Library considers renovations

first_imgFifty years ago, in 1962 , the cornerstone of the Hesburgh Library was laid.  When the towering, 14-story structure opened in 1963, it was the largest college library in the world and a forward-looking model for research and study. But Diane Parr Walker, Edward H. Arnold university librarian, said the library is now in a transition stage. Stacks are overflowing. Upper floors lack proper study space. Changes to services and space allocation, she said, are crucial for the library to fulfill its 21st century needs. “A 19th century library really was about books, much of the 20th century was about that as well, but a 21st century library is going to be about the mix of digital and physical formats, [about having] a lot of services and creating spaces that foster and encourage intellectual activity using both digital and physical collections,” she said. Walker, who began her position as university librarian in July, served as deputy university librarian at the University of Virginia before coming to Notre Dame.  She spent the past few months getting to know campus and listening to the various concerns of faculty and students. Walker said her vision for the library is threefold: to increase physical and digital collections, expand expertise services and create more comfortable and inspiring study spaces.  “We have no intention of getting rid of the books,” Walker said. A few projects, including a library café and renovation of the first floor current periodicals area, are now in the planning stages. But the library lacks funding to launch a full-scale renovation.  “The University has a policy of not building or renovating until most of the money is in hand,” Walker said.  The library announced plans for Phase Two of the renovation in the spring of 2009, and construction on the first and second floors was targeted to begin in the summer of 2011.  Phase One, renovation of the lower level, was completed in 2002. “The planning for that renovation of the first two floors of the Hesburgh Library really got going just about the time the economy collapsed,” she said. “And so while we had donors pledging funds, in many cases they haven’t been able yet to make good on those pledges.” Faculty and staff started a petition in the summer of 2009, arguing the proposed Phase Two renovation would be insufficient and the entire library system, not just the two main floors, needed restructuring.  Those renovation plans were shelved in 2010, Walker said. She said the library is now “stepping back” to develop a program plan for the entire building, but will not begin speaking to architects again until more funding comes through. Walker said several initiatives would be completed independently of the longer-term renovation.  In time for graduation, the current periodicals area on the first floor will be renovated with new study spaces and technologies from the Office of Information Technologies (OIT). The room will have new carpeting, beanbag chairs, study booths, soft seating,  reading tables, and if funding comes through, a video wall for group presentations. “We’re going to see what we can do to enliven the space,” Walker said. “It’s a space that doesn’t seem to be particularly well-used, but it’s very, very visible.” By next fall, the library will have new listening and viewing equipment in the music and media area on the second floor. Walker said these spaces will be conducive both to individual and collaborative work. “I’m also hoping that this will help with fundraising when we can show prospective donors the kinds of things that we envision for the building,” she said. Walker discussed the possibility of a café, which could open as early as the fall of 2013 in what is currently the vending room space in the library’s concourse. “We’re talking with Food Services now about the possibility of converting the vending room space … into an actual café, so they’re thinking that they’ll begin talking with franchises that might be interested,” Walker said. “This summer, Facilities [Operations] plans to renew the pavers on the terrace in front, so we’re also talking about what might be done to change the landscaping, allow for … some outside seating there, and a doorway [where] you could get out to the terrace from a café.” Library shelving is almost entirely full, Walker said, both in the main and branch libraries. She said she is speaking with the Office of the Provost to identify a space for remote shelving close to campus.  “We can deliver things that are there as we now deliver around the campus, so that we don’t have to use all of the floor space in the library for stacks,” she said. For the future longer-term renovation, Walker said she imagines the first floor as a “hub of activity” and the second floor as more focused, housing print collections, group study rooms and expertise for music, media and art. The upper floors, Walker said, could be imagined as “oases of contemplation” that serve the needs of book-based work but are not crowded with stacks. She said the biggest challenge the library will face in becoming a 21st century library will be balancing competing needs of faculty and students.  “Students tell me that the most important thing about the libraries is space, faculty and graduate students tell me that the most important thing is collections and services. It will be important to strike the right balance,” she said.  Walker said she hopes smaller-scale projects the library is taking on now will encourage greater support of the renovation.  “I’m hoping that we can generate a lot of excitement around the idea that a great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary would be to actually kick off a thorough renovation,” she said.,Fifty years ago, in 1962 , the cornerstone of the Hesburgh Library was laid.  