Physical space, often at the heart of a campus, is one of the greatest assets of many academic and research libraries. In this age of expanding online and on-screen information use, libraries continue to provide places for storing and using legacy materials while offering new kinds of spaces for serving and consulting electronic resources and for conducting technology-enhanced learning and scholarly collaborations. The regular reexamination of how spaces are utilized provides an important opportunity for library leaders to improve support for research, teaching, and learning, while extending and enhancing community relationships.
Taught by Nancy Fried Foster and Roger Schonfeld, this workshop is designed to help librarians drive evidence-based decisions about redesigning and renovating their physical spaces. Participants are encouraged to bring data pertaining to their college or university library for group discussion, such as space usage, survey findings, and user study results. The workshop format will include the following components:
• An overview of research findings to contextualize this issue and frame some of the key questions that individual institutions may wish to address;
• Group discussion of strategies for incorporating evidence most effectively into institutional decision-making on this topic;
• Facilitated planning for evidence-based decision-making on space and facilities issues.
As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to enhance the evidence available to them in support of space planning and will improve their decision-making about space design and renovation.