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Creating library spaces of the future <br />LaTesha Velez<br />Diversity Resident Librarian<br />
Perceptions<br />The changing library<br />The Deserted Library<br />The rise of the social library<br />The library as pl...
Background<br />How do patrons use academic libraries spatially?<br />Are there differences?<br />Racial/ethnic<br />Gende...
Challenges<br />Defining spaces<br />What types of spaces do exist in libraries<br />What types of spaces should exist in ...
Theories on diversity<br />Multi contextuality<br />Context diversity<br />Ibarra, Roberto (2005).  A Place to Belong: The...
Methods<br />Research questions<br />Q1. learning styles and perception of library as space<br />Q2. learning styles and u...
Methods<br />Study sample/site<br />Undergraduate<br />D.H. Hill Library, North Carolina State University<br />Learning co...
DH Hill Library Learning Commons<br />
DH Hill Library Special Collections Reading Room<br />
methods<br />Measures<br />Perceptions of the library<br />Use of a library<br />Learning styles (High contextual vs. Low ...
Preliminary Findings<br />Sweeps<br />Observed a lot of females in reading room<br />Texting<br />Individual study over gr...
Preliminary Findings<br />Survey<br />Spaces most often used during the semester<br />Quiet space, 37%<br />Social space, ...
Preliminary Findings<br />Survey<br />Favorite space<br />Quiet study space, 45%<br />Social space, 44%<br />
Preliminary Findings<br />Survey<br />Frequency of use<br />Number of times visited<br />At least 3 to 5 times a week, 62%...
Preliminary Findings<br />Survey<br />Hours spent in library during the previous two weeks<br />More than five hours a day...
Preliminary Findings<br />Survey<br />Days of the week<br />Weekday night, 85%<br />Weekday day time, 50%<br />Weekend, 16...
Preliminary Findings<br />Survey<br />Activities<br />Most Frequent<br />Doing assignments (6.0)<br />Group study (5.29)<b...
Preliminary Findings<br />Survey<br />Perceptions of the library design<br />Adaptable spaces (6.34)<br />Flexibility (6.1...
Michael Crumpton<br />Assistant Dean for Administrative Services<br />University of North Carolina at Greensboro<br />
Example at UNCG<br />
Identifying Space Problem<br />Library consists of 3 story main building built in 1950 and a 9 story book tower<br />131,7...
Proposed FutureRenovations<br />Create a larger instruction lab<br />Expand collaboratories and group spaces<br />Expand i...
Purpose of Assessment Activity<br />Gain hard data to present to consultant for programming ideas related to renovations<b...
Changes in Functionality<br /><ul><li>SuperLab – needed for convenience
Wireless – highly used, but need space in 	which to use
Instruction – class and individual, grown 	significantly but needs more space
Food and Drink – keeps students in library</li></ul>	to work<br /><ul><li>Increase in student population – natural 	facili...
Increase in higher degree level research 	needs</li></li></ul><li>In-house Survey<br />November 2007<br />Jackson and Musi...
What they do<br />
How often they come<br />
When they’re here<br />
Alone vs. Groups<br />Group floor<br />Quiet Floor<br />
Computer usage<br />Reference Room<br />Information Commons<br />
Using Materials<br />Reference Room<br />Reading Room<br />
Role of Library Space<br />A Learning Environment<br />Transformational character of intentional learning<br />Knowledge t...
What’s Happening to Our Space?<br />Electronic vs. print<br />Organization shifting<br />Reporting structure, traffic<br /...
Purposeful Assessment of Space<br />Space as a factor to organization’s mission<br />Gathering <br />Services provided<br ...
Basic Elements<br />Statement of purpose with context – addresses unique concerns and significance<br />Literature review ...
Problem Statement<br />Needs to represent the point of view of stakeholders<br />Needs to identify the scope and focus of ...
Space Design<br />Programming – what space will be used for<br />Initial layouts – DD<br />Detailed review of infrastructu...
Space Options or Needs<br />Group teaching/learning<br />Simulated/special learning environments<br />Immersive environmen...
