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Transforming an academic library's spaces : an evaluation study of Deakin University Library at Burwood campus using TEALS discovery

Abbasi, Neda, Elkadi, Hisham, Horn, Anne and Owen, Sue 2012, Transforming an academic library's spaces : an evaluation study of Deakin University Library at Burwood campus using TEALS discovery, in ALIA 2012 : Discovery : Proceedings of the 2012 Australian Library and Information Association Biennial Conference, ALIA, Sydney, N. S. W., pp. 1-13.

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Title Transforming an academic library's spaces : an evaluation study of Deakin University Library at Burwood campus using TEALS discovery
Author(s) Abbasi, Neda
Elkadi, Hisham
Horn, Anne
Owen, Sue
Conference name Australian Library and Information Association. Conference (2012 : Sydney, N. S. W.)
Conference location Sydney, N. S. W.
Conference dates 10-13 Jul. 2012
Title of proceedings ALIA 2012 : Discovery : Proceedings of the 2012 Australian Library and Information Association Biennial Conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2012
Conference series Australian Library and Information Association Conference
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher ALIA
Place of publication Sydney, N. S. W.
Keyword(s) academic library
TEALS
refurbishment
academic library spaces
Summary Libraries worldwide are transforming their spaces to better align with the changing needs of their communities. The aim of this paper is to outline the process and outcome of an evaluation study of transformed academic library spaces at the Melbourne Burwood Campus using TEALS. In light of changing higher education practices and students learning preferences, Deakin University has been questioning the balance of informal learning spaces and more formal teaching and academic spaces across its campuses. Commissioned by Deakin University Library, TEALS (Tool for the Evaluation of Academic Library Spaces) was developed to evaluate academic library spaces. The Melbourne Burwood Campus library has undergone several phases of refurbishment to create a library environment that is centred around students’ needs and that supports their individual and group learning experiences. In addition, areas of the library yet to be improved will undergo a major redevelopment over the next year. Given this, carrying out an evaluation of the current spaces is timely to ensure that a better understanding of the impact of changes is achieved. The evaluation process involved: a review of architectural plans and space briefing documents; an observational study of spaces; focus groups with students and library staff; and an online survey of Students’ Library Experience. Use of the TEALS space evaluation tool along with an analysis of data collected during the evaluation process have provided significant insights into various dimensions of the quality of new library spaces. The areas of weakness and strength identified in the study will inform the next phase of Deakin University Library space redevelopment.
Language eng
Field of Research 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
Copyright notice ©2012, ALIA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30048265

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