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A description of the new library at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Presented by Jo Rowley at the CILIPS Centenary Conference on 4 Jun 2008.

A description of the new library at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Presented by Jo Rowley at the CILIPS Centenary Conference on 4 Jun 2008.

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    • 1. An opportunity for change Jo Rowley Head of Library Services Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
    • 2. Some background
      • university of 5000 students and 550 staff
      • applied health sciences, drama and business
      • originally the Edinburgh School of Cookery and Domestic Science; 1875
      • Queen Margaret College in 1970s
      • Queen Margaret University College in 1990s
      • full University title in 2007
    • 3. Re:locate project
      • until summer 2007, 3 sites across Edinburgh
      • 2 libraries
      • relocated all sites to Craighall between June – December 2007
      • heavy investment in technology
        • thin-client
        • VOIP telephony
        • smartcards
        • Multi-Function Devices
    • 4. Corstorphine library
      • 2 sites
      • somewhat dilapidated
      • no expansion
      • no flexibility
    • 5. Leith library
      • poorly located
      • difficult to navigate
      • spaces ill-defined
    • 6. LRC design brief
      • to be at the “heart” of the campus
      • to be a learning space for students
      • to be technology-rich
      • to be environmentally friendly
      • above all, to be flexible
    • 7. Space comparison
      • general space up
      • library/IT space up
      • specialist down
      • overall almost identical
      % Change Current Previous 13.5 2969m 2 2615m 2 General -32.2 2547m 2 3754m 2 Specialist 19.3 4392m 2 3682m 2 Library/IS -1.4 9908m 2 10051m 2 Total
    • 8. LRC environment (1)
      • Choice of environments for
        • Social learning
        • Group learning
        • Resource based learning
        • Technology based learning
        • Quiet learning
        • Supported learning
    • 9. LRC environment (2)
      • Study space:FTE ratio is 1:5 with 1000 seats
      • Study space should merge with social space
      • Combination of structured cabling and wireless
      • >50% of seats to have terminal
      • Definition of secure and non-secure areas
      • Capability of 24/7 operation
    • 10. LRC spaces for students
    • 11. Overall plan
    • 12. Books & Journals
    • 13. Quiet study
    • 14. Postgraduate study
    • 15. Open access
    • 16. Service desk
    • 17. AV
    • 18. Academic reserve
    • 19. Assistive technology
    • 20. Rapid access
    • 21. Group study
    • 22. Collaborative study (the Bridge!)
    • 23. Study carrels
    • 24. IT teaching labs
    • 25. Silent study
    • 26. Archive
    • 27. LRC terraces
    • 28. Since occupation
      • epic list of snags
      • problems with contractors
      • need to be flexible on use
      • signage
      • students have taken over the space – fantastic!
    • 29. What worked – or didn’t!
      • Nay!
      • need more group study rooms
      • journal shelving
      • no Speed-gates
      • Yay!
      • the move itself
      • ISAs and Rovers
    • 30. Other opportunities
      • new staffing structure:
        • 3 teams: User Services, Technical Services and Liaison Services
      • new communication strategies: implementing Web 2.0 technologies
      • integration with local communities
    • 31. Thank you
      • [email_address]

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