LAUC Committee on Professional Governance – Buildings
• Libraries provide space for a variety of interactions that are valued by students: group study, individual study, quiet study, intellectual interaction and social interaction.
• Libraries provide access to a variety of technological tools that are valued by students: wireless internet, wireless printing, copying, printing, scanning, electrical outlets, computer software, outlets for lap tops. There is a need for recharge stations.
• Libraries provide access to presentation rooms, instruction rooms, class rooms and spaces that are well lighted and have comfortable furniture.
• Many campuses have space and budgetary issues and are looking at reducing library staff and space as a way to save money.
• There is more online instruction and digital content available for library users. Reference is being expanded to include 24/7 chat. These will reduce need for physical space.
• There is a need to make better and more efficient use of existing library space. Have a plan and look for opportunities to consolidate, upgrade and repurpose existing space to create more group study and classroom space and make the library environment look fresh, inviting, and keep up-to-date on technology that is available.
• Create an information commons that is more dynamic and student focused than the traditional library reference area. Create flexible, diverse space that can be used for multiple purposes, even fund raising activities and café’s.
• Library staffs are given less opportunities to provide input on issues that affect their work and space. Figure out ways to be included in the discussion with administrators. Foster new campus collaborations and work with departments, faculty and donors to enable a positive outcome for students.
• The integration of SRLF and NRLF will affect campus space issues.
• Restructure library hours to accommodate student needs and higher use times.
• UCLA and UCB should be made central repositories for shared physical collections which would help other campuses resolve space issues.
• There is a disconnect between administrators that want to cut library hours, reduce staff and reduce library space to save money and the needs of students that want more access to library space and more flexible space.