College Planning & Management

JUN 2013

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Facilities PHOTOS © MATTHeW TeNNISON c ampuS SpaceS The 21st-Century library as with other campus spaces, fostering collaboration is a decisive infuence in the design and function of today's campus libraries. by sCOT T W Illy er d i f you happen to stop by any college or university campus and visit the library, you might fnd something a bit unrecognizable. Visitors will see everything from students rearranging the furniture to a barista whipping up a medium half-caf, no foam, non-fat vanilla soy latté for a student who needs a caffeine fx. While the stacks still remain — albeit in a diminished form — today's libraries are more than just places where students check out books or recluse themselves in study. They have become collaborative learning environments where much of the information has been accessed in a digital form. 40 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / JUNE 2013 While today's libraries aren't all about social studying and collective problem solving, there is more of that happening. "I generally use the library if I'm going to study with other people or if I need print assignments," says Teressa Taylor, a senior nursing major at Otterbein University in Westerville, OH. "Students do use the library for group study, but there are also a lot of us that need the quiet study space as well." The Rise of Social Spaces A growing number of libraries are being built with open foor plans to appeal to the uptick in "social studying." The Peter www.PLANNING 4EduCATION.COM

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