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Library spaces designed with students in mind: an evaluation study of University of Queensland libraries at St Lucia campus

Abbasi,N, Tucker,R, Fisher,K and Gerrity,R 2014, Library spaces designed with students in mind: an evaluation study of University of Queensland libraries at St Lucia campus, in IATUL 2014 : Proceedings of the 35th Annual International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries Conference, IATUL, Düsseldorf, Germany, pp. 1-9.

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Title Library spaces designed with students in mind: an evaluation study of University of Queensland libraries at St Lucia campus
Author(s) Abbasi,N
Tucker,RORCID iD for Tucker,R orcid.org/0000-0001-9989-251X
Fisher,K
Gerrity,R
Conference name International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries. Conference (35th : 2014 : Espoo, Finland)
Conference location Espoo, Finland
Conference dates 2014/6/2 - 2014/6/5
Title of proceedings IATUL 2014 : Proceedings of the 35th Annual International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries Conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2014
Conference series International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries Conference
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher IATUL
Place of publication Düsseldorf, Germany
Summary This paper identifies the design qualities of library spaces that matter the most foruniversity students. Drawing upon the data from an online survey made available to students from the University of Queensland, Australia, a number of design-related considerations are examined including: acoustics, furniture, interior architecture, lighting, and thermal comfort. 1505 students completed the survey, which aimed to assess how effective and responsive library spaces are in meeting students’ needs and supporting their learning experiences. The survey included ‘Likert scale questions’ requiring students to rate their levels of satisfaction with different aspects of library spaces and ‘open-ended questions’ asking students to elucidate their ratings. Findings revealed that the qualities of physical spaces were ranked as the third mostsignificant category of reasons accounting for students’ preference for certain library buildings over others, and for their frequency of visit (behind “location” of the library building and then “access to books and course-related materials or resources”). Design-related themes which emerged from qualitative analysis highlighted students’ awareness of the impacts that the design of spaces and furniture can have on their learning experiences. The study concludes with recommendations informed by students’ expectations, needs and preferences in relation to the qualities and features of library spaces.
Language eng
Field of Research 120101 Architectural Design
120199 Architecture not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 870299 Construction Design not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2014, IATUL
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30069899

Document type: Conference Paper
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