Section III Part 6: Facilities' Goals

The library's core duty is to enhance, stimulate, and support teaching and learning. While the driving force behind any academic library is its human resources and the mode of delivery for its services is technology, since our librarians routinely look for avenues to share their expertise, a solid infrastructure is essential if library patrons are going to merge onto the information highway. Thus, the library director must work with administration to develop the support needed to guarantee that the actual physical space, the brick and mortar library facilities themselves, enhance the teaching, learning, and research environment.

Since students have different learning styles, the physical space must support both quiet, individualized study, with well lit and comfortable spaces that are conducive to long-term studying, and energetic, collaborative, active learning, with furniture that invites group engagement and technology that enables dynamic, real-time interaction with the library's resources. And both types of areas must be reasonably conveniently located near relevant services that provide help with research, writing, and technology use.

Alumnae Library is over 30 years old. Currently, severe space limitations on the campus have administration looking for ways to use all campus spaces more efficiently. The library will work within the planning process to ensure that student needs and collections needs, as well as administrative needs, are met through future renovation. The current high usage of Alumnae's second and third floors shows that quality individual and group study space is in high demand. In future, both group and individual study space must continue to be provided for.

To prepare for space-planning discussions, the library staff will work with administration, maintenance, IT, students, and faculty to plan for reallocation of the spaces in the library. This will help to determine the specific types of spaces that are desirable and feasible and therefore should be included in the renovation project. While quality collections are essential in an academic library, print items that are duplicated are being deselected to free space needed for other purposes. The following is a list of our goals in transforming our current facility into a more engaging learning environment:

1.      Library staff will more efficiently use physical resources to enhance and aid teaching and learning.

2.      Library staff will redesign the library's physical space to better meet the needs of the college.

3.      Working with the director, the head of reference will create a Learning Commons and/or Student Success Center.

4.     The director will address issues revealed in LibQual+ 2011 report by creating both individualized study spaces (enforced quiet areas) and collaborative learning environments.

5.      The systems librarian will work with IT to increase the number of computer terminals in the library proper.

6.     Library staff will create useful functional spaces, such as a laptop charging area and a print journal reading area.