The purpose of this paper, conducted at Penn State University, is to inform a redesign of the library facility integrating a Collaboration Commons projected to cost over $20m.
A mixed-methods design comprised of observation, focus groups, conversations with students, interviews with Knowledge Commons personnel and a UX Café was employed. Researchers investigated the students’ need for workspaces and soft-seating.
Findings suggested that students generally come to the libraries with a goal of being productive and they value the productivity generated by spacious and well-designed workspaces over the comfort of soft-seating. Students desire an increase in the availability of workspaces.
These findings informed facility enhancement recommendations, and have been integrated into the program statement made available to design firms bidding on the renovation project.
Borrelli, S., Chao, Z. and Su, C. (2019), "Reflecting the voice of the student: A case study from The Pennsylvania State University using mixed-methods in assessing space", Library Management, Vol. 40 No. 1/2, pp. 121-127. https://doi.org/10.1108/LM-10-2017-0102Download as .RIS
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