Library Space Planning: Timeline of changes 2013 to present

Background – brief timeline of recent library space changes – please note this doesn’t include changes prior to 2013 

  • June 2013 – Vision 2020,  outlined a vision for the library and was shared with the Library Advisory Committee and the broader Macalester community. In the Vision 2020 document we identified specific areas that we hoped to address:
    • Content creating labs
    • Merge the media collection (previously housed on the 4th level of Neill Hall)
    • Create active learning classroom
    • Expand space for special collections 
  • Summer 2013 – first floor renovated to consolidate all service points to a single desk to test the concept of centralized service point in response to recommendations from our external review completed in 2010.  
  • May 2014 – Media Services relocated to the library from the 4th level of Neill Hall.  New spaces were created to house the equipment and two staff members. The entire DVD collection was relocated to the main level of the library and allowed for open browsing and circulation of the entire collection.
  • August 2014 – room 309 in the library renovated to provide expanded space for Serie Center lunch conversations which had outgrown the Serie Center space, space for more group study for students, and an additional meeting space to provide an alternative to the Harmon Room.  309 was originally envisioned to be a Digital Scholarship Center, but the estimated budget to create a resource center with technology exceeded available funds. Renovation was scaled back to cover the costs for a wall and a door. Library funds covered the cost of a portable electronic monitor.
  • Summer of 2016 – replaced furniture in Special Collections to enable better teaching spaces; added temporary wall on lower level to expand archives processing space.
  • February 2017 –  an opportunity arose for the library to partner with Entrepreneurship and ITS to realize some of those visions and funding was approved to create new spaces in the library to house the Entrepreneurship program, a new makerspace, as well as adding classrooms and group studies.  (See RPC recommendations in A Proposal for an Entrepreneurship Center at Macalester College – June 24, 2014 (PDF)
  • Spring 2017–  Conversations with faculty and students about the future of the library. (These were scheduled prior to learning about the partnership with Entrepreneurship.)
  • May 2017 – Renovation began on level 2 and the renovated space including the Idea Lab opened in the fall of 2017.  The success of the Idea Lab as well as the new spaces in the library combined with a need to look at space use in Neill Hall have contributed to a proposal to move more technology and support into the library.
  • August 2018 – Jenn Haas joined us as the new Associate VP for Information Technology Services.  With Jenn’s arrival came another new perspective on ways that the library staff and ITS staff could cooperate and collaborate and look at service and process improvements. 
  • December 2018Reimagining the Digital Resource Center and shared with Provost Karine Moe and CFO David Wheaton.  After sharing this document with Nathan Lief, Associate VP for Facilities, it was determined that now was the time to prepare a vision of a master plan for the library to explore what the library of the future could look like and to address spaces throughout the entire library building.  
  • December 2018 – lunch conversations with ITS and Library staff to discuss how we might collaborate in innovative ways.
  • January 2019 – RFP sent out to architectural firms to help us in developing a library master plan.  HGA, firm that we worked with for Level 2 as well as the firm for the Janet Wallace Fine Arts renovations, was hired.
  • Spring 2019 – a series of meetings were held and a faculty member and a student member were added to the planning group.  In March it was agreed to slow the process down and postpone events until the fall of 2019.
  • May 2019 – we regrouped and started the process again.  New faculty member selected to join group to replace John Kim who was going on sabbatical.  Joelle Vitiello is faculty representative.
  • May 31, 2019 – ITS and Library staff met for a retreat led by Rebecca Celis and Ada Mestad, HGA to discuss library space planning
  • July – August 2019 – Link is renovated with new paint, new carpet, new flooring, new furniture, and new doors between the Link and Old Main.
  • Summer 2019 – prepare outline of a master plan, prepare messaging for campus, prepare a survey for the fall, create webpage for background, updates, scheduled events, and feedback.
  • Fall 2019 – communication, conversations, focus groups, open houses, survey to collect feedback…