Remarks by Libraries Director Randi Ashton-Pritting (podium) receive applause from (l-r) Interim Provost Fred Sweitzer, President Walter Harrison, and Board Chair Lucille Nickerson.
The libraries building visually became Harrison University Libraries on Friday, May 5, when a brief unveiling ceremony was held at noon in the Mortensen lobby and outside on the library lawn. Many University Regents, who had just wrapped up their May meeting, attended the unveiling and afterward, got a sneak peek of what the renovated areas of the building look like. Students, faculty, staff, and friends of the libraries attended as well.
Board Chair Lucille Nickerson spoke about the current library renovation project that will result in the University’s Mortensen and Allen libraries being housed in one building. She praised the generosity of a group of anonymous donors whose multimillion-dollar gift called for the libraries to be renamed for President Harrison who retires on June 30, after 19 years leading the University. The gift is supporting the current renovation and will provide resources for future needs of the libraries.
Nickerson also acknowledged the presence of former University Provost Sharon L. Vasquez who got the library project off the ground before leaving the University, and Interim Provost Fred Sweitzer who chairs the Library Master Plan Steering Committee. President Harrison expressed thanks for the honor of having his name added to the libraries. He also reaffirmed his love for books but noted that that as technology changes and improves, so must libraries.
With her usual high energy, Director of Libraries Randi Ashton-Pritting expressed her excitement about the changes that are making our libraries a true hub of the campus and information centers of the 21st century.
The Harrison University Libraries Expansion and Renovation Project began in May 2016 and is nearing completion. The project brings the physical space, technology, and infrastructure of the Harrison University Libraries in line with the evolving understanding of best practices in teaching and learning.