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An open innovation programme exploring the future role of academic
libraries within the University of Cambridge.
Employs s...
Those special research techniques:
• ethnography - observing and recording how people behave: their habits, routines,
acti...
The programme draws on the skills of librarians from around
Cambridge University to test new service concepts derived from...
space preferences & studying style
• Diary
Studies
• In depth
interviews
• Short walk
-up
interviews
with
students…
to find out how they worked
https://www.f...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bofh/30902399/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/francisco_osorio/8424416853/
https://www.flickr...
Students in NatSci, Maths and CompSci often study independently sitting
next to other people working on the same or simila...
How Spacefinder will work
exercise
https://www.flickr.com/photos/deanhochman/8651071224
3 types of activity/work that your students
do in your libra...
collaborative design workshops
Co-design workshops help designers partner with users
to include their perspective in knowledge development,
idea generati...
Collaboration between library staff and users
The workshop process
Meet Sophie
AHSS
1. Atmosphere
2. Workspace
3. Location
STEM
1. Workspace/Resources
2. Location
3. Atmosphere/ Environment
AHSS & STEM...
prototype product testing
prototype comments
I spent half the day yesterday
trying to find somewhere to work
– this would have really helped!
I’m a third year. I wish ...
space comments
I don’t like working in xxx library as
everyone there is really stressed
I tried studying in Starbucks once,
but it didn’t...
what constitutes a space?
space
https://www.flickr.com/photos/58782395@N03/5519580228
space = a place to work
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bofh/30902399
capturing spaces
Some example tags: light, attractive view, water allowed, no
bags, subject experts, natural science tripos, inter-library
...
https://www.flickr.com/photos/danisabella/3967606805
exercise
https://www.flickr.com/photos/deanhochman/8651071224
Describe a space in your library.
Think about physical descr...
product demo
next steps
• we need information
on your library spaces
• photographing library
spaces
• marketing campaign
and launch in
October
• s...
any questions?
FutureLib blog:
https://futurelib.wordpress.com/
FutureLib Twitter account:
https://twitter.com/futurelib
Spacefinder Roadshow - August 2015
Spacefinder Roadshow - August 2015
Spacefinder Roadshow - August 2015
Spacefinder Roadshow - August 2015
Spacefinder Roadshow - August 2015
Spacefinder Roadshow - August 2015
Spacefinder Roadshow - August 2015
Spacefinder Roadshow - August 2015
Spacefinder Roadshow - August 2015
Spacefinder Roadshow - August 2015
Spacefinder Roadshow - August 2015
Spacefinder Roadshow - August 2015
Spacefinder Roadshow - August 2015
Spacefinder Roadshow - August 2015
Spacefinder Roadshow - August 2015
Spacefinder Roadshow - August 2015
Spacefinder Roadshow - August 2015
Spacefinder Roadshow - August 2015
Spacefinder Roadshow - August 2015
Spacefinder Roadshow - August 2015
Spacefinder Roadshow - August 2015
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Spacefinder Roadshow - August 2015

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A presentation delivered to Cambridge librarians about the Spacefinder Project (part of the Futurelib innovation programme) by Sue Mehrer, Amy Theobald, Andy Priestner, Rose Giles, Georgina Cronin, Paul-Jervis Heath, Emma Etteridge, Tom Sykes.

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Spacefinder Roadshow - August 2015

