Summer of Tours: Blackmore Library at Capital University

Join us for a tour of the Blackmore Library at Capital University! Our host, Shaunda Vasudev, will give a presentation about the use of space in academic libraries, and how the Blackmore Library has improved its space to meet student needs since its 2012 renovation.

The renovation project vision, developed by a planning committee, was of a place where students can study, collaborate, access computers, and obtain help from librarians. It is a comfortable, light and bright environment with individual and group-study spaces that enable future transformations. The space is flexible and transparent, and most important, the library was designed to be a place where students, faculty and the community want to be.  The first and second floors of Blackmore Library were transformed into a new learning environment, including a new central information desk with circulation, reference and IT help; classroom spaces; cafe area with vending; group-study rooms; 24-hour access to the first floor; and new finishes and furniture. Since completion, the renovated space already shows evidence of achieving the vision, with building use and requests for help at the information desk both increased dramatically.

Shaunda is currently the Outreach and Engagement Librarian at Capital University in Bexley, where her role is to deliver library services to improve retention and graduation rates, with a focus on first generation and international students. She also collaborates with campus-wide departments and organizations to support student success initiatives through library outreach. Shaunda received her MLIS from North Carolina Central University, and has a BA in History from Cleveland State University. Before joining the library at Capital University, Shaunda most recently worked as a Children’s Librarian at Columbus Metropolitan Library and a Youth Librarian with Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 5
9:30 am – Networking and light refreshments
10:00 am – Presentation and discussion
11:00 am – Tour of the Schumacher Gallery

WHERE: Blackmore Library
Capital University
2309 E. Main St.
Bexley, OH 43209

REGISTER HERE by Monday, June 3