In our focus groups, we asked participants to think about what their ideal library would look like. Many participants said that while they wanted a quiet space in the library, they wanted one that’s not tooquiet. They described having a comfortable place where they could focus and get work done, but also feel like a part of their community; where “even if you’re by yourself, you don’t feel like you’re by yourself,” as one participant put it. Many described a sort of “coffeeshop” feel or “living room atmosphere,” but without feeling like they need to buy anything or leave in a certain amount of time—“a safe and affordable hangout location,” where they could mingle with other people if they wanted to, but can do their own thing if not. (One focus group member said a library should be “like home room for your community.”)
our students wanted: good lighting, food, comfy seating, quiet study area, but able to talk. They wanted more instruction on preparing for college research and research apps. Teachers wanted skylights, place to work, more computers in labs than we had.
What would ideal library look like?“quiet, but not too quiet”“. . .where ‘even if you’re by yourself, you don’t feel like you’re by yourself,’ as oneparticipant put it.”“‘coffeeshop’ feel or ‘living room atmosphere,’ where they could mingle with otherpeople if they wanted to, but can do their own thing if not.”“‘like home room for your community.’” Rainie and Zickuhr. Pew Internet Project: Library Services in the Digital Age. http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2013/01/22/Library-services/
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4. One-on-one learning with the teacher5. Lecture format with the teacher at center stage6. Project-based learning7. Technology based learning with mobile computers8. Distance learning9. Research via the Internet with wireless networking10. Presentation11. Performance-based learning12. Seminar-style instruction13. Hands on project-based learning14. Naturalist learning15. Social/emotional learning