An opportunity for change

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A description of the new library at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Presented by Jo Rowley at the CILIPS Centenary Conference on 4 Jun 2008.

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An opportunity for change

  1. 1. An opportunity for change Jo Rowley Head of Library Services Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
  2. 2. Some background <ul><li>university of 5000 students and 550 staff </li></ul><ul><li>applied health sciences, drama and business </li></ul><ul><li>originally the Edinburgh School of Cookery and Domestic Science; 1875 </li></ul><ul><li>Queen Margaret College in 1970s </li></ul><ul><li>Queen Margaret University College in 1990s </li></ul><ul><li>full University title in 2007 </li></ul>
  3. 3. Re:locate project <ul><li>until summer 2007, 3 sites across Edinburgh </li></ul><ul><li>2 libraries </li></ul><ul><li>relocated all sites to Craighall between June – December 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>heavy investment in technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>thin-client </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>VOIP telephony </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>smartcards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-Function Devices </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Corstorphine library <ul><li>2 sites </li></ul><ul><li>somewhat dilapidated </li></ul><ul><li>no expansion </li></ul><ul><li>no flexibility </li></ul>
  5. 5. Leith library <ul><li>poorly located </li></ul><ul><li>difficult to navigate </li></ul><ul><li>spaces ill-defined </li></ul>
  6. 6. LRC design brief <ul><li>to be at the “heart” of the campus </li></ul><ul><li>to be a learning space for students </li></ul><ul><li>to be technology-rich </li></ul><ul><li>to be environmentally friendly </li></ul><ul><li>above all, to be flexible </li></ul>
  7. 7. Space comparison <ul><li>general space up </li></ul><ul><li>library/IT space up </li></ul><ul><li>specialist down </li></ul><ul><li>overall almost identical </li></ul>% Change Current Previous 13.5 2969m 2 2615m 2 General -32.2 2547m 2 3754m 2 Specialist 19.3 4392m 2 3682m 2 Library/IS -1.4 9908m 2 10051m 2 Total
  8. 8. LRC environment (1) <ul><li>Choice of environments for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Group learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resource based learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology based learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quiet learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supported learning </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. LRC environment (2) <ul><li>Study space:FTE ratio is 1:5 with 1000 seats </li></ul><ul><li>Study space should merge with social space </li></ul><ul><li>Combination of structured cabling and wireless </li></ul><ul><li>>50% of seats to have terminal </li></ul><ul><li>Definition of secure and non-secure areas </li></ul><ul><li>Capability of 24/7 operation </li></ul>
  10. 10. LRC spaces for students
  11. 11. Overall plan
  12. 12. Books & Journals
  13. 13. Quiet study
  14. 14. Postgraduate study
  15. 15. Open access
  16. 16. Service desk
  17. 17. AV
  18. 18. Academic reserve
  19. 19. Assistive technology
  20. 20. Rapid access
  21. 21. Group study
  22. 22. Collaborative study (the Bridge!)
  23. 23. Study carrels
  24. 24. IT teaching labs
  25. 25. Silent study
  26. 26. Archive
  27. 27. LRC terraces
  28. 28. Since occupation <ul><li>epic list of snags </li></ul><ul><li>problems with contractors </li></ul><ul><li>need to be flexible on use </li></ul><ul><li>signage </li></ul><ul><li>students have taken over the space – fantastic! </li></ul>
  29. 29. What worked – or didn’t! <ul><li>Nay! </li></ul><ul><li>need more group study rooms </li></ul><ul><li>journal shelving </li></ul><ul><li>no Speed-gates </li></ul><ul><li>Yay! </li></ul><ul><li>the move itself </li></ul><ul><li>ISAs and Rovers </li></ul>
  30. 30. Other opportunities <ul><li>new staffing structure: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3 teams: User Services, Technical Services and Liaison Services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>new communication strategies: implementing Web 2.0 technologies </li></ul><ul><li>integration with local communities </li></ul>
  31. 31. Thank you <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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