Doing your research<br />Primary<br />(data gathered firsthand)<br /><ul><li>Experimental
Pilot projects
Surveys
Interviews
Focus groups
Direct observation
Testing</li></ul>Secondary<br />(data gathered by others)<br /><ul><li>Secondhand reports
Historical data
Purchased data
Professional publications
Benchmarking
Best-practices reports</li></li></ul><li>Focus Groups<br />Recruitment<br />emails to student groups, <br />posters, flyer...
Assessment Methods - Questionnaire<br />Disadvantages<br />Literacy and/or language issues<br />Clarification or explanati...
Assessment Methods – Interviews (IND)<br />Least time-efficient and usually most costly<br />Interviewer should be practic...
Assessment Methods – Focus Groups<br />Requires prep and skilled facilitator<br />Be aware of peer pressure responses<br /...
Other Methods<br />Sandboxing – test concepts prior to large scale commitment<br />Design charettes – stakeholders allowed...
Observational Studies (Sweeps)<br />Checklist of observable behaviors<br />Various times of day and evening<br />Multiple ...
Delphi Study<br />Technique premise is that experts have the best idea of future pathways<br />Validity of study is based ...
Delphi con’t<br />William J. Mitchell (paraphrased)<br />Spaces that work well (long term) are built around human needs, c...
Data Driven Methodology<br />Removes politics<br />Reduces emotional investment<br />Makes adversarial moves more rational...
Factors to Consider<br />Design Factors<br />Space Factors<br />What question are you asking and why<br />What goals and o...
Questions Asked<br />How often they come and when?<br />Entrance they use?<br />What do they do?<br />What’s good, what ne...
Concept Drawings<br />
Student Feedback<br />Library is an important place to study<br />Both group space and quiet space important<br />Most stu...
Summarized Responses<br />Circ Desk not <br />easily assessable<br />Superlab is needed<br /> but as convenience,<br /> wo...
Other Useful Info<br />Lack of awareness of some services<br />Software on Library computers<br />Printing options<br />Co...
Effect on Space Planning<br />Feedback and ideas carried into second concept drawing and final report<br />Evidence of lib...
Immediate Actions Taken<br />Expand collaboratories concept<br />Increase popular furniture options<br />Will offer laptop...
Space Assessment Report<br />Reposition Circulation Desk<br />Expanded Information Commons area including computers and co...
Summary of Process<br />Space needs and problems identified<br />Space consultant hired<br />Survey of student space needs...
Summary of Process “continued”<br />Staff feedback gathered from each concept presentation including assessment data<br />...
PUBLIC LIBRARY FACILITIES DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS<br />Offered By <br />Philip Cherry<br />Onslow County Public Library Dire...
PARADIGM SHIFT IN SPACE PLANNING<br />Old methods of calculating space or square footage are mostly no longer applicable.<...
PARADIGM SHIFT IN SPACE PLANNING<br />	Sq. ft. per capita ratios no longer provide accurate internal guidance or desired p...
PARADIGM SHIFT IN SPACE PLANNING<br />	Similarly space allocations that emphasize total holding capacity of physical items...
PARADIGM SHIFT IN SPACE PLANNING<br />	Newer “sexy” ratios that emerged in the last decade or so created noble end goals f...
PARADIGM SHIFT IN SPACE PLANNING<br />	Many Library Systems that expanded aggressively using variations of distance/drive ...
PARADIGM SHIFT IN SPACE PLANNING<br />	Collection size ratios and the gross measures they are based on may still inform so...
PARADIGM SHIFT IN SPACE PLANNING<br />	The approaches and discussions I find still useful/relevant to public facility desi...
USER BEHAVIORS<br />Unlike school, academic and special libraries, public libraries accommodate extremely open populations...
USER BEHAVIORS<br />Children & family focused activities such as storytime and family film Fridays.<br />Computer workstat...
USER BEHAVIORS<br />Undesirable user behaviors include things such as:<br />Attempted drug dealing<br />Prostitution<br />...
