The speech laboratories and stuff like that are going to be state of the art. I'm really excited for what that can do for the future," said Jordan Bowman, A Senior at Carroll.

While most of these stack will stay, most students say they don
t even need a hard copy to ace the class.


"Ive come to the library to do readings for courses. I think Ive check out a DVD before, but I don't think Ive actually checked out a book," said Bowman.

Even small details like furnishings will be designed for interactive, technological learning. They're also going to expand the building itself and put in a large glass wall to let in natural light.

"When we're finished this library will truly glow at night," said Cech.

Although it seems like Carroll will soon be up-to-date for generations to come,  it's benefactors say the world and technology is always changing and they'll be ready for it when it does.

"As time goes by and other needs come up. Sure, we'll get involved. I just hope the students take advantage of what's being presented to them," said Simperman.  

Carroll expects to have the first phase of the project complete by Christmas. They say in a couple years, once the construction is finished, you won't be able to tell this was ever a traditional library.






 

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