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Evaluating the Impact of Learning Space

Ramsden, Bryony (2011) Evaluating the Impact of Learning Space. Reference Services Review, 39 (3). pp. 451-464. ISSN 0090-7324

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Abstract

Purpose
Seeks to find a method to analyse the impact of learning space on learning behaviour and, in particular, learning support, using the context of a university library.
Design/methodology/approach
A method was created based partially on pre/post occupancy evaluation methods used in other institutions, and partially on methods utilised by the Library on other occasions, gathering qualitative and quantitative data from staff observations, desk enquiries and student use. The method was tested at the University of Huddersfield Library and Computing Centre following extensive refurbishment.
Findings
The method overall was deemed successful, but was problematic due to lack of student engagement.
Research limitations/implications
Research was conducted at one university only, so can be considered either a starting point for further research, or as a toolkit for other universities to utilize.
Practical implications
Ensuring full understanding and engagement of students via academics would increase potential of the method for understanding learning behaviours and utilisation of the library.
Originality/value
Assessed what impact library usage and potentially newly observed learning behaviours made on library staff.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z719 Libraries (General)
Schools: Computing and Library Services
Computing and Library Services > Centre for Innovation in Information Services
Depositing User: Bryony Ramsden
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2011 15:38
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2013 13:37
URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/11966

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