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Study Space for Students with Young Children

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Camilla Baker and Michelle DeLeach discuss the creation of a study space specifically designed for students with young children.

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Study Space for Students with Young Children

  1. 1. Camilla Baker and Michelle DeLoach Reese Library Augusta State University Presented at Inspiration, Innovation, Celebration: an Entrepreneurial Conference for Librarians University of North Carolina at Greensboro June 3, 2009
  2. 2.  “Meeting Students Where They Stand”  Reese Library Student Retention and Success Committee
  3. 3.  Student security worker: Jamie Bassett  All-Library meeting  Library unit plan strategy
  4. 4.  January 2006 Idea from Jamie  February 1, 2006 Discussion at All- Library meeting
  5. 5.  March 1, 2006 Discussion and decisions made and proposal written  March 29, 2006 Approved by ASU and allowed by USG
  6. 6.  April 13, 2006 Committee surveyed 3rd floor for the right location  April 26, 2006 VPAA and Director of Physical Plant visit  May 9, 2006 End-of-year funds allocated for furnishings
  7. 7.  June 2006 Research on policies begins  August 2006 Policy complete  September 2006 Policy approved  October 2006 Procedure for usage of the room created
  8. 8.  Existing set of connected rooms ◦ Small room for children’s play area ◦ Large room for adult study and research  Used similar paint scheme  Added library-themed artwork and displays
  9. 9.  Children’s area ◦ Toddler size table and chairs, bean bags and bookcases ◦ Books, checkers, building blocks, stuffed-animals, TV/VCR and more  Adult area ◦ Cozy couch and three study loungers ◦ Two tables, computer carrels, whiteboards ◦ Call-down telephone
  10. 10.  Two fire exits  Alarmed exit in children’s area  Restricted access  Periodic room checks
  11. 11.  Valid University Identification  Sign-in at Circulation  Use code to access room  Tidy up before you leave  Sign-out at Circulation
  12. 12.  One week ◦ Not signed in ◦ Forgot to sign out ◦ Letting in an unauthorized user (second offense)  One semester ◦ Child left unattended (first offense) ◦ Using the family while banned for the week ◦ Letting in an unauthorized user (third offense)
  13. 13.  Child is left unattended (second offense)  Using the family while banned for the semester  Abuse to others  Multiple violations
  14. 14.  Used 467 times by 1313 occupants ◦ 12/2006 – 12/2007 167 times by 496 occupants ◦ 1/2008 – 12/2008 211 times by 583 occupants ◦ 1/2009 – 5/2009 89 times by 234 occupants  Only four bans and two emails sent ◦ Repeated failure to sign out ◦ Child left unattended ◦ Family room left in disarray
  15. 15.  Soft launch  Advertising ◦Pipeline posting ◦Instruction classes ◦Bulletin boards ◦Flyers  ALERTS  Open house
  16. 16.  Flyers & E-mail  Library Staff & ALERTS  Distributed guidelines  30 visitors
  17. 17.  Shoestring budget ◦ Biggest initial expense was for personnel time for  Making policies  Making procedures  Devising safety guidelines
  18. 18.  Physical Plant – painting & electrical upgrades  ITS – re-establishing network connections  Library – three computers
  19. 19.  Enter Text Actual Costs • Programmable keycode lock: $412 • Alarmed exit & deadbolt: $70 (for children’s room) • Furniture: $8,319 • 3 Bean bag chairs: $207 • Bulletin board kits: $30 • 2 Diaper changing stations: $520 (for men’s and women’s rooms)
  20. 20. Value for students with children: Priceless!

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