Biomedical Libraries Web

Space 2.0:
Small-Scale Library Redesign Projects

The twelfth annual October Conference for New England academic librarians, sponsored by the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Alumni Hall, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH


8:00 - 9:00
Registration and continental breakfast

9:00 - 9:15

Bill Garrity
Director of Biomedical Libraries
Dartmouth College/Dartmouth Medical School and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Jeffrey Horrell
Dean of Libraries/Librarian of Dartmouth College

9:15 - 10:00
Sustaining the Vision: Best Practices for Design, Implementation, and Service

Betsy Peck Learned
Interim Dean of University Libraries
Roger Williams University

Susan McMullen
Reference and Information Resources Librarian
Roger Williams University

Presentation (PDF)
Librarians from Roger Williams University developed a model of best practices for planning library space projects while planning the first phase of their Learning Commons. They visited and gathered data from 18 libraries with recently-reconfigured spaces, tapped into their collective wisdom, and distilled it to a list of pragmatic, universally applicable best practices. Using examples from their own project and those of the libraries they visited, they will describe how to lay the groundwork for your plan, incorporate the lessons learned, and achieve buy-in for the project. Learn how you can move your vision forward with limited funding and an abundance of enthusiasm!

10:00-10:45   Information Commons

Digital Social Science Center: an Information Commons for Graduate Social Science Students

Mary Giunta
Head, Access Services and Technical Support
Lehman Library
Columbia University Libraries

Jane Winland
Director of the Social Science Libraries
Columbia University Libraries

Presentation (PowerPoint)
The Digital Social Science Center (DSSC) is the third in a series of renovations of the Lehman Social Science Library. The design focused on group workspaces with high-end equipment, staff visibility, presentation practice rooms, and custom-designed space for user consultations. The equipment includes 12 workstations with 30-inch monitors, GIS software, and statistical and financial information resources.

Rolling White Boards and Good Chairs Priceless

David Podboy
Reference/Information Commons Librarian
Smith College

Christine Hannon
Deputy Director of Libraries
Smith College

Presentation (PDF)
In a building fraught with architectural challenges, Smith College librarians are successfully re-imagining Reference which they equate with the Information Commons (IC) - to expand the continuum of resources and services on the main floor of Neilson Library. For students, Smith conceived that the IC serve their intellectual, technological, and social needs, and form a flexible environment for changing pedagogy. For staff, the college seeks to strengthen partnerships with other campus service providers and to expand their technological savvy. This presentation will focus on successes that other libraries can easily adopt, the vision for student use versus the reality, and future goals.


11:00 - 11:30
Step by Step: Small Space Improvements in the John Crerar Library

Barbara Kern
Co-Director Science Libraries Division
University of Chicago Library

Andrea Twiss-Brooks
Co-Director Science Libraries Division
University of Chicago Library

Presentation (PDF)
The John Crerar Library at the University of Chicago recently created a technology-equipped teaching and learning space. Using a memorial gift, they converted a previously little-used microforms room into a space that can be used for traditional classroom teaching, web-based conferencing, and hands-on learning, and by students working in groups. This project represents what is hoped to be the first step in generally rethinking library space, and implementing step-wise, small-scale improvements that will provide library users with a variety of spaces suited to a variety of needs.

11:30-12:30   Study Spaces

Where Would You Study? Feedback Via Post-It Notes

Carrie Macfarlane
Reference and Instruction Librarian for the Sciences
Middlebury College

Brendan Owens
Digital Media Intern
Library and Information Services
Middlebury College

Presentation (PDF)
No matter how small a library redesign project might be, obtaining student feedback is an important part of the planning process. Middlebury asked students to respond to a potential redesign via Post-It notes on a poster in the library. The responses received were plentiful, colorful, and fun. The presenters will share how they developed the poster, what comments were received, and how they followed up.

Updating and Reconfiguring a 1971 Library, One Room at a Time

Mary Giunta
Head, Access Services and Technical Support
Lehman Library
Columbia University Libraries

Presentation (PDF)
Columbia's Lehman Social Sciences Library, located in the University's International Affairs Building, had not undergone a major renovation since it opened in 1971. In summer 2007 two rooms were reconfigured and updated. Getting to this point included building a relationship with the School of International and Public Affairs, assessing patron use of the spaces and listening to students' comments and complaints, visiting peer institutions that had recently renovated spaces, and working with an innovative architect.

Putting the "Quiet" in Quiet Study Space

Richard Kaplan
Dean of Library and Learning Resources
Director of Libraries
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Presentation (PDF)
Converting multi-use library space into quiet study can be challenging and expensive. This presentation will discuss how a space-challenged library was able to create quiet study by segregating normal noisier functions (such as computers and reference service) from quieter services by the use of glass walls. The pros and cons of using signage, moving collections, implementing stricter library policies, and creating physical barriers will be discussed.


Polishing the Dimond: Changing Spaces for Enhanced Services to the UNH Community

Louise Buckley
Reference Librarian
University Library
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Eleta Exline
Digital Collections Librarian
University Library
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Presentation (PDF)
In 2007 the UNH Library orchestrated several space redesign projects to enable new services and functions within the Library and adapt to changing academic support needs. These projects included the creation of a digital imaging lab in an unused preservation workroom, and the redesign of the Government Documents Department office to accommodate the transfer of its public service desk to the IT Support Center of the new Dimond Academic Commons. Creativity and flexibility by all participants as well as a shared goal of providing the best possible service to students, faculty, and staff helped meet challenges such as tight deadlines, coordination and communication of information among several units, loss of physical space, and a need for extensive infrastructure work.

Something from Nothing: Bringing New Life to the Library Without New Construction

Janet Cottrell
Director of the Library
Champlain College

Presentation (PDF)
In Champlain's Miller Information Commons, patrons often walked right through the main floor without even pausing as they hurried to get to study rooms, computing labs, classrooms, or other resources. As a result, the main floor -- one of the most attractive areas in the building -- felt underused. At the same time, the facility lacked space for displays and outreach activities. This combination turned out to be a perfect opportunity to explore low or no-cost ways of showcasing services and resources by bringing them front-and-center, expanding the use of the library's main floor area without expanding the area itself.

2:15-2:45 Recap: Lessons Learned - Presentation (PDF)

3:00-3:30 Meet the Speakers

Do you want more details for your project planning from a presenter? This session will give you an opportunity for in-depth conversation. Presenters will be located at tables around the room; you can visit them as you would for a poster session.

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