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Study Space for Students with Young Children
Camilla Baker and Michelle DeLoach, Augusta State University
In response to a 2005 initiative on student retention and success by the University System of Georgia, Augusta State University formulated its plan, entitled “Meeting Students Where They Stand.”Reese Library at ASU solicited suggestions from faculty, staff, and students for new ways in which we could help students persist toward graduation. The project given highest priority for development was the creation of a “family space,” where students who have young children in tow can bring them when they have work to do in the library.Young children are often viewed askance in an academic library – they make too much noise, they run around, they’re generally disruptive. However, at a university with a high concentration of commuter students, small children are frequently a fact of life for our student body. Creating a place for children, where the parents can still get some work done on their course assignments, is one of our ways of meeting our students “where they stand.” This panel presentation will cover the planning process, implementation, costs, current use, and measures of the success of this space in Reese Library.