  1. 1. An open innovation programme exploring the future role of academic libraries within the University of Cambridge. Employs special research techniques to examine how students, researchers and academics currently feel about, and use, libraries (physically and remotely) and how they study, learn and carry out research in this unique environment. https://www.flickr.com/photos/alexbrn/3031736334 what is Futurelib?
  2. 2. Those special research techniques: • ethnography - observing and recording how people behave: their habits, routines, activities, culture, traits; seeking a deeper and more holistic understanding of their choices and daily lives • human-centred design – examining the needs, wants, and limitations of users of a product, service or process (in our case libraries and library systems) https://www.flickr.com/photos/ukodi/14298254854/ what is Futurelib?
  3. 3. The programme draws on the skills of librarians from around Cambridge University to test new service concepts derived from the programme’s research phase by design practice Modern Human. The project is funded by the University Library, led by myself and managed by Andy Priestner (on secondment from Judge Business School). https://www.flickr.com/photos/therevsteve/2507493891 what is FutureLib?
  4. 4. space preferences & studying style
  5. 5. • Diary Studies • In depth interviews • Short walk -up interviews with students… to find out how they worked https://www.flickr.com/photos/whatcouldgowrong/4608963722/
  6. 6. https://www.flickr.com/photos/bofh/30902399/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/francisco_osorio/8424416853/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/francisco_osorio/9510964141 https://www.flickr.com/photos/utslibrary/4762657226/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/smif/2269896742/
  7. 7. Students in NatSci, Maths and CompSci often study independently sitting next to other people working on the same or similar problems. They really value this collaboration. When they get stuck on something they are able to get real time support. https://www.flickr.com/photos/francisco_osorio/9510964141
  8. 8. How Spacefinder will work
  9. 9. exercise https://www.flickr.com/photos/deanhochman/8651071224 3 types of activity/work that your students do in your library 3 other places that you know your students go and do other work-based activities
  10. 10. collaborative design workshops
  11. 11. Co-design workshops help designers partner with users to include their perspective in knowledge development, idea generation, and product development. (Naranjo-Bock, 2012)
  12. 12. Collaboration between library staff and users
  13. 13. The workshop process
  14. 14. Meet Sophie
  15. 15. AHSS 1. Atmosphere 2. Workspace 3. Location STEM 1. Workspace/Resources 2. Location 3. Atmosphere/ Environment AHSS & STEM 1. Immediate workspace 2. Atmosphere 3. Location 4. Resources Top 3 features from staff and students
  16. 16. prototype product testing
  17. 17. prototype comments
  18. 18. I spent half the day yesterday trying to find somewhere to work – this would have really helped! I’m a third year. I wish I’d had this as a fresher. I would definitely use this app This app would remove the trial and error of trying out crap coffee spaces Would be good if like Airbnb it had pics of the rooms and desks to give a sense of the space Photos would be useful so you know you’re not heading to a dank room The app needs to give a bit more guidance I’d like to know how much space there is – could it have a live update? I prefer a menu to a map I’d like somewhere to complain about a space prototype comments
  19. 19. space comments
  20. 20. I don’t like working in xxx library as everyone there is really stressed I tried studying in Starbucks once, but it didn’t work for me – I felt a self-imposed pressure to leave after I finished my drink Large desks are cool I like to work alone, but where others are working I look for a certain kind of place – I’m quite fussy I always work in my room or my college café I use my faculty library cos its quieter there WIFI and desks are key Light is important, but not fluorescent I revise with others in a group Where I go depends on how much work I do I like to study in libraries cos of the books I never work in libraries I like it to be cosy, warm, light, quiet, but not too quiet space comments
  21. 21. what constitutes a space?
  22. 22. space https://www.flickr.com/photos/58782395@N03/5519580228
  23. 23. space = a place to work https://www.flickr.com/photos/bofh/30902399
  24. 24. capturing spaces
  25. 25. Some example tags: light, attractive view, water allowed, no bags, subject experts, natural science tripos, inter-library loans, 24 hour opening, bookable study areas, photocopiers.
  26. 26. https://www.flickr.com/photos/danisabella/3967606805
  27. 27. exercise https://www.flickr.com/photos/deanhochman/8651071224 Describe a space in your library. Think about physical description, facilities, features and atmosphere.
  28. 28. product demo
  29. 29. next steps
  30. 30. • we need information on your library spaces • photographing library spaces • marketing campaign and launch in October • stall at Freshers Fair • promotion in your libraries https://www.flickr.com/photos/99543037@N05/9733365831
  31. 31. any questions?
  32. 32. FutureLib blog: https://futurelib.wordpress.com/ FutureLib Twitter account: https://twitter.com/futurelib

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