Madeleine Lefebvre,
Chief Librarian
Ryerson University
ARLG 2014 Conference:
“The final frontier – to boldly go where you
...
• once a polytechnic, now a
large comprehensive
university
• in the heart of downtown
Toronto
• 38,940 undergraduate and
g...
RYERSON’S RAPID GROWTH
Graduate Enrolment FTEUndergraduate Enrolment FTE
1. Commitment to Design
Excellence
2. Density: Urban
intensification
3. People First:
Pedestrianization of the
urban envir...
BEFORE – “BEHIND SAM THE RECORD MAN”
MASTER PLAN: STUDENT LEARNING CENTRE
• Create a gateway and window to Ryerson on
Yonge Street
• Address the need for much ...
THE CURRENT LIBRARY
• Built in 1974 for 9,000
students
• Brutalist architecture
• Good environment for
books, not users
• ...
CONTEXT - THE FORMER ACADEMIC PLAN: LEARNING SPACE
www.ryerson.ca/senate/academicplan.pdf
“Flexible, comfortable, informal...
THE LIBRARY’S VISION FOR THE SLC
No books, but ubiquitous
access to digital resources
Mobile learning/laptop loan
program
...
DESIGN ELEMENTS
• Total Space: Approximately 155,464 sq ft (14,443 m2)
• Retail at street level and below grade approximat...
DESIGN ELEMENTS (CONTINUED)
• Seminar rooms for instruction and videoconferencing
• Bookable study rooms for student use
•...
THE PROJECT TEAM
ARCHITECTS
Snøhetta (Oslo and New York) www.snohetta.com
Zeidler Partnership (Toronto) www.zeidlerpartner...
THE DESIGN:
FUNCTIONS AND CONNECTION TO LIBRARY
THE DESIGN - SKIN
EXTERIOR RAMPS LEADING TO LOBBY
LEVEL 01 - VALLEY
Mobile welcome desk with trained student staff
Level 01 - Valley
Tiered casual seating to left of
the SLC entrance – a place to
meet, to see and be seen;
informal events...
LEVEL 02 - BRIDGE
View from Library building connector
Level 02 - Bridge
Casual tiered seating
adjacent to stairs
Library staff lounge lower
right
Bridge connector to existing
L...
LEVEL 03 - BLUFF
Digital Media Zone - DMZ
Level 03 - Bluff
Digital Media Experience
(DME) - workshops & one-on-
one instruction in the use of
advanced digital techn...
LEVEL 04 - GARDEN
Learning support services, group study areas, and seminar
rooms
Level 04 - Garden
Student Learning Support
services:
Writing support
Math support
Access(ibility) Services
English Languag...
LEVEL 05 - SUN
Open study area as well as library instructional rooms
Level 05 - Sun
Seminar rooms
Classrooms
Videoconferencing
Multi purpose room
Open group study areas
Group study rooms
Libr...
LEVEL 06 – BEACH
Casual seating
Level 06 – Beach
A series of broad, gently
sloping ramps for casual
study and informal
gatherings
LEVEL 07 - FOREST
Quiet study area
Level 07 - Forest
Graduate Reading Room and
graduate discussion rooms
top left
Quiet Study Room lower left
Group study roo...
LEVEL 08 - SKY
Casual study area with lounge seating at perimeter
Level 08 - Sky
Group study rooms
Open study areas
Ceiling rises to double
height on lower left
Panoramic views of Yonge
& ...
STEWART BRAND,
MIT MEDIA LAB:
“All buildings are predictions. All predictions are
wrong…but it is possible to design build...
Building Relationships
VP Students and Chief
Librarian celebrate joint
ventures in the Commons
One Stop Course Readings te...
FOSTERING A CULTURE OF COLLABORATION:
University community is drawn to our service-oriented technical innovation
COLLABORATIONS – ZONE LEARNING
“Zone learning transforms your educational experience at
Ryerson.
“It takes you beyond the ...
THE DIGITAL MEDIA ZONE (DMZ)
Library – www.soapboxhq.com
www.digitalmediazone.ryerson.ca
OTHER ZONES WITH LIBRARY INVOLVEMENT
• Fashion Zone
– incubator for fashion-inspired business
• Library providing metadata...
DME – DIGITAL MEDIA EXPERIENCE
• A new Library initiative for the SLC
• Shares third floor with DMZ
• Intentionally flexib...
