VALA2008 Session 2 Burke

VALA2008Claim your space: re-placing spaces to better meet the needs of the Net Generation

VALA 2008 CONCURRENT SESSION 2: Library Spaces
Tuesday 5 February 2008, 11:55 – 12:30
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VALA Peer Reviewed PaperLiz Burke

Associate Librarian (Reader Services), The University of Western Australia

Jill Benn

Humanities & Social Sciences Librarian, The University of Western Australia

Ralph Kiel

Associate Librarian (Information Systems), The University of Western Australia

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The challenge for the Reid Library at The University of Western Australia was the transformation of a 1960s building into a welcoming space with services and facilities appropriate for a more technologically demanding generation. A key issue was how to balance the continuing need for access to physical collections with the rapidly expanding demand for new kinds of learning spaces and facilities oriented towards on-line and collaborative learning and research. This paper outlines the approach taken to identify client needs (both physical and virtual), define and propose new service models, and transform learning spaces while maintaining access to physical collections.