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  • Modified an attribute list used in the Given &amp; Leckie public library studyA total of 20 sweeps were completed over a two day period, Thursday April 22, 2010 and Tuesday, April 27, 2010. The first sweep began at 12:48 pm and the second at 11:16 am. These times and days were chosen because it was believed the library would be busy. 5 sweeps were conducted in the learning commons and 5 in the Special Collections on each dayDuring the sweeps, a total of 11 male and 9 female students were observed. All but one of the individuals observed appeared to be 25 or under. Only one appeared to be between 25-30. 2 males appeared to be engaged in group study (studying with at least one other person) although there was a third who was clearly sitting with another male (they were sitting at a computer work station together) but didn’t appear to be talking to the other person or looking at the computer screen. 4 females were observed engaging in group study, with one group using a white board. Most group study occurred in the learning commons with only one group of two females observed studying together in the Special Collections Reading Room.The most commonly performed activities in males were using a laptop, reading, and listening to an iPod or some other device (5 instances). Among females using a laptop was the most commonly observed activity (7 instances). At both times during the learning commons sweep there was a mixture of ethnicities. The individuals in the Special Collections Reading Room were predominantly white males and females. There appeared to be more women than men on both days. There were a few Asian students, and only one African American was seen on either day. That student was male. Overall it appeared that individual studying was occurring over group study and students were frequently multi-tasking, e.g. using a laptop while listening to an iPod.
  • Numbers in parentheses show the mean score (1: never;7: always)
  • Numbers in parentheses show the mean score (1:not at all important; 7:extremely important)
  • Observational studies have been used in malls, shopping centers for many years to observe customer patterns and behaviors.
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    1. 1. Creating library spaces of the future <br />LaTesha Velez<br />Diversity Resident Librarian<br />
    2. 2. Perceptions<br />The changing library<br />The Deserted Library<br />The rise of the social library<br />The library as place<br />Does the building still matter?<br />Public sphere<br />Communal model<br />Social model<br />The new library<br />Library as a source of “context diversity”<br />(Ibarra, 2001, 2005)<br />
    3. 3. Background<br />How do patrons use academic libraries spatially?<br />Are there differences?<br />Racial/ethnic<br />Gender<br />Learning styles<br />Generational<br />Year in college<br />Other<br />
    4. 4. Challenges<br />Defining spaces<br />What types of spaces do exist in libraries<br />What types of spaces should exist in libraries<br />Hidden variables<br />Type of work being done<br />Major<br />Individual background<br />Marital status<br />Creating spaces<br />Monetary issues<br />Space issues<br />
    5. 5. Theories on diversity<br />Multi contextuality<br />Context diversity<br />Ibarra, Roberto (2005). A Place to Belong: The Library as Prototype for Context Diversity. ACRL Twelfth National Conference.<br />LC (Low Context)<br />HC (High Context)<br />Multicontext users<br />Oblinger, Diana (2003). Boomers, Gen-Xers, & Millenials: Understanding the New Students. EDUCAUSE Review,July/August: 37-47.<br />Millennials<br />
    6. 6. Methods<br />Research questions<br />Q1. learning styles and perception of library as space<br />Q2. learning styles and use of library as space<br />Q3. learning styles and individual differences<br />Q4. relationship between individual differences and perception and use of library as space<br />
    7. 7. Methods<br />Study sample/site<br />Undergraduate<br />D.H. Hill Library, North Carolina State University<br />Learning commons<br />Special Collections Reading Room<br />Survey sample size: 100<br />
    8. 8. DH Hill Library Learning Commons<br />
    9. 9. DH Hill Library Special Collections Reading Room<br />
    10. 10. methods<br />Measures<br />Perceptions of the library<br />Use of a library<br />Learning styles (High contextual vs. Low contextual)<br />Demographics (race, gender, age, etc.)<br />Data collection<br />Sweeps (Observational Study)<br />Survey<br />Administered on-site<br />
    11. 11. Preliminary Findings<br />Sweeps<br />Observed a lot of females in reading room<br />Texting<br />Individual study over group<br />Multi-tasking<br />Fewer African American students in reading room<br />Only males<br />
