October 21, 2021

Research Paper: “Using and Experiencing the Academic Library: A Multi-Site Observational Study of Space and Place” (Preprint)

The following approved for publication preprint is scheduled for publication in the September 2015 issue of College & Research Libraries.

Title

Using and Experiencing the Academic Library: A Multi-Site Observational Study of Space and Place

Authors

Francine May
Mount Royal University

Alice Swabey
Mount Royal University

Source

College and Research Libraries

Abstract

This study examines how students are using academic library spaces and the role these spaces are playing in the campus community. Data was collected on five campuses (two community colleges, two undergraduate universities and one technical institute) via observational seating sweeps and questionnaires. The study found remarkably similar usage patterns across all library types. Academic pursuits remain the most common activities, despite perceptions of the modern library as a social space. The library as a place to study is shown to be a complex topic, with noise, need and personal preference influencing experience. The research provides libraries with evidence to demonstrate their support of student learning and engagement within their institutions.

Direct to Full Text Article (34 pages; PDF)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

Share