Space in many academic institutions is at a premium. Patrons’ needs are evolving from quiet study spaces and book stacks, to technologically-forward settings. Academic libraries are at a crossroads to either maintain the status quo or join campus efforts to ensure student success and persistence.
A mid-sized land grant university library reestablished their Space Planning Committee to initiate changes in the library building that partake in the university’s mission of ensuring student success and persistence. Previous iterations of a Space Planning Committee focused on small, one-off renovations or projects based on reactionary responses to patron needs rather proactive initiatives that stand the test of time amidst a rapidly changing needs environment. The committee recognized that both traditional and non-traditional library spaces, resources, and technology are essential to address differences in academic disciplines, socioeconomic factors, and physical or intellectual capabilities – all of which can be barriers to student success when not addressed.
The committee partnered with Campus Information Technology and Campus Recreation to better address patron needs. The poster will describe the phase planning process and results of collaborative efforts, including: initiating an assessment of library spaces and furniture versus campus needs; a joint survey design process with campus collaborators; and negotiating the parameters and implementation of joint space design efforts.
To prevent the loss of library space to outside tenants, libraries must show the value they bring when collaborating with campus partners to meet non-traditional needs. This poster will provide academic libraries a roadmap to executing these valuable collaborations.
Lindsay Ozburn– Assessment Coordinator, Utah State University