    12. 12. Preliminary Findings<br />Survey<br />Spaces most often used during the semester<br />Quiet space, 37%<br />Social space, 28%<br />Both types, 35%<br />
    13. 13. Preliminary Findings<br />Survey<br />Favorite space<br />Quiet study space, 45%<br />Social space, 44%<br />
    14. 14. Preliminary Findings<br />Survey<br />Frequency of use<br />Number of times visited<br />At least 3 to 5 times a week, 62%<br />1 or 2 times a week, 24%<br />A few times a month, 11%<br />
    15. 15. Preliminary Findings<br />Survey<br />Hours spent in library during the previous two weeks<br />More than five hours a day, 33%<br />3-5 hours, 27%<br />1-2 hours, 24%<br />
    16. 16. Preliminary Findings<br />Survey<br />Days of the week<br />Weekday night, 85%<br />Weekday day time, 50%<br />Weekend, 16%<br />
    17. 17. Preliminary Findings<br />Survey<br />Activities<br />Most Frequent<br />Doing assignments (6.0)<br />Group study (5.29)<br />Using computers/lab (5.23)<br />Least Frequent<br />Reading for pleasure (2.06)<br />Sleeping (2.23)<br />Playing a game (2.41)<br />
    18. 18. Preliminary Findings<br />Survey<br />Perceptions of the library design<br />Adaptable spaces (6.34)<br />Flexibility (6.16)<br />Open but clearly defined space (6.08)<br />Technology and tools (6.0)<br />Types of resources academic and leisure (5.96)<br />Furniture (5.78)<br />
    19. 19. Michael Crumpton<br />Assistant Dean for Administrative Services<br />University of North Carolina at Greensboro<br />
    20. 20. Example at UNCG<br />
    21. 21. Identifying Space Problem<br />Library consists of 3 story main building built in 1950 and a 9 story book tower<br />131,705 sq ft of space at capacity<br />Seating for 849 reduced by 50% last 5 years<br />Collection runs full, incoming acquisitions outpacing withdrawals <br />Student requests are for group study areas with tools for collaborative work<br />Quality of instruction effected by small instructional space<br />
    22. 22. Proposed FutureRenovations<br />Create a larger instruction lab<br />Expand collaboratories and group spaces<br />Expand information commons<br />Expand service areas to include newsroom, in-house vending, expanded copy center<br />Expand Archives space<br />Reduce and relocate Government Documents<br />Reduce size of Reference collection<br />
    23. 23. Purpose of Assessment Activity<br />Gain hard data to present to consultant for programming ideas related to renovations<br />Gain data on how students use the building<br />Gain data to present to University Administration for funding requests<br />Determine students’ satisfaction with the Libraries<br />Consider changes to technology policies and actions to library space<br />Determine future needs<br />
    24. 24. Changes in Functionality<br /><ul><li>SuperLab – needed for convenience
    25. 25. Wireless – highly used, but need space in which to use
    26. 26. Instruction – class and individual, grown significantly but needs more space
    27. 27. Food and Drink – keeps students in library</li></ul> to work<br /><ul><li>Increase in student population – natural facility on campus to feel the increase
    28. 28. Increase in higher degree level research needs</li></li></ul><li>In-house Survey<br />November 2007<br />Jackson and Music <br />Recruitment<br />Set up table in Library<br />Staffed with students<br />Giveaways<br />600 responses!<br />
    29. 29. What they do<br />
    30. 30. How often they come<br />
    31. 31. When they’re here<br />
    32. 32. Alone vs. Groups<br />Group floor<br />Quiet Floor<br />
    33. 33. Computer usage<br />Reference Room<br />Information Commons<br />
    34. 34. Using Materials<br />Reference Room<br />Reading Room<br />
    35. 35. Role of Library Space<br />A Learning Environment<br />Transformational character of intentional learning<br />Knowledge transformation<br />Library as facilitator:<br />Environment design – comfort and aesthetics <br />Nurturing relationships – staff and/or peers<br />Foster self-directed learning<br />Creations of “new” knowledge<br />Safe and non-threatening <br />Bringing together readers and books<br />Collection building<br />Space for reflecting and contemplation <br />Third place use of space<br />Information Consulting<br />Access to information<br />“Gateway “ for locating information<br />Retrieval and communications<br />Social and technological networks<br />“archive” or preserve resources<br />
    36. 36. What’s Happening to Our Space?<br />Electronic vs. print<br />Organization shifting<br />Reporting structure, traffic<br />User needs changing<br />Remote use, group activities<br />Politics<br />Other space demands<br />Technology<br />New equipment<br />
