The generations of Lethbridge College students who passed through the Buchanan Library might not recognize the place today after a recent $3 million overhaul. Student and staff resources in the new space now include the library, the Learning Café, Accessibility Services and teams from Educational Development, Learning Experience Design, Digital Learning, Production, Regional Campuses and Audio-Visual.
More than a library, the new home for the college’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Innovation (CTLI) is a one-stop shop for supporting students, faculty, staff and the community. Designed around the different ways students learn, interact and contribute to their learning environments, the centre has spaces for both collaborative and independent study – and so far, students have been loving it.
There’s also increased access to technology, including laptops, charging stations, virtual reality equipment and a 3D printer. In addition, the space includes a dedicated gallery to display works from the prestigious Buchanan Art Collection, including paintings from the Group of Seven and other Canadian artists – the first time that the collection has been given a permanent public home on campus.
The new space was given the Blackfoot name Niitsitapi’ksimpstaan by the college’s Kainai Kaahsinnoonik (Grandparent), Peter Weasel Moccasin. The name means “Real Thinking” and celebrates the learning journey of the students who use the space. Stop by CE1340 to take a look next time you’re on campus. And if you need more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-320-3352.