UK Libraries, Kentucky American Water Unveil New Learning Space
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 26, 2013) — University of Kentucky students now have access to a new, state-of-the-art, collaborative learning space in the William T. Young Library thanks to a gift from Kentucky American Water.
"In the 15 years since the opening of Young Library, the needs of students have changed," says UK Libraries Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research Stacey Greenwell. "Whereas in the past there was a greater demand for quiet space where students could study in private, today students increasingly look for spaces where they can study and work in groups. The Kentucky American Water Room is now perfectly suited for that."
Kentucky American Water gave a gift of $22,000 to transform the room into a new active learning space. The design incorporates tablet arm chairs ideal for students using laptops or other electronic devices, movable whiteboards, and a flat screen display that can be used to project the images from laptop screens. When Young Library first opened, the room was designed to serve as a traditional meeting room.
"Kentucky American Water is pleased to support the University of Kentucky with this gift to the William T. Young Library," said Cheryl Norton, president of Kentucky American Water. "We believe this is a wonderful investment that will benefit UK students, faculty, staff and others in the Commonwealth for years to come, and we're so proud to be a part of it."
Additionally, images from Kentucky American Water’s archives, which are held in UK Special Collections, are incorporated into the room’s design. Visitors will be able to view iconic photographs and other reproductions of historical material from Kentucky American Water’s more than 100-year history.
The newly renovated space will be dedicated during a program in the Young Library at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, and afterward will be available for student study and library instruction.
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