Last Saturday, I posted a general student survey about library programs to the Blue Skunk. It was desparately in need of updating and I appreciate the suggestions for its improvement I received. It is still under revision (actually I was hoping to get more feedback) and I will share the final results sometime later this week.
In the meantime, I worked up the survey below that has a more specific purpose - to elicit ideas about how students use the physical library itself in hopes of guiding the design for a new or remodeled space.
My general feeling about surveys is generally "more is less" and at 30 questions this one is too long. What can be dropped? What should be added?
Oh, for those interested, I did a series of blog posts on the fundamentals of library design last spring. Been trying to think how the "world 2.0" and other changes may impact the fundamentals....
Facility Planning - Student Survey
Doug Johnson, March 2009
Please rank each of the following items on a 1-4 scale with 1 = unimportant to 4 very important.
1. The library needs to be available to me throughout the school day.
2. The library needs to be available to me before and after school.
3. The library needs to be available to me evenings and weekends.
4. Print books and magazines to meet the needs of school assignments.
5. Print books and magazines to meet my personal information and recreational needs.
6. Internet access to meet the needs of school assignments.
7. Internet access to meet my personal information and recreational needs.
8. Wireless connectivity in the library for use with either school or personal computing devices.
Productivity, Creativity and Communications Resources
9. Facilities, equipment and resources that support the creation of original products such as word-processed documents, desktop published documents, edited video productions, digital slideshows, edited audio recordings, and webpages.
10. Facilities, equipment and resources that support my creativity, knowledge creation, and problem solving abilities.
11. Facilities, equipment and resources that support projects that allow me to interact and collaborate with students from other locations – including international students.
12. Facilities, equipment and resources that support live presentations to others.
Learning Environment and Climate
13. A welcoming, safe and comfortable and comfortable environment that allows me to read and study.
14. Working in the library independently.
15. Working in the library collaboratively with a small group.
16. Working in the library with my entire class.
17. Working in the library in informal seating (upholstered chairs, sofas).
18. Working in the library at a table.
19. Working in the library in a study carrel.
20. Architectural design, color coordination, and style of furnishing that create a positive learning climate.
21. Using the library to access technologies for either finding or communicating information.
22. Using the library to find print materials for academic use and personal use.
23. Using the library doing research with my entire class.
24. Using the library as a space to meet with my peers for collaboration on schoolwork.
25. Using the library as a space to meet with my peers to socialize and work on non-school related activities.
26. List the most important activities you would like to be able to do in a new or remodeled library.
27. List any shortcomings of the current library facility.
28. How might a new library’s design support your work and study habits?
29. How might a new library design improve your total school experience?