Library space morphs to learning space: detailing key trends, techniques, and technologies of this transformation

JIANG, Yi-Tai and SHEU, Feng-Ru (2018) Library space morphs to learning space: detailing key trends, techniques, and technologies of this transformation. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2018 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Transform Libraries, Transform Societies in Session 153 - Poster Session.

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Abstract

Library space morphs to learning space: detailing key trends, techniques, and technologies of this transformation

In this highly digital age, libraries no longer function simply as information access that grounds one’s learning quests with databases, catalogs, and solid references. Instead, they become a place to nurture information and digital literacies required to thrive in the 21st century. For this reason, the Luking Library at Providence University, one of the top 10 must-visit libraries in Taiwan (2015) and among the “1001 must-see libraries before you die” according to the IFLA Public Library Section (2017), re-designed the existing limited space over a period of two years, with a goal to build an environment that supports more inspiring, interactive, and collaborative learning experiences that effectively extends and transforms this space far beyond a place for information access. As such, it was vital that the new space be flexible enough to support a wider array of learning activities and needs. The main theme of the poster was “people are the irreplaceable scene in a library”. The focus of the library work shift from “books-centered” to “people-centered”. People are invited to come in and leave with generated knowledge. As a result, space renovation aimed to improve interaction and relationship between people and books/information. This poster demonstrated the design of each unique “space” through photos and graphics. We also share how we re-shape the “ordinary” and non-attractive space into an inspiring space with photo album on site, even while available funds were limited. The example of space redesign includes the “corners” near restrooms, stack areas, and hallways, as well as a study area with a self-service café.

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