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Mackay2008

  1. 1. UHMLG Spring Forum 2008 Donald M Mackay Head of Health Care Libraries Oxford University Library Services
  2. 2. Borders or Bust? Library Space Developments on the HE/NHS Crossover Images Removed. Picture of 1960s librarian shelving books and picture of Borders Book Shop
  3. 3. Borders or Bust? • Context – Bigger Picture – Health Care Libraries/OULS • Space Plans – Information Gathering – What We Did & Doing – Future Plans
  4. 4. Context “We don’t need a library anymore it’s all on the Internet”
  5. 5. Images Removed • But still building lots of new libraries, just not always called that any more….. • Pictures of new libraries, Ideas Stores, Knowledge Centres, Information Commons
  6. 6. Educational Context • New Types of Learner – Mature, Part-Time, Long Distance, E- learning, Etc • New Methods – Collaborative, Problem Based, Reflective, Learning by Doing, by Conversation, Etc • New Technologies – Interactive Whiteboards, Personal Learning Environments, Wireless/Mobile Technologies, Ubiquitous Access, Etc
  7. 7. NHS Context • Where to Start? • Modernisation Agenda • Quality of Care • Patient Rights • Primary Care Led NHS • Evidence-Based Practice & Clinical Governance • Technological Developments
  8. 8. NHS Context • Knowledge Management • Workforce Developments • Cost Effectiveness • Educational Issues • Seamless Service, Partnership, & Multidisciplinary Working • e.g. NSFs, Health Improvement Modernisation Plans, Care Trusts, etc. • Overseas Staff
  9. 9. Images Removed • Lots of pictures of traditional Oxford Libraries – old books, gothic architecture.
  10. 10. OULS Estate Strategy • Rationalisation of Libraries – ROQ, RSL/Hooke • Improve Physical Infrastructure – New Bodleian, Law Library • Deduplication (Scorpio) • Lots More E-Content (ELISO) • Very Big Off Site Storage – Depository/ASRS • Capital Campaign
  11. 11. Images Removed • Exciting new programme of building work. • Images of proposed new buildings including New Bodleian, RSL and Deopository
  12. 12. Health Care Libraries • Oxford University Library Services (OULS) • Established 1960s • Four Sites by 2005 • Jointly HE/NHS Funded – Medical Sciences Division – ORH NHS Trust – Oxfordshire PCT • HELICON
  13. 13. Developmental Areas • Getting Out More – Librarian on the Loose/Clinical Librarians • Better Marketing (To and Fro) • Electronic Resources – HE & NHS • Increasing External Income • Improving, Reducing & Refocusing Space
  14. 14. HCL Estate • Disparate & Expensive • Old & Small & Limited Facilities • Uninviting, Hidden & Unfriendly • Selective • Poor Staff Accommodation • New Library Option & Hospital Closure
  15. 15. HCL Estate
  16. 16. HCL Estate • Image Removed • Very old library at RI
  17. 17. New Library Space • Signature New Research Building • “Institute of Cancer Research” • £50M • Range of Groups • In between Two Site Libraries • Fresh Start & Integration • Update Older Plans
  18. 18. Developing a Plan • Desk Research • Visits • Asking Our Users – Focus Groups – Questionnaires – Workshop – NHS & HE
  19. 19. Key Themes - Visits & Desk Research • Flexible – Now & Future – Space & Furniture • Ubiquitous IT & Power • Zoning – noisy, quiet, group, eating, comfy, formal….. • Bright, Airy, Colourful • 24/7 • Integrated with Learning & Teaching – Pods, Clusters, classrooms, conference rooms, alcoves
  20. 20. Key Themes - Visits & Desk Research • Information Commons • Heart/Hub of the Campus/Site • Library as 3rd Place (Between Home/Work or Dorm/Classroom) • Inclusive & Welcoming • Escape/Nest • Traditional Services as Well • Toys for the Boys (and Girls)
  21. 21. Six slides removed • All images of new developments, use of space, light, mixed types of space, new uses of space, innovative uses of furniture….
  22. 22. Key Themes - Our Users • No Significant Differences • Library as Space • Welcoming, Inviting, Inclusive • Good Collections – (But not too bothered about paper journals • Space to Escape/Work/Think
  23. 23. Key Themes - Our Users • Space for e-Learning • Space to Play • Space to Access IT (inc Wireless) • Zoning • Coffee/Newspapers • Chat & Quiet & Group Study Space • 24/7
  24. 24. What We Did About It • A New Knowledge Centre • Some Improvements to Main Site • (already 24/7) • New Services/New Users • Opened Up Teaching Space/eLearning • Improved Our IT – Wired & Wireless • Threw Away Journals • Plans for Refurbishment of Main Site
  25. 25. ORC Knowledge Centre • Images removed • What were we to do? • Choice between “funky” Saltire Centre and trad Oxford. • Oxford doesn’t do funky and Oxford medical researchers and clinicians don’t want trad Oxford • So we chose something in between….
  26. 26. ORC Knowledge Centre
  27. 27. ORC Knowledge Centre
  28. 28. ORC Knowledge Centre
  29. 29. Main Site Plans • Be Bolder • Major Refurbishment • Dispose of (Almost) All Journals • More Open • Smaller, Rezoned, New Facilities • Learning & Teaching Integration • Feasibility Study • Money…..
  30. 30. Conclusion • Borders – Why Not? • Already on the Way • Borders Plus • Maintaining and Developing Existing Strengths • Eye to the Future • Hill Report
  31. 31. Hill Report 8.6 A predominant view of the library is one of space. Nowadays, however, this may be well removed from the repository concept of a place merely to store books and journals, although this is still important. Other concepts associated with the library as space include: • A place for reflection, quiet contemplation and working undisturbed • A meeting place e.g. for staff, and students • A point of access to technology e.g. internet access; a virtual space • Meeting rooms and areas • A place for training, and the library as learning enabler • A repository for resources, for example health promotion materials.
  32. 32. Credits & One or Two References Photos – Mainly Copyright DMM or JISC infoNet, an advisory service of the JISC. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jiscinfonet/sets/ Many thanks to the many colleagues whom I badgered for information and visits. Useful Online Starting Points: EDUCAUSE - Learning Space Design in the 21st Century http://www.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/NLI0446.pdf. JISC infoNet - Planning & Designing Technology-Rich Learning Space http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/infokits/learning-space-design/more/index_html Designing Libraries www.designinglibraries.org.uk/ JISC - Designing Spaces for Effective Learning http://www.jisc.ac.uk/eli_learningspaces.html Glasgow Caledonian University Saltire Centre http://www.gcal.ac.uk/thesaltirecentre/building/index.html University of Sheffield Information Commons http://www.shef.ac.uk/infocommons/ Space Management Group - Impact On Space Of Future Changes In Higher Education. http://www.smg.ac.uk/documents/FutureChangesInHE.pdf CLIR - Library as Place: Rethinking Roles, Rethinking Space http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub129/pub129.pdf Scottish Funding Council – Spaces for Learning http://www.sfc.ac.uk/information/information_learning/Spaces_for_Learning_report.pdf

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