The LAMP Steering Committee engaged with the CS&P planning team today in a workshop focused on re-imagining Stauffer Library and Douglas Library. The ideas build on the student learning experience theme of the Queen’s Learning Commons in Stauffer Library, and a new focus on archives and special collections in Douglas Library. There was much enthusiasm and feedback, and the CS&P team will be working on another set of drawings to solicit general feedback on these ideas in April.
The LAMP Steering Group had a visioning workshop with the CS&P team today, and we were joined by one of the architects working on the Campus Master Plan. It was a lively discussion, ranging from defining ‘what is a library’ to discussions of specific programming opportunities for study/learning/teaching space and service space. The architects challenged the group to discuss/debate/and recommend programme opportunities from a proposed menu of potential spaces and to propose new opportunities, to develop a new alchemy of spaces for the future library and archives. It was noted that Stauffer Library and Douglas Library are a pivotal point in the campus, and offer the potential to create a Library Town Square.
The CS&P team visited Queen’s today for a workshop with the LAMP Steering Group. It began with a presentation of what the team has learned from the stakeholder consultations and information gathering to date, and proposed a set of key principles:
- Teaching/Learning & Study Spaces – Provide increased number of technology rich individual and collaborative teaching, learning and study spaces throughout the library system to better support scholarship and research.
- Services – Deploy strategically, the tools, technology and resources required to most effectively address the superb delivery of library services for 21st century teaching, learning and research.
- Collections – Develop a sustainable collection model that supports the move to the stewardship of e-collections in the library system with a complementary and coherent tangible collections strategy that improves preservation, access and display.
- Technology – Infuse and seamlessly integrate technology into the management and delivery of library services to create a state-of-the-art library system.
- Facilities Operations – Develop a comprehensive and sustainable strategy for the facilities’ operations of the library system which aligns with the university’s academic mission.
- Library as Place – Restore, transform and enhance the potential of underdeveloped library spaces into memorable places for social and intellectual encounter and discovery.
- Accessibility – Provide safe, secure, and universally accessible study environments in all campus libraries.
- Diversity & Community – Welcome and recognize through the use, flexibility, partnerships and programming potential in library spaces the significance of cultural diversity and community outreach on the Queen’s campus.
They presented the Steering Group with their analysis of our current library and archives facilities and then led the group in a discussion of potential scenarios for the future configuration of spaces. This ‘discovery and analysis’ phase of the project will continue through February and into March, when the group will come together again for a visioning session focused on potential programming for study/teaching/learning space and services space.
Queen’s University Library is surveying the Queen’s community to learn more about our users’ perceptions and expectations of the Library. The survey is called LibQUAL+ and is part of a national effort to develop effective measures of library service quality and identify best practices. This year’s LibQUAL survey results will serve as a valuable adjunct to LAMP planning.
A random sample of students, faculty and staff will receive an email invitation to participate. But if you aren’t part of the sample, you can still take part. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide you with the information you need to complete the survey.
The Library and Archives Master Plan needs you! Consultations continue, building on the many ideas generated since the project launch in November. Students, faculty and staff are invited to sign up for these focus groups (contact email@example.com):
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
at the University Club
9:00 – 10:15 Focus on Collections
Tell us more about your collections interests, how you use and create digital content, what you want for print collections… help us design spaces for all kinds of information.
10:30 – 11:45 Focus on Learning Space
Tell us more about studying, learning in groups, working on research projects, services you use, technologies you want… help us design spaces for all kinds of learners.
As well, feel free to send your ideas any time. Contact us at http://www.queensu.ca/connect/lamp/contact-us/.
Staff in the libraries and archives have been participating in stakeholder consultations in a variety of ways, including a January 10th focus group session facilitated by Erik Lockhart of Queen’s Executive Decision Centre. The results will be collated with other inputs to shape the key elements of the plan. The 46 participants were asked four questions:
- What types and configurations of spaces would you like to see incorporated into the master plan?
- What improvements (modifications, tweaks etc.) would you like to existing library and archives spaces? (Consider: (e.g. programming, security, access, egress, food services, lighting etc.).
- In what ways do you see technology incorporated into the master plan?
- Guiding principles and priorities. Imagine you are writing the executive summary of the plan and you need include a few key guiding principles that must be maintained in all the suggestions, strategies and recommendations contained within the plan.
See the report for their answers: Library and Archives Master Plan: Queen’s University Library and Archives Staff Focus Group Highlights, January 10, 2013
Queen’s Library and the Archives invite all stakeholders of the Queen’s community to attend the upcoming project overview presentation on Thursday, November 29th, 9:00 – 9:45 am, Robert Sutherland Hall Rm. 202.
This presentation will kick off two days of intensive consultation with all Queen’s stakeholders. CS&P, will facilitate discussion sessions with staff groups relating to each library, the Archives, collections, information technology and academic services (reference/information, teaching, research services). Other group sessions include QLC partners, faculty, undergraduates, graduate students and university operations (campus planning, security, etc).
[Update: see the record of these sessions, here]