COLLABORATIONS – E-LEARNING
RULArch and St Clair apps - a collaboration between the Library and
the Department of Architec...
CENTRE FOR DIGITAL HUMANITIES
The Children’s Literature Archive http://childrenslit.library.ryerson.ca
“The site was built...
DRIVING THE LIBRARY AND STUDENT LEARNING
CENTRE WITH THE ACADEMIC PLAN AS OUR GPS
To borrow from Stewart Brand…
I believe ...
RYERSON PRESIDENT SHELDON LEVY’S ADDRESS TO
FACULTY, MAY 22, 2014
• When you take responsibility for something bigger than...
“OUR TIME TO LEAD”
ACADEMIC PLAN 2014 – 2019
• Enable greater student engagement and success through
exceptional experienc...
TRANSLATING UNIVERSITY GOALS
INTO LIBRARY GOALS
• Our library values
• Our strengths in developing innovative technology a...
FROM THE ACADEMIC PLAN…
“Ryerson’s Library plays a foundational role in
connecting students, faculty and staff from across...
THE ACADEMIC PLAN CONTINUED…
“The Student Learning Centre will provide the library
with new spaces and modalities for coll...
PRIMARY STRATEGY
“Enhance the Library’s role as a provider of exceptional
learning spaces, quality digital and physical co...
STUDENT LEARNING CENTRE COLLABORATIONS
User Group (USS)
F U N C T I O N A L
SLC Steering Committee
F U N C T I O N A L
Tra...
THE WAY AHEAD:
SLC SCHEDULED TO OPEN IN FEBRUARY 2015
To boldly go…
http://ryersonbuilds.ryerson.ca/student-learning-centre/
@MJLibrarian
mjlefebv@ryerson.ca
Building new space, building new partnerships by Madeleine LeFebvre, Ryerson University, Toronto
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Building new space, building new partnerships by Madeleine LeFebvre, Ryerson University, Toronto

  1. 1. Madeleine Lefebvre, Chief Librarian Ryerson University ARLG 2014 Conference: “The final frontier – to boldly go where you have never been before” University of Sussex, June 23-25 BUILDING NEW SPACE, BUILDING NEW PARTNERSHIPS
  2. 2. • once a polytechnic, now a large comprehensive university • in the heart of downtown Toronto • 38,940 undergraduate and graduate students • over 100 programs • 440 PhD students THE CONTEXT: RYERSON UNIVERSITY
  3. 3. RYERSON’S RAPID GROWTH Graduate Enrolment FTEUndergraduate Enrolment FTE
  4. 4. 1. Commitment to Design Excellence 2. Density: Urban intensification 3. People First: Pedestrianization of the urban environment (www.ryerson.ca/about/masterplan/)
  5. 5. BEFORE – “BEHIND SAM THE RECORD MAN”
  6. 6. MASTER PLAN: STUDENT LEARNING CENTRE • Create a gateway and window to Ryerson on Yonge Street • Address the need for much more study space and collaborative learning space
  7. 7. THE CURRENT LIBRARY • Built in 1974 for 9,000 students • Brutalist architecture • Good environment for books, not users • Over 11,000 visits per day at busiest times • Strong user dissatisfaction reflected in Library as Place LibQUAL+ scores
  8. 8. CONTEXT - THE FORMER ACADEMIC PLAN: LEARNING SPACE www.ryerson.ca/senate/academicplan.pdf “Flexible, comfortable, informal space for students is essential” “Students… need a place to ‘land’, to work in teams, to read quietly, to multitask their academic work and social engagement”
  9. 9. THE LIBRARY’S VISION FOR THE SLC No books, but ubiquitous access to digital resources Mobile learning/laptop loan program Collaborative services and learning spaces, barrier free Seminar/teaching space Versatile and congenial space Sensory stimulation A place of interaction, inspiration, innovation and discovery
