Advancing the Academic Commons
Since President Veitch first articulated the vision for a library renovation and creation of an Academic Commons, the college has taken many steps toward "making visible our commitment to a 21st century liberal arts and sciences education.” Among them are the 2010 Mellon Grant, the 2010-11 Task Force on the Academic Commons (part of the integrated planning process), the 2011 IR Reorganization, Brown LearnLab remodel, and the integrated InfoCenter. The Academic Commons is a key component of curricular and scholarly transformations in Occidental’s 2012-2017 Strategic Plan: “Advance the Academic Commons as the campus intellectual center bringing together students, faculty and staff with access to extensive technology, innovative programming and services, flexible learning and teaching spaces, peer tutoring, research support, academic materials, software and databases.” [1.7]
This summer’s activities have included: a) significant work on reshaping the library circulating collection for a 21st century curriculum through review and deaccessioning of monographs and series in the Q-Z Library of Congress call number ranges, b) engaging Frederick Fisher and Partners (FFP) to design and plan a phased renovation, and c) moving the URC into temporary space in the building. Fred Fisher, Joe Coriaty, Marisa Kurztman, and Joel Zeno comprise the core FFP project team. The Oxy project team includes the Business Office (Amos Himmelstein), Dean’s Office (Jorge Gonzalez and Amy Lyford), Facilities (Joe O’Hara and Tom Polansky), Institutional Advancement (Shelby Radcliffe), Information Resources (Marsha Schnirring), President’s Office (Rebecca Stoltz and Jonathan Veitch), and Strategic Initiatives (Brett Schraeder). Directors and heads of centers to be located in the Academic Commons (Advising Center - Vic Egitto, CAE - Tom Burkdall, CCBL - Celestina Castillo, CDL+R, Daniel Chamberlain, CTE - Kristi Upson-Saia, and URC - Scott Bogue) have had an initial meeting with FFP to discuss the work they currently do and what that work might look like in the future within the shared, collaborative space of the Academic Commons. Pursuing an aggressive schedule, FFP plans to present preliminary designs this fall.
When will renovation actually begin? That all depends on fundraising, but the hope is by next summer!
Please call on Marsha Schnirring (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions about the Academic Commons design process.
- Info Center:
- Technology Helpdesk:
(323) 259-2880 email@example.com
- IR Operations Offices: (323) 259-2832