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Studentopia: Build The Students What They Want


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Pre-conference workshop on the UTC Library Building Program presented with colleagues at the Tennessee Library Association Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, March 2009.

Pre-conference workshop on the UTC Library Building Program presented with colleagues at the Tennessee Library Association Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, March 2009.

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  • 1. Build the students what they want
    Theresa Liedtka, Valarie Adams & Virginia Cairns
  • 2. UTC’s New Building Wiki
    Library New Building Project
    Project Facts
    Internal Library Building Committee
    New Library Program Statement Committee (university-wide group)
    Program Statement
    Campus Involvement
    Site Visit Information
    Suggested Readings and Media
    Leave Feedback  
  • 3. Charge: University New Library Committee
    The university library is the heart of the campus. ….. It reflects an organic combination of people, collections, services, and facilities, whose sole purpose is to assist users in the process of transforming information into knowledge. 
    Technological change is transforming libraries and has rendered obsolete the concept that a library exists in isolation and self sufficiency.  Libraries exist in a collaborative, complex information-driven world. The modern library must be dynamic and future-oriented…….
    These principles will be the foundation on which our new library is built.
  • 4. Decision-Making
    Traditional, Stationary Shelving
    No change to current layout
    Keep all materials in open shelving, like the current library
    Estimated space needed is 34,199 square feet
    Compact Shelving(see 11/30/07 minutes or wiki)
    Approach recommended by Internal Library Committee
    Move 95% of collection in to compact stacks
    Estimated space needed is 18,164 square feet
    Hybrid approach
    Second choice of Internal Library Committee
    Monographs – open and traditional / Serials – compact
    Estimated space needed is 28,575 square feet.
  • 5. Vision Sessions
    Architectural Vision
    17 Interior "ooh wow" (rock wall, fireplace, water feature)
    15 Distinctive but traditional
    14 Landmark/guidepost to transport visitors, ie. clock tower or spire
    12 Physical impetus to drive the Chamberlain quad
    12 Sustainable-opportunity / LEED as much as possible
    Patron Environment
    12 People as "center"
    12 Make the Library the "place" for academic gathering
    10 Quiet "nooks and crannies"
    9 Flexible, traditional and warm but encourages work
    Tie: 8 - Non-intimidating and Students 3rd place
    18 Sanctuary for study
    15 Intellectual center of campus, perhaps of Chattanooga
    11 Reflects the highest values of the institution
    11 "Center" of University
  • 6. Faculty Survey
    If provided, what environment would you prefer for a faculty lounge in the new library?
    A living room with a fireplace, floor lamps, coffee tables and comfy chairs (33)
    An airport lounge with high ceilings, huge windows, and a monumental space (5)
    A private club complete with small tables, traditional chairs, and wood paneling (13)
    A monastery with big, long tables, walls of bookshelves, table lamps and stone trim (10)
    A lab with banks of computer workstations, overhead lighting and modern furniture (9)
  • 7. Student Survey
    Assume a study area of the new library is open 24 hours a day, Sun-Thurs, how often would you use this space between 12-8am?
    Very often, 3-4 times per week (88)
    Often, 1-2 times per week (144)
    Not often, only occasionally (173)
    Not at all (73)
    Assume a study area of the new library is open 24 hours a day, Sun-Thurs, how important is it to you that a staff member be present from 12-8am?
    Extremely important (90)
    Very important (68)
    Important (112)
    Not very important (144)
    Not important at all (65)
  • 8. Transparency & Communication
  • 9. How We Gathered Input
    Planning exercises
    Banner Ads!
  • 10. Recurring themes
    ADA accessible
    Green building
  • 11. Actual comments
    Make it comfortable and homey
    Lots and lots of windows
    Include a meditation room
  • 12. Library Instruction Feedback
    Coffee – 35%
    Technology – 20%
    Silly / unusable – 16%
  • 13. So Andy, where are the…
  • 14. New Partnerships
    • Student Academic Suport Center
    • 15. Writing Center
    • 16. Advising Center
    • 17. Tutoring Center
    • 18. Student Success Center
    • 19. Supplemental Instruction
    • 20. Graduate Student Association
    • 21. Office of Students with Disabilities
    • 22. Walker Teaching Resource Center
  • Learning from others
  • 23. Program Statement
  • 24. Read All About It!