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Vision 2030 discusses renovations to library

Posted on 10.09.2013

University administrators hosted another Vision 2030 strategic planning session on Sept. 24 in UIndy Hall A to talk about how to improve Krannert Memorial Library.

University of Indianapolis President Robert Manuel talks about Krannert Memorial Library at a recent Vision 2030 strategic planning session.

University of Indianapolis President Robert Manuel talks about Krannert Memorial Library at a recent Vision 2030 strategic planning session.

Vision 2030 started last year under the leadership of  University of Indianapolis President Robert Manuel to allow the entire campus community to talk about what the university should be, look like and do by that year.
“Communities should not only use facilities but also help others at the same time,” Manuel said.
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Kory Vitangeli said that unlike last year, when the campus community discussed the university in broad terms, this year’s discussions will be more specific.
“We will spend this year talking about the library construction and design, and the construction may begin next summer. It just depends on how quickly things are able to be planned,” Vitangeli said.
According to Manuel, the university did not consider students’ opinions before building KML, so this time the administrators want to get as much input as possible. Most of the students suggested three main ideas for the library—more space, a patio and a student café.
“We will figure out how to make good use of the space and try hard to make it more functional,” Manuel said. “The most important thing is to get students’ opinions to put into practice.”
After 15 minutes for students to design and discuss some ideas for the library, Manuel began a conversation with students. A few students thought that the library needs better lighting, so that it makes people feel more comfortable there.
“I expect it can be a place, which is more comfortable, more creative and easier to have new relationships with people. I hope the library will be like a warm and inviting community, and make people feel like home,” said freshman psychology major Carlyn Reber. “Besides, I think better sitting places should be the first thing that the school library needs to work on, because they [current spaces]are too singular and scattered.”
Some students said that the library is too small, too hot and too outdated. Others thought the technology ought to be updated or renewed, because doing design assignments there is inconvenient. Still, others said that the environment needs to be cozier, and that the basement especially needs improvements.
Sophomore psychology and pre-OT major Michaela Thomas said that she was excited to be part of making the library a more usable space, because she hardly studied there last year.
“I’m glad it will have more spots for group work,” Thomas said. “I am looking forward to the rebuilt library. It is definitely going to be a more welcoming environment.”
Vitangeli said that this was only the first of the Vision 2030 sessions this school year, so there will be more chances for the campus community to get involved.
“We will continue to have discussions about the library and will be holding more sessions for students, faculty and staff to express their desires for the library design,” Vitangeli said. “We hope that everyone will come to the sessions to give input.”


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