    37. 37. Purposeful Assessment of Space<br />Space as a factor to organization’s mission<br />Gathering <br />Services provided<br />Partner in learning<br />Things to consider<br />Consideration of assessment’s purpose<br />Types of questions to be used<br />Data-gathering methodologies<br />Reporting strategies for results<br />
    38. 38. Basic Elements<br />Statement of purpose with context – addresses unique concerns and significance<br />Literature review – multiple issues being addressed out there so a review of relevant activities is good<br />Determining assessment objectives – through development of research questions to be answered<br />Establishing methodologies and procedures for implementation of assessment activity<br />Present facts based finding of date w/o bias<br />Discussion or interpretation of findings<br />Conclusions and next steps<br />
    39. 39. Problem Statement<br />Needs to represent the point of view of stakeholders<br />Needs to identify the scope and focus of planning an assessment activity<br />Should contribute history and background information as well as flags for concerns<br />Should put in context what the limitations are or could be<br />Must be conveyed in an open transparent point of view that isn’t seen as defensive <br />
    40. 40. Space Design<br />Programming – what space will be used for<br />Initial layouts – DD<br />Detailed review of infrastructure – CD<br />Protocols<br />Professional standards<br />Codes, local and multiple<br />Planners<br />Architects<br />Interior designers<br />Stakeholders<br />Donors <br />Administration<br />
    41. 41. Space Options or Needs<br />Group teaching/learning<br />Simulated/special learning environments<br />Immersive environments<br />Peer-to-peer and social learning<br />Learning cluster<br />Individual spaces<br />External spaces<br />
    42. 42. Doing your research<br />Primary<br />(data gathered firsthand)<br /><ul><li>Experimental
    43. 43. Pilot projects
    44. 44. Surveys
    45. 45. Interviews
    46. 46. Focus groups
    47. 47. Direct observation
    48. 48. Testing</li></ul>Secondary<br />(data gathered by others)<br /><ul><li>Secondhand reports
    49. 49. Historical data
    50. 50. Purchased data
    51. 51. Professional publications
    52. 52. Benchmarking
    53. 53. Best-practices reports</li></li></ul><li>Focus Groups<br />Recruitment<br />emails to student groups, <br />posters, flyers<br />incentives<br />Good mix of undergraduates, graduate students and subject areas, ages, off-campus and on-campus<br />Took notes and transcribed<br />Used LIS practicum student again<br />Part of discussion was showing space consultant’s first concept drawing<br />
    54. 54. Assessment Methods - Questionnaire<br />Disadvantages<br />Literacy and/or language issues<br />Clarification or explanation issues (lack of detail)<br />Responses limited to context of question<br />Perfunctory answers<br />Can be consider impersonal or cold<br />Advantages<br />Most cost effective for quantity of feedback<br />Anonymous <br />Can be compared<br />Can be statistically analyzed<br />Less time consuming<br />Can be done simultaneously and in multiple locations<br />
    55. 55. Assessment Methods – Interviews (IND)<br />Least time-efficient and usually most costly<br />Interviewer should be practiced and skilled<br />Interviewee selection must be broad to represent all points of view<br />Should consider sampling models<br />Provides personal communication opportunities:<br />More details<br />More free association<br />Problems or issues can be explored in depth<br />Allows for examples, anecdotes, stories, illustration of issues<br />
    56. 56. Assessment Methods – Focus Groups<br />Requires prep and skilled facilitator<br />Be aware of peer pressure responses<br />Recognize broader stakeholder definition to get all viewpoints<br />Use data from other methods to support proposals<br />Keep it realistic <br />Teaching tool<br />Group interaction can procreate broader issues<br />Non-verbal clues can be useful<br />More time-efficient for interacting with more people<br />Achieve better overall understanding<br />
    57. 57. Other Methods<br />Sandboxing – test concepts prior to large scale commitment<br />Design charettes – stakeholders allowed to actually create design<br />Outside experts – seek input from specialized expertise<br />Close-ended vs. open-ended questions<br />
    58. 58. Observational Studies (Sweeps)<br />Checklist of observable behaviors<br />Various times of day and evening<br />Multiple observers involved<br />Eliminates emotional or subjective data<br />
