NERCOMP 2012 Presentation: Post-its, Pencils, and Placement: A Simple Technique for Getting Student Involvement in the Planning Process
Post-its, Pencils, and Placement: A Simple Technique for GettingStudent Involvement in the Planning ProcessAmanda Izenstark & Mary MacDonald University of Rhode Island bit.ly/nercomp_space
The "Crisis"In very late 2008, we found out we would begetting $1m for a Learning Commons.Construction would start in May 2009.We needed to figure something out.Fast.
No time AND no moneyGiven our short time frame, we neededsomething we could implement quickly....But there are benefits to that!
Inspiration!Middlebury librarians Carrie MacFarlane andBrendan Owens presentation at theDartmouth Biomedical Libraries 2008October Conference:Where Would You Study? Feedback ViaPost-It Noteshttp://www.dartmouth.edu/~biomed/services.ht
Our Recipe1 freestanding whiteboard (borrowed from one of the librarys teaching labs)4 photographs of public spaces in the area5 packs brightly colored 2"x3" post-it notes1 box golf pencilsPrinter paper for improvised signsDesign signs, stick to whiteboard. Placewhiteboard in heavily-trafficked location.Publicize. Wait.
What we expectedWe figured some pads would be alluring,and would leave the area of their ownaccord.We figured students would make somecomments, and move along quickly.
What actually happenedStudents posted their ideas.Students read other students ideas, andadded comments.Students made numerous serioussuggestions. Some made not-so-serioussuggestions.We never had to open a second five-pack ofpost-its - not a pad was purloined.
Limits of this processThis reached our current users - only thosewho came into the library during the 3weeks contributed.This was not an ethnography, nor was ithard-core science.But useful feedback for the price of post-its.