Monday, September 17, 2012

Exciting Changes at the Harold Schiffman Music Library

photo by Sarah Dorsey
What a difference color (and new shelving and furniture) make!   So says Music Librarian Sarah Dorsey, noting that visitors will find that the Harold Schiffman Music Library has undergone renovation following the recent naming of the library for composer and Greensboro native Harold Schiffman.

As reported in June,  the Music Library was named in honor of a large planned gift from Schiffman and his wife Dr. Jane Perry-Camp.  At the time, Dean John Deal of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance noted "This generous bequest from Harold Schiffman and Jane Perry-Camp, along with their previous gifts to the Jackson Library, constitute the largest gift to the School of Music, Theatre and Dance since its inception in 2010 and to the School of Music since 2001.  The scholarship endowment component will provide financial assistance to hundreds of future music students.  It is truly a transformational gift.  We are tremendously indebted to Harold and Jane for their generosity."

At the same time, the Harold Schiffman Music Library renovation based in part on the input of the interior architecture students in Dr. Patrick Lee Lucas' Interior Architecture Third Year Studio Class.  During the spring semester of 2012, Lucas and his students worked with the University Libraries to envision some possible scenarios for updating the identity of the library.  Among the recommendations was to use materials, colors and textures to envliven and animate the space.   New furniture, shelving, paint and signage were  installed over a period of several weeks.  Throughout the renovation, the Harold Schffman Music Library  blog enthusiastically chronicled the process.

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