  10. 10. DESIGN ELEMENTS • Total Space: Approximately 155,464 sq ft (14,443 m2) • Retail at street level and below grade approximately 16,000 sq ft (1,486 m2) • Incorporates academic support services to promote learning success • Formal and informal group & individual study areas • Approximately 2,000 additional study seats
  11. 11. DESIGN ELEMENTS (CONTINUED) • Seminar rooms for instruction and videoconferencing • Bookable study rooms for student use • Casual seating and a café • Advanced Technology - the Digital Media Experience and the Digital Media Zone • Connected to the existing Library Building via the Commons • LEED Silver Certification with at least 50% green roof
  12. 12. THE PROJECT TEAM ARCHITECTS Snøhetta (Oslo and New York) www.snohetta.com Zeidler Partnership (Toronto) www.zeidlerpartnership.com PROJECT MANAGER GENIVAR www.genivar.com CONSTRUCTION MANAGER Ellis Don www.ellisdon.com http://ryersonbuilds.ryerson.ca/student-learning-centre/
  13. 13. THE DESIGN: FUNCTIONS AND CONNECTION TO LIBRARY
  14. 14. THE DESIGN - SKIN
  15. 15. EXTERIOR RAMPS LEADING TO LOBBY
  16. 16. LEVEL 01 - VALLEY Mobile welcome desk with trained student staff
  17. 17. Level 01 - Valley Tiered casual seating to left of the SLC entrance – a place to meet, to see and be seen; informal events Café to right of entrance Information kiosk and triage in central area of entry hall Stairway on the right leads to bridge to the existing Library building on Level 02
  18. 18. LEVEL 02 - BRIDGE View from Library building connector
  19. 19. Level 02 - Bridge Casual tiered seating adjacent to stairs Library staff lounge lower right Bridge connector to existing Library Building on right
  20. 20. LEVEL 03 - BLUFF Digital Media Zone - DMZ
  21. 21. Level 03 - Bluff Digital Media Experience (DME) - workshops & one-on- one instruction in the use of advanced digital technologies Digital Media Zone (DMZ) - centre of innovation & technology incubator digitalmediazone.ryerson.ca DMZ DME
  22. 22. LEVEL 04 - GARDEN Learning support services, group study areas, and seminar rooms
  23. 23. Level 04 - Garden Student Learning Support services: Writing support Math support Access(ibility) Services English Language Support Seminar rooms SLS staff offices including Head of Library Learning Services Open study area
  24. 24. LEVEL 05 - SUN Open study area as well as library instructional rooms
  25. 25. Level 05 - Sun Seminar rooms Classrooms Videoconferencing Multi purpose room Open group study areas Group study rooms Library Faculty Teaching Chair office Zone learning potential
  26. 26. LEVEL 06 – BEACH Casual seating
  27. 27. Level 06 – Beach A series of broad, gently sloping ramps for casual study and informal gatherings
  28. 28. LEVEL 07 - FOREST Quiet study area
  29. 29. Level 07 - Forest Graduate Reading Room and graduate discussion rooms top left Quiet Study Room lower left Group study rooms Open Study areas
  30. 30. LEVEL 08 - SKY Casual study area with lounge seating at perimeter
  31. 31. Level 08 - Sky Group study rooms Open study areas Ceiling rises to double height on lower left Panoramic views of Yonge & Gould Streets
  32. 32. STEWART BRAND, MIT MEDIA LAB: “All buildings are predictions. All predictions are wrong…but it is possible to design buildings so that it doesn’t matter if you are wrong.”
