Meeting Notes, February 8, 2005
February 8, 2005
Smathers Library Conference Room
Members Present: Shelley Arlen,Pam Cenzer, Bill Covey, Matthew Daley, Trudi DiTrolio (facilitator), LeiLani Freund, Barbara Hood, Suzanne Kiker, Jim Liversidge, Tom Minton, Jan Swanbeck, and Misty Swain
Members Absent : Rob Roberts and Steve Shorb
- The Library West project:
- The building will be ready for full occupancy in January 2006.
- The mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work is ahead of schedule.
- The wall fabrication work is a bit behind schedule.
- The 6 th floor skylights are scheduled to be installed in March.
- The Ross, Barney, & Jankowski Firm (Library Consultants) is working on furnishing. The only furniture that was in West that will be going back is the Director’s Suite teak furniture and some walnut tables and chairs.
- The Periodical area will have a nice view and be located close to comfortable seating. There will also be a nice view from the reading rooms.
- There will be sliding doors leading to the balcony areas for some of the HSS and CM department offices as well as in the administrative suite on the 5 th floor.
- Air handlers will be delivered next Tuesday, February 15 th. Nine tractor-trailers will be required to transport the handlers which will be put into the building by crane.
- All staff members that moved out of West will move back to West.
- The 4 th and 5 th floor staff areas have been framed in.
- Move schedules will be distributed in the near future.
- Library West computer/info commons area
- The Library West 3 rd Floor Concept Team held focus groups among students and faculty to get their ideas for the new computer/info commons area. The team also conducted an informal survey, held discussions with UF Library School students, and reviewed the UF OAT survey conducted when planning the HUB technology center.
- The team found that students are more interested in the Library as a place than technology. Students expressed a desire for consistency across all computers, access to a server, self-checkout and more electrical outlets for plugging in laptops. Students also expressed a desire for more service points, roaming librarians, call buttons, Gator 1 access vs. using 14-digit number, better signage (no jargon), and a coffee shop. Faculty members were not sure that technology should be focus so much as making sure the library creates a collaborative/flexible environment. Faculty members were also concerned about access to information.
- The team attended a Graphic Design course workshop that was hosted by a faculty member that attended a focus group session. The workshop was led by a former UF graduate and was geared toward designing a library.
- Ann Lindell will summarize the workshop discussions and LeiLani Freund will summarize the focus group discussions.