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Studentopia: Build The Students What They Want


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Pre-conference workshop on the UTC Library Building Program presented with colleagues at the Tennessee Library Association Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, March 2009.

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Studentopia: Build The Students What They Want

  1. 1. Build the students what they want<br />Theresa Liedtka, Valarie Adams & Virginia Cairns<br />
  2. 2. UTC’s New Building Wiki<br />Library New Building Project<br />Project Facts<br />Internal Library Building Committee<br />New Library Program Statement Committee (university-wide group)<br />Program Statement<br />Campus Involvement<br />Site Visit Information<br />Suggested Readings and Media<br />Leave Feedback   <br />
  3. 3. Charge: University New Library Committee<br />The university library is the heart of the campus. ….. It reflects an organic combination of people, collections, services, and facilities, whose sole purpose is to assist users in the process of transforming information into knowledge. <br />Technological change is transforming libraries and has rendered obsolete the concept that a library exists in isolation and self sufficiency.  Libraries exist in a collaborative, complex information-driven world. The modern library must be dynamic and future-oriented…….<br />These principles will be the foundation on which our new library is built.<br />
  4. 4. Decision-Making<br />Traditional, Stationary Shelving<br />No change to current layout<br />Keep all materials in open shelving, like the current library<br />Estimated space needed is 34,199 square feet<br />Compact Shelving(see 11/30/07 minutes or wiki)<br />Approach recommended by Internal Library Committee<br />Move 95% of collection in to compact stacks<br />Estimated space needed is 18,164 square feet<br /> <br />Hybrid approach<br />Second choice of Internal Library Committee<br />Monographs – open and traditional / Serials – compact<br />Estimated space needed is 28,575 square feet. <br />
  5. 5. Vision Sessions<br />Architectural Vision<br />17 Interior &quot;ooh wow&quot; (rock wall, fireplace, water feature) <br />15 Distinctive but traditional <br />14 Landmark/guidepost to transport visitors, ie. clock tower or spire <br />12 Physical impetus to drive the Chamberlain quad <br />12 Sustainable-opportunity / LEED as much as possible <br />Patron Environment<br />12 People as &quot;center&quot; <br />12 Make the Library the &quot;place&quot; for academic gathering<br />10 Quiet &quot;nooks and crannies&quot; <br />9 Flexible, traditional and warm but encourages work <br />Tie: 8 - Non-intimidating and Students 3rd place <br />Themes<br />18 Sanctuary for study <br />15 Intellectual center of campus, perhaps of Chattanooga <br />11 Reflects the highest values of the institution <br />11 &quot;Center&quot; of University<br />
  6. 6. Faculty Survey<br />If provided, what environment would you prefer for a faculty lounge in the new library?<br />A living room with a fireplace, floor lamps, coffee tables and comfy chairs (33)<br />An airport lounge with high ceilings, huge windows, and a monumental space (5) <br />A private club complete with small tables, traditional chairs, and wood paneling (13)<br />A monastery with big, long tables, walls of bookshelves, table lamps and stone trim (10)<br />A lab with banks of computer workstations, overhead lighting and modern furniture (9)<br />
  7. 7. Student Survey<br />Assume a study area of the new library is open 24 hours a day, Sun-Thurs, how often would you use this space between 12-8am?<br />Very often, 3-4 times per week (88)<br />Often, 1-2 times per week (144)<br />Not often, only occasionally (173)<br />Not at all (73)<br />Assume a study area of the new library is open 24 hours a day, Sun-Thurs, how important is it to you that a staff member be present from 12-8am?<br />Extremely important (90)<br />Very important (68)<br />Important (112)<br />Not very important (144)<br />Not important at all (65)<br />
  8. 8. Transparency & Communication<br />
  9. 9. How We Gathered Input<br />Committees<br />Planning exercises<br />Surveys<br />Newsletters<br />Banner Ads!<br />
  10. 10. Recurring themes<br />ADA accessible<br />Bathrooms!<br />Collections<br />Design<br />Green building<br />Technology<br />
  11. 11. Actual comments<br />Make it comfortable and homey<br />Lots and lots of windows<br />Include a meditation room<br /> Starbucks<br />Starbucks<br />Starbucks<br />
  12. 12. Library Instruction Feedback<br />Coffee – 35%<br />Technology – 20%<br />Silly / unusable – 16%<br />
  13. 13. So Andy, where are the…<br />
  14. 14. New Partnerships<br /><ul><li>Student Academic Suport Center
  15. 15. Writing Center
  16. 16. Advising Center
  17. 17. Tutoring Center
  18. 18. Student Success Center
  19. 19. Supplemental Instruction
  20. 20. Graduate Student Association
  21. 21. Office of Students with Disabilities
  22. 22. Walker Teaching Resource Center</li></li></ul><li>Learning from others<br />
  23. 23. Program Statement<br />
  24. 24. Read All About It!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />