Moving Toward the User-Centered Library: Learning Behaviors and Their Impact on Library Planning

Leah Dunn
2012 Something's Gotta Give   unpublished
Hege Library at Guilford College has been engaged in a set of planning activities funded by an LSTA grant from the State Library of North Carolina. Through these planning activities, the library hired a consultant to administer a learning behaviors survey to help align library services with the College's upcoming Strategic Long Range Plan for 2011-2015. This presentation will discuss how the library administered a "Learning Behaviors Survey" for Guilford College with the goal of better
more » ... of better understanding the existing learning geography of its campus and the place of the library in that geography. The Learning Behaviors Survey looked at 12 learning behaviors taken from the National Survey for Student Engagement (NSSE) and studied the cross-section of the types of learning behaviors that Guilford College students value and asked the question of where on campus are these learning behaviors taking place. By taking this approach, the library was able to take an initial planning process that was geared towards planning for space allocation and expand its scope to look at what types of learning environments users value most highly and if the library is providing that type of environment.
doi:10.5703/1288284314962 fatcat:tdczilgchbasfhjwjvdwchb6ny