Post-its, Pencils, and Placement: A Simple Technique for GettingStudent Involvement in the Planning ProcessAmanda Izenstar...
The "Crisis"In very late 2008, we found out we would begetting $1m for a Learning Commons.Construction would start in May ...
No time AND no moneyGiven our short time frame, we neededsomething we could implement quickly....But there are benefits to...
Inspiration!Middlebury librarians Carrie MacFarlane andBrendan Owens presentation at theDartmouth Biomedical Libraries 200...
Our Recipe1 freestanding whiteboard (borrowed from  one of the librarys teaching labs)4 photographs of public spaces in th...
What we expectedWe figured some pads would be alluring,and would leave the area of their ownaccord.We figured students wou...
What actually happenedStudents posted their ideas.Students read other students ideas, andadded comments.Students made nume...
What did they want?
Hours - 24 hours on the first floor, 24hours throughout the library
Computers - more available, moreprograms
Power - more outlets, more outlets,more outlets
Chairs - more comfortable ones,more of them
Copying/Printing - Free or 1¢ perpage
Food - More Options, Longer DailyGrind Hours
Pets - Dogs! Cats!        I am Maru. まるです。 http://sisinmaru.blog17.fc2.com/blog-entry-1178.html  Maru the cat まるです。 19 Apr...
...Some asked for things we already have:• Group study rooms• Lockers "like they have in airports"
Whats Coming?
Limits of this processThis reached our current users - only thosewho came into the library during the 3weeks contributed.T...
Your Turn
Think like a space consumerWhat do you like about this space?What do you not like about this space?What suggestions do you...
Wrap-UpWhat did you learn about this space?What did you learn about the people whouse this space?
Thank you! Amanda Izenstark amanda@uri.edu Mary MacDonald marymac@uri.edubit.ly/nercomp_space
NERCOMP 2012 Presentation: Post-its, Pencils, and Placement: A Simple Technique for Getting Student Involvement in the Pla...
NERCOMP 2012 Presentation: Post-its, Pencils, and Placement: A Simple Technique for Getting Student Involvement in the Pla...
NERCOMP 2012 Presentation: Post-its, Pencils, and Placement: A Simple Technique for Getting Student Involvement in the Pla...
NERCOMP 2012 Presentation: Post-its, Pencils, and Placement: A Simple Technique for Getting Student Involvement in the Pla...
NERCOMP 2012 Presentation: Post-its, Pencils, and Placement: A Simple Technique for Getting Student Involvement in the Pla...
NERCOMP 2012 Presentation: Post-its, Pencils, and Placement: A Simple Technique for Getting Student Involvement in the Pla...
NERCOMP 2012 Presentation: Post-its, Pencils, and Placement: A Simple Technique for Getting Student Involvement in the Pla...
NERCOMP 2012 Presentation: Post-its, Pencils, and Placement: A Simple Technique for Getting Student Involvement in the Pla...
NERCOMP 2012 Presentation: Post-its, Pencils, and Placement: A Simple Technique for Getting Student Involvement in the Pla...
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NERCOMP 2012 Presentation: Post-its, Pencils, and Placement: A Simple Technique for Getting Student Involvement in the Planning Process

  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. No time AND no moneyGiven our short time frame, we neededsomething we could implement quickly....But there are benefits to that!
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. What did they want?
  9. 9. Hours - 24 hours on the first floor, 24hours throughout the library
  10. 10. Computers - more available, moreprograms
  11. 11. Power - more outlets, more outlets,more outlets
  12. 12. Chairs - more comfortable ones,more of them
  13. 13. Copying/Printing - Free or 1¢ perpage
  14. 14. Food - More Options, Longer DailyGrind Hours
  15. 15. Pets - Dogs! Cats! I am Maru. まるです。 http://sisinmaru.blog17.fc2.com/blog-entry-1178.html Maru the cat まるです。 19 Apr 2011 http://sisinmaru.blog17.fc2.com/blog-entry-1171.html
  16. 16. ...Some asked for things we already have:• Group study rooms• Lockers "like they have in airports"
  17. 17. Whats Coming?
  18. 18. 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.
  19. 19. Your Turn
  20. 20. Think like a space consumerWhat do you like about this space?What do you not like about this space?What suggestions do you have for makingthis a more pleasant space?
  21. 21. Wrap-UpWhat did you learn about this space?What did you learn about the people whouse this space?
  22. 22. Thank you! Amanda Izenstark amanda@uri.edu Mary MacDonald marymac@uri.edubit.ly/nercomp_space

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