Reflecting the voice of the student: A case study from The Pennsylvania State University using mixed-methods in assessing space

Stephen Borrelli, Szu-yu Z. Chao, Chao Su

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Abstract

Purpose: 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. Design/methodology/approach: 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: 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. Originality/value: These findings informed facility enhancement recommendations, and have been integrated into the program statement made available to design firms bidding on the renovation project.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)121-127
Number of pages7
JournalLibrary Management
Volume40
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 14 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Library and Information Sciences

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