Abstract: The design of physical space in academic libraries has become an increasingly important focus of concern in serving the diverse needs of contemporary student populations. Responding to trends that shift the focus of library space away from collections-centered to more user-centered design, many are exploring ways of creating a better library user experience. To achieve this aim, valuable research has been conducted by directly asking students to articulate their wants and needs via surveys, and in some cases, interviews. However, little research has been devoted to the systematic field observation of how students’ use library spaces. Even less of this research has synthesized data findings with robust theoretical frameworks. This poster details the preliminary findings of an ethnographic study at a four-year, public university. Researchers designed a protocol to observe students in freely available secluded and non-secluded library spaces to examine behavior, communication, and social interaction within the context of proxemics theory. The anthropological study of proxemics is useful in evaluating how people behave within immediate organizations of space, and has been successfully applied to the design of public and semi-public spaces. Attendees will learn of study findings, and how these data can be applied to practical applications such as furniture composition and layout, lighting, and general space planning. Also addressed are details of the next phase of this study. Keywords: Space/Buildings; Organizational Change; Proxemics [from page 189 of the conference proceedings.
QQML, a division of the nonprofit International Society for the Advancement of Science and Technology, promotes the theory and practice of research in libraries, museums, and archives. This year the European University Institute (EUI) in Italy hosted the conference. The EUI is an international postgraduate and post-doctoral teaching and research institution established by the European Union (EU) and serves as the official archive of the EU.
It is located at the Badia Fiesolana complex, a former monastery established in the 10th century and situated on the Tuscan hillside overlooking the city of Florence (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-bFgcQLhPU).
For this year’s conference over 300 social scientists and librarians from 62 countries assembled at the EUI for 5 days to discuss topics related to information culture and science. The QQML conference is hosted in a different country every year. The official language of the QQML is English.
Edith Campbell (Education Librarian) recently wrote an article for School Library Journal(SLJ). It is in the online edition of the journal, with her byline dated December 19, 2018. This article also appears in SLJ’s, Be Teen.
The working conference is “a ground-breaking effort by religious leaders, archivists and historians to address preservation and access issues, to identify possible solutions and to be part of developing a national strategic plan to confront the challenge.”
The conference will consist small group activities designed to feed into a scalable national strategy to address the needs of Catholic Religious Archives.
One of the conference chairs invited Ms. May to submit an application because of her work InDiPresand digital preservation.
We are pleased to announce the content at regional conferences. Dr. Godwin Charles Ogbeidewill offer the keynote on Exercising your Hospitality Intelligenceat four regional conferences. Dr. Vanessa Allen-McCloudwill offer a keynote on Implicit Bias and the Welcoming Libraryat the Northwest Regional Conference. All five regional conferences will feature hands-on skills training in computer labsand conversation among public library directors. Other sessions vary by region.
With the exception of the directors’ session, all sessions are designed for and open to ALL staff of all types of libraries. Learn more and register today. Note that some sessions are being finalized. Group registration forms are posted. Members attend for $40; nonmembers may attend for $50.
·Wed, 4/4 in Ft. Wayne, Allen County Public Library, main branch
·Fri, 4/13 in Merrillville, Lake County Public Library
·Fri, 4/20 in New Albany, New Albany-Floyd County Public Library
·Tues, 5/15 in Terre Haute, Indiana State University
·Fri, 5/18 in Kokomo, Indiana University-Kokomo
Tisa M. Davis, Communications Manager, Indiana Library Federation, 941 East 86th Street, Suite 260, Indianapolis, IN 46240-1853 – 317-257-2040, ext. 104
Promotion to Full Librarian – Cinda May, Chair, Special Collections
Congratulations to our faculty colleague who was approved for promotion! Cinda May has been promoted to full librarian effective July 1.
Promotion to Associate Librarian with Tenure – Natalie Bulick, Cataloging and Metadata Librarian
Congratulations to our faculty colleague who was approved for promotion and tenure. Natalie Bulick has been promoted to associate librarian and awarded tenure effective July 1.
Sabbatical Leave Approved – Susan Frey, Acting Supervisor in Special Collections/Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives
Provost Licari has granted approval for Susan’s sabbatical leave, pending approval by the Board of Trustees, for July 1-Dec. 31, 2017.
Articles Published – Steve Hardin, Reference/Instruction Librarian
Steve published two articles in the February/March issue of the Bulletin of the Association for Information Science & Technology. The first is titled “Bridging the Telepresence Valley: Greg Welch Speaks” pp.39-41. ARTICLE LINK. The second is titled “Text and Data Mining Meets the Pharmaceutical Industry: Markus Bundschus Speaks” pp. 42-44. ARTICLE LINK.
Article Published – Melissa Gustafson, Electronic Resources Librarian
Melissa published her article “Critical Pedagogy in Libraries: A Unified Approach” in the inaugural issue of the Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies. ARTICLE LINK
ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program – Karen Evans, Reference/Instruction Librarian
Karen has been selected to participate in the Association for College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Program this summer. A highly competitive program, the Immersion complements the work we have undertaken as a library to incorporate information literacy in the curriculum. Karen serves as co-chair of the ISU Foundational Studies task force Informed Learning across the Sycamore Community.
This year’s faculty and staff fundraising campaign began March 1st and runs through April 7th. Campaign captains help advocate for support for our students, programs and other important campus initiatives. Ali Moorhead is one of the campaign captains this year.