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Milne Library Steering Committee

  • Library Project Steering Committee Minutes, 10-29-2014
    LSC minutes of October 29, 2014--The Steering Committee is involved in the initial planning for a potential $8 million dollar program funded by the State University Construction Fund.

    IT Services
    Lesley Bidwell, Directory of Networking and Telecommunications

    Eileen Morgan-Zayacheck, Associate Provost for Academic Programs
    Venkat Sharma, Dean, School of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
    Jan Bowers, Dean, School of Education and Human Ecology
    Provost Thompson—ex. officio

    Achim Koeddermann, Associate Professor, Philosophy
    Beth Small, Chair and Associate Professor, Foreign Languages and Literatures
    Mette Harder, Associate Professor, History
    Jerry Blechman, Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

    Andrea Gerberg, Associate Librarian and Head of Access Services
    Chuck O’Bryan, Library Director

    Scott Barton, Facilities Program Coordinator
  • Library Project Steering Committee Minutes 12-09-2014
  • Library Project Steering Committee Minutes 01-27-2015
  • SUNY Construction Fund Request for Qualifications
    Additional information regarding this RFQ:
    1) The approximate floor areas for renovation are as follows:

    Floor Gross SF Area Comments
    Basement 3,000 For Information Commons (ITS)
    First Floor 15,000 Reference Area and Reading Room reconfiguration, CADE program
    Second Floor 5,000 For SDS program
    Third Floor N/A To be determined during Program/Concept
    Total 23,000 Estimated
    Note that this is an approximation only. The program/concept phase will more accurately define necessary renovation areas of each floor as the design is developed.

    2) There are no major structural components. Compact shelving not involved in this project.
    3) AV/instructional technology will be included in the project
    4) There is likely to be a small acoustic consultant involvement
  • Library Project Steering Committee Minutes 02-26-2015

Library Steering Committee Charge

From: Maria Thompson

To: Charles O’Bryan

Subj.: Library Master Plan

Pursuant to the announcement that a large construction project for Milne Library improvements, you are directed to formulate a Facilities Master Plan for the Milne Library. While this is very exciting news, it presents many challenges and represents a considerable amount of staff work.

The plan is requested to include but not be limited to the following:

·         Vision for the Library of 2020

·         Incorporation of new services, including Disabilities Services, the Center for Teaching Excellence, and CADE (tutoring)

·         Incorporation of Technologies

·         Space management (especially classrooms)

·         Plan for the layout and management of the paper collection

·         Facilities for the other stakeholders including, but not limited to, OAS (Jazzman’s), Geography, Women’s Studies, and IT

·         Space program for the facility

·         Suggested locations for the various new spaces

·         Sustainable infrastructure

Feel free to call upon Scott Barton, Tom Rathbone, and Phil Bidwell for assistance in this important task. While they will be important in the process, you, as the Director of Milne Library, will be the project coordinator and have oversight over the process. Similarly, you are encouraged to seek out staff participation as well as the input of the Library Committee

Upon completion of this Master Plan, the college will be employing the services of a design professional, who will validate this program prior to starting the actual project design.

Please keep me apprised on a regular basis on your progress. I deeply appreciate all you do in the leading the library in these times of change.

Key Space Planning Documents


New Fountain

New Drinking and Water Bottle Fountain installed on the Milne Basement (Tech Center) Floor

Fill your water bottle here to stay hydrated!


Panel Project Complete!

[Image credit: John Griebach 2014]

[Image credit: John Griebach 2014]

The third floor of Milne Library has a new “look”, both inside and out!  A few years ago, some building envelope investigation revealed a need to replace the old masonry panels on the third floor.  Choosing a metal-clad insulated system which retains the existing architectural elements of the building while opening it up, the old area over the main entry populated with narrow windows and study carrels has been opened up with spectacular views of the quad and surrounding mountains and has been re-discovered by our students and is now a popular study space.  The new system is highly energy efficient, has many more electrical outlets for study equipment, is an excellent location in which to study, highlights the library as a “beacon” to all to enter.  Additionally, the north side of the building has been re-purposed into several small multi-purpose rooms for group study or individual study.  Thanks to all for their cooperation, patience and understanding this summer as we have been able to make these improvements possible.                                    

-Tom Rathbone, Associate Vice President for Facilities



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