When an academic library is built or renovated, much focus is placed on how to make patron-serving spaces more flexible, adaptable, and technologically-savvy. All too often, however, work spaces that serve the library’s staff do not receive the same level of design focus. In the face of changing and expanding roles for librarians, the demand placed on these spaces is higher than ever. Are these spaces positioning library staff for success?
This spring, Sasaki surveyed 400 academic librarians across the nation to gain a better understanding of how their current spaces correspond to their needs. The survey results analyzed librarians' public and private spaces, and their satisfaction with their working environments. It’s no stretch to say that many librarian spaces need improvements to keep up with changes in services offered.
This survey offers a broad overview of the state of academic libraries, serving as an excellent point of peer comparison that attendees can relate to. In addition to quantitative data, the presentation also features candid staff insights and anecdotes that shed light on the satisfaction of academic librarians with their current spaces. Attendees will come away from this presentation with a clear image of current library staff spaces as well as emergent trends in library staffing.
Meeting Type: News You Can Use
Interests: Buildings and Facilities, Librarianship, Organizational Change, Partnerships, Personnel and Staffing, Research and Statistics, Strategic Planning, Transforming Libraries, Trends and Forecasting
Library Type: Academic, Community College, Research Library, Undergraduate
Cost: Included with full conference registration.