2013-07-03 Phase 3

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.

2013-06-04 Library network concept

At recent workshops, the steering group has explored the concept of a campus network of Library Information Networked Clusters (LINC). This includes the smaller libraries in the current system — in the Education, Health Sciences and Law buildings — which will continue to evolve over time as more print resources become digital and spaces change to support the student learning experience in new ways. As well, we’re introducing the idea of LINCs that could be developed in parts of campus currently lacking community learning spaces. Like libraries, these would be open to all students, and they would have the ambience of a library, with strong connections to virtual information and services. Unlike a traditional library, they wouldn’t involve the management of print collections. Those collections will continue to be housed in our existing libraries or, for materials rarely used, accessed through storage retrieval services.

For more on these ideas, see the May 24 and 31 workshop slides posted on the Steering Group & Minutes page.

2013-04-05 Stauffer and Douglas emerging concepts

The Library and Archives Master Plan (LAMP) project is now at the stage of developing options based on several key ideas.

First, a set of guiding principles was developed following stakeholder input and a careful examination of existing facilities and background information.  These principles are presented in a display currently in Stauffer Library, and online.

Second, several programmatic elements and the relationships between them were established for all library and archives facilities:  services, collections and learning/study.  Collections (physical and virtual) remain at the core of the library and the archives, surrounded by a variety of services, and those services are intertwined with spaces for learning and research.

Third, it was established that the existing facility for the Archives, Kathleen Ryan Hall, is inadequate for archival collections and services and a new location must be found.  Synergies with special collections argue for its relocation to Douglas Library where Jordan Library is housed.

With all this in mind, the LAMP Steering Group and the planning team led by CS&P Architects have been considering the suggestions heard in the stakeholder consultations regarding services and spaces for learning and research, concentrating first on Douglas Library and Stauffer Library.  These two signature buildings at the intersection of University and Union are seen as key academic spaces forming a ‘library town square.’  Revisions to their interior plans and to the public realm that connects them are being suggested to enhance both the student learning experience and research services.

A set of drawings for Stauffer and Douglas is available online and in Stauffer Library to generate feedback and ideas. These are broad stroke representations of space for services, collections and learning/study.  More detailed layouts would be established for specific projects as they proceed in the months and years following completion of the master plan.  In April and May, planning will focus on the other libraries and the system as a whole.  The master plan is scheduled for completion in June.

An information session and Q&A on the LAMP project will be held on Friday, April 26th from 11:00-11:45 a.m. in Robert Sutherland Hall Rm.202.  All are welcome.

2013-03-22: Workshop #5

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.