C-Suite is Underway in Alden Library [Photo Essay] – OHIO University Libraries

C-Suite is Underway in Alden Library [Photo Essay]

Electrician Chad Bean of KAL Electric stands on a ladder adjusting lighting as he works around the tubes of vents threading the ceiling of the new C-Suite.

C-Suite, the new student innovation hub approved by the University Board of Trustees in 2017, is now underway on Alden Library’s third floor.  Led by several University units, the space is meant to act as a hub to support cross-disciplinary student entrepreneurial projects across the Athens Campus.

Although, from an outsider’s viewpoint, the actual construction may seem to still be in its earliest stages, several of the Libraries’ previous occupants from the former Faculty Commons are now moved to a site inside the Fine Arts Library to make room for the innovation lab.

Besides the transferred offices of the Libraries’ assistant deans, Janet Hulm and Kelly Broughton, Digital Initiatives, which recently merged with the Preservation department to formalize their collaborative work, also relocated to the Fine Arts area. The newly-formed department recently purchased a Phase One camera and a DT Element copy stand to aid in digitally preserving the Libraries’ primary resources. Scholars are now able to retrieve many of those digital collections worldwide.

Meanwhile, walls are coming down in preparation of C-Suite—and although chaos may appear to reign on Alden’s third floor, the new physical space is slated to open in the fall.

Below are a few of the captured moments from the construction and relocation inside Alden photographed by Delia Palmisano, graduate student in VisCom working with Ohio University Libraries.


(Left to right) Robin Krivesti, facilities manager at Alden Library, and Janet Hulm, assistant dean for collections and digitization strategies, discuss the relocation project outside the new staff area on the third floor of Alden Library, June 7, 2018.


In preparation of C-Suite, walls are coming down in the former Faculty Commons on Alden Library’s third floor, June 27, 2018.


(Left to right) Construction workers Uziel Lopez and Moises Javier Hernandez prepare to hang the movable walls inside the Fine Arts area in anticipation of the Libraries’ staff relocating from the former Faculty Commons, May 17, 2018.