“When you walk around this media center ..., you’ll see that it’s not only beautiful and its design is modern, but it offers students a wide range [of access],” CTC President Ron Newcomb said. “... Nobody could ever envision how big this campus has grown when it opened in 1989.”
He continued, “When we opened that fall we had 353 students. ... Today we have well over 3,000 students on this campus, so of course it’s natural to grow and reflect those types of changes for the changing interests of students.”
The construction included an addition to the existing 2,400 square feet of library space as well as a mezzanine study area. It also includes a circulation desk, librarian office, workroom, computer carrels and two study rooms for small groups.
“I’m really very pleased with the renovations and that’s important,” Librarian Kate Shlikas said, adding one aspect of the renovation she has been looking forward to has been the creation of additional study space. “We now have two small group study rooms and we used to just have one, so we’ve doubled our study space. There’s silent study upstairs in the loft, and there’s 11 study carrels when we used to have five.”
Vice President for Facilities David Simmons said increasing access to technology played a large role in the library’s renovations.
“There is Wi-Fi here in this facility so [students] can bring their own technology and get their work accomplished,” Simmons said. “As far as books, we’re doing a lot more with online subscriptions.”
For example, students are able to access nursing periodicals.
“We even have [access] to [online] technical manuals for some of the auto-tech or diesel programs,” Newcomb said.
The $834,271 project was paid for via Major Repairs and Renovations funding from the Technical College System of Georgia as well as through tuition funds.