College Planning & Management

JUN 2013

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the 21st-Century library PHOTOS © WAYNe ARMSTRONg TEAMWORK. Librarians and library designers understand that the success of the academic library is best measured not by the frequency and ease of library use but by the learning that results from that use. Students anticipate and expect collaborative learning opportunities across all campus spaces. Providing these social learning spaces should be part of the plan for a 21st-century library. "An ongoing request from our students has been more informal learning space," says R. Nowell Donovan, provost at Texas Christian University. "The universities of tomorrow are going to be about tackling big questions and focusing on pragmatic approaches to solving those tough questions. And collaborative space is required to tackle these challenges." While some colleges and universities are making wholesale changes to buildings housing libraries and collaborative workspace, others are making minor changes to current buildings that give students the space they need and demand. When the library at BirminghamSouthern College in Alabama was built in 1976 it was a destination for research, where students thumbed through volume after volume for valuable information. With all of that information — and much Turn-key dining, collaborative space design 800.788.1028 44 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / JUNE 2013 I WANT TO BE ALONE. As with changes caused by technology, collaboration requires fexibility: furniture that can be rearranged. This will include large table areas for students to spread out and work in groups. Yet, campus librarians also recognize the need to include typical private reader carrels for traditional thinkers. www.PLANNING 4EduCATION.COM

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