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September 14, 2006


John (aka, The History Librarian)

Brian, this is an interesting post - I wish it had come first in many ways, to set the stage for the other posts (I'm also surprised there haven't been other comments).

Perhaps another way to approach this is to work with student groups to encourage them to do the programming, but offer the library as the space; or, at least, do programming in conjunction with other student groups (which you may have done and I've overlooked it). Such a practice would also have the benefit of saving library curmudgeons from having to oversee speed dating sessions :)

I guess the trick, having started the school year with a bang, is how to continue offering certain programs, build in additional services, etc. that pay more attention to the students' "studying cycle" of work-release-work and so on. Letting the students have more choices/flexibility in their libraries is definitely the way to go, and can come in a variety of different guises, esp. for libraries that may not have the same kinds of spaces that Tech does.

Thanks again.


Thanks for the comments John. Yeah, my blog gets no love anymore. You start being critical of ALA and ACRL and they leave you.

We wanted to have students run many of our events, but it was hard to pull together with the start of the school year; most were away for summer. So yes, that is our next challange to give the space back to the users. That will be one of my central themes for upcoming year.

Thanks again for the feedback.

Kathleen (LibraryNation)

Thanks for this post. I'd never really looked at the library relationship with patrons in this way.

I have so much fun in libraries (and I know I'm highly atypical because of my chosen profession) that it's hard to get it through my head sometimes that others may not. Your library is beautiful by the way. My partner is an electrical engineer and I know he struggled alone in silent walled-off carrels for much of that degree. I wonder if he would have been happier if there had been more community-building at his library...?

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