Common(s) Wisdom: Ohio University’s Faculty Commons

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Presentation by Jan Maxwell (Ohio University Library, Assistant Dean, Collections & Access) as part of a program called "Common(s) Wisdom: Designing Graduate and Faculty Spaces that Work". Program was hosted by LLAMA - BES at the ALA Annual 2010 conference.

If you build it, will they come? Does the concept of a separate "Research" or "Scholarly" Commons meet identified needs? Is there a sure-fire mix of research and teaching support spaces guaranteed to meet the demands of this vital (and vocal) group? What are the challenges in designing and living in these facilities? Learn how two libraries are enhancing the scholar’s experience. Come away with proven ideas to use in your own library.

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Common(s) Wisdom: Ohio University’s Faculty Commons

  1. 1. Common(s) Wisdom: Ohio University’s Faculty Commons<br />Jan Maxwell<br />Assistant Dean, Collections & Access Ohio University<br />
  2. 2. Ohio University<br />Located in Athens, Ohio<br />Established 1804<br />20,000+ students <br />1000+ full-time faculty<br />5 regional campuses<br />Carnegie classification: Research Universities (high research activity)<br />
  3. 3. Ohio University Libraries<br />Vernon R. Alden Library – 7 floors<br />2 branch libraries and remote storage<br />89 full-time staff, 3M volumes<br />ARL member since 1996<br />Learning Commons opened 2004<br />Faculty Commons opened 2007<br />
  4. 4. Faculty Commons Key Players<br />University Libraries<br />Center for Academic Technology (CAT )<br />Center Teaching and Learning (CTL)<br />Center for Writing Excellence (CWE)<br />DesignGroup of Columbus OH, architects for master plan<br />
  5. 5. Original Goal: Better space for CAT, CTL and CWE<br />Concept: Faculty Commons as analogous and complementary to Learning Commons<br />
  6. 6. Stacks<br />Archives/ Special Collections<br />entry<br />Customer Service<br />Faculty Commons<br />entry<br />Learning Commons<br />
  7. 7. Third Floor<br />
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  9. 9. Expanded Goals<br />Better space for CAT, CTL and CWE<br />One-stop shopping for faculty<br />
  10. 10. Planned Faculty Commons Units<br />University Libraries<br />AD, Collections & Access<br />Media Production<br />Center for Academic Technology (CAT)<br />Center Teaching and Learning (CTL)<br />Center for Writing Excellence (CWE)<br />
  11. 11. One-stop shopping? Other services we considered:<br /><ul><li>Reserves
  12. 12. Assistance with Blackboard
  13. 13. Interlibrary Loan
  14. 14. Grant-writing assistance
  15. 15. Statistical assistance</li></li></ul><li>Expanded goals<br />Display space for faculty research and creative activity<br />
  16. 16. Expanded Goals<br />Better space for CAT, CTL and CWE<br />One-stop shopping for faculty<br />Display space for faculty research and creative activity <br />Faculty Club atmosphere <br />
  17. 17. Learning Commons<br />Faculty Commons<br />
  18. 18. FRIENDS ROOM HERE<br />
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  23. 23. Goals and Outcomes<br />Pre-construction goals:<br />Relocate CAT, CTL, CWE to high visibility venue<br />Provide one-stop shopping for faculty services<br />Create ‘faculty club’ space<br />Showcase faculty research<br />Outcomes:<br />Primary venue for faculty development programs<br />Faculty Club atmosphere: somewhat<br />Faculty research showcase: didn’t happen<br />
  24. 24. Faculty Commons Units<br />Year Two:<br />Year One:<br />University Libraries<br />AD, Collections & Access<br />Media Production<br />Center for Academic Technology (CAT)<br />Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL)<br />Center for Writing Excellence (CWE)<br />Campus-Community Engagement<br />University Libraries<br />AD, Collections & Access<br />Media Production<br />CAT (leadership change)<br />CTL (reduced staffing)<br />CWE<br />Campus-Community Engagement (reduced staffing)<br />
  25. 25. Faculty Commons Units<br />Beginning Year Four:<br />Year Three:<br />University Libraries<br />Assistant Deans for Collections & Access, Research & Education Services<br />CAT (2nd interim director)<br />CTL (staffing and operating budget reduced further)<br />CWE (reduced staffing)<br />ONCA and Director of Fulbright Programs<br />University Libraries<br />Assistant Deans for Collections & Access, Research & Education Services<br />CAT (interim director)<br />CTL (reduced staffing and operating budget)<br />CWE (reduced staffing) <br />Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (ONCA) and Director of Fulbright Programs<br />
  26. 26. Some surprises<br />Differences in work cultures among the units were greater than anticipated <br />Summer is the busiest season<br />The conference room specifically designed as creative space is the least popular<br />Students do not wander in, even when there is no seating available elsewhere in the building<br />
  27. 27. Things to think about if you are planning a faculty commons<br />Can you truly have one-stop shopping?<br />Leadership and reporting lines<br />Operating budget<br />What will success look like?<br />Design flexibility<br />
  28. 28. QUESTIONS?<br />EMAIL ADDRESSES<br />Jan Maxwell: maxwelj2@ohio.edu<br />

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