Library Honors Dean Emeritus with Dedication of David J. Cohen Classroom

Dr. David Cohen, Dean Emeritus

The College of Charleston Libraries celebrated the legacy of David Cohen, Dean Emeritus, on May 20th with the dedication of the David J. Cohen Classroom on the third floor of the Marlene & Nathan Addlestone Library. The Friends of the Library unveiled a new plaque at the Rivers Green entrance to Addlestone Library honoring David’s legacy and the generous donors that made this tribute possible. Dr. David J. Cohen served as Dean of the Libraries from 1982 to 2012. He provided visionary leadership for more than three decades, transforming the Library into a 21st century resource that  students, faculty and the larger community value and use heavily. “David Cohen established our most important, core principle — that the libraries should be the  best part of the College of Charleston,” said Dr. John White, current Dean of the Libraries. “This simple, yet ambitious goal is David’s greatest contribution to the libraries and the College. It underscores every decision we make and is the foundation of who we are and what we do.” Throughout his tenure as Dean, David worked diligently to integrate technology to support the ever-changing learning needs of students and faculty. In keeping with David’s focus on the Library’s social relevance and innovation, Addlestone Library’s third-floor high-tech classroom commemorates his legacy. With three high-definition screens and wireless capability, the flexible classroom serves as an ideal space for Special Collections instruction, as well as a student space for presentations, digital media and group study. The David J. Cohen Classroom was named with generous contributions of friends and supporters. Honoring David was made possible by major support from: Elizabeth Rivers

 

cohen1Throughout his tenure as Dean, David worked diligently to integrate technology to support the ever-changing learning needs of students and faculty. In keeping with David’s focus on the Library’s social relevance and innovation, Addlestone Library’s third-floor high-tech classroom commemorates his legacy. With three high-definition screens and wireless capability, the flexible classroom serves as an ideal space for Special Collections instruction, as well as a student space for presentations, digital media and group study. The David J. Cohen Classroom was named with generous contributions of friends and supporters. Honoring David was made possible by major support from: Elizabeth Rivers Lewine, Howdy and Mary Phipps, John Rivers, Jr., and the Thomas Small Foundation. Additional thanks to the many others who contributed to celebrating his important legacy and advancing his exceptional work. It is thanks to David Cohen and the relationships he fostered that the Library has developed into a cornerstone of learning, discovery and research excellence in the region. David, and his wife Claudia, continue to support the Library through the work of the Friends of the Library and a planned gift that supports new collections. Through the David J. Cohen Classroom, David’s legacy will continue to shape the College of Charleston Libraries. As David stated, “we want to ensure the Library remains at the intersection of instruction and scholarship.”