When the towering, 14-story structure opened in 1963, it was the largest college library in the world and a forward-looking model for research and study. But Diane Parr Walker, Edward H. Arnold university librarian, said the library is now in a transition stage. Stacks are overflowing. Upper floors lack proper study space. Changes to services and space allocation, she said, are crucial for the library to fulfill its 21st century needs. “A 19th century library really was about books, much of the 20th century was about that as well, but a 21st century library is going to be about the mix of digital and physical formats, [about having] a lot of services and creating spaces that foster and encourage intellectual activity using both digital and physical collections,” she said. Walker, who began her position as university librarian in July, served as deputy university librarian at the University of Virginia before coming to Notre Dame.  She spent the past few months getting to know campus and listening to the various concerns of faculty and students. Walker said her vision for the library is threefold: to increase physical and digital collections, expand expertise services and create more comfortable and inspiring study spaces.  “We have no intention of getting rid of the books,” Walker said. A few projects, including a library café and renovation of the first floor current periodicals area, are now in the planning stages. But the library lacks funding to launch a full-scale renovation.  “The University has a policy of not building or renovating until most of the money is in hand,” Walker said.  The library announced plans for Phase Two of the renovation in the spring of 2009, and construction on the first and second floors was targeted to begin in the summer of 2011.  Phase One, renovation of the lower level, was completed in 2002. “The planning for that renovation of the first two floors of the Hesburgh Library really got going just about the time the economy collapsed,” she said. “And so while we had donors pledging funds, in many cases they haven’t been able yet to make good on those pledges.” Faculty and staff started a petition in the summer of 2009, arguing the proposed Phase Two renovation would be insufficient and the entire library system, not just the two main floors, needed restructuring.  Those renovation plans were shelved in 2010, Walker said. She said the library is now “stepping back” to develop a program plan for the entire building, but will not begin speaking to architects again until more funding comes through. Walker said several initiatives would be completed independently of the longer-term renovation.  In time for graduation, the current periodicals area on the first floor will be renovated with new study spaces and technologies from the Office of Information Technologies (OIT). The room will have new carpeting, beanbag chairs, study booths, soft seating,  reading tables, and if funding comes through, a video wall for group presentations. “We’re going to see what we can do to enliven the space,” Walker said. “It’s a space that doesn’t seem to be particularly well-used, but it’s very, very visible.” By next fall, the library will have new listening and viewing equipment in the music and media area on the second floor. Walker said these spaces will be conducive both to individual and collaborative work. “I’m also hoping that this will help with fundraising when we can show prospective donors the kinds of things that we envision for the building,” she said. Walker discussed the possibility of a café, which could open as early as the fall of 2013 in what is currently the vending room space in the library’s concourse. “We’re talking with Food Services now about the possibility of converting the vending room space … into an actual café, so they’re thinking that they’ll begin talking with franchises that might be interested,” Walker said. “This summer, Facilities [Operations] plans to renew the pavers on the terrace in front, so we’re also talking about what might be done to change the landscaping, allow for … some outside seating there, and a doorway [where] you could get out to the terrace from a café.” Library shelving is almost entirely full, Walker said, both in the main and branch libraries. She said she is speaking with the Office of the Provost to identify a space for remote shelving close to campus.  “We can deliver things that are there as we now deliver around the campus, so that we don’t have to use all of the floor space in the library for stacks,” she said. For the future longer-term renovation, Walker said she imagines the first floor as a “hub of activity” and the second floor as more focused, housing print collections, group study rooms and expertise for music, media and art. The upper floors, Walker said, could be imagined as “oases of contemplation” that serve the needs of book-based work but are not crowded with stacks. She said the biggest challenge the library will face in becoming a 21st century library will be balancing competing needs of faculty and students.  “Students tell me that the most important thing about the libraries is space, faculty and graduate students tell me that the most important thing is collections and services. It will be important to strike the right balance,” she said.  Walker said she hopes smaller-scale projects the library is taking on now will encourage greater support of the renovation.  “I’m hoping that we can generate a lot of excitement around the idea that a great way to celebrate the 50th anniversary would be to actually kick off a thorough renovation,” she said.last_img read more

After the renovation, the Hilton Imperial opened in Dubrovnik

