Attached is a summary of the newly designed "Collaboration Support/Reserve a Space" system. It reflects a great deal of the thinking and work the design team did last Thursday. At the same time, the small group (Anthony, Gary, Brian, and I) had to make some choices about which features to include/exclude (or delay until a later date). For the most part, these decisions were based on feasibility (for Fall implementation), finanical constraints, and current software development capacity. This does not mean we have forgotten about any of the ideas (e.g. touch screens outside every room, mag locks...
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I've created this blog for individuals to give feedback on the collaborative design process (CDP). Please comment on elements of the process (including facilitation, space, equipment) that you found ineffective or helpful. The more specific you can be, the better. After we hear from everyone, we will think about ways to improve the CDP. Please be critical. It is the only we can enhance the process.
I've attached the word document that we passed out at the meeting, for further perusal. It includes the following bits of knowledge:
- Patrons like the current system
- Room set-up is a barrier to success
- Clarity is important
- TC community is usually polite
- The Library often appears to patrons as more “quietâ€? on higher floors
- Judgment about the value of room use is important
- Patrons aren't always sure when they'll need a room (or what they need)
- Patrons want “bagels and juiceâ€?
- Emptiness is perceived as good
- Monitoring rooms is difficult