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Tuesday
Mar032009

Continuums of library use

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

Accessing print .......................................................................... Accessing electronic/multimedia

Solitary work....................................................................................................... Social work

Directed use............................................................................................. Independent use

Information consumer ............................................................................... Information producer

Academic research ........................................................................................ Personal research

Static needs, resources, tasks ............................................... Rapidly changing needs, resources, tasks

And how might those changes reflect on library facility design?

Study carrels ................................................................................................... Study rooms

Tables ..................................................................................................... Upholtered chairs

Computer labs ............................................................................................. Production labs

Reseach stations ....................................................................................... Wireless notebooks

Print shelving and storage .................................................................... Collaborative work spaces

Fixed spaces ................................................................................................... Flexible 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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Reader Comments (2)

Perhaps we should also add:

school network heavily filtered.........................................school free wifi no network access (still filtered)

Only in my wildest imagination, though it DOES make total sense.

March 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCathy Nelson

Hi Cathy,

I liked your continuum, idealistic though it may be. Do you see any impact on physical facility or just policy?

See you next week!

Doug

March 5, 2009 | Registered CommenterDoug Johnson

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