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Article
Library as Place: What Students Value in a Performing Arts Library
Music Reference Services Quarterly
  • Joe C. Clark, Kent State University - Kent Campus
Publication Date
12-14-2015
Document Type
Article
DOI
10.1080/10588167.2015.1093882
Keywords
  • academic libraries,
  • user behavior,
  • patron activities,
  • mixed methods
Abstract
Library collections, spaces, and technologies are evolving at a rapid pace. Understanding why students come to the library, what they do, their preferred environments, needed technologies, and how library services fit into this changing paradigm allows librarians to plan, adapt, and remain relevant. This study used focus groups, user-observed data, and a survey tool to determine students’ preferences and most frequent activities in an academic performing arts library. Findings indicated that most students used the library to write papers and study, and their preferences included quiet study spaces, available technologies, and staff expertise.
Citation Information
Joe C. Clark. "Library as Place: What Students Value in a Performing Arts Library" Music Reference Services Quarterly Vol. 18 Iss. 3-4 (2015) p. 139 - 156
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/joe_c_clark/29/