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Hannon Library At SOU

A destination of its own

When Art Kreisman started teaching Southern Oregon University in 1946, two structures existed on campus &

the administration building (Churchill) and the gym (Britt). The library shared the second floor of Churchill with the biology lab.

Now, Art Kreisman is the University historian, and the new Hannon library rises avant-garde, from its fourth transformation. The remodel, completed one year ago, has students, community members, and librarians screaming success.



s a beautiful building, it&

s incredible,&

says Art of the remodel.

Art stops in the climate-controlled Special Collections to read copies of the Siskiyou paper. He writes articles for the Alumni Association reminding patrons &

what was going on 50, 40, 30 years ago,&

he says.

— — In addition to books and study rooms, the SOU library — offers students a caffeine and calorie fix in its coffee shop.

Librarian Deborah Hollens, with 35 years at the University under her red blazer, beams. &

We wanted the inside,&

she says, gazing from her command post at government publications, beyond the stately pines, and onto Grizzly Peak, &

to look like the outside.&


This became what we dreamed,&

she says, &

a destination place.&

Mark Ewald makes it his destination several times a week. &

I love the remodel,&

he says, calling it classical modernism. &

I could nitpick,&

he says, &

about the noise, the composite tables or the carpet, but really this is the only place in Ashland I go.&

The painter and fire lookout emails and admires the art book collection. He recalls the old library as &

confining, claustrophobic, and dingy.&

Senior Chris Donaldson also remembers the old library.


It was painful to study in there,&

he says, &

I come here much more now.&

Chris uses the LaLande collection for his environmental history research, housed in Special Collections, and cites the study rooms as his favorite feature of the remodel.

The 22 study rooms boast comfort: open the window, pull down the shade, or write a chemical notation on the dry erase board. Run downstairs and order a coffee, but don&

t try to order a pizza.

— — —

SOU students Andrew Hathon, left, Cody Skinwalker — Mitchell-Chavez and Catherine Ridenour take advantage of the stage of — the campus library&

s wireless internet and comfortable seating to — study.

Ambiance plus amenities equals increased usage. In May 2005, a record 41,000 people entered the library. In one year, regular checkouts rose 14 percent. Reserved checkouts doubled, and the total number of pages printed increased more than ten times.

From the blueprints to the rooftop garden patio, the Hannon library cost 23.5 million dollars. Lenn and Dixie Hannon helped secure 20 million dollars in state funding, leaving 3.5 million to fundraising.

Now, only one million remains. Name plaques clue to significant contributors. There&

s the DeBoer meeting room, the Harry and David media playback center, and the Blacketor reading bay.

The Zinser map collection focuses on the region, but includes a complete set of USGS maps for the United States. The Margery Bailey Renaissance collection incorporates 7000 volumes on William Shakespeare and his writings.

Numerous recognition opportunities still exist. Patrons can adopt a book or a shelf. They can name the coffee shop for $300,000 or the celebrated mosaic rotunda for one million.

With 94 percent of the funding raised, Hannon library welcomes all to explore the collection of scholarly resources, offering membership to the community. Upon entrance of the state-of the art building remember the history. Art Kreisman reminds that the mature pines &

where planted by President Elmo Stevenson.&