Construction for the new Makerspace and ScholarSpace began September 2nd, 2015 and is still underway. These projects were made possible through two separate grants, Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust and McElroy Trust. These spaces will be a great addition to the Rod Library.
The ScholarSpace will be a space to showcase UNI scholarly work. The space on the east side of the third floor is being redesigned to meet these needs. The space can be used by anyone on campus to present the results of faculty or student research, celebrate scholarship, or present programming that engages audience members in scholarly dialogue. The space will be able to seat up to 100 people and reservations will be available through the Dean’s office.
The Makerspace will be a part of the Learning Commons and located in Library room 286. Allowing for students to discover, create and be innovative in new unexpected ways. The space will have a 3D printer and scanner, and supplies for making prototypes and inspiring creativity. Often as part of their coursework UNI students are called upon to prototype ideas, to both think independently and work in teams, and to seek innovative solutions to real world problems. It will be a space where the UNI community can gather and share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network, and build. The Rod Library looks forward to the new creations this area will help produce.
Look for both spaces to be open early Spring Semester 2016!