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Library space assessment: A review and professional education case study.

Corrall, Sheila Library space assessment: A review and professional education case study. Performance Measurement and Metrics, 18 (2). ISSN 1467-8047 (In Press)

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Purpose. The research aimed to review the current state of library space assessment, and to investigate how new professionals, represented by a cohort of graduate students taking a course on academic libraries, approached the task of designing and conducting a one-shot space evaluation project. Design/methodology/approach. A review of literature on academic library space was used to introduce the project to student participants and to put the results of their work in context. Seven student groups were required to define their evaluation criteria, conduct quality assessments at individual sites, and perform a cross-case analysis to inform recommendations for improvements. Findings. The literature confirmed growing interest in learning space assessment, with a trend towards use of mixed (quantitative and qualitative) methods, particularly ethnographic techniques using multimedia, and the development of comprehensive toolkits and frameworks. The students used a range of approaches: three groups developed their own evaluation criteria or categories (informed by their reading), and four groups used existing tools (with modifications). All used observation to collect data. Variations across the cohort pointed to different priorities in professional and/or personal values. Research limitations/implications. The research was based on a small sample of 20 students in one cohort. Replication of the study with future cohorts tasked with the same assignment would strengthen the validity of the findings. Originality/value. The study offers a novel perspective on the desirable qualities of learning spaces by exploring how graduate librarianship students as both student library users and next generation professionals specify evaluation criteria and conduct space assessments.


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Item Type: Article
Status: In Press
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Corrall, Sheilascorrall@pitt.eduSCORRALL
Journal or Publication Title: Performance Measurement and Metrics
Volume: 18
Number: 2
Publisher: Emerald Group
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Academic, libraries, Evaluation, frameworks, Learning, spaces, Library, assessment, Professional, education, Service, quality.
ISSN: 1467-8047
Article Type: Research Article
Additional Information: Updated version of paper presented at 11th Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services,July 20-22, 2015, Edinburgh, UK. Date: 2017 (acceptance)
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2017 14:15
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2017 05:58


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