    59. 59. Delphi Study<br />Technique premise is that experts have the best idea of future pathways<br />Validity of study is based on expertise of participants<br />Questions/responses are adjusted until participants reach consensus or determined it can’t be<br />Not a precise analytical technique<br />Is helpful with problems or issues that aren’t data driven<br />
    60. 60. Delphi con’t<br />William J. Mitchell (paraphrased)<br />Spaces that work well (long term) are built around human needs, comfort, natural light, social ambience, connection to outdoors<br />Must remain sensitive to how technology and culture come together<br />Change statements<br />Why or why not<br />Impact and desire<br />Agreeing on consensus<br />Results ranked<br />Causes of non-consensus <br />Economics and technology can be changing factors<br />
    61. 61. Data Driven Methodology<br />Removes politics<br />Reduces emotional investment<br />Makes adversarial moves more rational<br />Takes problem out of personal context and allows for subjective analysis <br />
    62. 62. Factors to Consider<br />Design Factors<br />Space Factors<br />What question are you asking and why<br />What goals and objectives are already determined<br />Who is the audience<br />What other information is available or needed<br />What is best method<br />Types of stakeholders<br />Infrastructure issues<br />Location and adjacencies <br />Functionality <br />Flexibility<br />Non-public needs<br />Efficiency of design<br />Funding ability<br />
    63. 63. Questions Asked<br />How often they come and when?<br />Entrance they use?<br />What do they do?<br />What’s good, what needs improvement?<br />Role of the Library?<br />Concept drawing<br />Indentify major changes for feedback<br />Esthetics of specific areas, i.e. circ desk, basement, SuperLab<br />
    64. 64. Concept Drawings<br />
    65. 65. Student Feedback<br />Library is an important place to study<br />Both group space and quiet space important<br />Most students use their own materials<br />Don’t want to carry their laptops around<br />A variety of furniture and spaces are needed<br />Not getting instruction at freshman level<br />Online resources particularly important to grad student<br />
    66. 66. Summarized Responses<br />Circ Desk not <br />easily assessable<br />Superlab is needed<br /> but as convenience,<br /> would go further to use<br />Food and drink important<br /> for using library<br />Love collaboratories… <br />Need more!<br />Librarians helpful<br /> but group instruction<br /> suffers from lack of space<br />Basement creepy <br />and dark<br />
    67. 67. Other Useful Info<br />Lack of awareness of some services<br />Software on Library computers<br />Printing options<br />Copy center type services<br />Carrels and lockers<br />IM assistance<br />Materials not as important to undergrads<br />Two entrances create traffic flow and communication opportunity<br />Students expect us to be there<br />
    68. 68. Effect on Space Planning<br />Feedback and ideas carried into second concept drawing and final report<br />Evidence of library more important for space rather than materials<br />Comforts and conveniences important for ownership of space<br />Library can be host to other service points with expectations of compliance<br />Library is important to total educational experience and should be presented as such<br />
    69. 69. Immediate Actions Taken<br />Expand collaboratories concept<br />Increase popular furniture options<br />Will offer laptop checkout in Fall 2008<br />Offering carrels to all students<br />Adding vending options<br />Expanding 24/5 available space<br />Will target marketing of IM, collaboratories and other services<br />Implement NewsRoom in the Fall<br />Add Messaging Board for traffic<br />
    70. 70. Space Assessment Report<br />Reposition Circulation Desk<br />Expanded Information Commons area including computers and collaboratories<br />Moved Superlab to 2nd floor – destination<br />Develop Cyber-café concept<br />Create Government Information and Data Center<br />Basement remodel to include “people friendly” spaces<br />Developed “Main Street” of services concept<br />
    71. 71. Summary of Process<br />Space needs and problems identified<br />Space consultant hired<br />Survey of student space needs conducted<br />Observation studies of behavioral related traits conducted<br />Focus group activity conducted with space consultant’s first concept drawing<br />Space consultant’s revised second drawing compared to assessment data<br />
