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ERIC Number: EJ955077
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0004-8623
Changes in Academic Library Space: A Case Study at the University of New South Wales
Bailin, Kylie
Australian Academic & Research Libraries, v42 n4 p342-359 Dec 2011
As the digital environment continues to become more pervasive in our lives, academic libraries have had to adapt to ensure that services remain relevant to users' needs. Research was conducted to examine the 2009-2011 refurbishment at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Library and evaluate its success in meeting users' needs in terms of space and place, while also suggesting areas for improvement. The investigation used structured interviews to gauge students' satisfaction with the Library's space and/or facilities. Findings are explored under the following themes: collaborative study; individual study; spatial design; social space; technology; noise levels; and Help Zone. This research shows that users still require a physical space, and that the Library is highly valued as a place to congregate and study as it offers a welcoming and well designed environment with modern facilities. (Contains 3 tables and 2 figures.)
Australian Library and Information Association. P.O. Box 6335 Kingston 2604, Australia. Tel: +61-2-6215-8222; Fax: +61-2-6282-2249; e-mail: enquiry@alia.org.au; Web site: http://www.alia.org.au
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement