Library 2.0

Students have mixed emotions about having classes in the library


Janae Schmidt

As the administration promised, the library has been modernized this year. What use to be the computer area where we would all go to print things last minute, is now a closed off room for class use. The computer lab was always closed off, but rarely used. Now its used as a classroom, and the computers are out in the main library.

Unlike the normal classrooms on campus, the library classrooms are quite smaller.

“One challenge is that the square footage is smaller. So when you get 35 people in here it feels really tight,” said Intro to Business teacher Mr. Ryan Shull.

Students who have his class aren’t excited about this tight space either.

Senior Ben Oehler has the classroom for two periods in a row, so he is there for a total of three hours.

“Both classes are pretty large, so there’s not a lot of space. It can feel very claustrophobic at times. I don’t really like how the tables are arranged. We have small tables in the back and tall tables in the front, so I can’t see when I sit in the back. I think it would be better if the classes were smaller and they could rearrange the desks,” Ben said.

Although it’s a lot smaller, both Shull and Mr. Ryan Spears are excited about the new changes.

“I think it’s a positive change for the library. As soon as it gets all decorated, and there’s technology, it will be good. Right now it’s a little cavish. In my classroom, we can fit about a max of 20 students,” Spears said of his new classroom.

It’s a very good change for the broadcasting students. There’s now a door that leads to the studio. It really opens up the space for them, so they can get their work done in the classroom, and then have the studio accessible for filming.

Shull said that he, “loves the flexible seating. I hate the slide desks at Rocklin. So we’ve got tall chairs, short chairs, different tables, and such. Students have the option to stand up and work.”

Along with creating new classrooms, hundreds of unused books were removed from the library this year. With this, it opens up the space where the bookshelves use to be.

“The biggest thing is that we were getting squished as a campus. With so many of our resources going electronic, we wanted to keep up with the times. We had so many books from the 90’s so we decided to clean them out, and we had so much more than we realized. We wanted to get rid of them, and use the space more effectively,” said Assistant Principal Mr. Mark Douglass.

With the removal of the books, they haven’t quite decided what to do with the new open space. They don’t want to make something the students and faculty aren’t going to use, so rather than rushing into a decision, they are feeling it out this year to decide how best to use the space.

They are hoping to decide within the year what to do with the space.