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Lisa Horowitz's picture

Space Assessment: Data, Tools, Uses

This space is intended to collect:

  • data useful for space assessment
  • tools to gather data for space assessment
  • ways people have used that data to make decisions (or other actions)

"Using Data" committee members should add to this list by adding comments to this discussion. Please highlight in your comment whether it is data, tool, or action.


Lisa Horowitz's picture

"North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries and its Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications (DELTA) are partnering with strategic consultants brightspot strategy and DEGW to design, share, and promote an updated model for institutions to plan and support technology-rich informal learning spaces. This Learning Space Toolkit will include a roadmap to guide the process along with tools and techniques for assessing needs, understanding technology, describing spaces, planning and delivering support services, and assembling space, technology, and services to meet needs, even as they change."


This toolkit already has a solid foundation and it is open for others to contribute to make it stronger.

Lisa R. Horowitz
Assessment Librarian/Linguistics Librarian
MIT Libraries

Lisa Horowitz's picture

"Suma comprises a set of tools, including a mobile tablet-based (i.e. Apple iPad) data collection application, that will allow library staff to collect, aggregate, and interactively analyze real-time data about the usage of physical space and services."


Open source software. Several presentations are identified in which the tool is described.

Lisa R. Horowitz
Assessment Librarian/Linguistics Librarian
MIT Libraries

Mary OKelly's picture

In preparing for the construction of our new library building we used several observational actions:

  • Library staff watched and logged behaviors at various times of day in various spaces
  • Cameras were installed (with notices and permissions, of course) to capture a usage of new furniture and space arrangements
  • Students and staff were asked about preferences when using different spaces
  • Staff walked around with a counter at scheduled intervals and logged numbers of people using spaces


Mary O'Kelly
Head of Instructional Services
Grand Valley State University Libraries


Susan Archambault's picture

C.G.O'Kelly Library at Winston-Salem State University will be discussing, collaborating and sharing information about best practices for policies, procedures, services, research, and technology in regards to learning spaces, i.e. learning/information commons. The librarians at C.G. O’Kelly library are envisioning using Blog Talk Radio as an additional communication tool to the existing forums information specialists presently use to share news, thoughts, ideas and concerns about learning spaces.