New Library Approved for GGC

The Board of Regents voted yesterday to approve funds for a new library at Georgia Gwinnett College. The technology, media and library facility - or Learning Resources Center, as it will be called - will be strategically designed to meet the needs of 21st century students by providing innovative resources and integrating state-of-the-art technology. Slated to open in spring 2009, the facility will include computer and distance learning labs, and a faculty teaching and learning center combined with services traditionally provided by a university library.

Lawrenceville, GA –The Board of Regents voted yesterday to approve funds for a new library at Georgia Gwinnett College. The technology, media and library facility - or Learning Resources Center, as it will be called - will be strategically designed to meet the needs of 21st century students by providing innovative resources and integrating state-of-the-art technology. Slated to open in spring 2009, the facility will include computer and distance learning labs, and a faculty teaching and learning center combined with services traditionally provided by a university library.

“It is a part of GGC’s charter to approach education in the 21st century with innovation and we will be looking for innovative ways to design this facility,” said Georgia Gwinnett President Dan Kaufman.

The library is critical for Georgia’s newest four-year college to acquire accreditation status and as such, was designated as a priority project to meet the strategic needs identified by the University System of Georgia.

“Projects on the construction funds priority list represent the most pressing needs that will have the biggest impact in the System,” said Linda Daniels, the university system’s vice chancellor for facilities. Approval of this new facility is a part of the chancellor’s plan to align the System’s resources with the board’s identified strategic priorities.

If approved by the general assembly, the 124,000 square-foot facility is slated to break ground spring 2008 and will cost $28.3 million.

Kaufman added, “We appreciate the support of the Board of Regents in recognizing this critical priority with Georgia’s newest institution. Earning accreditation status is vital to GGC’s students qualifying for financial aid.”

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