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1 Walton Library Erika Gwynnett Medical Librarian

2 Drivers for change - physical Clusters outside the library/inadequate IT facilities Compact shelving breaking the floor(!) Desk distant from entrance Only 2 tiny study rooms Staff accommodation split up

3 Drivers for change - institutional Increased number of medical students Small increase in dental students with more to come Changes in teaching and learning styles

4 The library is very drab MBBS student Why is everything painted sludge green? Yr2 Biomedical Sciences student

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8 The options Relocate to ground floor New build Re-develop existing location

9 Planning 1 st meeting – Sept 1996 Feasibility study – Sept 2002 Agreement to proceed – January 2003

10 Funding HEFCE funding for additional student numbers Capital project allocations Headroom (strategic development) funding £450K from Marjorie Robinson bequest = £1.5m

11 What did we want? Flexible proportion of space/study places Good noise management Increase study spaces Reduce periodical shelving More group rooms Disabled accessibility Better enquiry desk

12 What else did we want? Informal areas – reading/café/toilets/sofas(!) Better IT – clusters, wireless, laptop stations NHS IT provision Better staff facilities

13 Making it happen NO LIBRARY CLOSURE - AT ALL!! - 5 phases - spaced over 18 months - starts June 2003, finish Sept spaced to avoid assessment periods Pre-work - lots of meetings with stakeholders - lots of items into storage

14 Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomfort Arnold Bennett

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19 Problems Noise Dirt and dust Diminishing services Loss of power/light/water slippage Lack of control

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26 Communicating with our users Noticeboard with information and contact details Good signage Newsletters

27 Problems Overspend Overrun Snagging

28 What evolved… Changes in practice Design no longer appropriate

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37 Advice…. Dont believe them! Keep people informed Allow for much longer for snagging

38 Advice… Buy your staff lots of chocolate Wear kevlar to work Give up trying to do library work.

39 Congratulate yourselves!

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43 Have a party!

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47 The future Finish the snagging list Look more creatively at spaces Experiment and recognise the need to change Look after the virtual library

48 Thank you!


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