    72. 72. Summary of Process “continued”<br />Staff feedback gathered from each concept presentation including assessment data<br />Space consultant issued final report and recommendations<br />Changes identified that were affordable outside of remodel executed summer ’08<br />Proposal presented to Dean’s Council with request for funding assistance for major work and changes<br />Assessment data summarized for staff<br />
    73. 73. PUBLIC LIBRARY FACILITIES DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS<br />Offered By <br />Philip Cherry<br />Onslow County Public Library Director <br />
    74. 74. PARADIGM SHIFT IN SPACE PLANNING<br />Old methods of calculating space or square footage are mostly no longer applicable.<br />Ideals such as “one branch every five miles or every fifteen minutes” may now be unsustainable.<br />Old measurements of the library’s information “fire power” have also gone by the wayside.<br />
    75. 75. PARADIGM SHIFT IN SPACE PLANNING<br /> Sq. ft. per capita ratios no longer provide accurate internal guidance or desired political pressure. <br /> Example of old calculation:<br /> Ratio: 1 sq. ft. per capita<br /> Population: 250,000<br /> Library Space: 250,000 sq. ft.<br /> This type of measurement as a rationale for construction has lost its power with political leaders because of economics.<br />
    76. 76. PARADIGM SHIFT IN SPACE PLANNING<br /> Similarly space allocations that emphasize total holding capacity of physical items no longer deserve to be the central concern of interior space planning.<br /> There is now more information delivery power in a well designed, Internet enabled 50,000 volume facility of today than there was in a 1 million volume facility of circa 1990!<br />
    77. 77. PARADIGM SHIFT IN SPACE PLANNING<br /> Newer “sexy” ratios that emerged in the last decade or so created noble end goals for many communities; but ultimately proved to be sustainable in only the best economic/budgetary conditions.<br /> An example of this is the “five mile-fifteen minute” relationship between library facilities within a community.<br />
    78. 78. PARADIGM SHIFT IN SPACE PLANNING<br /> Many Library Systems that expanded aggressively using variations of distance/drive time considerations were forced to significantly scale back operations when funding was substantially reduced.<br /> Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library<br /> Charlotte Public Library<br /> DC Public Library System<br />
    79. 79. PARADIGM SHIFT IN SPACE PLANNING<br /> Collection size ratios and the gross measures they are based on may still inform some through annual statistical report instruments; but really do not hold the place they once held in facilities designed discussions. <br />
    80. 80. PARADIGM SHIFT IN SPACE PLANNING<br /> The approaches and discussions I find still useful/relevant to public facility design discussions center on user behaviors; desired programming features (still based on user behaviors); building code requirements and sustainability.<br />
    81. 81. USER BEHAVIORS<br />Unlike school, academic and special libraries, public libraries accommodate extremely open populations.<br />These diverse populations bring behaviors and expectations that must be taken into account during the public library design process.<br />Failure to account for these behaviors and expectations can haunt a project for the rest of its existence.<br />
    82. 82. USER BEHAVIORS<br />Children & family focused activities such as storytime and family film Fridays.<br />Computer workstation/Internet access is a universal public library patron expectation.<br />Library as center of community life and activity will manifest itself in features such as multiple meeting rooms and service as for example polling place, town square, business center, homework center and safe house. <br />
    83. 83. USER BEHAVIORS<br />Undesirable user behaviors include things such as:<br />Attempted drug dealing<br />Prostitution<br />Child predation<br />Vagrancy <br />Loitering<br />Theft<br />Panhandling<br />
    84. 84. USER BEHAVIORS<br />As is the case for many academic and community college library patrons, more public library patrons expect the entire property to function as “the library” rather than just the physical building.<br />Disparate user behaviors can create instant conflict between patrons (children/older readers/Internet adults)<br />
    85. 85. BEHAVIORS INTO FACILITY FEATURES<br />Large community room capable of being divided into smaller spaces using partition system. Ideal minimum capacity 100 seats.<br />Kitchens or kitchenettes support meeting room.<br />Small group (under 15 people) conference rooms in addition to large community room.<br />Children’s & Youth areas intentionally placed away from main reading room & Adult stacks areas. (Do Not Place Storytime Room Next to Local History & Genealogy Room Unless War is a Desired Outcome!)<br />
