“You shouldn’t have to come to the library just for a quiet space and go somewhere else for a different experience. We’ll begin to reshape some of the spaces here inside the library to be able to support these different learning modalities,”
Aside from excitement for the initiatives themselves, Luce said he is excited to be working with fellow OU administrators — perhaps almost as excited as they are to have brought him here.
“During the search process, you don’t know if you’re going to get these super stars like Rick Luce, but if they come and fall in love with the university, it’s wonderful,” Droegemeier said. “I think he saw tremendous opportunity here.”
“The senior leaders’ collaboration here was what sold me — in my experience, they’re unusually collaborative, and that’s a real draw,” Luce said.“This institution has a vision that’s exciting, and in implementing a vision, it comes down to whether or not you have senior leaders that work as a team.
“I have become convinced over the course of my career, it’s not possible to bring libraries to where they need to be without a lot of collaboration with the entire academic enterprise. You want to be at a place where, at the end of the day, you feel you were able to make a difference and get things done, and in order to do that, you have to be surrounded by people on the same team.”