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Tracy Kennedy, (918) 660-3316 or
Glenda Silvey, (918) 660-3317
TULSA, OKLA. – The dedication of the new Schusterman Library, which will benefit University of Oklahoma Tulsa students and the public, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26, at the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center, 4502 E. 41st Street.
The $8.5 million Schusterman Library was funded by the State Higher Education Bond Issue, which was passed by the state Legislature; with additional grants from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation; and the Grace and Franklin Bernsen Foundation. The new facility has 22,000 square feet, more than double the size of the previous library, that was located in the main academic building. The new library houses more than 65,000 books and bound journals that will serve as resources across all OU-Tulsa academic disciplines.
“The dedication of the Library on the Schusterman campus at OU-Tulsa marks another milestone in the continuing commitment of the University of Oklahoma to the Tulsa community,” said OU President David L. Boren. “None of the great progress at OU-Tulsa would have been possible without the continuing generosity of the Schusterman family, which began with the founding gift from Lynn Schusterman and the late Charles Schusterman.”
“We are thrilled that OU-Tulsa now has a world-class library from which thousands of students will be able to access a wealth of knowledge and a rich education,” said Lynn Schusterman. “By making it accessible to the public, we are reinforcing the importance of learning in our community and setting the standard for integrated campus-community relationships for the nation at large.”
Features of the OU-Tulsa Schusterman Library include:
• an arts and information gallery, the gateway to the building featuring space and technology to exhibit creative and scholarly work from faculty and students as well as host exhibitions from around the world;
• Grace and Franklin Bernsen Knowledge Commons, a computer lab where students work independently or in groups, and where they can access all of the library’s print and electronic materials as well as office and media production software to process their work;
• collections housed in compact mobile storage units to allow maximum capacity for growth in a minimum of space;
• a quiet reading room, providing access to both scholarly and popular publications in a comfortable environment that encourages contemplation and concentration for students and faculty;
• and group study rooms for student team building and collaborative enterprise.
“This new library is an important next step in the implementation of our campus master plan,” said Gerry Clancy, M.D., OU-Tulsa president. “With the growth in our student population, this new facility provides resources and space for our students to focus on their studies and for our faculty to conduct research.”
In addition to OU-Tulsa faculty, staff and students, more than 42,000 visitors have accessed the Schusterman Library in the past year, prior to its new, larger location.
“Students need to plug into specialized research databases and resources, but they also need to unplug from their everyday lives so that they can focus on their studies,” said Stewart Brower, OU-Tulsa Schusterman Library director. “The new building has been designed with this in mind -- to provide access to state-of-the-art electronic resources while simultaneously serving as an oasis, an academic commons for quiet concentration and contemplation.”
The University of Oklahoma Schusterman Center is home to all OU programs in Tulsa. Located at 41st and Yale, the Schusterman Center underlines OU’s commitment to the community and expands educational, research and patient care programs for the community. The OU-Tulsa Schusterman Center currently offers five bachelor’s degree completion programs; 14 master’s programs; doctoral programs in medicine, physical therapy, education, engineering and pharmacy; as well as nine residency programs in medicine. For more information about OU-Tulsa, call 660-3000 or visit http://tulsa.ou.edu.