Designing libraries based on student experience rather than book storage provides the potential to cater to a wider variety of students and learning styles, transforming libraries from an afterthought for prospective students to an asset for recruitment. This session will use recent library projects to study the effect of major program shifts on student behavior and discourse. We will look at both larger capital improvement projects and “small wins” that can be readily executed.
- Pilot small library design projects on campus to see how students react and engage.
- Create a dialogue with library administrators and admissions/recruitment professionals to discuss how the library can become more of an asset.
- Engage campus leaders and students through workshops to imagine a new type of learning space for your campus.
- Develop a plan for the future of your library, even if it starts with “small wins”.
Calhoun, Shawn P.; Cribbins-Kulkin, Karen A.; and Favaloro, Joey, "Throw Out Your Books: Designing Libraries for Their New Roles" (2019). Gleeson Library Faculty and Staff Research and Scholarship. 17.