Applying spatial literacy to transform library space: a selected literature review

Juliet Kerico Gray, Melissa Burel, Marlee Graser, Karen Gallacci
2018 Reference Services Review  
SIUE Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity. 87. Applying spatial literacy to transform library space: A selected literature review Abstract Purpose -The purpose of this research paper is to review a selection of articles and books that highlight aspects of spatial theory and literacy from various disciplinary perspectives, along with a review of library space studies. Design/methodology/approach -This study reviews library literature published
more » ... erature published between 2010 to 2017 that utilizes spatial literacy and its related tools. The authors searched full text in two databases, a library specific database, Library, Information Science and Technology Abstracts (LISTA), and in a multi-disciplinary database SCOPUS. The article records were analyzed to find primary research studies, published between 2010 and 2017, which study patron use of library space using various single and hybrid methodologies. Findings -The findings of the literature reveal that of the 26 studies reviewed, 23 have a descriptive research question, three have a relational research question, and zero have a causal research question. Based on the analysis of the research methodologies employed, there is more that can be done in support of a librarian's research efforts as well as the arenas in which research is conducted. Practical implications -These findings highlight ways in which LIS researchers and those who educate them can broaden collective knowledge within the profession regarding spatial theory, literacy, and applicable research methodologies for studying and innovating library space. Originality/value -Current and best practices for designing library space studies that employ spatial literacy to collect and analyze data are identified along with a discussion of future directions for LIS researchers to better assess space and communicate the value of innovated physical space in libraries.
doi:10.1108/rsr-02-2018-0023 fatcat:3sdsyyewmfbkxaby7ri56baqz4