Forthcoming renovations retire Kent State Geauga books

As Kent State University Geauga Campus in Burton prepares to reimagine its library space, the school hosted a book retirement in hopes of getting rid of as many books as possible before the renovations.

During the week of April 4, close to 100 patrons, most community members and used bookstore owners, stopped by to take some books. There are currently 1,800 remaining, said Jeff Corbett, librarian and coordinator of what will become the campus’s Academic Learning Commons.

The book retirement is part of the school’s National Library Week.

“We’ve been inviting anybody in the community to come and take books,” Corbett said. “What I’ve been saying is if you can touch it, you can have it. In addition to simply taking books, we have donations from various organizations. They donated ‘swag.’ Students have been taking donations from the library, Geauga County Board of Health and Geauga County Public Library system. ”

Libraries are moving from a model of just in case to a model of just in time, so all of the current knowledge students need will be available to them in e-resources. If there’s something older, we can get it for them just in time – two or three days or a week at most through the system. ”

– librarian Jeff Corbett

The current library space will become the new nursing skills classroom and lab. The library will be taking over the nursing side on campus.

“They’ll be breaking down walls and putting in new glass walls, so the first area will be to improve the existing student lounge,” Corbett said. “Right now, there are just vending machines. A caterer will be making food and bringing it in every day. We’ll also encourage the community to come and buy food, and sit and relax. It’s another option for the community. There are very few options for the community to eat out. ”

The second area of ​​the Academic Learning Commons will be a student engagement center where students will be able to gather and collaborate. Two advising rooms will also be in this area.

Kent State University Geauga Campus in Burton hosted a book retirement before campus renovations take place. (Marah Morrison – The News-Herald)

“One of the two advising rooms is actually going to be my office,” Corbett said. “What we did not show you are any shelves with books because we’re not going to have shelves with books. We are going to rely on our robust e-resources, e-books, electronic journals, databases, streaming media, which will always be the latest and most updated. ”

The third area of ​​the Academic Learning Commons will have additional collaboration spaces and computers.

“Right now, we just have a few computers in the existing student lounge,” Corbett said. “That will be moved over in here (current library space) with comfortable chairs. Sometimes you just need to sit and read an entire chapter of something, so comfort helps in that regard. ”

Many of the books on campus are outdated and older than students who are using them, he noted.

“Old books have a purpose historically, but you do not want a student to grab that book and think that’s the thinking today,” Corbett said. databases and the number of e-resources. ”

Kent State Geauga is part of the OhioLINK network. With all of the academic and public libraries in Ohio being linked together, they are able to share resources back and forth, Corbett said.

Kent State University Geauga Campus in Burton hosted a book retirement before campus renovations take place. (Marah Morrison – The News-Herald)

“We will still be a hub for receiving resources from other OhioLINK schools. It only takes a few days. If it exists in a library, we can get it, “Corbett said.” Libraries are moving from a model of just in case to a model of just in time, so all of the current knowledge students need will be available to them in e -resources. If there’s something older, we can get it for them just in time – two or three days or a week at most through the system. ”

Before the books were offered to the community, Kent went through their database and took roughly 100 books that were all “last copies,” he said.

“Our library was the repository of these books in Ohio. I would challenge anyone to find a book that I can not find, ”Corbett said.

Kent State Geauga staff had many conversations in the beginning of the construction process and planning of what reimagining a library can look like, said Amy Murfello, marketing and community engagement manager.

“Historically, we did not have a lot of students who checked out books – 70 to 100 a year, which isn’t a ton,” Murfello said. “That’s significant when we have this space we can use and repurpose, and still can support students with whatever they need. ”

Regarding the remaining books, a community member said he’d be willing to take them all, Corbett said, which will fulfill his commitment: Nothing will go to a garbage bin.

“It’s the tax dollars and the students’ tuition that built up this library,” Corbett said. “We have a responsibility to be good stewards of their money.”

A kickoff event for the renovations will take place on campus April 27.

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