    86. 86. BEHAVIORS INTO FACILITY FEATURES<br />Design that takes advantage of and or creates beautiful exterior views (includes plenty of window space.<br />Wi-Fi technology that washes over the library property-not just the interior space.<br />Meeting space designed as its own clustering allowing it to be used independently of the rest of the library.<br />
    87. 87. BEHAVIORS INTO FACILITY FEATURES<br />Well placed and secured power outlets for public use.<br />Hard-wired as well as Wi-Fi Network<br />Attractive carpet tiles whose patterns effectively hide dirt (and age of the carpet)<br />Avoidance of high end/high art furniture that may look great but functions horribly under heavy use.<br />
    88. 88. BEHAVIORS INTO FACILITY FEATURES (SECURITY)<br />Choice of exterior plantings that provide very open area in and around entrances and exits<br />Avoidance of designs that create blind hallways, nooks and crannies where unacceptable behavior can occur<br />Serpentine or dual entrance bathroom foyers rather than traditional men/women doors<br />
    89. 89. BEHAVIORS INTO FACILITY FEATURES (SECURITY)<br />Full alarm systems that feature door contacts, glass-breaks, and zoned motion detection. Smoke/fire alarms/sprinkler requirements often driven by building codes.<br />Single point general entry entrance/egress into children’s room<br />Controlled single point exit from youth room to exterior reading/seating garden<br />
    90. 90. BEHAVIORS INTO FACILITY FEATURES (SECURITY)<br />Parking lot design that calms speeding<br />Front door entrance/exit that does not give the patron an opportunity to step directly into traffic flow<br />Elimination of architectural features that may make the architect proud but which create immediate safety risk such as two story foyers with low upper story railings.<br />
    91. 91. BEHAVIORS INTO FACILITY FEATURES (SUSTAINABILITY)<br />Use of sustainability concepts such as those contained in the LEED program<br />Avoidance of architectural details that will be expensive to replace/maintain or difficult to access for service<br />Design which will allow function of facility with a less-than-ideal staff compliment<br />
    92. 92. BEHAVIORS INTO FACILITY FEATURES (SPECIAL USES)<br />Joint use facilities (public library/school library or public library/community college library)<br />Co-located facilities (library/museum, library/science center, library/environmental education center<br />Special functions contained within a library program (exceptional learning center/ job center, etc.)<br />
    93. 93. BEHAVIORS INTO FACILITY FEATURES (SPECIAL USES)<br />Library as emergency operations center (EOC) site<br />Library facility as emergency shelter<br />Library as community recovery center<br />
    94. 94. What to Read?<br />Planning for Health Science Library Facilities, Weise & Tooey, Administration and Management in Health Science Libraries, vol. 8, 2000<br />Space Assessment as a Venue for Defining the Academic Library, Nitecki, The Library Quarterly, Vol. 81, no. 1, Jan 2011<br />Library as Place: results of a Delphi Study, Ludwig, & Starr, J Med LibrAssoc 93(3) July 2005<br />The Third Place: The Library as Collaborative and Community Space in a Time of Fiscal Restraint, Montgomery & Miller, College & Undergraduate Libraries, 18:228-238, 2011<br />
    95. 95. What to Read?<br />Foster, N., & Gibbons, S., Ed. (2007). Studying Students: The Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester. Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries.<br />Gayton, J.T. (2008). Academic libraries: “Social” or “Communal?” The nature and future of academic libraries. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 34 (1), 60-66.<br />Given, Lisa M. & Leckie, Gloria J. (2003). ‘‘Sweeping’’ the Library: Mapping the social activity space of the public library. Library & Information Science Research, 25, 365–385<br />
    96. 96. What to Read?<br />Ibarra, Roberto (2005). A Place to Belong: The Library as Prototype for Context Diversity. ACRL Twelfth National Conference.<br />Oblinger, Diana (2003). Boomers, Gen-Xers, & Millenials: Understanding the New Students. EDUCAUSE Review,July/August: 37-47.<br />Shill, H., & Tonner, S. (2003). Creating a Better Place: Physical Improvements in Academic Libraries, 1995-2002. College & Research Libraries, 64(6), pp. 431-466. <br />Shill, H., & Tonner, S. (2004). Does the Building Still Matter? Usage Patterns in New, Expanded, and Renovated Libraries, 1995-2002. College & Research Libraries, 65(2), pp. 123-150.<br />
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