In recent months, I’ve had the opportunity to travel throughout the country describing the major renovation of ICO’s library, which will soon be completed. I’ve been asked why we’re doing a major update to a library that many alumni remember as state-of-the-art when it was built some 30 years ago. Well, the answer is, state-of-the-art has changed. New libraries are no longer simply receptacles for books and periodicals. They’re places that not only encourage full use of educational technologies within the physical space, but also extend access to educational and research technologies anywhere an internet connection exists. The new library does maintain its iconic central spiral staircase, but everything else about the library has changed for the better. Next time you’re on campus or connecting to ICO electronically, I invite you to visit us and see for yourself.
There’s another reason why the update of the library will be important to ICO. We’ve used the opportunity to repurpose some of the second floor to make room in the Illinois Eye Institute. Academic and clinical administrators who currently keep offices in the IEI will be moving to this second-floor space. Their vacated offices will soon be renovated and house the innovative Alfred and Sarah Rosenbloom Center on Vision and Aging. Expect to celebrate the grand opening of the Rosenbloom Center towards the end of 2014.
Why is all this important? ICO is committed to continuous improvement of both its physical space and our academic and clinical programs. We expect to attract highly qualified and motivated doctoral candidates, who apply to ICO with the expectation that we will continue to set the definition of “state-of-the-art” amongst our peer institutions.
Arol Augsburger, OD