If you have not had a chance to visit the new Harrison Libraries, you are in for a treat!
On the main level, the Mortensen Library features a wide, open space with a wall of windows and expansive view of the back property. Natural light spills over into the work and study areas that can be seen from the balconies on the upper level. Work areas with seating for group collaboration and individual study feature new technology.
The new Allen Library on the lower level has two seminar rooms, collaboration spaces, and three larger soundproofed listening rooms. Faculty and students can easily interact with each other in the new space, and people are using the musical scores and recordings in conjunction with online resources. The Hartt students comment how modern and bright the space is, and bring their parents in to see the library before their concerts. Many students outside of The Hartt School are also discovering the library for the first time.
On Hawktober Weekend, a community of alumni, students, faculty, and staff gathered for two ribbon-cutting events and receptions at Mortensen and Allen to welcome all to the new space. The event included music and dance performed by The Hartt School students, heartfelt remarks, and thanks to all who helped with the project.
Visitors are encouraged to browse, take a tour or ask questions of the helpful staff. In the meantime, you can watch a short video to see the changes for yourself. To arrange a tour, or library instruction class for students, contact Randi Ashton Pritting at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tracey Rudnick at email@example.com.
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