September 10, 2003  
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Weldon plays renovation game

By Marshall Bellamy
Gazette Staff

One of the more attractive student study spaces has been removed from Weldon Library, but officials say students will still have plenty of places to crack open their books.

The large area on the main floor of Weldon has been cleared out to make way for the new Teacher Support Centre, explained Joyce Garnett, Western's university librarian.

According to Garnett, the new centre is an amalgamation of the Education Development Office and a section of the Information Technology Services at Western. This demonstrates new educational tools to Western faculty, she added.

The Teacher Support Centre is also going to incorporate Library Western with its resources in information retrieval and other resources, Garnett noted.

"We had hoped it would be done by the end of the summer but there was so much construction on campus," said Garnett, noting the Teacher Support Centre will be completed by the end of the term.

"The study area is disappearing for student use," stated Garnett, adding study spaces have been added on the second floor of the library where more study group rooms are being added.

About 150 new study spaces have been added to Weldon and the lower floor of the library has been renovated and refurbished, said Weldon director Claire Callaghan. As well, new furniture will arrive next week. "It's a much more attractive area," she said.

Garnett points out that although it appears study space has been lost, there are now approximately 3,600 study spaces, 10 per cent more than last year.

"It's a welcome development for students," said University Students' Council VP-education Dave Ford, adding the improvement in the library will benefit most undergraduate students, especially since student study space has not been removed.

"If it's a help centre I think its great - any sort of help they can offer is perfect," said third-year science student Adam Frattini.



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