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Name: Theresa Liedtka

Title: Dean, Lupton Library, University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

Address: Lupton Library
615 McCallie Ave, Dept. 6456
Chattanooga, TN 37403

Email: Theresa-liedtka@utc.edu

Conference: Annual 2010

Program Length: Full day (9 to 4)

Number of attendees: 50

AV requirements: Internet, projector, full loaded pc cable of viewing film, video, audio

Presentation Title: Creating a 21st Century Learning Environment

Short Program description (100 words):

Successful 21st Century academic libraries serve students holistically by meeting academic as well as other needs. To students these needs are intertwined, but the structure of our physical facilities and library services and policies often artificially separate and segregate student needs into different arenas. As students and student learning methodologies change, so too must libraries. This preconference will introduce participants to techniques and strategies for creating 21st Century library environments and spaces, including the use of data-driven decision making and 2.0 technologies, the creation of broad avenues of input and partnerships, and the development of associated timelines and budgets. The preconference will look at library culture, services, technologies, and polices that enhance student learning, the benefits and pitfalls of campus collaborations, and address the nuts and bolts of renovation and building projects.


Program Description (500 words): Please outline the main points of the program, its relevance to attendees, and how you would incorporate at least one active learning exercise in your session.

Successful 21st Century academic libraries serve students holistically by meeting academic as well as other needs. To students these needs are intertwined, but the structure of our physical facilities and library services and policies often artificially separate and segregate student needs into different arenas. As students and student learning methodologies change, so too must libraries. This preconference will introduce participants to techniques and strategies for creating 21st Century library environments and spaces, including the use of data-driven decision making and 2.0 technologies, the creation of broad avenues of input and partnerships, and the development of associated timelines and budgets. The preconference will look at library culture, services, technologies, and polices that enhance student learning, the benefits and pitfalls of campus collaborations, and address the nuts and bolts of renovation and building projects.

Planning an academic library that will effectively meet the educational, informational, technological, collaborative and social needs of the next generation of college students is a daunting task. Within the last 5 years alone, profound changes in student learning styles, educational delivery models, institutional funding and available technologies have combined to create an environment where it is more crucial than ever to plan library building or renovation programs using guiding principles that are strategic, flexible, data driven and student focused. In this session participants will discuss library culture and learn the basics of planning and managing a renovation or building program that addresses the evolving physical space requirements, collaborative learning environments, technological tools, and social tendencies of the current generation of Millennials and beyond.

The next generation library will, for most institutions, be much more than just a library. As the main academic destination for students outside of the classroom, libraries are trending towards building partnerships with other campus entities such as tutoring centers, writing centers, information technology centers, and others. By creating new partnerships, libraries and other academic support units are better able to meet a student’s academic support needs in a location and format that are most accessible and useful for them. UTC librarians will share successful strategies for cultivating and implementing such partnerships as well as pitfalls to watch out for when a good match cannot be achieved. But physical needs are not our only challenge. As student learning behaviors continue to evolve towards a more collaborative, media-driven educational environment, the planning of library services and policies must evolve. Through hands on space planning activities, participants will develop an awareness of the major issues that address both the physical facility and library services and policies. Specific exercises can include planning library stacks arrangements, analyzing building traffic patterns, determining technological possibilities, assessing the need for flexible, multi-use spaces, and adopting service desk models that best fit patron needs.

In the current fiscal climate, efficiency and accountability has become even more critical to successful library spaces. This preconference will stress the importance of developing a transparent process that includes sharing up to the minute information on the progress and developments with institutional stakeholders using 2.0 tools such as wikis, blogs, photo sharing and video sharing sites. Finally participants will also be introduced to the structure of a well-crafted Program Statement, needed for any new building or renovation process.


Please indicate how your program would support or advance the ACRL Strategic Plan?

Strategic Area: Higher Education and Research

Goal Area: Learning
1. ACRL increases members' ability to collaborate and partner with faculty and other campus professionals to integrate lifelong learning skills into the curriculum and to evaluate programs and assess individuals’ learning.
2. ACRL increases member abilities to create and manage physical and virtual spaces and services as environments for discovery.
Goal Area: Advocacy
1. Increase ACRL's influence on campus information, academic, and communication technology priorities.
2. Increase ACRL's communication on major trends and issues in libraries and higher education.
3. Strengthen partnerships with other organizations.


Strategic Area: the Profession

Goal Area: Continuous Learning
1. Increase the accessibility of learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of members by relying on research and best practices for design, delivery, and accessibility.
2. Increase ACRL’s agility in providing cutting-edge content for learning programs and publications.

Goal Area: Information Technology
1. Support members in their exploration, research on, and implementation of new and emerging information technologies and their application for library services in educational environments.

Big audacious goal:
1. Positioning academic and research libraries as indispensable to advancing learning and scholarship

Mega issues:
2. What does the academic library of the future look like and how will the association help its members shape both facilities and services to meet future user needs?
3. How will academic libraries manage and improve services to meet the differing needs and preferences of all user groups, including students, staff, faculty, and the public?

Good program if you were interested in a LAMA partnership.


Please identify at least three learning outcomes for your session:

1. Educate participants about a 21st library building or renovation process, including the use of data-driven decision making and 2.0 technologies, the creation of broad avenues of input, and the development of timelines and budgets.
2. Learn the basics of planning and managing a building or renovation program that addresses the evolving physical space requirements, collaborative learning environments, technological tools, and social tendencies of the current generation of Millennials and beyond.
3. Learn successful strategies for cultivating and implementing such partnerships as well as pitfalls to watch out for when a good match cannot be achieved.
4. Hands on space planning activities, participants will develop an awareness of the major issues that address both the physical facility and library services and policies. Specific exercise can include planning library stacks arrangements, to analyzing building traffic patterns, to the need for flexible, multi-use spaces, to adopting service desk models that best fit patron needs.
5. Learn to develop a transparent building or renovation process that includes sharing up to the minute information on the progress and developments occurring in the building program with institutional stakeholders using 2.0 tools such as wikis, blogs, photo sharing and video sharing sites.
6. Introduce participants to the structure of a well-crafted Program Statement, needed for any new building or renovation process.


Please indicate if you have presented this before for ACRL
No

Additional presenters:
Mike Bell
Virginia Cairns
Jason Griffey
Andrea Schurr

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