Space Planning

Mount Holyoke’s Library, Information, and Technology Services (LITS) has launched a project to strategically plan for the future use of LITS spaces, including the main library complex and the Eleanor Pierce Stevens Library of Music and Dance in Pratt Hall.

It has been 24 years since LITS spaces were last comprehensively reviewed in the context of current and future needs. As part of the campus strategic planning process, the LITS space project is designed to develop a better understanding of both user needs and institutional goals, then translate these findings into actionable recommendations and planning concepts to guide us in optimizing the use of LITS spaces over the next 10 years.

A committee composed of students, faculty, and staff is collaborating to guide the project. The committee’s project assumptions, goals, and questions are available . A diverse cross-section of staff, faculty, students, and other interested parties are also actively involved in the research-based, iterative process being led by our space planning consultants, DEGW; a firm with significant experience working with academic institutions on library and learning space planning.  DEGW is making seven visits to campus between September 2010 and April 2011 to facilitate the process.

Please visit this web site often for updates on the project. The planning committee welcomes your feedback and input.  

Project Updates

Committee Members

  • Sarah Adelman, Assistant Professor of Economics
  • Anne Arbuthnot, Class of 2012
  • Paul Breen, Project Engineer, Facilities Management
  • Genevieve Coe,  Class of 2012
  • Paula Debnar, Professor of Classics
  • Darren Hamilton, Chair and Professor of Chemistry
  • Janet Lansberry, Assistant Director, Weissmann Center for Leadership & Liberal Arts
  • Kate Lasher, Class of 2014
  • Tom McAuley, Director of Technology Infrastructure and Systems Support
  • Elizabeth Newswanger, Class  of 2013
  • Charlotte Slocum Patriquin, CIO and Executive Director of Library, Information, and Technology Services
  • Anisha Singh, Class of 2011
  • Mary Stettner, Library and Information Technology Consultant
  • Wanshu Zhu, Class of 2014