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Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust will Fund New Special Collections Classroom
08-Dec-2010 Newsletter article

The Special Collections and Preservation Classroom on the fourth floor of Parks Library will become a reality thanks to funding support from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust and the Iowa State University Library. Funds of approximately $167,000 will be used to design, build and furnish this flexible classroom project.

Currently a study area on the fourth floor adjacent to the Special Collections Department and near the Conservation Lab, this location provides a great opportunity to utilize this area as a learning space in the Library's newest wing (1983 addition with a beautiful view of central campus). Construction and furnishings will be eco-friendly and in line with the University Library's sustainability initiatives.

Based on the teaching and training needs of staff in Special Collections, Preservation, and the Reference and Instruction Division, it is estimated that the classroom will be scheduled approximately 20 hours per week during the academic year. In the future, courses, seminars and workshops covering various disciplines can be held in the finished space, which will be adaptable in terms of capacity and furniture arrangement. Technological enhancements will include a wireless hub and electrical outlets for personal electronics, a lockable media cabinet with PC and video display equipment, and two large, wall-mounted, flat screen monitors.

Planning and implementation could begin as soon as December 2010. Students, faculty, staff, and the community may be able to utilize the classroom by fall.

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust is a philanthropic foundation in Iowa with assets of more than $250 million and annual grant distributions of over $11 million. The trust was created through the will of Roy J. Carver, a Muscatine industrialist and philanthropist, who died in 1981. The Carver Trust has been a long-time supporter of Iowa State and is one of the university's leading donors. In recent years the Iowa State University Library has been the beneficiary of funds of over $600,000 from the Carver Trust.

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