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University of aberdeen new libary 2011 09 26

  1. 1. From Stronghold to Threshold: a new Library for the University of Aberdeen16 June 2011<br />Chris Banks<br />University Librarian & Director<br />Library, Special Collections and Museums<br />
  2. 2. “Good library buildings are success stories in which architects, librarians and planners work together to create happy endings that benefit users for decades”<br />Librarian, City University, New York <br />
  3. 3. A flagship new library which will<br />Provide a purpose-designed environment for 21st century learning and study<br />Provide a Home for our precious special collections and archives<br />Maximise the research potential of the collections<br />Open up the collections to a much broader public<br />The Sixth Century campaign: investment in infrastructure<br />Project aims<br />
  4. 4. The best achievable study and research facilities for staff and students <br />Proper discharge of our custodial responsibilities for our rare book and archival collections <br />Opening up the collections to a wider public <br />Transformation of the western side of the University<br />Key Objectives<br />
  5. 5. Danish firm, schmidt hammer lassen (shl) won the international competition to design the building<br />They have a strong record of designing libraries and other cultural buildings<br />Architects<br />
  6. 6. Flexible facilities for multiple audiences<br />Flexible spaces for seminars<br />Quiet and silent spaces<br />Spaces for collaborative work<br />Technology rich with wired and wireless facilities<br />Public exhibition gallery<br />Purpose-built education and learning facilities<br />Spaces for academic, public and corporate seminars and events<br />
  7. 7. Opportunities<br />Integration of library facilities in one building will facilitate integrated exploitation of the collections<br />Inclusion of a dedicated exhibition space will facilitate:<br />Interpretation of the collections<br />Showcasing the University’s treasures (Library, Archive and Museum)<br />Events for a broad range of audiences based around the collections and the exhibitions<br />
  8. 8. Transformation of space from this:<br />
  9. 9. To this:<br />
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  14. 14. The concept<br />
  15. 15. Emphasis on study space and activity<br />Varied study spaces<br />Flexibility<br />Public space<br />Sustainable<br />A building of architectural merit<br />Key Elements<br />
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  19. 19. Responding to feedback<br />
  20. 20. Power<br />Students said we didn’t have enough. <br />With the exception of a totally silent reading rooms on floors 4-6 we’ve powered up all desks!<br />
  21. 21. Students said there weren’t enough.<br />There are now four times as many in the new University Library<br />Computers<br />
  22. 22. Finding Books <br />The footprint of QML and the fact that book sequences were split resulted in much dissatisfaction amongst students<br />We’ve integrated all the various scattered sequences of books into a single numerical sequence which runs from 0xx on floor 7 to 9xx on the third floor.<br />
  23. 23. we’ve had many comments about the difficulty of locating journals – they were scattered amongst the book collections<br />In the new library all journals can be found on the second floor<br />Using print journals<br />
  24. 24. Collaborative working<br />Students said that there weren’t suitable facilities for this.<br />We’ve created 16 Co-Labs on floors 3-6. In these spaces up to 7 students can work together on presentations and the spaces are fitted with computers and wall-mounted plasma screens to facilitate this.<br />
  25. 25. Students didn’t really like the fact that each book had to be opened up, and the barcode aligned to the red light – they found it fiddly and time consuming. <br />No more! Now, simply take a pile of books to one of the new hi tech machines and issue them in a single go without any need to open them up individually.<br />Self Issue<br />
  26. 26. Book Return<br />Students have had 24 hour book return on their request list for a long time. <br />It is coming soon – we will be installing a state of the art book returns system which will even include a book sorting machine!  <br />
  27. 27. Students said it wasn’t open long enough. <br />The cafe is now opening at 08:15 and will remain open until 20:00 on most days<br />Cafe Opening Hours<br />
  28. 28. Public space<br />
  29. 29. Public Space<br />
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  33. 33. Design<br />
  34. 34. The Atrium<br />
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  41. 41. Environmental considerations<br />
  42. 42. Sustainability<br />
  43. 43. Sustainability<br />
  44. 44. Sustainability<br />
  45. 45. Getting there<br />
  46. 46. Activities<br />
  47. 47. Cafe Scientifique<br />Word Festival<br />Sound Festival<br />Composition prize<br />Engagement with schools groups<br />Exhibitions (currently only small exhibitions and dispersed across the campus)<br />Building on the University’s existing cultural and science engagement strategies<br />
  48. 48. Macdonald’s principles 1<br />Functional<br />Adaptable<br />Accessible<br />Varied<br />Interactive<br />Conducive<br />Environmentally Suitable<br />Safe and secure<br />Efficient<br />Suitable for information technology<br />…. And ….<br /><ul><li>Yes
  49. 49. Yes
  50. 50. Very
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  52. 52. To come
  53. 53. Very
  54. 54. BREEAM Excellent
  55. 55. Yes
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  57. 57. Very</li></ul>1Macdonald, Andrew, “The Ten Commandments revisited: the qualities of good library space”, Liber Quarterly 16/2 (2006) -<br />
  58. 58. ….have “oomph”<br />