Although students had been gathering at and using it since the beginning of the quarter, the John T. Richardson Library’s Information Commons celebrated its grand opening on September 24, 2013.
Over 300 visitors, including Provost Don Pope-Davis, were treated to tours of the new facility, Banned Books Week button-making, and demonstrations of productivity apps and media:scape tables. In the Scholar’s Lab, Professors Sungsoon Julie Hwang, Roshanna Sylvester, Paul Jaskot, and John Shanahan presented their innovative digital humanities projects. The University Center for Writing-based Learning and the Career Center discussed their peer consulting services in the Learning Commons.
President Fr. Holtschneider, C.M. addressed the attendees and attested to the transformation of the library into a learning space for the future. Richard Heise, (COM ’57, DHL ’95), former chair of DePaul’s Board of Trustees, and DePaul University Chancellor John T. Richardson, C.M., spoke about the history of the library. Following the remarks, an iPad mini and autographed READ posters of Oliver Purnell, Head Coach of DePaul Men's Basketball, and Doug Bruno, Head Coach of DePaul Women's Basketball, were raffled off by University Librarian Scott Walter.