Auburn Board of Trustees helps dedicate Auburn University’s new Learning Commons

AUBURN – Members of the Auburn University Board of Trustees and the president and chief executive officer of EBSCO Industries Inc., Dixon Brooke, participated today in the dedication of the new Learning Commons in Auburn’s Ralph Brown Draughon Library. Funding through a generous gift by EBSCO helped create this space that was designed to respond to the needs of today’s students.

Throughout the past three years, the Libraries have worked closely with Auburn’s students to gather input in order to have a space designed with the students and for the students. The Learning Commons features 300 additional power outlets, 10 group study rooms and almost 500 new seats.

The Libraries partnered with the Miller Writing Center, the Office of Information Technology and Study Partners to provide academic and technologic assistance in one convenient space with library reference services for users.

“EBSCO’s generous gift provided resources to help us meet the needs of today’s library users with our new state-of-the-art Learning Commons,” said Dean of Libraries Bonnie MacEwan. “The reconfigured space provides a productive, dynamic and comfortable learning environment.”

On the program for the dedication were Dean of Libraries Bonnie MacEwan; Provost Mary Ellen Mazey; Auburn University President Jay Gogue; Libraries Student Advisory Council member, Katie Wilson; EBSCO’s Dixon Brooke and president pro tempore of Auburn’s Board of Trustees, Sarah Newton.

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