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ERIC Number: EJ820819
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1528-5324
Learning Curve: Adapting Library Workspaces
Haug, James C.
EDUCAUSE Quarterly, v31 n4 p70-74 2008
One of the hubs of campus life at Longwood University--located in the small central Virginia town of Farmville--is the Janet D. Greenwood Library. In fall 2004, reference materials were relocated to free up space, and 15 computer workstations, which had been lined up against a wall, were replaced with 48 new PCs. In 2005, library staff began observing that groups of students frequently crowded around a single PC to work on collaborative projects. In December 2006, Longwood University's Dean of the Library, Wendell Barbour, and Librarians Virginia Kinman and Elizabeth Kocevar-Weidinger, began a multiyear collaboration with a commercial sales/design company to design an effective informal learning environment that seamlessly integrates students with learning activities and technology. This article presents a five-phase research study that aimed to answer the following questions: (1) Do students like the new learning spaces?; and (2) What other changes would maximize learning in the new library spaces? Along with the overall information collected, this study also gathered insightful student suggestions, recommendations, and observations about how to enhance collaborative learning experiences. (Contains 2 figures, 1 table, and 11 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia