In conjunction with Homecoming 2019, Missouri Baptist University celebrated the completion of the Jung-Kellogg Learning Center Oct. 18 with a formal dedication and ribbon cutting.
The new Learning Center, formerly the Jung-Kellogg Library, is aimed at empowering the 21st-century student to engage in innovative learning. As part of the project, the University worked to significantly downsize its print collection to provide space for the project. The Learning Center includes collaborative workstations, ideation labs equipped with state-of-the-art technology, a state-of-the-art pitch room complete with video conferencing capabilities, and the MBU Makerspace, an area designed to encourage creativity and teamwork. The recently-aligned Office of Alumni Engagement and Career Development is also housed in the Learning Center, emphasizing the University’s priority to prepare students for a life of service and success upon graduation.
“Today, we take the next step as we add the resources of tomorrow to the resources of yesterday,” said President Ross. “This renovation will support our continual transformation in the way we create, preserve and disseminate knowledge.”
The donor-funded project was led by alumni and a planning committee of faculty, students and staff. Construction began in summer 2019; the space opened for student use earlier this fall.
The FISH Makerspace
The FISH Makerspace is a collaborative creative space where students’ learning can develop to the next level. This flexible learning space includes Apple computers with creative software and high-top whiteboard tables, so students can collaborate to sketch out ideas, notes, and designs. The space includes overhead outlets and a retractable glass “garage door” wall that can be easily opened or closed for multifunctional use.
The Petty Commons
The Petty Commons is an inviting open area complete with a fireplace, comfortable couches and chairs, custom made trestle tables and a four-screen TV wall. The TV wall broadcasts multiple news and entertainment sources throughout the day. Each screen can be used independently or combined into one large, single image. Students can also wirelessly cast their device to any of the screens for presentations.
The Gwaltney Quiet Room
This set-apart space allows students a quiet place to focus on their studies. Students can work at tables or use provided Apple computers.
The Duvall Pitch Room
This technology-rich space utilizes the latest technology and transforms the classroom into a leading industry setting. The Duvall Pitch Room is optimized for video conferencing, and open to students when not reserved.
The Diehl Family Ideation Lab and The Henry Ideation Lab
The ideation labs provide small groups to collaborate and study together. The spaces include the ability for students to project their devices to a television, fostering further collaboration.
The Conference Room
The Conference Room provides a space for organizations and teams to meet in a collaborative environment. The 75-inch screen allows easy wireless screen sharing and a quiet space for concentration.
Purpose of the Project Plan
The Collection Assessment Project Plan will provide a definition of the project, including the project's goals and objectives. Additionally, the project plan will serve as a living document that is updated as the project progresses.
In Fall 2017, the Library received a generous donation to begin an extensive renovation of the library's existing space. The Library Task Force was formed to oversee the renovation project. One of the task force's main objectives was to create collaborative learning spaces for students including small group meeting rooms and collaborative workstations. Significant downsizing - approximately 70% - of the library's print collection would have to be completed as the first phase of the renovation project.
Phase One: Circulating Collections (Stacks + Oversize)
Library staff have identified those items in the circulating collection that have no recorded circulation history (zero checkouts). These items make up the library's primary weeding list. Faculty feedback is requested no later than May 4th, 2018. Library staff will begin processing selected materials for withdraw the following week.
This list contains those items with zero circulation history. It is available as a google spreadsheet and includes columns for "Keep/Withdraw," faculty member name, division, and a section for comments. For more information about the Library of Congress Classification system, please click here.
The Library would like to make available any of the discarded library titles. We are encouraging small donations of non-perishable food items. After the materials are processed for withdraw, Library staff will make items available to the MBU community. The MBU community will be provided with a date by which they need to retrieve materials. After which, the Library will continue the withdraw process. Titles must be selected by the MBU community member. Discarded materials must be picked up by the individual making the request. The Library will not make deliveries to offices, homes, etc.
The library renovation, completed Fall 2019, provided an engaging atmosphere that supports collaborative thinking and challenges students and faculty to access knowledge in a variety of ways. The renovated space focuses on creating unique study spaces for students, including collaborative workstations and small meeting rooms. Understanding the need for quiet study, a designated quiet study area has been set aside for the more traditional library user. This dedicated quiet study area will be closely monitored by library staff to control the noise volume.
In order to pave the way for the space necessary for the updated learning environment, a large scale weeding project was completed. The main goal of any weeding project is to maintain a high level of access to quality research materials for students, faculty, and staff. The Library required everyone's help to accomplish this goal. The Library will continue to maintain its reciprocal borrowing agreements with MOBIUS. More information about the weeding project is available on the Collection Assessment Project page.
Dr. Andy Chambers, Senior Vice President for Student Development
Mrs. Rebekah McKinney, Director of Library Services
Mr. Bryce Chapman, Associate Vice President of University Communications and Marketing
Mr. Brian Knapp, Alumni Relations Manager
Mr. Ken Revenaugh, Senior Vice President for Business Affairs
Mrs. Amanda Staggenborg, Instructor of Public Relations and Communications