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Schedule for Kathleen A. Zar symposium

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8:30-9:00 AM

Registration and Continental breakfast

9:00-9:15 AM

Welcome and introductions 

9:15-10:00 AM

Quicktime logo Keeping an Eye on the Prize: Guiding Incremental Change towards a Future Vision
Shirley Dugdale, DEGW
Incremental changes are best done in the context of a vision for the future of a library, with strategies for its transformation providing a framework to guide improvements. Getting to that vision requires thinking about the likelihood of alternative future scenarios, exploring how staff roles, services and user demands may change, and looking at innovations in other fields for new perspectives. Strategies that emerge can guide how areas may need to shrink, expand or be repurposed over time, and how small projects can be leveraged using an iterative process of testing and user feedback to inform the next phase in getting to the vision.

10:00-10:30 AM

Quicktime logoSlice of Pizza and a Turnstile: Catalysts for Change
Chad Kainz, University of Chicago
A decade ago, today's notion of learning spaces was largely theoretical. The paradigms of "smart" classrooms and computer labs were the models of the day -- simply add technology to a space and that would transform learning. What we didn't fully understand was that technology and space work together in concert with the individuals who use an environment. One spring day in 1998 a student walked into a computer lab at the University of Chicago with a piece of pizza, and that triggered a paradigm shift that would forever change learning environments on campus. This paper will explore opportunities and approaches to rethink the intersection of people, technology and space at an institution. 

10:30-10:45 AM

Networking break

10:45-11:15 AM 

Quicktime logoHi-Tech Spaces at Michigan State University Libraries
Emily Alford and Kara Rawlins, Michigan State University Libraries
In the past four years Michigan State University Libraries have designed, constructed, created, and evaluated six small collaborative technology labs in our Main Library, four in our Engineering Branch, and one in our Business Library. In the Main Library we have also created two large collaborative study "areas." These projects have involved various outside funding sources, units, and personnel at MSU. These spaces have numerous technologies available such as specialized software, a camera to record presentations, SmartBoards, Interactive Plasma Screens, Videoconferencing, and more. This presentation will highlight a branch librarian's experience and that of the hi-tech space coordinator at MSU.

11:15-11:45 AM

Quicktime logoOpen Wide, Say AHHHHH!; 4 years of reconfiguring the UC San Diego Science & Engineering Library
Mary Linn Bergstrom, University of California San Diego
At the UC San Diego Science & Engineering Library (S&E) we have reconfigured spaces, services, and collections in a series of small-scale renovations over the past four years. The result of these iterative changes is improved access to services and collections, more efficient use of staffing, and a lively library where students are actively engaged in collaborative study and learning in a variety of spaces. The S&E Library is better integrated with the rest of the Geisel Library space while maintaining a distinctive identity.


Lunch and poster session (held in John Crerar Library Lower Level Conference Room)

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Quicktime logoAcademic Library Redesign Literally on Less Than a Dime
Charlet Key, Black Hawk College Library
Black Hawk College Library redesigned its reading and circulation desk areas by trading their spaces. The suggestion for the redesign was made by a LIS graduate student from UW-Madison who was completing her required practicum hours at BHC in fall term 2006. During a library staff visioning exercise, she sketched a radically different entrance that had the reading area where the circulation desk was located and put circulation where the students had been reading. In December 2008, the two areas were flipped and the transformation has been stunning. We didn't purchase any new furnishings, utilized cast offs from other departments, and created an immensely popular area for students and staff to congregate.


Quicktime logoSpinning Straw into Gold: A Twenty First Century Library Transformation
Devin McKay, Jeanne Galvin, and Sheila Beck, Queensborough Community College
Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York serves a population of over 12,000 students. When we began to see that our two floor library was not adequately meeting student needs we decided to create an environment conducive to both collaborative learning and individual study. With one floor a quiet/Reference floor and, after a drastic weeding project, the relocation of the circulating collection, the second floor was redesigned to encourage group study. New furniture, carpeting and floor tiles as well as computers and electrical upgrades create a vibrant student centered atmosphere.


Quicktime logoWhere the Sidewalk SHOULD Have Been: Following the Paths of Library Clients
T. Derek Halling, Christine Foster, Robin Sewell, and Esther Carrigan, Texas A&M University
The adaptation of library spaces by implementing small-scale, user-driven physical changes to the user environment. This involved the refurbishing and the redesign of antiquated resources within the constraint of a limited budget. The desired library goal focuses on the improved suitability of the library as a place to further fulfill the needs of the modern-day user.


 Networking and refreshment break


Quicktime logoGuerrilla Redesign: Use of Visitor Navigation and Focus Group Research to Assess and Redesign a Mid-Sized Academic Library
Patricia Pettijohn,  Kaya van Beynen, and Marcy Carrel, University of South Florida
This presentation describes a research project in which reiterative visitor observation and focus group research was conducted over the span of one year, during which high-impact and low-cost design changes were made to the first floor of a mid-sized academic library. Research results were used to assess user needs, shape design changes, and track user response to redesign. By grounding library redesign within the framework of observational and focus group feedback, we can better understand how visitors negotiate their movements through library spaces and interact with library resources, in order to better meet student and faculty research and learning needs.


Quicktime logoUser-initiated Repurposing of Library Space
James Brucker and Kurt Munson, Galter Health Sciences Library, Northwestern University
The Galter Health Sciences Library initiated a series of small-scale, low-cost approaches to space renovation, all driven by the daily behavior of its users. Starting with the concept of "connection", electricity and online access was expanded, leveraging users' own personal devices. Next, shelves were removed, seating was relocated, and wheeled monitors and whiteboards were combined to create collaborative learning spaces. Finally, curriculum-specific collaboration was promoted by adding multimedia and high-tech whiteboard enhancements to existing meeting rooms. Assessment has been multi-tier and ongoing. The result is a low-cost space repurposing that changes with the daily needs of the users.


 Closing remarks


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