Steelcase @ Stanford Engineering Library


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Learner Centered Design in Higher Education
Environments: A Steelcase Research Project
Sponsor: LLAMA BES
ALA Annual Conference (Chicago)
July 12, 2009
Helen B. Josephine

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Steelcase @ Stanford Engineering Library

  1. 1. Steelcase @ Stanford Engineering Library July 2009 Helen B Josephine B. 1
  2. 2. Steelcase Enthnographic Study St d Why we wanted to be part of the study what study--what was the driver for our participation? New Engineering Library and New School of Engineering Center Ongoing review of other libraries on campus Our Expectations Logistics/ how it was to participate Our Conclusions 2
  3. 3. Stanford U i St f d University it Residential undergraduate and graduate university founded in 1891 2009 FTE: Schools, Departments, Schools Departments & Undergraduates: 6812 Programs: Graduates: 8328 Business, Law, Education, Engineering, Engineering Earth 2009 Faculty: 1874 Sciences, Medicine, Humanities & Sciences, Continuing Education 3
  4. 4. Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SULAIR) SU Libraries: 8.5 million volumes Green Library (main library) and 11 branch libraries Stanford Auxiliary Library (onsite and remote storage) Academic Computing: residential computing computer clusters course management system g y Highwire Press Stanford University Press 4
  5. 5. Understanding Student Use of Libraries Lib i Bender Room, Green Library Room 5
  6. 6. Understanding Student Use of Libraries Lib i Why? To inform study spaces and computing services offered in the libraries To inform furniture selection for new Engineering Library y How? In house surveys Anecdotal observation 6
  7. 7. Steelcase Ethnographic Study Jan 2009: Preliminary discussions with Steelcase Team Feb 2009: Discussion of constraints, contracts & requirements University Librarian’s Office University Counsel’s Office Human Subject s Research Office Subject’s Mar 9-12: On site (last week of Winter Term) Observations in Engineering Library Observations in Green Library Ob ti i G Lib Observations in Meyer Library open Computer Cluster and Media Lab Staff Interviews 7
  8. 8. Expectations E t ti High-level High level analysis of student use of library spaces and other study areas Observations and analysis of i f Ob ti d l i f information ti seeking behaviors Observations and analysis of group study Ob ti d l i f t d and individual study patterns Validation f t d t focus group f db k V lid ti of student f feedback 8
  9. 9. Huang Engineering Center (Summer 2010) (S School of Engineering Center (130,000 sq ft) (130 000 Dean’s Office and support services Auditorium, classrooms Auditorium classrooms, conference center Machine shop, flexible student areas Café Library Aesthetic and Social focus of the Science & Engineering Quad 9
  10. 10. School f E i S h l of Engineering i Faculty: 250 Graduate Students: 3,000 Undergraduates: 700 Emeritus Faculty: 115 Research Programs Centers Laboratories Programs, Centers, Laboratories, Research Groups: 100+ 25% of total Stanford student body is enrolled in the School of Engineering 10
  11. 11. SoE D S E Departments t t Aeronautics and Astronautics BioEngineering Chemical Engineering g g Civil and Environmental Engineering Computer Science Electrical Engineering Management Science and Engineering Materials Science and Engineering Mechanical Engineering 11
  12. 12. School of Engineering Key Priorities Information Technology—research in software/hardware/communications Bioengineering—fusion of the life sciences and engineering Environment En ironment and Energ Energy—focus on water, foc s ater urbanization, health, global climate change Nanoscience and Nanotechnology—advancing the Nanotechnology advancing science and technology of very small structures 12
  13. 13. School f E i S h l of Engineering Quad i Q d 13
  14. 14. Environment and Energy Building Y2E2 Dedicated March 4, 2008 14
  15. 15. Huang E i H Engineering Center i C t The Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center 15
  16. 16. Student Space Huang E i H Engineering Center i C t • Programmatic Needs (based on student focus groups): f ) • Private meeting rooms for 4-10 with projection • Informal meeting spaces for groups of 4-6, 12+ • Informal meeting space for presentations accommodating 50 60 presentations, 50-60 • Computers with software for class work • Space for short sessions of quiet group work • Space for focused quiet work • Storage closets for student groups (6-10) • Work tables and storage for shop space • Space for messy projects • Quiet space and interactive space to sit with food/drinks • Signboard/information wall or large monitor for event information • Game area (ping pong, foosball, other fun activities) • Bean bag area/very informal lounge area • Inviting f feature, i.e. fireplace, distinctive lounge area, etc? f ? 16
  17. 17. Student Space Huang E i H Engineering Center i C t Space Should Be: Intuitively understood Friendly, inviting, not sterile Flexible, easily re-configurable Easy to maintain Divided as to not feel too vast Properly lit and acoustically separated by function Design Constraints: The open nature of these spaces pose difficulties in providing acoustic and visual privacy p y Furniture can only provide a minimal amount of acoustic and visual privacy Walls/Lighting/Power/Data are fixed and cannot be modified Atria will "bleed" noise into rest of building bleed 17
  18. 18. Huang Engineering Center 18
  19. 19. Library Space Huang E i H Engineering Center i C t Programmatic Needs: Areas for individual study and group work Lounge seating Reduced stack space for print materials Ability to host group event or small group teaching Computers with software for class work p Kiosks for quick catalog look ups, journal articles Librarian offices and work space Library workroom and processing area Circulation/information/checkout desk Digital bulletin board/large screen display 19
  20. 20. Engineering Library Mission E i i Lib Mi i Library space and services designed to foster collaboration among students and faculty, and to support discovery retrieval and discovery, integration of print and digital information. SEQ2 Library Vision: The Information Collaboratory 20
  21. 21. Engineering Library Objectives E i i Lib Obj ti Reduce print collection and increase digital Redesign web presence to highlight access to digital content Create physical environment for both private individual study and collaborative spaces Integrate library and librarians into student spaces throughout the Huang Engineering p g g g g Center and the Science and Engineering Quad 21
  22. 22. Library Design—zone diagram Design zone 22
  23. 23. Floor Plan 23
  24. 24. Space and Staff Comparison S d St ff C i Current C rrent (ENG onl ) only) Planned (*ENG + CS + Physics) Ph sics) 16,000 ft2 6,000 ft2 15 study tables 8 study tables 56 study carrels 10 study carrels 12 soft seating 20 soft seating 12 public kiosks 4 public kiosks 6 photocopiers 1 photocopier 40,000 print books 20,000 print books* + 50,000 e-books print reference (3,000 vol) e-reference and web tools print journals (27 000 vol) (27,000 e journals e-journals (only); 100 print browsing Theses on site (8,000 vol) Theses off site (current 2yrs on site) 2 Subject Specialists 5 Subject Specialists 4.5 4 5 Library Assistants 2.5 2 5 Library Assistants 24
  25. 25. Challenges Ch ll Think outside the Octagon—provide service throughout the Engineering Center and the Science & Engineering Quad Library focused on user access and management of online resources & services Deliver immediate access to materials stored off-site off site Use web technologies to deliver point of use instruction and research guides Integrate e content into course management systems and websites Retain the “library as destination both physical and library destination” virtual 25
  26. 26. Construction Time Line Spring 2008: Construction started Spring 2010: Construction complete Summer 2010: Move to new library 26
  27. 27. Conclusions C l i Review of student focus group feedback on student space in Huang Engineering Center Steelcase Study validated our observations Make spaces more functional Allow for private areas and social areas p Accommodate multiple study styles Promote awareness of spaces and resources Test sample furnishings (Summer 2009) Be prepared for constant change 27