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Friday, October 12 • 8:00am - 8:50am
Show me the data: How a simple observational study of furniture use is guiding thinking in a large research library

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In Fall 2017, a small space planning group at Walter Library broke through data paralysis and vague notions of potential uses for the data to initiate a sustainable data collection project for tracking how people use the library's spaces. Armed with a phone, Google Form, and a hand clicker we recorded occupancy by room and furniture-type, numbers of groups, and other observations. Not only has the data from the first two semesters guided discussions of the larger vision for the library and decisions regarding furniture layout; the path from anecdote to data-supported evidence has caused us to re-examine assumptions about space use. Furthermore, the creative ways patrons modify our spaces have encouraged a design thinking approach to furniture placement and overall vision for the library.

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Hayley Coble

Library Assistant, University of Minnesota

Friday October 12, 2018 8:00am - 8:50am CDT