Students Help Redesign the Library: Auraria Library and the University of Colorado School of Architecture and Planning
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The Auraria Library (which serves the University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State College of Denver and the Community College of Denver) collaborated with the School of Architecture and ...

The Auraria Library (which serves the University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State College of Denver and the Community College of Denver) collaborated with the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado to offer a studio course called "Reinventing the Auraria Library." The students worked with data provided by the library to produce designs that would help renovate the building originally designed by Helmut Jahn. Campus and schol planners, the original designer of the Auraria Campus Jacques Brownson and other local architects became involved. This created momentum behind the idea to actually renovate the library. It was an inspirational experience for all involved.

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    Students Help Redesign the Library: Auraria Library and the University of Colorado School of Architecture and Planning Students Help Redesign the Library: Auraria Library and the University of Colorado School of Architecture and Planning Presentation Transcript

    • Students Help Redesign the Library: Auraria Library and the University of Colorado School of Architecture and Planning Meg Brown-Sica Associate Director of Technology Strategy and Learning Spaces Auraria Library Rick Petersen, AIA,LEED AP UCD Architecture and Planning Lecturer OZ Architecture
    • Inspiration
    • Erika Rogers Erika Rogers is a retired Professor of Computer Science at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA, and the former Director of the Cal Poly University Honors Program. She is currently doing research and consulting through ChezVous Technology. Her background includes a BA in French from University of Western Ontario and a BMath in Applied Math and Computer Science from University of Waterloo. She received her Masters in Computer Science from Georgia Institute of Technology in the area of Computer Graphics, and completed her Ph.D. at Georgia Tech in the area of Artificial Intelligence.
    • Research Workshops Summer 2009 • Data Collection Studio I • Data Collection Studio II • Participatory Action Research Workshop • Data Analysis Studio
    • "Essentially Participatory Action Research (PAR) is research which involves all relevant parties in actively examining together current action (which they experience as problematic) in order to change and improve it. … Participatory action research is not just research which is hoped that will be followed by action. It is action which is researched, changed and re-researched, within the research process by participants. Nor is it simply an exotic variant of consultation. Instead, it aims to be active co-research, by and for those to be helped. Nor can it be used by one group of people to get another group of people to do what is thought best for them - whether that is to implement a central policy or an organizational or service change. Instead it tries to be a genuinely democratic or non-coercive process whereby those to be helped, determine the purposes and outcomes of their own inquiry." - Wadsworth, Y. (1998)
    • Placemaking: The Project for Public Spaces
    • Learning Landscapes Project Bambi L. Yost
    • Research
    • 60% Furniture Preference % Prefer Furniture 51% (Prefer = rating of 8 or higher) 50% 48% 42% 40% 32% 30% 22% 20% 10% 0% Soft Lounge Group Study Booths Flexible Modular Floor Half of all patrons prefer Soft Lounge Furniture, followed closely by Group Study Furniture. Among those who prefer the Soft Lounge Furniture, half also indicated that they linked the Group Study Furniture equally well. There is no difference in furniture preference based on technology used by patrons or class requirements (e.g. group study). Follow-up questions should determine furniture preference by floor of the library (first or second) or activity (individual study, group study, café use, etc).
    • Technology Used 100% 88% 90% 80% 77% 70% 60% 50% 47% 40% 34% 30% 21% 21% 20% 15% 13% 12% 8% 10% 5% 0% t op hon e evi ce nne r hon e era nito rs ent der PDA Ot h er L ap lp io d S ca artp am mo em rea Cel er c ui p ok Aud Sm put l tip le eo eq E-b o co m Mu Vid lt -in Bui 88% of all survey respondents use a laptop. Of those who use a laptop, over 80% also use a cell phone, Smartphone or PDA. Those who use a Smartphone are more likely to also use other technology, such as scanners, audio devices, and video equipment.
    • Potential Services 80% 73% Offered 70% 59% 60% 55% 54% 50% 43% 39% 38% 40% 31% 29% 28% 30% 25% 24% 18% 20% 10% 0% s ter a g p s p a n are ep t r ent g- in Cen are orin hel t ion hel are ati o ut e pl u ing Tut ch st a i on ti ce r st oftw IT D mp i pm op ti ng E at ear ng cat rac t he ns om e co equ L ap t Wri e re s nni ppl i on p ea i tio es f r ser v ti ng erv S ca er /a t ati dw Add ati v o re ed i Res put sen s an en t li ty t Vi d eo Com re New res Abi ss p Rep Cla Almost three-fourths of all survey respondents would like to have more laptop plug- ins available. Those who would like a Writing Center were significantly more likely to also want Tutoring services. Follow-up questions should determine preference for services based on age, student type, frequency of use, etc.
    • Class Requirements 90% 80% 73% 71% 70% 60% 50% 39% 40% 32% 32% 30% 24% 20% 10% 0% Group Presentations Audio/visuals in Use of citation Statistical Use of social work/study assignments software analysis applications Of those who engage in group work/study, 87% also give presentations in their classes. For students in classes that require presentations, they were not more likely to want a presentation practice area in the library than other students.
    • Favorite Study Location • Favorite Location for Studying • Why Favorite The Auraria Library is the preferred Reasons for choosing a favorite location for study and research among respondents. study/research location include: One-fourth of respondents specifically Less noise mentioned the 1st floor of the library. Availability of computers Good Lighting 120 160 107 137 140 100 120 80 100 59 60 80 60 49 40 40 26 20 16 14 12 16 20 10 5 7 0 0 Auraria Home Computer Study Restaurant Office Less noise Computers Light Space to Coffee Electrical Library Lab Room available spread out available outlets
    • Technology Needs for Group Study Open-ended Question No other technology 4 Scanner 1 Printers 2 Computers 3 Specialized Software 3 Whiteboards 5 Electrical outlets 5 Wireless Access 8 Projector/Monitor 12 count of responses 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 Respondents are most interested in having a projector available for group study sessions.
    • Desirable for Group Study Average Rating 1=least desirable, 12=most desirable 12 9.9 10 9.3 8.4 8.1 8 7.9 7.6 8 6.9 5.7 5.5 6 4.5 3.7 4 2 0 re et m rs s d e m le m r le ito in pl ar ui o tu op op te 8a 0p - ro o bo Q on ug i pu rn pe r1 pe pe re d te /m Pl m fu fo se te -4 0+ 0 hi co en -1 p af be e r3 lo W r1 o bl r5 re C le n pt n fo i fo pe ex sc pp fo pe La m Fl m O A O om e oo oo rg oo R La R R Respondents gave the highest rankings for Laptop Plug-ins and Closed Rooms.
    • “Re-Imagining the Auraria Library”
    • Kickoff Meeting • At the Library • Invited the Original Library Planner • Invited Campus and College Planners • Toured the Library • Presented Data
    • Auraria Library Program Essentials and Design Priorities
    • Auraria Library Program Basics • Learning Materials Collection • Access and Discover Library Resources • Learning Spaces and Computer Resources • Services for People with Disabilities
    • Auraria Library Facility Design Priorities • Library as Service • Library as Resource • Library as Place
    • Architecture Student Work
    • Precedent Studies
    • Programming
    • Student Proposals