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Innovation on a Shoe String: High Impact Space and Technology Updates in a Low-Funding Environment

Joan Petit, Portland State University
Thomas Bielavitz, Portland State University

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Chapter 13 in Cases on Higher Education Spaces: Innovation, Collaboration, and Technology. Copyright ©2013, IGI Global. Used by permission.

Abstract

Even in a low-funding and space-constrained environment, Portland State University (PSU) Library has created and renovated new technology-rich learning spaces for students. Collaboration with other campus departments and an entrepreneurial spirit were essential for many of these efforts. First, the library developed a list of desired improvements and space use ideas. Then, the library used a phased approach, taking advantage of opportunities and planning for others as possible, resulting in a series of high-impact space updates. PSU Library offers a space-planning model that allows academic libraries to be agile, entrepreneurial, and collaborative, and to improve learning spaces in a difficult economic environment.

Suggested Citation

Petit, Joan and Bielavitz, Thomas, "Innovation on a Shoe String: High Impact Space and Technology Updates in a Low-Funding Environment" in Cases on Higher Education Spaces: Innovation, Collaboration, and Technology ed. Russell G. Carpenter (Hershey: Pennsylvania, 2013), 248-264.