May 22, 2024
It's back-to-school time across the United States, and it's no different here at the U.S. Army War College. What's different this year is that the resident class of academic year 2024 will arrive at a brand new academic facility, dubbed the new Root Hall by faculty and staff. It's a beautiful building with every detail designed around facilitating the education of leaders today and well into the future. And of course, you can't have a school without a library, but this isn't the library you remember from grade school. Greta Braungard, Academic Library Division Chief, and Heather Goyette, Knowledge Commons Branch Chief, join podcast editor Ron Granieri to explain the features and innovations of the new facility. From movable stacks and digital databases to self-checkout and a whole new spectacular view (quite a change from the previous basement location), the new library will be at the center of the student body's research effort.

It’s back-to-school time across the United States, and it’s no different here at the U.S. Army War College. What’s different this year is that the resident class of academic year 2024 will arrive at a brand new academic facility, dubbed the new Root Hall by faculty and staff. It’s a beautiful building with every detail designed around facilitating the education of leaders today and well into the future. And of course, you can’t have a school without a library, but this isn’t the library you remember from grade school. Greta Braungard, Academic Library Division Chief, and Heather Goyette, Knowledge Commons Branch Chief, join podcast editor Ron Granieri to explain the features and innovations of the new facility. From movable stacks and digital databases to self-checkout and a whole new spectacular view (quite a change from the previous basement location), the new library will be at the center of the student body’s research effort.

If you are a new student or faculty member at the Army War College, be sure to make time for a 20-minute guided tour during one of the upcoming library open houses listed below:

Monday, August 7, 2023, 1300 and 1500
Tuesday, August 8, 2023, 1300 and 1500
Wednesday, August 16, 2023, 1300 and 1500
Thursday, August 17, 2023, 1300 and 1500

One of the early goals back when we started designing the space was to provide collaboration space, quiet space and to have the library as a central focus.

Greta Braungard is the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center Academic Library Division Chief at the U.S. Army War College. She came to the USAWC in 2008 and has served as a librarian in several roles culminating as the Division Chief. She has presented at various library conferences, including the Military Libraries Training Workshop and the Library of Congress FEDLINK Expo. She received her Master of Library Science from Syracuse University.

Heather Goyette is the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center Root Hall Branch Chief of the Academic Library Division at the U.S. Army War College. She came to USAWC in 2020, and has previously served in various DOD Libraries to include positions at West Point and the George C. Marshall Center. She received her Master of Library Science from Rutgers University.

Ron Granieri is Professor of History at the U.S. Army War College and the Editor of A BETTER PEACE.

The views expressed in this presentation are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Army War College, U.S. Army, or Department of Defense.

Photo Description: Interior and exterior views of the new Root Hall, Carlisle Barracks, PA

Photo Credit: U.S. Army War College

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