This poster demonstrates how National Chung Hsing University Library (NHCU Library) applied SMART technologies to its 13 year-old building and effectively reduced its energy consumption as a result.
NCHU Library suffered severe damages from a devastating earthquake in 1999. The reconstructed library, measuring 34,492 square meters, was inaugurated in 2005. While the emerging technologies have been bringing massive changes to library services over the past decade, NCHU Library is now confronting an urgent need for facility modernization, which is definitely a big challenge under the growing threats of budget cuts, staff shortage and rising electricity costs.
In order to deal with these difficult situations, NCHU Library has consecutively obtained a range of financial supports from Ministry of the Interior from 2016 to 2018. Through these funded projects, a SMART Space Management System was adopted to optimize the reservation process of self-learning spaces. It not only helped achieve a comprehensive service improvement but also reduce the labor costs and energy waste. It was found that the number of users has tripled and over 96% of users were satisfied with the upgraded facilities and services. In addition, a SMART Lighting System was completed in 2018, which should achieve 82% of the reduction in lighting energy consumption and make the library more environmentally sustainable as a benefit.
Graphs, photographs, statistics, and small blocks of text will be mainly used to demonstrate these projects on an anime style poster and a video will be included as part of presentation materials as well.
Chun Hsiang Wang– Reference Section Chief, National Chung Hsing University Library