first_imgHilton Imperial Dubrovnik, built back in 1897, is one of the recognizable features of the city of Dubrovnik, and yesterday, after a five-month renovation, it received its first guests, writes Poslovni dnevnik.This year’s renovation of the reception area, all accommodation units and the Executive lounge breathed a new glow in combination with the old glamor, they point out in the hotel, but do not reveal the amount of investment. The Goddard Littlefair studio was hired for the renovation, and the materials used, parquets, furniture and lighting are Croatian products, while the walls are decorated with works by Croatian artists.“The Hilton Imperial is a cultural asset of this city which, due to its magnificent façade, often appears in pictures of tourists. We have preserved the distinctive exterior of the hotel as we have renovated the interior to revive the imperial history of the hotel. With the opening of the hotel, we continue the tradition of 120 years of providing first-class service to existing and future guests, said the general manager of the hotel Mario Matković.As part of the renovation, the hotel bar of the new name The Imperial Bar and Lounge has been renovated to match the elegant interior. The team of award-winning bartenders at The Imperial Bar has created a unique offering inspired by classic 1890s cocktails like Milk Punch. The bar is also known for its The Imperial Afternoon tea, which was served back in 1936 to King Edward VIII and his wife Wallis Simpson while they danced in the gardens of the old Imperial, the hotel explains.In addition to Hilton Dubrovnik and Zagreb’s DoubleTree by Hilton, two more Hilton hotels will open in the next two years, Hotel Canopy by Hilton will open by September in the Branimir Center instead of Arcotel, and the Hilton Garden Inn should open by the end of next year. in Radnička.Source: Business diary</p>
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Vivaan, Esha win double gold as India dominate Asian shooting

first_img WE RECOMMEND COMMENT 10 months ago Esha Deol’s daughter Radhya’s b’day: Taimur, Inaaya, & others party Last Updated: 7th November, 2019 20:11 IST Vivaan, Esha Win Double Gold As India Dominate Asian Shooting Indian juniors extended their dominance on day three of the 14th Asian Shooting Championship in Lusail, Qatar, picking up 10 more medals including five golds Suman Ray Teenager Esha Singh also won a golden double on the day, capturing both the individual and team titles in the 10m Air Pistol Women Junior competition. Hers was also a wire-to-wire performance, topping qualification with a 579 and then winning the finals with a 242.2 finish. Teammate Priya Raghav was third in qualification with 574 and finished in the same position in the final closing out with a 217.6. Jeong Hyo of Korea won silver while Esha, Priya and Yuvika Tomar won the team gold with a total of 1721, which eclipsed both the Asian and World Junior records in the category. Bhakti Bhaskar Khamkar won India’s fifth gold of the day, besting the 50m Rifle 3 Positions Women Junior event with a dominating 453.1 in the final. China’s Yu Jianuan who won silver finished with 448.7, more than four behind Bhakti. Bhakti, Ayushi Podder and Nishchal also won the team silver in the event. So did the trio of Niraj Kumar, Harshrajsinhji Gohil and Nitish Kumar in the 50m Rifle 3 Positions Men Junior event. Niraj also picked up the individual silver.READ | Rijiju Congratulates Women’s Hockey Team For Qualifying In Tokyo 2020READ | Hockey: Indian Women’s Team Qualify For Tokyo Olympics 2020 10 months ago Hema Malini’s birthday: Esha Deol pens a loving message for her mother SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Written By 10 months ago Esha Deol: Know about the actor’s family members on her birthday First Published: 7th November, 2019 20:11 IST Indian juniors extended their dominance on day three of the 14th Asian Shooting Championship (ASC) in Lusail, Qatar, picking up 10 more medals including five gold, accounting for 18 of the 23 medals won by the country so far.  Chinki Yadav also kept India’s search of Tokyo 2020 quotas alive in the Women’s 25m Pistol, placing fifth after round one of qualification. Chinki shot an exceptional 292 and will be looking to make the final on Friday to try and get a realistic shot at clinching one of the four available Tokyo berths. Rahi Sarnobat has already secured the other quota place for India in the event in earlier competitions.READ | Hit By Scandal, Boxing Trials New Judging System For Tokyo OlympicsIndia dominates Asian shootingThe icing on the cake on Thursday at the Lusail Shooting complex, however, was the 1-2 in the Junior Men’s Trap competition where Vivaan Kapoor blasted his way to an individual gold with compatriot Bhowneesh Mendiratta following him whole day to clinch silver. The pair had before that combined with Manavaditya Singh Rathore to secure the team gold in the event as well. Vivaan, who picked up his second and third yellow metal of the competition after winning the Junior Trap Mixed team event on day one partnering Manisha Keer, continued his good form topping qualification with a solid 120 out of 125. Bhowneesh was second with 118 while Manavaditya missed out on the final finishing eighth with a score of 109. Vivaan then missed 5 birds in the final to emerge triumphant with a score of 45 as Bhowneesh missed eight for the silver. Li Siwei of China won bronze.READ | Historic Day For Indian Hockey Team As They Qualify For Tokyo 2020 10 months ago Delhi student becomes the youngest Indian to visit all continents 10 months ago Esha Deol Birthday: Best dance songs of the Dhoom actress LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more