Reed receives $1 million from the
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Reed College has received a $1 million grant from the
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support the schools integrated
learning initiative. The initiative will unite Reeds information
technology resources in a two-part project that includes the renovation
and expansion of Reeds Eric V. Hauser Library and the construction
of a new facility, the educational technology center (ETC). The combined
cost for the project is $15 million.
The gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will have
a powerful influence on learning and research for students and faculty
at Reed and beyond, said Steven Koblik in announcing the gift. We
are thankful for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations vote of
confidence in our efforts. We are also delighted that the Gates family
has agreed to our naming the librarys new reading room in their
Outfitted for wireless and networked access to the internet, the Gates
Reading Room will herald a new kind of library that functions as an information
commons, where users can simultaneously access print and electronic materials.
In addition to the reading room, the $5.5 million, 16-month library project
will address the overwhelming demands on current library space and usage
by adding general study spaces and high-density shelving for print materials.
A wired classroom for use in library instruction will also further integrate
techno-logy into library services.
The new ETC will house student computing labs, tech-nology-rich classrooms,
a multi-media center, a technology-based writing center, a public policy
workshop, faculty and staff offices, and other technology-related services.
Together the library and ETC will form a complementary set of resources
that will enhance students academic
experiences and contribute to more effective use of computing technology
We deeply appreciate the generous support of the Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation in helping to fund the integrated learning initiative,
said Reeds college librarian Victoria Hanawalt. It is especially
gratifying that the foundation has recognized the Reed librarys
important role in supporting the colleges academic mission and in
enriching the resources available in the Northwest.
Careful assessment of our program goals remains an ongoing priority
for the college, Hanawalt continued. We look forward to sharing
our experience with other libraries and consortia so that this project
can inform and enhance other integrated learning environments, both public