Where faculty and students once encountered rows of bookshelves and periodicals is now the acclaimed LearnLab, a 40-seat interactive learning space with smart board technologies and group workspaces designed to maximize student interaction and engagement.

The multifunctional space serves not only as a computer lab for individual work, but also as a classroom. "All the ideas and information generated during class can be immediately emailed to students, posted to a Web page or printed out, so note taking isn't necessary," says Doan.

Another highlight of the first phase, completed in 2009, is a corporate study room that offers individual study carrels, long tables for group work, and wireless Internet access. “It has an entirely different look and feel than the Learn Lab,” says Doan. “Each area is designed as a separate zone to meet the varying work needs and learning styles of students.”

In 2010, a $2 million leadership gift from Krannert alumnus Roland Parrish gave the library its new name and put the three-phase, $4.2 million renovation project on the fast track.

Phase Two, completed in early 2011, includes team collaboration media stations, a multimedia production center, two semiprivate group study rooms and a business information mini-classroom to support the accounting and finance curriculum.

“It approximates what a business information center would be within a company,” says Doan. “We want to help students learn how to use such services once they enter the business world.”

Completed in February 2012, the third and final phase of the renovation featured even more dramatic changes, including removal of the view-blocking circulation desk that greeted students when they entered the library. In its place is now a gathering area with movable furniture and a café.

“Libraries must meet the changing needs of users,” says Doan. “The goal is to create an evolving, organic space with an inviting, comfortable atmosphere that is conducive to individual study and group learning. We want this facility to serve as a community hub for undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.”

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