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Monday
Mar022009

Facilities planning survey

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.

Facility Access
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.

Information Resources

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.

Uses
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.

Open ended
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?
30. Comments:

 

Saturday
Feb282009

What do you get when you take free will and solitude out of education?

Schooling.

At least according to this highly articulate young man:

Listen carefully to this. Great points about how libraries differ from classrooms in their approach to reading - and why, for bright kids like this one - those differences are critical.

I wonder if this young man is up for adoption?

Thanks to Walt Crawford for pointing me to the Liminal Librarian Blog that links to this video.

Saturday
Feb282009

Needed: a new survey

From What Gets Measured Gets Done:

Student Survey Questions

Please respond to statements 1 - 12 with:

Strongly Disagree Disagree Agree Strongly agree
1 2 3 4

1. I feel I can help decide what activities, rules and materials are a part of the library media center.

2. The media specialist lets me know when there are new materials or things to do in the media
center.

3. There are enough books and other materials in the media center that I can get what I need.

4. I can find the books, computer software and other materials in the media center I need. I can
understand them easily.

5. The materials in the media center are easy to find, are in good condition, and are up-to-date.

6. I think the skills I learn in the media center are important. I use them in class as well as in the
media center.

7. I can use the media center whenever I need to.

8. The media specialist helps me with my questions.

9. The media specialist is always there when I need help.

10. I feel welcome and comfortable in the media center.

11. I can get my work done in the media center.

12. I use technology in the media center to help me answer my questions.

13. The thing I like best about the library media center is:

14. One thing that could be changed about the library media center is

15. Other comments or observations.

This is my challenge this weekend: to "update the survey questions to better reflect revised AASL and NETS standards with a focus on meeting the needs of 21st century learners."

Any ideas? I have a few but I'd love to hear from you.