Sasaki library survey gauges librarian happiness

Libraries are changing from dull book boxes into vibrant hubs for academic institutions. Sasaki surveyed more than 400 librarians to learn how library staffs interact with and respond to their workspaces.

July 01, 2016 |
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Sasaki library survey gauges librarian happiness

The Polk County Library in Columbus, N.C. Photo: Melinda/Creative Commons.

How happy are librarians with their work spaces? Finding little discussion on the topic — especially compared to the amount of literature focused on patron spaces—Sasaki Principal Byan Irwin, AIA, resident librarian and archivist Aliza Leventhal, and graphic designer Terri Dube conducted a survey of more than 400 academic librarians to gain insight into their work environments. "The State of Academic Librarian Spaces," offers in-depth analyses of several pressing issues in the library field, and serves as a discussion-starter for library professionals and designers.

The report focuses on the impact of evolving pedagogical models and technology requirements on library spaces and librarian roles, the most productive desk configurations, and librarians' thoughts on renovations and organizational changes.

The report can be read here, or viewed below.

 
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