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Opening a New Library, Assessing Its Spaces

posted Jan 15, 2014, 7:23 PM by Greg Smith   [ updated Jan 15, 2014, 7:24 PM ]

Today was a big day. After more than three years of planning and construction, the Jerry Falwell Library was formally dedicated and opened for student use. Along with quite a few others, I had a significant role in the planning and design process. As a remote worker, I was only able to watch the ceremony via streaming, but I’ve had the blessing of touring it a few times during the construction process, and I’ve even given a conference presentation about the data underlying the design.

This week I’ve been working on the library’s budget proposal for 2014-15, and also investigating how to assess the library’s performance in time to come. The new building now having been occupied at a significant cost, it’s clear that we want to impact students and faculty. With that goal in mind, I’ve made an effort to update my understanding of space assessment in libraries and learning commons. Below are some fresh sources that I’ve found helpful:

In recent years I had mostly focused on sources that dealt with ascertaining user needs as a part of the facility design/renovation process. Sources that I found useful for that purpose included the following: