Design Implications of the Evolving University Library as a Student-Learning Center

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2013-02-01
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Peterson, Nicole
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Stone, Lori
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Interior Design
Interior design is an ideal academic home for energetic and inquisitive students seeking a meaningful, varied and creative profession. For each new problem encountered, interior designers use a variety of methods to investigate and analyze user needs and alternatives for satisfying them. Armed with this insight, they enhance interior spaces to maximize occupant quality of life, increase productivity, and protect public health, safety and welfare. The interior designer's ultimate goal is to transform generic, impersonal rooms and areas into unique, expressive spaces that provide the greatest possible "fit" with the values, personalities, roles and potential of their occupants. The Department of Interior Design was established in 2012. Previously, the Interior Design Program was in the Department of Art and Design.
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The university library has developed into a center of learning and collaboration that can truly become the heart of campus within the university community (Hisle, 2005). Third places are “public places on neutral ground where people can gather and interact. The character of a third place is determined most of all by its regular clientele and is marked by a playful mood, which contrasts with people’s more serious involvement in other spheres” (Oldenburg, 1989). The library is neither home nor work, but a “third place” for students to study and socialize (Codispoti and Frey, 2010).

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