Associate Executive Director
Coalition for Networked Information
Dean of Libraries
University of Louisville
Senior Director, Statistics and Service Quality Programs
Association of Research Libraries
Colleges and universities are investing in revamping their spaces to meet student and faculty needs. As collaborative, shared and digital library collection development matures, the print record that occupies library shelves representing the intellectual work of our students and faculty is utilized less frequently compared to the digital record. The miles of open physical shelving housing print books and journals that have occupied prime real estate on campuses to facilitate access to the print record are being rethought, re-imagined and redesigned. Shared and/or remote physical storage houses our less frequently used print record. Library space is being re-conceptualized as environments where our students and faculty can achieve increased inspiration, enhanced productivity, and improved learning and research outcomes.
There is a need to capture information about the transformation and evolution of library spaces. Classroom and other spaces are also transforming in the academy to be more effective conduits for student learning, graduate studies, and faculty research.
The presenters will discuss a variety of approaches that organizations are undertaking, ranging from the Association of Research Libraries Facilities Inventory to the FLEXSpace effort to the Learning Space Rating System at ELI/EDUCAUSE. The team will present results of pilot efforts and lessons learned to date.