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ERIC Number: EJ850619
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1528-5324
Creating Learning Spaces through Collaboration: How One Library Refined Its Approach
Fox, Robert; Stuart, Crit
EDUCAUSE Quarterly, v32 n1 2009
Georgia Tech Library has undergone two learning space renovations in the past six years, with a third in 2009. This work is grounded in techniques that elicit user input. Library staff hope one day to completely renovate the entire 220,000-square-foot main library facility. Until that day arrives, library staff are making incremental improvements through renovations that test assumptions about learning spaces. Students are delighted with the results, and the library has garnered national attention in the process. In this article, the authors review how the three renovation projects were planned, executed, and assessed, with particular emphasis on the following techniques: (1) Engage users in all aspects of learning space creation; (2) Incorporate flexibilities into the built spaces to foster experimentation; (3) Avoid mimicking others' space solutions without first incorporating your own user-centered findings; and (4) Build in a continuous assessment program to inform upgrades and future projects.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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