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
Tuesday, June 7 • 10:30 - 12:00
Parallel Session 3A (Physical library, learning spaces) Students' perception of informal learning spaces in an academic library; an investigation into the relationship between learning behaviours and space design

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

Academic libraries, newly recreating themselves as centres for learning on campus, are providing new informal learning spaces for their students.  We then judge the spaces to be successful because students use them.  But, we do not know how students perceive these spaces as learning spaces.  Students come to the library to conduct their intentional or self-regulated learning. How do the spaces they use for their learning activities support their learning? Or, do students just use the spaces because they have no choice and adapt their learning activity to their surroundings? These are some of the questions that a study of student learning behaviours in informal learning spaces in an academic library will address. The study will be conducted in early 2016. Students will be interviewed regarding their perception of the spaces that they use in relationship to the learning activities that they need to undertake. The goal of the study is to determine the features in open learning spaces that assist students in their learning. This paper will review the background and design of the particular academic library in the study, present an overview of the research study and discuss the preliminary results of the study.  The focus of the paper will be a discussion of the students’ perceptions of the relationship between their learning behaviors and design of the spaces they use.

The results of this study will go towards assisting librarians and administrators in establishing useful learning spaces that support student self-regulated learning.  By improving their spaces and thereby enhancing their role, academic libraries will further indemnify their value within the academy’s teaching and learning mission.

avatar for Susan Beatty

Susan Beatty

Susan Beatty is a Librarian at the Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary. Her recent research is on the relationship between student learning behaviours and learning space design. Susan has presented at national and international conferences on various aspects of... Read More →

Tuesday June 7, 2016 10:30 - 12:00
CHEB - C266 5793 University Ave

Attendees (4)