Involving Users in the Library Space Planning: a case study of a branch library in a research university
Maddison, Tasha (ORCID)
PublisherChinese American Librarian Association
As library functions are evolving, many academic libraries are redesigning or renovating their library space to meet the changing needs of their users. This case study describes how a branch library in a Canadian research university reached out to students to identify their needs of the library space using two methods: survey and interview. The results indicate that the ideal library spaces would be a combination of group learning space, individual study space, and quiet space. The study also suggests that computer work stations continue to be in high demand for library users despite the increasing ownership of technological devices among students. This project can be easily implemented by other libraries, particularly a branch or small-sized library, when planning for the renovation or reconfiguration of library space. In addition, the process of conducting this study helped to build a stronger team work environment and to strengthen the library’s relationship with its users.
CitationZhang, L. & Maddison, T. (2016). Involving Users in the Library Space Planning: a Case Study of a Branch Library in a Research University. CALA Occasional Paper Series, No. 13 (Dec.), 1-11.
Library Space, Library User, Branch Library, Space Planning, Survey, Interview
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