The International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) invites you to attend the 37th Annual IATUL Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

This year’s theme is Leadership in a Sea of Change, and reflects not only Nova Scotia’s location by the ocean, but also provides the opportunity to share cutting edge experiences and knowledge during this time of continuing change in the world of libraries.
Back To Schedule
Monday, June 6 • 14:00 - 15:30
Parallel Session 1C (Changing roles for libraries in scholarly communications and assessment) After the Ribbon-cutting: Guerrilla-style Assessment of Two Brand New Learning Commons

Sign up or log in to save this to your schedule, view media, leave feedback and see who's attending!

Visiting the Dalhousie University campus provides a unique opportunity to see not just one, but two freshly constructed Learning Commons. The first, the Wallace McCain Learning Commons (an extension to our Life Sciences Centre), was opened in October 2015 – a LEED Gold candidate with environmental design features and multifunctional, student-centric, collaborative and individual work spaces. The second, the Kellogg Library Learning Commons in the brand new Collaborative Health Education Building (CHEB), was opened in January 2016 – a compact, high-density learning commons with various types of work spaces to support interdisciplinary work and social learning interactions among the various health disciplines.

Planning and design of new learning commons does not end with ribbon-cutting and the opening of doors. Opportunities for changes and improvements arise as students, staff and faculty fill these spaces and begin to use, interact with, and repurpose elements of the design, the furniture, the services and resources. To seize these opportunities in a timely manner, learning commons staff employed “guerrilla”-style assessment tactics (unconventional, simple and tailored specifically for the space and concerns at hand) in order to ascertain user satisfaction, user behaviour and what changes were necessary to create a better fit between user and design.

avatar for Linda Bedwell

Linda Bedwell

Linda Bedwell is the Assessment Librarian at Dalhousie University Libraries. She has a special interest in ethnographic approaches to understanding students’ needs and work behaviour in learning spaces. Working with social anthropology students in 2010, she coordinated and co-published... Read More →
avatar for Elaine MacInnis

Elaine MacInnis

Elaine MacInnis is the Associate University Librarian for Access Services at the Dalhousie Libraries and Head of the Killam and MacRae Libraries.Elaine joined the Dalhousie Libraries in 2012 when the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (NSAC) merged with Dalhousie University. She held... Read More →

Monday June 6, 2016 14:00 - 15:30
CHEB - C140 5793 University Ave

Attendees (4)