Innovative Ways to Use Library Space: The Mulva Studio


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Technology and a host of social and academic forces are changing the ways in which patrons use our libraries. Architects and librarians are reconsidering the way our buildings are designed to accommodate and encourage meaningful use of the library space. Come to listen to how some members of our community are embracing these changes and rethinking their spaces.

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Innovative Ways to Use Library Space: The Mulva Studio

  1. 1. WiLSWorld July 29, 2014 Madison, Wisconsin Innovative Ways to Use Library Space: The Mulva Studio Kristin Vogel & Kimberly Boldt St. Norbert College Miriam B. & James J. Mulva Library
  2. 2. St. Norbert College • Private, liberal arts, four year college founded by the Norbertine Order • Located on picturesque Fox River in De Pere, Wisconsin • 2,200 students, 4-year graduation guarantee, 14:1 student-faculty ratio, average GPA 3.5, strong retention rates • New partnerships with Medical College of Wisconsin and Schneider School of Business & Economics • Gehl-Mulva Science Center (GMS) to open this fall!
  3. 3. Concept & Design • Library is College’s “Intellectual Heart of Campus” • Desire to push boundaries of traditional library spaces to create new knowledge and environment • 1st Intentionally designed learning environment on campus, quickly followed by Cassandra Voss Center • Commitment for space to be highly flexible, student study space • Design decisions heavily influenced by student input • Strong design partnerships between college committee, graphic artists and architects. • “Studio” chosen to evoke spaces of artist, engineer & architect • Included use of natural light, color palette from whole of building • Steelcase designs showed great mix of social & solitary open spaces • Incorporation of TV Studio strategic choice, “Conversations with St. Norbert” program
  4. 4. The Mulva Studio • Completed August 2013 • Variable types of seating & table heights • Writable surfaces/boards • New Technologies – media:scapes & digital table • Includes Video Production Area (TV/Audio) • “Meet the Mulva Studio” HDr8smZrbM From… To…
  5. 5. How Has SNC Used This Space? • Makers @ the Mulva • Collaborations • Meetings • Special Events
  6. 6. Makers @ the Mulva • Variety of events for different ages and interests held on Saturdays from November 2013 – May 2014. • Showcase local talent of professors and librarians. • Engage community, bring people into building to learn & create! • Used various types of spaces in Mulva Studio for different events, including; media:scape units, marker board tables, counter height tables, writable surfaces, movable furnishings.
  7. 7. BIG Ideas Competition • Ten teams presented their BIG ideas to transform the College on February 8, 2014 in the Mulva Studio. • Two teams presented remotely via Google + • Hockey team on the road • Student studying in France. =otacttizPxM& 3832/albums/5979636431158689713
  8. 8. Undergraduate Research Forum 20493832/albums/5997483158549009505
  9. 9. Classes. Meetings. Collaborations.
  10. 10. Questions? Contact Us. Kristin Vogel Library Director 920-403-3290 Mulva Library St. Norbert College 100 Grant St. De Pere, WI 54115 Kimberly Boldt Systems Librarian 920-403-3282 Mulva Library St. Norbert College 100 Grant St. De Pere, WI 54115