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June 25, 2014

Foundation makes $500,000 gift in support of OU libraries

NORMAN — University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren announced at the OU Board of Regents meeting that The Helmerich Foundation of Tulsa will make a $500,000 gift in support of the renovation of a floor in the Neustadt Wing of Bizzell Memorial Library to create a 21st century collaborative learning center.

The library project, which is expected to be completed for the fall semester, involves the complete renovation and modernization of approximately 18,000 square feet on the Lower Level of the Neustadt Wing. The collaborative learning center will feature informal and flexible learning spaces that can be accessed by students between classes and offer an outlet for students as well as professors to continue collaborations begun in the classroom.

This type of environment enhances student-to-student and faculty-student interaction, active learning and immediate feedback, all essential practices for promoting student learning, said Rick Luce, dean of University Libraries.

The renovation also creates a collaborative classroom and flexible work space areas and includes a variety of individual and group study areas, such as seminar space, a Community Room, a Digital Scholarship Lab and group meeting and research areas.

The open, contemporary design has large windows that take advantage of the Canyon Garden, with comfortable conversation pits offering views into the garden. Additionally, the Bookmark Café is being renovated, with expanded customer seating areas that flow out into the common space.

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