SPACE THE FUTURE FRONTIER Don Albrecht Jennifer S. Kutzik Colorado State University Libraries
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THE FUTURE FRONTIER
Don AlbrechtJennifer S. KutzikColorado State University Libraries
Our EnterpriseCSU enrollment = 24,700 Academic research library 109 faculty/staff, 106 student workers Major space expansion started 1994
Sheet Flow Disaster - 1997
Our Enterprise Space expansion completed 1998Currently planning future space use
Welcome to the Mother ShipFive floors in Morgan (main) LibraryElectronic Information Commons (EIC) 240 workstations 3 teaching labs totaling 70 workstations4 assistive technology rooms2 smart group study rooms9 group study rooms6 scanning workstations2 open workstations
Space AppealLocationArchitectureFocal pointsColorAmenitiesOpen space
Whats The Mission? Accommodate changeEmphasis on technology Individual study habitsCollaborative learningAssistive technology demandsPreserve personal spaceProvide group space
Significant DebatesRelaxing food & noise rulesStart a laptop checkout serviceAdd productivity tools to EIC
Relaxing Food & Noise RulesProsMatches desiresMore invitingDirector wants it
ConsAffect on facilityNoise/food copsStaff resistanceResults:Staff flocks to coffee cart Facility still clean enoughEnforcement not problematicPatron usage increases
Checkout Laptop ServiceProsMatches needsBragging rights Director wants it
ConsTheft & abuse Connectivity issuesTech Support costResults: Overwhelming support by students Expanded from 20 to 120 laptops Theft and abuse not significant Major Tech Support & Circulation issues
Add Productivity Tools to EICProsStrong user demandCant block e-mailSuccess of laptops Director wants it
ConsStaff resistanceLoss of EIC focusLack of equipment Tech Support issues
Results:Overwhelming usage by studentsPositioned to support campus technology PC security has become a major issueSignificant Tech Support issues
Lessons LearnedWhat Worked For CSUCheckout laptop service (at a cost)Wireless computing (at a cost)
Adjacent SpacesElectronic Information Labs are adjacent to the Electronic Information Center Labs are opened for general use as needed
What Worked For CSURelaxing food and noise rulesMore group study roomsMore assistive technology
Gate Count vs. Enrollment
YearGate CountEnrollment% change GC% change E% Growth GC% Growth E
Lessons LearnedWhat Did Not Work For CSUE-mail only workstationsThin client workstationsSingle assistive technology roomLaptops older than 3 yearsWaiting until all questions were answered to move ahead
Future FrontiersContinue laptop checkout serviceCheckout portable projection kitsContinue group & quiet zonesSearch for multiple-use public spaces
To Boldly Go Use of portable dividing walls?Size of on-site collection?Support/promote online chat? (chatty Ask-A-Librarian)Hours of operation?
Where to put 2,000 more seats?
Space: The Future FrontierDon AlbrechtColorado State University Libraries970.491.3423Don.Albrecht@ColoState.Edu
Jennifer S. KutzikColorado State University Libraries970.491.2503Jennifer.Kutzik@ColoState.Edu
Thank you for choosing to attend our session today on Space, The Future Frontier. Im Jennifer and colleague here is Don. We want to point out that we are from the Colorado University that has NOT been in the news lately.
In these times of shrinking operating funds, it is tempting to plan for a smaller physical library presence in lieu of an expanding virtual presence. However, While virtual libraries, 24-hour hotlines and computer access to books and collections add immeasurably to the services that we can provide to our users, we must not forget the value of the library as a gathering place for our users and the myriad roles fulfilled by the library as place. We would like to tell you about our space saga at Colorado State University. Main library building built in 1965. In those days, phone lines and electric outlets were the major consideration. Sheet flow not a flood. 450,000 volumes destroyed in 3 hours. Foothills, view of the Rocky Mountains.