Transforming Learning Spaces
The time-honored tradition of academic libraries as the “heart” of the university takes on additional significance in the Internet age. Students need spaces equally suited for reflection and collaboration: escaping the distractions of campus life, work and family long enough to grapple with challenging ideas in an assigned reading, or rehearsing a Powerpoint as a group before going to class to give a final presentation. To meet these needs, Armacost library offers both group study rooms and quiet carrels; plenty of computers and convenient meeting places, but also soft seating and comfortable spots to curl up with a book – or an eBook!
As lifelong learners, faculty also need spaces where they can share ideas for excellent teaching, with the latest research on higher education and student needs close at hand. Armacost Library is proud to be the home of the Hunsaker Teaching and Learning Center, a resource funded by the Virginia C. Hunsaker Endowment supporting faculty professional development at the University of Redlands. The Hunsaker Teaching Room on the 2nd floor is a physical meeting space for the Hunsaker Center’s workshops on topics of interest to faculty held several times a semester. Also located here is the Hunsaker Teaching Library, a collection of over 100 books on teaching theory and practice selected by faculty recommendation.