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Gwynett2005

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Gwynett2005

  1. 1. Walton Library Erika Gwynnett Medical Librarian
  2. 2. Drivers for change - physical  Clusters outside the library/inadequate IT facilities  Compact shelving breaking the floor(!)  Desk distant from entrance  Only 2 tiny study rooms  Staff accommodation split up
  3. 3. Drivers for change - institutional  Increased number of medical students  Small increase in dental students with more to come  Changes in teaching and learning styles
  4. 4. “The library is very drab” MBBS student “Why is everything painted sludge green?” Yr2 Biomedical Sciences student
  5. 5. The options  Relocate to ground floor  New build  Re-develop existing location
  6. 6. Planning  1st meeting – Sept 1996  Feasibility study – Sept 2002  Agreement to proceed – January 2003
  7. 7. Funding  HEFCE funding for additional student numbers  Capital project allocations  “Headroom” (strategic development) funding  £450K from Marjorie Robinson bequest = £1.5m
  8. 8. What did we want?  Flexible proportion of space/study places  Good noise management  Increase study spaces  Reduce periodical shelving  More group rooms  Disabled accessibility  Better enquiry desk
  9. 9. What else did we want?  Informal areas – reading/café/toilets/sofas(!)  Better IT – clusters, wireless, laptop stations  NHS IT provision  Better staff facilities
  10. 10. Making it happen  NO LIBRARY CLOSURE - AT ALL!! - 5 phases - spaced over 18 months - starts June 2003, finish Sept 2004 - spaced to avoid assessment periods  Pre-work - lots of meetings with stakeholders - lots of items into storage
  11. 11. “Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomfort” Arnold Bennett
  12. 12. Problems  Noise  Dirt and dust  Diminishing services  Loss of power/light/water  ‘slippage’  Lack of control
  13. 13. Communicating with our users  Noticeboard with information and contact details  Good signage  Newsletters
  14. 14. Problems  Overspend  Overrun  Snagging
  15. 15. What evolved…  Changes in practice  Design no longer appropriate
  16. 16. Advice….  Don’t believe them!  Keep people informed  Allow for much longer for snagging
  17. 17. Advice…  Buy your staff lots of chocolate  Wear kevlar to work  Give up trying to do library work.
  18. 18. Congratulate yourselves!
  19. 19. Have a party!
  20. 20. The future  Finish the snagging list  Look more creatively at spaces  Experiment and recognise the need to change  Look after the virtual library
  21. 21. Thank you!

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