Which do you choose first… open table, carrel, lounge chair… Which furniture doesn’t work for you and why?
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.
Do you use just one library (which one?) or more than one?
How were you helped?
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.
One of the repeated requests we’ve heard is for more group study rooms (as well as individual study spaces). For what size group? What features do you want?
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.
What is your favourite time to study in the library? Is it open when you need it? What suggestions do you have for the hours of particular libraries? (Consider spring and summer, as well as fall and winter.)
And tell us why, if you like!
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/.