Funderburg Library $5.5 Million
Today's college students learn much differently than their parents and grandparents. Research is digital. Courses can be online. And a multimedia presentation may be as crucial to success as a written test or term paper.
They need a space where they can focus on their work, on their own or with like-minded peers.
Manchester Bold will transition Funderburg Library into a learning commons that helps students develop skills in research, multimedia communication and collaborative problem solving. These tools will support them on their journey to graduation and beyond to a world that is ever changing.
A 21st century, technology-rich learning commons will bring students, faculty and staff together in an environment that amplifies student achievement. It will foster the excitement of discovery and encourage students to own their learning for the rest of their lives.
The library has 3D printing and virtual reality equipment for students, and they will be more fully utilized when space is set aside for learning and creating with it.
Much-needed electrical updates will accommodate the expanding use of electronic learning devices, and a mix of quiet and collaborative study spaces will promote learning. The Center for Effective Teaching and Learning (CETL) will have a flexible space, helping faculty develop curriculum and learn how to use technology and social media more fully as educational tools. CETL will also expand its role as a professional development resource for faculty and staff to learn new skills and share ideas.
Funderburg is also home to the Manchester University Archives and Peace Studies Church of the Brethren Collection. Generous alumni and friends of Manchester have donated collections over the decades. Storage of those items – many of them fragile – requires a larger, climate-controlled space that can be fully secured.