Queen’s alum and other passersby were treated to free coffee and library-themed cupcakes outside Stauffer Library today, and a place to mingle. The bistro tables and chairs gave a taste for the potential of the ‘Library Square’ envisioned in the Library and Archives Master Plan and the Campus Master Plan. The area was set up similarly on Thursday as well, just to see what would happen on a normal day without a special event. What happened was that people used it — to study, to chat with friends, and in some cases just to rest as they were walking by. People were excited:
- “It feels so urban!”
- “This should always be here!”
- “It’s about time this happened.”
- “It transforms the whole campus.”
Thanks to the City of Kingston for lending us some of their tables and chairs from Market Square!
Distilling the concepts of LAMP into a few pithy points is something done in presentations to various groups. Here are the main elements, drawn from those presentations:
- The Library and Archives Master Plan outlines a planning framework that envisions over the next twenty years a transformed Library system at Queen’s, built upon its solid foundation of superb services, collections and spaces.
- It includes building-specific high level plans for the first five years of this twenty-year framework.
- The framework recommends realistic, fiscally sound strategies that leverage and intensify the use of existing facilities.
Key Elements of the Plan
- Substantial increase in the amount and range of learning space in existing libraries.
- Re-envisioned collections paradigm, including preservation storage, to improve stewardship of research collections.
- Closure of Kathleen Ryan Hall, as an inadequate building for the Archives.
- Transformation of Douglas Library, where the Archives will be joined with Special Collections in a research facility that includes new opportunities for partnerships and community engagement as well as expanded study areas.
- Enhancement of Stauffer Library to significantly expand learning services and study spaces, as well as outreach to the community.
- Improvements to existing libraries in faculty buildings, with enhanced learning and study space, more robust technology and upgrades to infrastructure where required.
- Creation of new small clusters of study spaces distributed in various key campus locations, connected virtually as the Library Information Network at Queen’s (LINQ).
- Creation of Library Square, community gathering space at the academic crossroads of the campus, with Stauffer Library on one corner and Douglas Library on the other corner, at the intersection of Union and University.
- The Library and Archives Master Plan is a high-level framework that will be operationalized through Queen’s ongoing planning processes.
- Capital proposals will be advanced when funding for renovations has been identified.
Student Learning Experience
- Substantially increase the amount of learning space in existing libraries, including numerous group study rooms and dedicated graduate student space, and expand exhibition, gallery and community gathering space.
- Develop a network of inviting places for study, interactive learning and innovation, distributed in various key locations across campus and linked to information services and resources.
- Improve accessibility in every library.
- Enhance research opportunities and community engagement with the creation of inviting, technology-enabled, interdisciplinary spaces.
- Solve the severe preservation and access issues of the Archives and the Jordan Special Collections and Music Library, where researchers rely upon irreplaceable resources such as the private papers of key figures across the disciplines, historic records, unique collections and rare books.
- Support researchers’ use of the Library and Archives entire collection, through a re-envisioned paradigm of enhanced access, presentation, and preservation, to provide the best stewardship of resources and sound guidelines for converting portions of stack space to other vital uses.
- Reduce overall Library and Archives space by 10%, primarily by relocating the Archives from Kathleen Ryan Hall.
- Reinvest strategically in remaining facilities to increase their operational efficacy and life span.
- Intensify the use of Douglas Library and Stauffer Library, prime sites in the centre of campus.
- Repurpose existing spaces to accommodate new pedagogy and learning needs.
- Provide a redevelopment opportunity at Kathleen Ryan Hall, which is adjacent to one of the few potential building sites on campus.
- Funding for renovations will be sought primarily through fundraising. The Library and Archives Master Plan aligns with the priorities of the Initiative Campaign.
For full details, see Library and Archives Master Plan, September 2013,
Behind the scenes, LAMP is providing the intended framework for priorities in the Library and Archives. An update for the Campus Planning Advisory Committee outlines a number of initiatives, including several ways we’re drawing upon that framework:
- LAMP Collections project to apply the new collections paradigm envisioned in LAMP, including preparations for a collaborative print storage partnership at Downsview with the University of Toronto, McMaster University, Western University and the University of Ottawa.
- Law Library project to prepare for implementation of LAMP plans for transformation of the lower level into student learning space.
- Engineering & Science (Douglas Library) project to reduce the physical footprint of reference books and current periodicals, highlight key resources and services, and create new user spaces, demonstrating the vision of LAMP and preparing for further renovations.
- Public Services Renewal project to develop a new model for operating the service points across all the physical locations of the Library and Archives.
- Initial discussions with several scholars about steps towards development of the Centre for Digital and Print Culture.
The advisory committee is in formation. Stay tuned for more updates this Fall!
With the Library and Archive Master Plan now approved by the Board of Trustees, our focus shifts to ‘keeping the lamp lit.’ See the transition and implementation steps that have been outlined to guide the next phase of our work.
Tonight the Queen’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favour of a motion to approve the Library and Archives Master Plan of September 2013.
The Library and Archives Master Plan was presented to Senate today for information and comment. The questions related to design elements and measures to be taken to retain study spaces and limit noise during renovations. A student Senator expressed strong support for the Plan. There were no questions or comments that indicated a need for revisions to the concepts or documents. The next step is presentation to the Queen’s University Planning Committee, for recommendation to the Board of Trustees.
The Globe and Mail’s Canadian University Report 2014, issued today, includes an article titled ‘The university library of the future’ that talks about our planning at Queen’s.
In 2012-13, the LAMP project progressed through the phases of discovery, analysis and exploration, and the final stage of reporting was completed over the summer. As we start the 2013-14 academic year, the LAMP Steering Group is pleased to share the Library and Archives Master Plan with the Queen’s community, and welcomes your feedback. (The file is large, so while it downloads you may want to read the Executive Summary.)
LAMP is being presented to various groups for information and comment this Fall, including Senate in October. Recommendations will go to the Board in December.
The Queen’s University Planning Committee (QUPC) received a status report on the Library and Archives Master Plan today, for information and comment. The full LAMP report is in production and will be posted in the week of September 23rd. The LAMP Steering Group will continue its listening as the Queen’s community reviews the Plan. The Plan will be submitted to the QUPC in November for recommendation to the Board in December.
The LAMP Steering Group met today with our consultants to begin wrapping up Phase 3 of the planning process – proposed recommendations. This follows on Phase 1, the discovery and analysis begun last November, and Phase 2, the exploration that occurred throughout the spring. A full report will be prepared this summer, for review by the community this coming fall.