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How Physical Does the Library Need to Be?

by: James Shedlock, Director of Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University COM in Library Notes

The announcement that the Johns Hopkins University medical school will close its health sciences library starting January 1, 2012 has stunned many in the library world. A posting on the Welch Medical Library website describes their new reality. As surprising as the news is, the Hopkins staff and their director, Nancy Roderer, deserve credit for making a tough but reasonable decision.

One take away from the Hopkins announcement is that it’s time to rethink our terminology about libraries. The library building may be closing but the library is still open … online. The physical library is less relevant at Hopkins but the electronic library is what users want, need, appreciate and actually use.

You may wonder if this will become more common at other medical schools. Because this is happening at Hopkins, a top ranked research-intensive medical school according to the U.S. News and World Report, I’ve already been asked by NU faculty if this is a trend. I doubt it for established medical schools, and particularly for Northwestern. Hopkins developed separate student facilities for their programs in medicine, nursing and public health and as a result, the students didn’t need to use the physical Welch Medical Library. At Northwestern, the Galter Library is one of the chief education and collaboration facilities for our students, and the medical school has invested money to make the library a versatile space for study, research, resource storage and social functions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Library Assessment Conference offers interesting space talks…

Several interesting  talks re space are available:

LibQUAL+® and the Evolution of “Library as Place” at Radford University,
2001-2007

Eric Ackermann (Radford University)

Using Evidence for Space Planning
Kathryn Crowe (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
Michael A. Crumpton (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)

Wayfinding Revisited: Improved Techniques for Solving Usability Problems in Physical
Spaces

Agnes Tatarka (University of Chicago)
David K. Larsen (University of Chicago)

…and more at: http://libraryassessment.org/schedule/index.shtml

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