On Thursday, October 30, the IU Libraries celebrated the grand opening of the Scholars’ Commons on the first floor of Wells Library East Tower. This space has been completely renovated to create an open, collaborative environment that will help take researchers from curiosity to discovery to publication.
The celebration started with a public lecture by Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication at the Modern Language Association and Visiting Research Professor of English at New York University, on how scholars must both adapt to and stimulate changes in the landscape of scholarly communication.
Immediately following Professor Fitzpatrick’s lecture, the celebration continued with remarks by Dean Brenda L. Johnson and Provost Lauren Robel who spoke about the historic importance of the commons as a place for sharing resources and building community. ProvostRobel said, “It’s worth noting that commons and community share etymological roots. A community is defined in large part by its commons—by the ideas its people hold dear and the resources they cherish and preserve.” Robel continued, “The Scholars’ Commons embodies so much of what we as a community cherish. It’s easy to imagine this space supporting and nurturing our next Nobel Laureate.”
Vice Presidents Brad Wheeler, Tom Morrison, John Applegate, and Jorge Jose were among the approximately 150 guests who joined the celebration, which included self-guided tours of the space.
Visitors were able to acquaint themselves with the features of the Scholars’ Commons, including the IQ Wall, the ALF Secure Reading Room, and the Consultation Rooms.