Library spaces are intimately tied to library roles, collections, and services. Creating new roles for research libraries in research teaching and learning involves reconceptualizing both library physical spaces and library virtual spaces.
Publications & Reports
- New Roles for New Times: Research Library Services for Graduate Students (2012)
By Lucinda Covert-Vail and Scott Collard, New York University. This report highlights libraries' new use of space in light of the growing need for collaboration and interdisciplinary research.
- SPEC Kit 327: Reconfiguring Service Delivery (2011)
- Innovative Spaces in ARL Libraries: Results of a 2008 Study (2009) (PDF)
Tools & Resources
- Academic Library Building Design: Resources for Planning: Produced by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a resource to provide a basic framework for architects, planners, and librarians embarking on the planning and design of libraries for higher education.
- Coalition for Networked Information: Learning Spaces: CNI publications
- EDUCAUSE Library: Learning Space: EDUCAUSE publications
- Learning Space Toolkit: A free resource that supports the full life-cycle of a learning space design project, from defining the goals and needs to designing the space to supporting it. The toolkit can help institutions become better equipped to orchestrate the planning process so that learners are better supported and spaces, technology, and services are more effective. This resource was developed by North Carolina State University Libraries and its Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA) along with strategic consultants Brightspot Strategy and AECOM Technology Corporation. The project was funded by an IMLS National Leadership Grant.