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Wednesday, November 8 • 6:00pm - 6:45pm
42 Library Space: The Final Frontier or the Next Generation? Assessing Active Learning Space in the Academic Library

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Space—is it truly the final frontier? For academic libraries, the answer may very well be “yes.” A library’s physical space is one of its most valuable and most restricted resources. As academic libraries try to continually expand their service offerings, difficult decisions about space allocation must be made. This poster will report on findings from a study of a library space devoted to a new and innovative purpose: a new space with treadmill desks, standing desks, cycling desks, and balance chairs to encourage and facilitate active learning through physical movement. The research team, located at a large, public, land grant institution, conducted a study using observation and short surveys to gather information about use trends of the area as well as user perceptions of the active learning space.
Increasing physical space can be impossible for some institutions; for those institutions that can afford physical expansion, the monetary costs and level of inconvenience renovation entails can be high enough that the risk outweighs the reward. Conducting space assessment studies allows library administrators to understand how and why a space is being used, so that space allocations can be decided based on users’ needs. Improvements made to the space contribute to student, faculty, and staff success and the overall value of the library. This poster details a study about the usage of the active learning equipment and the benefits gained from allocating space in this way. Poster session attendees will learn about what works in this space, what doesn’t work, and how active learning space in an academic library can influence and have an impact on student success. In doing so, we explore possibly strange and new perspectives and boldly go where few librarians have gone before... Additional presenters/authors: Brianne Dosch, Jordan Kauffman, Rachel Fleming-May, Regina Mays, Teresa Walker.


Sian Carr

Graduate Research Assistant, University of Tennessee Knoxville
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Alexa Carter

Graduate Research Assistant-Experience Assessment (UX-A), University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Alexa is an ALA Spectrum Scholar, ARL Diversity Scholar, and UTK Tyson Diversity Fellow. Her research interests include scientific information literacy, user experience and assessment, data management, and STEM outreach. She looks forward to pursuing a position in an academic or research... Read More →
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Kristina Clement

MLIS Graduate Student, University of Tennessee Knoxville
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Lauren Johnson

User Experience Librarian, Nevada State College
Lauren Johnson is the User Experience Librarian at Nevada State College. She designs and conducts holistic assessments of library resources and services so the library can make evidence-based changes to better serve the College’s growing community. She holds a BA in English and... Read More →

Wednesday November 8, 2017 6:00pm - 6:45pm EST
Carolina Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401