Cooper Wants To Know
This piece of wall in the lobby served as an ongoing conversation between the Library and its users from February of 2010 through March of 2013. Each week or so, a new question was posted, and everyone entering the building was asked to contribute an answer.
It started with Clemson Libraries' Creative Inquiry team – a group of undergraduate students who received course credit for doing a research project that spanned at least two semesters. Their project was to envision the Library of 2015, and during a team discussion about how to get better input from other students about how they saw the library, the idea of a "graffiti wall" was brought up. The next week, a rough version of the wall went up and it was a happy experiment for three years.
Overseeing the wall was “Coop”, a framed picture of Robert Muldrow Cooper, the library’s namesake, whose cartoon bubble proclaimed “I want to know!” (Cooper was a member of the Clemson's Board of Trustees for 44 years and president of the Board for 15 years.)
The board was a very rough (yet helpful) survey tool for instant assessment, a study of student social psychology/anthropology, a snapshot of popular culture, an often-pleasing piece of lobby art, and served as entertainment for participants and readers alike.