New public service center and renovations highlight 1999-2000

A new home for the Carolina Center for Public Service and major renovation projects also rank among 1999-2000 highlights. Details:

* Now operating out of the provost's office, the Carolina Center for Public Service will move into permanent quarters at NationsBank plaza on Franklin Street once a permanent director is named.

The center coordinates campus outreach efforts, connects the University's resources to North Carolina residents, helps promote the University's public service story and offers incentives for public service involvement.

Center-supported projects carry on Carolina's public service tradition, said Mike Smith, director of the Institute of Government and a member of the center's transition team.

"What I love about the public service center is that it takes us back to our roots and at the same time it will make Carolina the recognized leader in providing university-based service," he said.

* The House Undergraduate Library will be closed for renovations at the end of the fall semester. Services will be relocated during the transition to Davis and Wilson libraries.

Undergrad Circulation, Reference, Reserves and Serials will be located in Davis Library. Nonprint services will move to the Wilson Library stack area with the entrance on South Road opposite the Bell Tower. Books will be stored in Wilson Library with access to these volumes by request.

With renovations, House will be "gutted and redone completely from the inside," according to Joe Hewitt, Associate Provost for University Libraries.

No square footage will be added, but the project will include a new floor plan with wiring to support computers and networking, a new HVAC system, larger computer labs, improved video facilities, and more group study areas.

Hewitt said the overall effect will be to create a "learning library" with more electronic resources where students will learn not only how to gather electronic data but also how to evaluate the information and integrate it with printed materials.

By combining state-of-the-art electronics with strong traditional library services, the renovations will position the facility to be "the best undergraduate library in the country," Hewitt said.

Also as a result of renovations, the Academic Technology and Networks (ATN) user services center will move from the basement of Wilson Library to refurbished space in the basement of House.

* Work also will begin this year on renovations and a 36,120-square foot addition to the Frank Porter Graham Student Union.

The new three-story brick and glass addition will be south of the main building, with a new plaza separating the two structures. Two enclosed bridges will connect the upper floor of the addition to the main building.

The project also includes renovations and expansions of existing meeting rooms, administrative offices and a food service facility, as well as expanded student organization spaces.

"We have spent a long time assessing needs and determining new services for students," said Don Luse, director of the student union. "We will have more meeting rooms, lounge spaces, and student offices plus some new services like a 24-hour copy center and computer lab. The union will add significantly to student learning outside of the classroom."

Scheduled to begin early in Spring 2000, the union project is expected to take about two years to complete.

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