  33. 33. Building Relationships VP Students and Chief Librarian celebrate joint ventures in the Commons One Stop Course Readings team receives President’s Blue and Gold Award for Service Excellence
  34. 34. FOSTERING A CULTURE OF COLLABORATION: University community is drawn to our service-oriented technical innovation
  35. 35. COLLABORATIONS – ZONE LEARNING “Zone learning transforms your educational experience at Ryerson. “It takes you beyond the classroom and lets you meet and work with students from across the university who are creative, ambitious, and driven by passion. “By becoming part of Ryerson’s zone learning network, you’ll get the right kind of support to create, develop, and launch your idea.” (http://www.ryerson.ca/zonelearning/)
  36. 36. THE DIGITAL MEDIA ZONE (DMZ) Library – www.soapboxhq.com www.digitalmediazone.ryerson.ca
  37. 37. OTHER ZONES WITH LIBRARY INVOLVEMENT • Fashion Zone – incubator for fashion-inspired business • Library providing metadata expertise for digitization of fashion research collection • Design Fabrication Zone – interdisciplinary hub that incubates and accelerates spatial ideas, design learning and 3D production towards construction or business innovation • Library investigating 3D printing in DME • Transmedia Zone – ideation and prototyping space aimed at the future of content, across any industry • Library - Open textbook hackathon
  38. 38. DME – DIGITAL MEDIA EXPERIENCE • A new Library initiative for the SLC • Shares third floor with DMZ • Intentionally flexible • Peer assistance with multimedia projects and presentations • Potential to prepare students for collaborative digital projects, DMZ application
  39. 39. COLLABORATIONS – E-LEARNING RULArch and St Clair apps - a collaboration between the Library and the Department of Architectural Science • showcases the architectural, and historical relevance of various buildings through embedded information and photos • poised to expand functionality: has been adopted by Master’s of Digital Media program as a platform for further student-driven innovative projects http://news.library.ryerson.ca/datamob/ http://apps.library.ryerson.ca/stclair
  40. 40. CENTRE FOR DIGITAL HUMANITIES The Children’s Literature Archive http://childrenslit.library.ryerson.ca “The site was built by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the English Department, the Ryerson University Library and Archives, graduate students from the Literatures of Modernity and Communications and Culture programs, and undergraduates in the Faculty of Arts.” Winnie the Bear Archive and exhibit Forthcoming in September, to commemorate centenary of start of WW1. http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1340809/remembering-the-real-winnie-the-world-s-most- famous-bear-turns-100
  41. 41. DRIVING THE LIBRARY AND STUDENT LEARNING CENTRE WITH THE ACADEMIC PLAN AS OUR GPS To borrow from Stewart Brand… I believe it is also possible to design strategic plans so that it doesn’t matter if you are wrong Sometimes your GPS leads you to a dead end. You have to recalculate…but usually new paths open up as you travel that you didn’t know existed when you started your journey “To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive” – Robert Louis Stevenson “Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans” – John Lennon
  42. 42. RYERSON PRESIDENT SHELDON LEVY’S ADDRESS TO FACULTY, MAY 22, 2014 • When you take responsibility for something bigger than yourself, those in power take notice • The intersection of innovation, experiential learning and partnerships is the nexus point for strategic planning • Diversity drives innovation There is a library context for each of these
  43. 43. “OUR TIME TO LEAD” ACADEMIC PLAN 2014 – 2019 • Enable greater student engagement and success through exceptional experiences • Increase scholarly communication, research and creative activity (SRC) excellence, intensity and impact • Foster an innovation ecosystem • Expand community engagement and city-building There is a library context for each of these
  44. 44. TRANSLATING UNIVERSITY GOALS INTO LIBRARY GOALS • Our library values • Our strengths in developing innovative technology and services • Our dedication to providing experiential learning opportunities for students • Our partnerships with faculty and others • Our central, neutral role for all students and faculty, regardless of program or level • Our can do attitude
  45. 45. FROM THE ACADEMIC PLAN… “Ryerson’s Library plays a foundational role in connecting students, faculty and staff from across disciplines, and has long been a partner in student success and engagement, knowledge creation and dissemination, and technology-enhanced learning”
  46. 46. THE ACADEMIC PLAN CONTINUED… “The Student Learning Centre will provide the library with new spaces and modalities for collaboration with academic partners to deliver innovative services that encourage productive multidisciplinary interactions, and intensify students’ out-of-class learning experiences” http://www.ryerson.ca/senate/agenda/2014/Academic_Plan_Draft_Full_June_3_14.pdf
  47. 47. PRIMARY STRATEGY “Enhance the Library’s role as a provider of exceptional learning spaces, quality digital and physical collections, and innovative services for teaching, learning, research and collaboration”
  48. 48. STUDENT LEARNING CENTRE COLLABORATIONS User Group (USS) F U N C T I O N A L SLC Steering Committee F U N C T I O N A L Transition Committee D E C I S I O N M A K I N G [Grand] Opening Committee W O R K I N G Prep Group for Transition Committee W O R K I N G RU [student] Leaders W O R K I N G Sub cmtte – Soft ‘loud’ Opening W O R K I N G Capital Communications Group W O R K I N G
  49. 49. THE WAY AHEAD: SLC SCHEDULED TO OPEN IN FEBRUARY 2015
  50. 50. To boldly go… http://ryersonbuilds.ryerson.ca/student-learning-centre/ @MJLibrarian mjlefebv@ryerson.ca

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