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Marist Library to be Named for Technology Executive.

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The new Marist College Library will be named for James A. Cannavino, one of the country's top technology executives and immediate past chairman of the Marist College Board of Trustees. The trustees decided to name the library after Cannavino in recognition of his service to Marist College, his leadership in the development of information technology and his philanthropy.

Cannavino recently pledged $3 million to the Marist library, which is the largest donation by an individual in the college's 70-year history. Cannavino is president and chief executive officer of CyberSafe, a network security provider for e-commerce businesses headquartered in Issaquah, WA. Cannavino formerly served as senior vice president for strategy and development at the IBM Corporation and as president and chief operating officer for Perot Systems Corp.

During his tenure at IBM, Cannavino was credited with developing some of the company's most innovative products, ranging from mainframe computers to laptops. He is recognized for spearheading the development of the ThinkPad(R), which in recent years has been one of IBM's most successful products.

"Jim Cannavino provides our college with the strategic vision that has enabled Marist to be recognized as a national leader in the use of technology in and out of the classroom," said Marist President Dennis J. Murray.

"Naming the library in Jim's honor is a fitting tribute to a man who has been a driving force behind this century's technological revolution," Murray said.

"During his 15 years as a Marist trustee, Jim Cannavino has constantly challenged us to look to the future so that our students are prepared to meet the challenges of the global marketplace of the 21st century," said Robert Dyson, chairman of the Marist Board of Trustees. "This library is a testament to Jim's commitment to Marist, its faculty, staff and students, and our community."

The Boston-based firm of Perry Dean Rogers designed the 85,000-square-foot library. It combines a classically designed exterior with an interior that features IBM digital library technology and connects its users to online sources of information anywhere around the world. Students and faculty are able to connect to the college's powerful IBM S/390 server and the Internet at any of the library's 800 seats, from individual study carrels to plush easy chairs. Collaborative workrooms also allow teams of students and faculty to work jointly on projects ranging from classroom presentations to entrepreneurial ventures.

The library overlooks the campus green and a stretch of the Hudson River that formerly served as the site of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta. It is located in an area known as Heritage Plaza, a historic district that also includes three buildings dating from about 1865 that are listed on the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places.

The library's ground floor houses the college's circulating book collection and archives, including the papers of the late broadcasting pioneer Lowell Thomas and documents from the Hudson River Environmental Society. The main floor contains reference works, periodicals and the circulation desk, where students can check out laptops for use in the library. It is also the home of the "E-Scriptorium," with high-end multimedia workstations to enable longer-term daily use of digital library materials in all formats. Students and faculty can digitize books, manuscripts, audio, video and graphics, which are stored on the IBM S/390 server and can be retrieved in the library or from any building on campus.

A grand, two-story entry hall allows students to enter from the east or west sides of the building. A coffee bar in the main floor foyer is a focal point for student and staff interaction.

The library's top floor is an innovative "Center for Collaborative Learning," featuring high-tech multimedia classrooms, a language lab, and an academic technology center. Several student academic offices are also located on this floor, as well as study rooms and an executive presentation room.

Each floor contains a quiet reading area with views of the Hudson River to the north and west of the library.

The main floor of the $20 million library is open this week as students prepare for their exams. The entire library will be fully operational on January 3, and will be formally dedicated in the spring.
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