Weldon plays renovation
By Marshall Bellamy
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
"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.