Evolutions in Space

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Dedicated in 2005, the Hawkins-Carlson Room is used for visiting speakers, special gatherings and important meetings. It is named for Chester Carlson, the inventor of Xerography and his mother Ellen Hawkins Carlson.

Space on the ground floor was created for reserve reading and a ready reference collection. Between 1970 and 2018, the space evolved from a Reserve Reading Room to the Computing Library and Resources Center (CLARC) to the Information Technology Services (ITS) Center. This desk area is (roughly) located where the seating area outside of the iZone glass doors is now.

The 1970 addition was really a construction and renovation. Spaces throughout the original building were renovated to accomodate new aspects of research. Services including circulation, reference, and interlibrary loan moved from the Great Hall to the first floor.

The area currently designated as the Gleason Library was once occupied by library staff undertaking all aspects of work related to the physical collections: acquisitions, processing, and cataloging. 

In 2007, as space needs for processing physical collections were reduced due to the increasing dominance of electronic resources, the Gleason Library was opened.

Evolutions in Space