Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Continuums of Library Use

Doug Johnson offers some helpful polarities:

How are the ways students are using libraries, especially in the secondary schools, changing?

Accessing electronic/multimedia
Solitary work
Directed use
Information producer
Academic research
Static needs, resources, changing needs, resources, tasks

And how might those changes reflect on library facility design?

Study carrels Study rooms
Tables chairs
Computer labs labs
Reseach stations notebooks
Print shelving and storage Collaborative work spaces
Fixed spaces spaces

What are the changes of library use you see and how do our physical libraries need to change to meeting them?

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